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White House

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20500 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202-208-1631
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Ranked #69 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Owner description: One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols...
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Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.
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Cooperstown, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We requested our visit in July through our congressman, six months in advance. It was absolutely worth the effort for this Christmas-time activity. I had visited as a kid, and loved taking my girls through the building. The walk-through is self-guided. Don't expect an informative tour. In total, we were there for about 30 minutes. We loved the White House... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I was beyond excited, having applied through the governors office a few months ago we found out 2 weeks ago we had a place on the tour. We arrived 30 mins early - didn't want to miss it. It is a little disorganized at the line up but we made it into the grounds and through security. Somewhat strange that... More 

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Brussels
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

There were some works in the area and so the information centre was in a temporary location. You cannot visit the White House but also the surrounding area and nothing really interesting to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The White House is a must see while in Washington DC. Unless you have booked a tour through your congress person at least 3 weeks in advance you are going to have to settle for walking by. Our first evening in town we walked down to Pennsylvania ave but found a large amount of police officers blocking the street they... More 

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Pittsburgh
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We just took the White House tour today. While it was beautiful and well decorated, I was rather shocked by the lack of premium ornaments. Seriously, a lot of the ornaments looked like they came straight from Michael's. I was really surprised. I was expecting some serious craftsmanship and came away scratching my head....especially the glass icicle trees. ? They... More 

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Frederick, MD
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We were all so excited to take a tour of the White House at Christmastime. The planning and communication with our Congressman (John Delaney, MD) began in September and our liaison, Taylor was very kind but woefully uninformed on protocol. We were told that all we could bring in was a small clutch and 4 of us did just that.... More 

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Trenton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The White House is interesting to see. It really looks bigger when you are there standing in front of it. No Tours through it though, that would've been nice. There are many little souvenir stands around it which was nice.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Although we couldn't get anywhere near to the fence due to heightened security, it was amazing to see The White House for real!! Walk around the back to see the lovely gardens. A must see if you're ever in DC just because it's the most famous house in the world!! :-)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

While we wrote our Congresswoman two months in advance, we were not able to score a tour of the White House. Saddening, but understandable. I miss the days when you just showed up, waited in line and got a tour, but I realize that is not how things work anymore. OK, nostalgia over. It turns out, I know a guy... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Just crossing from the Washington Monument toward the Constitution Avenue, naturally in north direction, in our exploring of Washington DC we got to the interesting path in the shape of elipse. In so called President's Park, we made some stroll on the bright, sunny day. In the mass of tourists, we observed the white building in the distance, over the... More 

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