White House

White House, Washington DC

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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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Neighborhood: National Mall
How to get there
  • Farragut West • 6 min walk
  • McPherson Square • 7 min walk
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Stacy
Nashville, TN148 contributions
First and foremost, you cannot just walk up to the White House and request a tour. These tours must be planned in advance and require background checks. The request can be made up to three months in advance and in as little as 21 days in advance. I recommend submitting the request 90 days in advance if you know you will be going to D.C. and want to tour the White House. The request is submitted through your Congressman.

This tour is self-guided with Security and Secret Service in every room to answer questions. The gift shop is small and has a limited variety of souvenirs. You only have one opportunity to visit as it's at the beginning of the tour. (I bought my souvenirs at White House Gift Shop located across the street from the side you exit the White House.) The areas of the East Wing you can tour are the Blue Room, Red Room, and Green Room; the State Dining Room; and the China Room. Photos are permitted with the specified camera types.

The Security process is a maze of sorts. I do not say this as a criticism but as someone who was unsure of what to do or where to go. There is a building nearby called the White House Visitor Center but this is NOT where you go if you have a scheduled tour time. The entrance is very unassuming but detailed instructions are provided in your tour confirmation email.

Overall, this is a great experience but not one to be had more than once.
Written February 2, 2020
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Pooja
Ghaziabad, India21 contributions
Friends
March is probably the best time to visit Washington DC.. had a spectacular walk in the city where the cherry blossom trees were in full bloom. The city looked beautiful on a bright sunny day with a temperature of 15 degrees. Had typically American huge size mid day meal at one of the Mexican Vans paked near Capitol ... It was decent for the price .. spotted many offical choppers flying over White House . Overall a beautiful day .
Written March 30, 2021
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cmschw@comcast.net
Alexandria, VA4,516 contributions
The White House is a must see while visiting DC! In the Covid virus era you cannot expect to tour the president's home. So you get out and walk around the building. In the Christmas season you best see the White House by timing your visit to see the National Christmas Tree. Do this at night. One way to do this is by a bus tour. We live in the DC area. We recommend renting a car and driving through the city. Get out of your car and walk around the White House. While your renting a car make certain you see nearby buildings: Renwick Gallery:Lincoln Memorial; Washington Monument ( you won't be able to walk or ride to the top of this monument during the Covid era}; The US Capital is best viewed by car, park and walk around because you will not be allowed in due to Covid; National Archives (check to see if you can tour inside); the Outdoor monuments including but not limited to the Viet Nam Memorial, The Martin Luther King memorial; and The FDR Memorial. You can see the outdoor monuments during the Covid era.
Written January 1, 2021
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Queenstravelbuff
New York City12,855 contributions
I only went for Photo Ops, its difficult to get a tour, as you have to reserve 2 weeks in advance from your local representative,

If you want the best photos, you need to go early, like before lunch.

You need to get photos from the front and back of the building, You have to walk around and you dont get very close to the building.

If you are lucky you might see the President walking on the South Lawn of the white house
Written August 2, 2021
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redhead_roaming
Seattle, WA2,352 contributions
We went on a random day of the week, around 11am, when it had been drizzling out (but was becoming sunny) so it was pretty quiet in the area.

We weren't sure the best way to view the White House. At the corner of 17th St SW & E St NW, there is a path through a park, which is what we took. It's a little intimidating because there's a security checkpoint right there but it's only for cars and pedestrians can freely walk on the path.

It's pretty hard to see the White House properly after all the added security after 9/11 but it's the reality of the situation. In the end, it's a building so I'm not broken hearted that I can't see it closer.
Written April 7, 2022
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Ed C
Chesapeake, VA84 contributions
The tour of the White House is not one to be missed, but it does take some advance planning as you need to request a date about 90 days in advance. The security is tight and they will check you closely. No purses or bags - yes it worse than going through airport security. The house is beautiful and it is hard to believe that they hold tours and the rollback out the rugs and vacuum and mop and it doesn't look like several hundred people just wandered through. By 1030 it is like they were never there and usage goes back to the first family. Well worth the time and effort to arrange your visit ahead of time.
Written February 20, 2020
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Doug M
Chesterfield, MO791 contributions
It's a neat deal to get to go into the White House, for sure. But you only get to walk past or through about a half dozen rooms, all general use rooms on the first floor, and just looking in from the doorway to many of them. The security is pretty amazing, though - I forget now whether there were three or four separate checkpoints to get through, including one where a fan blows air from you over to a bomb sniffing dog.
Written January 5, 2020
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Michelle B
Saint Paul, MN80 contributions
I did not expect the white house to be in the heart of downtown DC, I was a little sad that we could not see it very well or get very close. They were doing 'fence' construction so there was a big wall up in front and you could only see the white house from one side. I wanted to get closer to the white house christmas tree, but it was all blocked off so we could only see if from a distance. We were there in December, so I was excited to see it all decorated for christmas and was sadly disappointed. I have never been to DC before, so was glad I got to see what I did, but will plan better for the next trip
Written January 17, 2020
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CristinaAriadna
Teddington, UK222 contributions
Friends
We wanted to schedule a visit inside but as our group was made of different nationalities we couldn't schedule things properly with our embassies so we gave up. We saw it both sides, but the back was partly cordoned off as the president just came in, so we didn't get close enough to see it, and the front is so far away that you can barely see it. I was definitely disappointed as I was expecting it to be a bit bigger and closer. I did research before we got there and knew a lot about it but still, didn't prepare me for how small and far it was. For decent photos make sure you have a good camera with decent zoom.
Written May 11, 2020
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NikaNumber1
Royal Oak, MI6,476 contributions
Solo
I don’t know of a more pristinely white and more famous house in the world than the White House.

It’s so iconic, it’s had stage, TV and film replicas of it and there are even small replicas of them in Kosovo too.

It’s such a simple but perfect name for such a house that South Korea has their own Blue house (Cheong Wa Dae) for their president as well.

If you are in DC, this is a must. If you can get a tour, even better. I didn’t prep enough to get in inside tour.
Written March 19, 2020
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