As one of the oldest and largest residential communities in Washington D.C, Capitol Hill, located in the heart of The District of Columbia, is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Due to the high concentration of government buildings that double as tourist attractions, Capitol Hill parking can be a nightmare. Don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you! Read on for our best Capitol Hill parking advice.
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Capitol Hill Online Parking Reservations
Explore Capitol Hill parking options in the map below and use SpotHero to book a guaranteed space ahead of time!
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Capitol Hill Street Parking
- Please keep in mind that there is very little public parking available near the Capitol. The nearest public parking facility is at Union Station, to the north of the Capitol. Metered street parking is found along the Mall to the west of the Capitol.
- There are 18,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the District of Columbia. Generally, the meters run from 7am-6:30pm Monday through Saturday; Although, in some areas where there is a high demand, they run until 10pm. Metered parking costs $2.30 an hour citywide and requires payment by coins, at the kiosk or by cell phone.
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Capitol Hill Parking Tips
- Always, always look out for signage about parking restrictions when parking on the street. Restrictions typically have to do with weather, time limits, and street cleaning.
- Be mindful that street parking is particularly difficult to find around The Captiol and near the White House, especially during sanctioned events. Make sure to reserve a garage spot ahead of time to save you valuable time and money!
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Best Capitol Hill Parking Resources
- SpotHero – book discounted parking near Capitol Hill online or on your smart phone
- TheCapitol.Net – view a list of Capitol Hill parking garages and access the websites of major DC parking companies
- Yelp – read customer reviews of parking facilities near Capitol Hill
- Standard Parking/Central Parking – this national parking company offers garage parking near Capitol Hill
- TripAdvisor – read the advise of TripAdvisor users who have previously parked near Capitol Hill
- ParkMe – compare parking rates in lots and garages near Capitol Hill
- US Capitol Visitor Center – the official site for the US Capitol provides information about getting to Capitol Hill
- ParkingPanda – reserve parking near Capitol Hill online
- DestinationDC – Check out insider tips on how to optimize your time in DC’s unique Capitol Hill neighborhood
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Top Capitol Hill Attractions
This must-see landmark is the meeting chamber of the Senate and the House of Representatives and is one of the most recognizable historic buildings in Washington, D.C.
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Hosting 4,000 seasonal, tropical, and subtropical plants, the indoor garden offers special exhibits and educational programs throughout the year. Bartholdi Park, another part of the Botanic Parks showcasing a landscaped flower garden, is located across Independence Avenue from the Botanic Garden.
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The Court is located on First Street NE between East Capitol Street and Maryland Avenue. Public viewing sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm; however seating is first-come, first-serve so be sure to swing by early in your day.
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The largest library in the world holds more than 32 million books in over 470 languages. Located near the Capitol Building, The Library of Congress serves as the primary research library of the United States Congress
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Looking for an early morning fresh breakfast or a healthy on-the-go lunch? Capitol Hill’s oldest fresh food market, Eastern Market, is located in the heart of the all the action. Community events, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts are only a few of the great surprises Eastern Market has to offer.
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The Folger is home to one of the largest collections of Shakespeare’s works and other books and manuscripts from the Renaissance. Not only is this free library open to the public from 10 to 5pm most days, but also attracts experts, teachers, and scholars alike.
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