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White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20500 (National Mall)
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Ranked #73 of 256 Attractions in Washington DC
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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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Whitehall, PA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I wasn't expecting to see too much on this tour. However, the tour did provide a great deal of interesting historical information and access to several rooms within the White House. I would recommend the tour and suggest planning ahead to make sure you can secure tickets in time for your trip. Also, if you can take the Garden Tour... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
27 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Amazing to stand at the gates and gaze at the Presidential office and residence. Such a shame that security is so heavy and prevents a closer look. Whilst there, the whole area/park was cleared by the police and security guards; we assumed that President Obama was coming home. Just as striking at night and well worth the walk.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We had put in a request to our Representative for this tour six months in advance, and finally received the reservation two weeks before our trip. Our reservation was for 9:30 and we arrived at 9:15, as they requested. Stood in line for about 15 minutes and then started through the security. They checked our id's two different times and... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Some individuals in the rooms we toured were great with sharing info about the room where in other rooms it appeared that the person was waiting for their shift to be done-not social at all. It's like one of those things you do because you're in DC so you have to see the White House, but the Capitol Tour hosted... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We should have done our homework before arriving in DC. We could have enjoyed a free tour of the White House gardens, but we did not have enough time. While security is extremely stringent and access has diminished even since our last visit to DC, it would still have been phenomenal to have had the opportunity to see the gardens... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

First time attending one of their annual Garden Tours, and it was lovely! We entered fairly quickly, but there were alot of visitors during this time, which was a little hectic at moments. We were able to take some great pictures. The kitchen garden was nice to see. I do wish Michelle or the President had maybe come outside for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I requested a tour through our Representative about 4 months in advance; however, you will not find out if you get a tour until about 2 weeks before your trip. When you go online to request a tour, make sure you have everyone's social security numbers because they want them all! We saw a couple of people in a small... More

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Happened to be in DC on the weekend of the garden tour (October 19), so this was a last minute plan. I highly recommend taking hte opportunity to check it out if in town when the gardens are open for viewing. Up close views of the White House and a nice stroll through the gardens. We had the 11:30 am... More

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Perth, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

we were there about the time of the white house breach and there was a heavy presence of secret service agents. I was surprised that there is not a boundary fence around the President's home. An impressive and iconic sight to see in real life. Snipers on the roof

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Only able to view from the outside as it is almost impossible to get permission to gain entry, unless you are a US citizen. The day I was there, there was some sort of demonstration so busy with them rather than tourists. One of the protesters kindly put his banner down and took a pic of me outside, then went... More

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