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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 #74 of 241 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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Kingston, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Saw it from a distance and it was pretty nice, the yard around was very well kept. Also took a tour on a trolley bus that took us by the back of the White House. There was also a White House gift shop near by that you could visit and it also gave a 20 min film of the inside... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Obviously you cannot miss this in a visit to DC. However, although not unexpected, I was a little disappointed with being able to see the White House only from THAT far away. You cannot have good pictures including people with the WH as a background, because the area to take pictures from is also very narrow. And actually, on my... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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249 reviews 249 reviews
123 attraction reviews
305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

You're only able to see the White House from the outside (unless you plan well in advance). Private tours of the inside are possible, but you have to either go through your congressman (if American citizen) or your embassy (if foreign citizen), and it could take up to six months to get approved, if you even do get approved. Otherwise,... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This is an important building that you just can't miss. It was much smaller than I thought it was but the lawns are kept so beautiful!!

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

It´s a must see. The visit to DC is not complete unless you take a picture in front of the White House. It doesn´t matter whether you consider the distance to the building too far or not... Restrooms can be a problem, though

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Springdale, Arkansas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The White House is just a beautiful site to see! You do have to plan ahead and reach out to your congressmen to schedule a tour and obtain proper security clearance. I did not take a tour but theres a beautiful park right in front of the White House where my boyfriend and I enjoyed a nice picnic and we... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Wow, that was amazing , I loved the park around the White House, it was a very small house though, not like what you would imagine based on the movies and pictures, was so good to take a glimpse !!

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Gunnison, Colorado
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175 reviews 175 reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Even with reservations & prior security clearance, the wait standing in the cold was well over one hour! My suggestion: Go in the springtime!! Then you do not have to wait in the cold wind or snow! Because my name on the reservation list was misspelled, I was pulled aside from my group and had to wait for "extra clearance".... More

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New Jersey
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

If you want to tour the White House, you need to reach out to your Congresswoman/man to make a request, and you will want to do that months in advance. Here's a few more tips -- this takes a long wait -- likely an hour or more, so it's probably not a good choice if you have small children. And,... More

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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I have seen White House plenty of times but never went inside. The garden is huge and the house looks just like Parliament House in Athens, Greece. However if you don't see this then you cannot say you saw DC because whenever you say you went to DC, everyone asks did you see the White House.

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