Horror on the Hill in Washington, DC

Scary DC237 Pennsylvania Avenue SEWashington, DC 20003
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Embark on Washington DC’s most terrifying tour in The U.S. Capitol Building, one of the most haunted buildings in the world. Along the way, you’ll hear historic ghost stories, see haunted places around the landmark, and perhaps even spot a ghost. Keep your eyes peeled and your senses alert throughout your tour—you never know how the supernatural will choose to reveal themselves to you!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour Time: 8:30 pm-10:00 pm
  • Tour begins at 237 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Operates rain or shine.
  • Wear attire appropriate for the weather forecast and comfortable walking shoes.


from Horror on the Hill
Hear spectral stories about the most haunted building in the world! – the Capitol Building where the U.S. Congress meets. Did you hear the one about the demon cat, the drunken phantasm, the singing specter, the miserly ghost, the sleeping spirit, the vengeful wraith, the scholarly spook, judgmental visitant, the presidential phantom? Take our tour and meet them all, especially John Quincy Adams of the Capitol, James Madison of the Library of Congress, and William Howard Taft of the Supreme Court.

Reserve Washington DC Customer Reviews

Megan Loftsgaarden
Bethesda, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice Walk Around the Capital"
September, 2018
We got dinner with friends near the meetup spot, then went for the tour. It was a small, friendly group, and our tour guide was VERY into it. Compared to other ghost tours we’ve been on in the area (Harper’s Ferry, WV; and Gettysburg, PA), there isn’t as much material, however, the nighttime views of the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court, sprinkled in with some DC lore is really something. I learned a lot, and we were entertained. I’m OK with the $20 I spent on my ticket!
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Tip: Wear comfy walking shoes. Several nice dining options beforehand in the area.

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Sharla F
"Fun DC Evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2019
We had a great time on this tour! Our guide, (Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase) was knowledgeable, funny, and engaging. Our family of five (kids ages 14-20) all enjoyed this quirky history tour with a bit of spookiness mixed in.
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Theresa G
"Nice evening stroll"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 18, 2018
Our tour guide was personable and told stories easily. Not many were really scary, almost sounded made up, but all were entertaining. Great backdrop of capital and courts. Fun night!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2018
This was a fun tour - a bit of odd DC history with a dash of the paranormal mixed in. Tour guy had a lovable nerd vibe to him. He was professional and courteous.
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"Great Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018
A fantastic tour up by the Capitol where lots of spooky people have and are still working. The guide was not only entertaining, but informative and fun.
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Brian S
"Night Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2018
Samuel Chase or guide was funny and informative. He stayed in character the entire time which I thought was very good. It was a pleasure taking this tour. We all had a great time seeing the sites at night on Capital Hill. Thank you Scary DC we will visit you again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Horror on the Hill

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 1.5 hours long and begins at 8:30 pm.

Where do I meet for the tour?
Tours meet at 237 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003.

What happens if it rains?
Since weather reports are unreliable, tours go in all kinds of weather. If our tour guides feel it is unsafe, they will delay or postpone, but never cancel unless they check with management.

What should I wear?
Wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.

What should I bring?
Bring a valid photo ID, umbrella, and water bottle.

Is gratuity included in my tour cost?
No. Tips for your tour guide are always appreciated, but never required.

Is this tour appropriate for kids?