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White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20500 (National Mall)
202-208-1631
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #72 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: For information on setting up a White House tour or the logistics (what you can’t bring on the tour etc.) The tour itself lasts about 20 - 45... more »
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Another place which gets pretty crowded but again what can you expect. Can get a bit pushy but if everyone is patient then everything's fine. A must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Get your request in through your local congress early to be able to take the tour. My husband, I and my stepchildren did this and all I can say is goosebumps!!! To walk through the halls where all the past and present presidents, celebrities and dignitaries have walked was just amazing. Seeing places where they have dinners and press conferences... More

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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you made your way to DC, then you should stop by and see the White House. Easy to walk to from the metro and a great photo opp. I would have liked to tour the White House, but maybe next time. I hear that is the best way to see the White House, so it is on the agenda... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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101 reviews 101 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

A grand house which definitely has mana. We saw the Presidential Helicopters coming and going which was cool. Make sure you view from North and South sides and check out the West wing. We couldn't get in for a tour which was disappointing.

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Buffalo, New York
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183 reviews 183 reviews
55 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When I visited this place in my youth it was a grand, historical experience. This past weekend when the wife and I were in DC visiting we thought we would include it among our stops. We were profoundly disappointed by the change and utter lack of hospitality. There are many great sights to see in DC, the White House is... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It was such a treat to be able to tour the white house. From what i have heard, it is a lot shorter and more confined tour than 20+ years ago, but so worth the effort of getting passes. (You have to contact your local US senator on their website to request the passes, usually 3-6 months in advance). We... More

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Pennsylvania
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

On a previous trip to DC, my husband and I decided we wanted to take a tour of the White House. Not so fast. We found out that in order to tour the inside of the White House, you need to make a request through a local congressman, have background checks done, and wait 3 months to get your tour... More

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Forest Hills, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

You need 6 months to get a tour (you go through your congressperson to get it). It was cool being outside but would have loved a tour. We plan on going back but planning a little further ahead.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We only visited the exterior of the White House, which is all most people can do, but it is still such an awesome symbol. You can see it many times and never lose the amazement of knowing what the building means and stands for and all the great people who have served in it. Know that protests (peaceful) are common... More

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San Diego
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82 reviews 82 reviews
49 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I found the White House to be no big deal. It looks just like it did the last 10,000 times I saw it on TV. Maybe if Barack had been hitting golf balls on the lawn, then it would have been interesting! What's distracting is the overwhelming security force around the perimeter of the White House. It struck me as... More

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