After you go up to the fifth floor (I recommend the elevator), you still have three hundred stairs to climb before getting to the top of the Capital dome.
The last set of stairs is suspended in the air over the inner-glass dome 75 feet below. And below that? Open air down to the ground floor.
We went step by step, taking breaks to catch our breath and admire the beautiful details. At the upper gallery, you get an up-close look at the fresco decoration and four paintings dating back to 1902. Each stands for power, knowledge, plenty and piece.
Once you reach the top and stand outside, clinging to the railing, the views are breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see up to 30 miles away! Over the past two years, more than 60,000 people of all ages (from age 2 to 88) have taken the trip. If you'd like to take the trip to the top, just visit the tourist desk in the Capitol during business hours!