One of our travel goals is to see every state’s Capitol building. During our road trip across the US last month, we got to see 7, bringing our total to 14/50! Every State Capitol building is different and unique in its own way. Most offer free guided tours that will teach you about the building, its history, and how the government is run in each state (they are all different).
We highly recommend taking a tour if you can because you’ll not only learn a lot but often, you’ll be let into rooms you wouldn’t otherwise be allowed in. Google the building to find out information on their hours and when tours are given. Every state does it differently – some buildings are open 7 days a week, while others are closed on weekends. Some only offer tours on certain days, while others do them every day or not at all.
Here are the 7 State Capitol buildings we saw last month.
Ohio – Columbus
Indiana – Indianapolis
We were allowed inside a few of the offices during our tour.
Iowa – Des Moines
Iowa had such a beautiful library inside the building.
Nebraska – Lincoln
Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
Arkansas – Little Rock
In the Arkansas Capitol, they let you inside their vault where you can hold $500,000! It’s much heavier than you would think!
Kentucky – Frankfort
We had not originally planned to visit the Kentucky Capitol Building but realized on our last day there that we were fairly close to it. They are closed on Sundays, so we couldn’t see inside, but the outside looked lovely!