All visits to the White House are free. Please note that tours are subject to last-minute cancellations according to official White House schedule. Fridays and Saturdays, unless otherwise stated. Public visits to the White House remain temporarily suspended until further notice.
Public visits to the White House are free and can be scheduled through your congressional representative. Please refer to the ticketing section for more information. Visitors will enter the White House complex from the south side of East Executive Avenue. After passing through the security screening area, guests will enter the east wing of the White House and continue through the eastern colonnade following the route to the residence shown on the White House tourist map below.
Requests for the White House tour must be submitted through your member of Congress, either in the House or in the Senate. Visits to the White House are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and must be requested at least 21 days prior to your visit. Applications can be submitted up to three months in advance. Do you want to see the Christmas decorations? Send your Christmas tour requests in autumn.
All tours are free. Requests for public visits must be submitted through your member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available on Fridays and Saturdays (except federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of spaces available. The visit to the White House is free. Please note that visits to the White House may be subject to last minute cancellation.
A tour of the White House is just one of many great things to do in DC. To visit the White House, it's important to know that you need to book your tickets in advance, MONTHS in advance. You can apply for White House tours up to 6 months in advance and must do so no later than 3 weeks. Citizens and residents, applications must go through the office of your district member of Congress (find your member here).
If you are coming during the peak tourist season from March to April or from June to August, we recommend you at least 3 months or more in advance to request tickets. If you are from a foreign country, we recommend that you go through their embassy in Washington DC, DC. Not all embassies will be interested or useful in the application. However, nothing prevents you from requesting a tour through any member of Congress.
There is no real requirement that you be a resident of your district or state to do so. Most will ask you for contact information at home and during your stay in DC, available dates for tours and total people in your group. In this section, we review where to enter the White House grounds, how to get there, as well as safety and prohibited items. We strongly recommend using our Google map to get directions to the entry point of the tour.
No White House metro station. The nearest metro stop to the entrance of the tour is Metro Center (red, orange, blue and silver lines) (take the 13th Street exit), which is only a 7-minute walk away. When you go up the escalators, you'll be facing 13th Street. Take 13th Street south (downhill) and turn right onto E Street and go straight until you reach 15th Street.
The McPherson Square subway station (orange, blue and silver lines) is also close to the White House. Mass transit is recommended to get to the White House. If you must drive, you can find a parking spot in a nearby garage through a service called SpotHero. This website allows you to reserve guaranteed parking spots in advance, often for a cheaper price than the garage itself would charge.
If you have been granted a tour, you must arrive before the meeting time at the visitor entrance. The tour lines up along 15th Street NW on the west side of the street next to the statue of William Tecumseh Sherman. It's across the street from where Pennsylvania Ave NW ends up dead end at 15th St NW. You will check in with the park ranger standing guard outside the temporary fence.
Security is a concern everywhere in Washington, but nowhere else but in the White House. You will need a valid government-issued ID or passport in order to enter the White House for each member of your group. You'll need to queue for security, so make sure you arrive at least half an hour before your tour time. More time in high season or in a group).
There is no dress code for touring the White House, but because of the importance of the building, you must dress well. Smartphones and compact cameras with a lens of no more than 3 inches (still images only) are allowed on the route of the public tour as long as their use does not interfere with the enjoyment of the tour by other guests. Flash photography or live streaming is not allowed, as well as talking or texting on mobile phones during the tour. Once inside, the tour is self-guided and will last about half an hour.
Although the White House has 135 rooms in total, you are only shown through several rooms that you use for entertainment. You will NOT see the family home, the Oval Office or the West Wing. Situation Room Video Tour Learn About West Wing Marines Watch Marine One Land in the South Lawn You will see many helicopters during your visit to Washington, D.C. And they usually won't transport the president.
Most helicopters fly along the National Mall, over the tidal basin and the Potomac River. When you see three helicopters flying through the National Mall, just after the Washington Monument (that's why there are flashing red lights on top), one of them is Marine One. For advance planning, you can keep an eye on the president's schedule. It will give an approximate time for the president to leave the South Lawn.
Marine One is often used to transport the president to Andrews Joint Base to board Air Force One. The best place to see Marine One land if you want to be as close as possible is on the south side of the White House, an area called The Ellipse. Normally, the circular sidewalk that forms the ellipse is open to the public, but when the president leaves, the side closest to the White House is closed. If you want to see Marine One with some DC landmarks in the frame, stop at the World War II Memorial, opposite the Washington Monument.
The three helicopters will fly in front of the Washington Monument, queuing up for a big photo shoot. Officially, any helicopter the president is in is Marine One. That's the call sign for any USMC plane that has the president on board, just like the Air Force, one denotes any plane carrying the president. Marine One helicopters have standard military anti-missile countermeasures, ballistic armor and can continue to fly even if they lose one of the three engines.
It can accommodate 14 passengers, but it is quiet enough that the President can use a normal tone of voice on his secure line to the White House. After extensive renovation, the White House Visitor Center is now open again to the public. There are more than 90 new artifacts on display, many of which have never been exhibited before. Some of our favorites are the desk where Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat when he gave his famous fireside talks and a scale model of the White House.
Inside the White House Visitor Center, you can watch a 14-minute film that takes you inside the White House and the lives of the First Families. Anyone visiting DC can experience the history and art of the White House in person after submitting a visit request through a member of Congress. If you would like to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, contact their embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a travel application. As part of the president and Mrs.
Obama's commitment to open the White House to as many Americans as possible, we've partnered with Google Art Project and allowed his 360 Street View cameras to capture rooms featured on the public tour. Now, anyone, anywhere, can experience the history and art of the White House through their computer. All guests over the age of 18 must present a valid government-issued photo ID (detailed below). All foreign citizens must present their passport.
Not all other forms of foreign identification will be accepted. Name, date of birth, city, etc. Other forms of identification will not be accepted; photocopies, expired IDs or other transmissions of these documents are NOT valid. Video cameras are not allowed, including action camcorders, cameras with removable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods or camera sticks.
The Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. Umbrellas, wallets, car keys and cell phones (including those with cameras) are allowed. However, guests will not be able to use cell phones inside the White House. Phones used inside the White House can be confiscated by the U.S.
Please note that there are no storage facilities available in or around the resort. People arriving with prohibited items will not be able to enter the White House. The nearest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines). Street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
The closest bathrooms to the White House are located in the Ellipse Visitors Pavilion (the park area south of the White House). Restrooms or pay phones are not available at the White House. Visitors scheduled for tours that require the loan of a wheelchair must notify the officer at the visitor entrance upon arrival. Visitors in wheelchairs, or with other mobility disabilities, use the same visitor entrance and are escorted by a ramp from the entrance level to the ground floor, and by elevator from the ground floor to the state floor.
Contact your member of Congress if you are hearing or visually impaired and need help during your tour of the White House. Guide animals allowed in the White House. All visitors should call the 24-hour Visitors Bureau information line at 202-456-7041 to determine if any last-minute changes have been made to the tour schedule. There are two main tours of the White House: East Wing or West Wing tours.
The East Wing is by far the most common tour of the White House and allows you to access where the president lives. On the contrary, the tour of the west wing is where the business takes place, and it includes the famous Oval Office. As the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States, the White House is one of the most iconic and easily recognizable buildings in the world. President since John Adams in 1800, the White House is a historically and culturally important building that attracts millions of visitors throughout the year.
The site for the White House was selected by George Washington in 1791, with the cornerstone laid by Irish architect James Hoban a year later. The extensive and ambitious construction took 8 years to complete, and although it was Washington who commissioned it, it unfortunately died before it was completed. In the early 20th century, several additions were made to the building, including the iconic west wing that houses the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, the Situation Room, and the Roosevelt Room, among others. During the Great Depression, the White House suffered negligence as a result of declining funding, and urgent renovations were needed during the 1940s.
Now one of the most well-kept and beloved buildings in the United States, the White House as we know it today houses 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 6 levels of residence, as well as 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators. Anyone visiting the capital city of Washington, D.C. There is a Metrobus stop located on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street, which is the closest stop to the White House Visitor Center. The numbers 30, 32, 34, 35 and 36 of the Pennsylvania Avenue Line stop there.
The Blue, Silver and Orange Lines stop at Farragut West, McPherson Square or Metro Center stations, all within walking distance of the Visitor Center. The White House is one of the most popular attractions in the world. Every year, the demand for tours exceeds the places available, so before you leave, make sure you know the best ways to maximize your chances of getting a tour inside the world-famous White House. To visit rooms that are available for public inspection at the White House, you will need to book a tour in advance.
Tours are free and self-guided, but you must request permission to visit at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival to receive authorization from the U.S. UU. You can request visits up to 3 months in advance through your member of Congress, but there is no guarantee that your application will be accepted. Tours take place in groups of 10, and you will be placed in a group with other visitors prior to your arrival if there are not enough in your own group.
You will need to submit information about each member of your group, including their address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, and country of citizenship. You will need to show your ID upon arrival, and your ID must exactly match all the information you submitted in your application. A government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or military ID, is acceptable to the U.S. If you plan to visit the White House from abroad, you will need to contact your home country's embassy in Washington, D.C.
To submit a travel request prior to your departure. Foreign nationals must present their passports; no other form of foreign identification will be considered acceptable. If you need the use of a wheelchair during your visit, you can apply for a wheelchair loan at the visitor's entrance upon arrival. Unfortunately, reservations are not possible, but if you can secure one, there is a ramp to allow access to the entrance on the ground floor and a lift that takes you from the ground floor to the state floor.
Unsurprisingly, security is tight inside and around the White House. Visitors must adhere to strict rules about what they can and cannot take with them during the tour. You should also be aware that there are no storage facilities in the White House, so if you accidentally bring prohibited items, there is nowhere to leave them and you will be denied entry to the tour. Leave everything on the list above at home or in your hotel room.
In these technology-friendly times, smartphone users will be delighted to know that there is a White House Experience mobile app that you can download to enhance your experience during your visit. Available on both iOS and Android, this is a useful tool for visitors who have not been successful in finding a place on an official tour, as well as for those who have. Guests can enjoy a virtual tour of the White House and the surrounding president's neighborhood, as well as take a tour of the history of the White House and how its customs have evolved. There are also a number of fun features to raise a smile.
Take a selfie with the presidential appearance feature, or take the opportunity to virtually fly the presidential helicopter around Washington, D.C. The virtual tour of the White House offers visitors a glimpse into the interiors of public areas, including the East Wing, the Family Theater, the Library, the Vermeil Room, the China Room, the Diplomatic Reception Room, the Map Room, the State Floor, as well as the famous West Wing rooms such as the Oval Office, the Hall of the Cabinet and Press Room. You can also take a look at some of the upper floors, such as the Treaty Room, Lincoln Bedroom, Queen's Bedroom, and President's Dining Room. This tour stops at a variety of historical landmarks, such as Decatur House, Lafayette Square, St.
John's Church, Treasury Building, North Lawn, Blair House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Lawn and Ellipse, and the White House Visitor Center. The app also provides information about the points of interest in each of these locations. During spring and autumn, the White House opens its impressive and extensive gardens to visitors. With the sun shining in Washington, D, C.
The Spring Garden Tour usually takes place on a single weekend in April, while the Autumn Gardens Tour will be held over a weekend in September. Both tours of the White House gardens are free and open to the public, but are only open to ticket holders. The Rose Garden is famous for the lush green lawn often seen at outdoor press conferences, and can be found just outside the west wing overlooking the Oval Office. The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden is dedicated to the former first lady, and open lawns and beautiful borders are often used for parties, teas and award ceremonies.
The South Lawn is where the president departs and lands on the official presidential helicopter, Marine One, and is also where the famous annual Easter Egg Roll is held. It is also home to a variety of magnolia trees that were first planted by President Andrew Jackson in the 19th century. The world-famous White House Easter Egg Roll, which often attracts 35,000 parents and children in the South Lawn, is one of the most exciting events on the White House calendar. Had it not been this kind gesture by the then president, the Egg Roll might never have happened, as members of Congress had already passed a law banning rolling eggs outside the White House, as they felt it was too harmful.
The White House Easter Bunny has celebrity status, and the giant 6-foot bunny costume has been often worn by members of Congress, first wives and a variety of famous celebrities. Located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. With just 1,600 square feet of museum-quality exhibits and galleries, there's always something new to see at the Visitor Center. There are nearly 100 famous historical artifacts on display, including President Franklin D.
Roosevelt's desk and a number of other interesting pieces, many of which have never been exposed to the public before. The Visitor Center also houses a large-scale model of the White House and a number of interactive exhibits, including a touch-screen tour of the interior. Located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. The park is home to some of the most famous statues, monuments and structures in Washington, D.C.
Over the years, the Presidential Park has hosted many important events in history. These include marches and rallies organized by suffragettes, freedom fighters and anti-war protesters, as well as welcoming thousands of visitors to enjoy the annual Easter Egg Roll and the lighting of the national Christmas tree. The National Park Service promotes 2 very different sides of the park for visitors to explore. Starting at the White House Visitor Center, visitors can continue to 15th Street to Lafayette Park on the Northern Trail.
Opened in the 1820s and redesigned in the 1960s, the park has been used as a racetrack, slave market, camp for soldiers and many other things along the way. Located in the southeast corner of Lafayette Square, this bronze statue was erected in 1891 and portrayed the Marquis of Lafayette requesting the French National Assembly to assist Americans in their struggle for independence. On an adjoining pedestal, there is a female bronze figure, symbolizing the United States, who turns to him and raises an imploring sword. In commemoration of Polish patriot Thaddeus Kosciuszko and his lifelong dedication to the struggle for freedom in the United States and Poland, this bronze monument is located in the northeast corner of Lafayette Park.
Portraying Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1779) as he inspects American troops during the American Revolution, this statue recognizes not only his leadership, but also his commitment to raising the standards of disinfection for soldiers during the war. This French general commanded 5,500 Royal French Expeditionary Forces to assist with US forces during the war. The statue depicts Rochambeau leading his troops, as well as a female figure, Liberty, who raises 2 flags in his left hand, symbolizing the unity of the United States. Bernard Baruch was a wealthy financier from New York City who also served the country as an economic advisor during World War I and World War II.
Legend has it that he hated being taken to the White House and preferred instead to sit on a bench and wait for a sign that the president was ready to meet him. In his honor, a memorial bench with a bronze plaque set in granite block was dedicated on August 16, 1960, Baruch's 90th birthday. These huge ornamental bronze urns were cast with a melted cannon from the Civil War. They sit on giant pedestals in the center of Jackson Place and are a reminder of the arduous battles waged by Americans during the Civil War.
Erected to honor the 17,660 dead who served in the U.S. UU. During World War I, this monument was later expanded to include a memorial to some of the most important battles of World War II and the Korean War. It serves as a place of quiet contemplation and remembrance.
This simple granite pit was erected to remember the 18 original patent holders whose land grants spanned the federal city site. Each side of the monument contains a relief panel carved with a symbol of the agricultural activities of the early pioneers, and the names of the original owners are inscribed on the base. This 4-foot tall pink granite shaft is the official starting point for measuring the distances of roads from Washington, D.C. It was built to mark the starting point of the first transcontinental military motorized convoy that traveled from Washington, D.C.
This was built in memory of the heroism of the soldiers of the First Division of the American Expeditionary Forces who gave their lives during World War I. Other additions were also made to commemorate those who died both in World War II and in the Vietnam War, as well as in the Gulf War. As perhaps one of the most famous areas of President's Park, the Elipse is a large open area surrounded by an oval path. Over the years, the site has been used as a garbage dump, horse pens and even a slaughterhouse, but now it is often the meeting place for demonstrations and celebrations.
It wouldn't be complete without taking a series of White House snapshots. There are several ways to capture stunning images of one of the most iconic buildings in the world, even if you can't get close to it. This view of the White House is one of the most famous images in the world. There is a considerable distance between the sidewalk and the White House (as you would expect), but it's not impossible to get good pictures.
If you want to make the impression that you are inside the White House grounds, find a gap in the fence that is large enough to slide your digital camera. Taking a picture of the White House directly can make it look like it's leaning back a little bit. This is because there are no parallel vertical lines in the historic building. You can go with it and enjoy its imperfections or, if you want your images to look super stylish, use the lens correction tool in Photoshop to fix this.
If you don't mind seeing the fence in your photographs, there are also some stunning images that can be captured in Lafayette Park, where you can also add stunning seasonal flowers in the foreground. On the south side of the White House, there are many trees lining the south lawn, which can be prohibitive to the eye. However, there are 2 walkways on E Street that offer you excellent photo opportunities. You can take pictures through the fence on the north side of the street, or cross them to include people and bustling street scenes to add a sense of perspective.
Taking a short walk further away from the building itself, the Ellipse offers the opportunity to take some great shots, and if you're lucky, you might be able to get Marine One in there as well. The Washington Monument base on Constitution Avenue also offers some interesting views, as it has a slightly elevated position. Different seasons and times of day offer different opportunities to capture the perfect picture. During the holiday season, the national Christmas tree is bright and festive, and the White House provides a beautiful backdrop for great holiday images, while the gardens around the White House look fantastic in both spring and fall.
Summer is the busiest time of year for visitors, so capturing images without viewers is next to impossible, but they can add an extra layer of perspective to final shots. Early morning and early evening shots add atmosphere, as the building looks magically lit up at night. Although he was responsible for commissioning the construction of the White House, his term ended 3 years before the construction works were completed and one year after his death. The president has never lived in the White House during his tenure.
The Oval Office was first used in 1909, and the oval shape was inspired by Washington's love for unusually shaped rooms. It was believed that he preferred the round-shaped rooms in his home in Philadelphia, as he felt that it made them more suitable for hosting formal meetings. Controversial, but true, records from the White House show that the house was built by African-American slaves who were trained as stonemasons, masons and carpenters to help complete the construction project. This fact was brought to the attention of the American public by the former first lady, Michelle Obama.
The White House was lit by gas light until 1891, when the electrical system was first installed. The idea of electric lighting was still quite novel at the time, and President Benjamin Harrison was concerned about the dangers of touching a light switch. To protect himself throughout his time in office, he always had someone else turn the lights on and off for him. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was responsible for ensuring that the White House was and remains fully wheelchair accessible.
Having suffered from polio, FDR was paralyzed below the waist and spent his time in office tied to a wheelchair. Because of this, it was responsible for adding elevators and ramps throughout the White House, making it one of the first wheelchair-friendly buildings in Washington, D.C., C. With such a high turnover of residents, it should come as no surprise that several people have also died within the confines of their walls. Among the famous deceased are Presidents William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, as well as first ladies Letitia Tyler, Caroline Harrison and Ellen Wilson as well.
Many residents, employees and guests have claimed to feel the power of the paranormal during their time at the White House. To this day, it is rumored that the ghost of Abraham Lincoln still walks the sacred halls and halls, and many sightings of him have been reported throughout the house. The White House has a secret entrance that is only used by the president and secret visitors. This is not unusual for high-profile buildings, but to enter through the secret entrance of the White House, visitors must go through 2 tunnels and an alley before reaching the basement.
This intricate entry system was originally designed during World War II, when there was an underground bomb shelter that was located below the White House. The White House has an outdoor pool that is enjoyed during the warmer months, but it also has a hidden indoor pool under its floors. First opened in 1933 for use by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the pool still exists today and can be found directly in the press meeting room.
If the president suffers from a sudden toothache, a lost crown, or a broken filling, there is a dentist on site to take care of that. The basement of the White House houses a dedicated dentist's office, as well as many other useful services, such as a chocolate shop and a flower shop. During a tour of the White House in 2004, the actor was surprised to see that there were no refreshment services for reporters who attended press meetings at the White House. Hanks immediately sent a coffee machine for use in the press meeting room and has since upgraded the original machine twice.
During the Great Depression, there was very little money in the kitten for much-needed maintenance and repairs. Creaking floorboards, leaky roof, weakened wooden beams and swinging balconies put the White House at risk of collapse, but continued damage to the structure was not fully discovered until much later, in 1948, when it was completely renovated. During the invasion of 1814, the British set fire to the White House, just 14 years after it was completed. While today's building has stood for hundreds of years, much of the original building was lost in the fire and reconstruction was not completed until 4 years later.
Home to some of the most famous rooms in the White House, the West Wing wasn't built until the early 20th century. In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt called for the construction of an executive office building next to the residence. President Taft doubled the size of the wing in 1909, which included the Oval Office, making President Taft the first president to use it. Every new presidential resident and their families can bring their pets when they move to the White House.
This means that, over the years, it has been home to many cats and dogs, as well as a variety of more unusual animals. These include a raccoon, possums and even a couple of tiger cubs that were given to President Van Buren. Former President Bill Clinton received a 7-seat hot tub that is installed near the south garden by the pool. Due to the rules and regulations on “giving items to members of Congress”, the hot tub had to be donated as a legitimate therapeutic device.
A spokesman for President Clinton said at the time that the hot tub did help with his injured knee. In fact, it wasn't until 1901 that President Theodore Roosevelt officially adopted the name White House, and has been known by that name ever since. It may surprise you to know that even the presidential family doesn't feed for free in the White House. While they don't have to pay rent or bills while living there, they are responsible for the costs of their personal food, dry cleaning, toiletries, and even the salaries of waiters and other staff members they employ for private events.
These costs are usually only deducted from your salary. When the ship was dismantled by the United Kingdom, K. To this day, we still see presidents sign orders behind this fabulous piece of furniture. Many visitors choose to stay close to the White House during their visit.
Here are some of the best ones to choose. This historic hotel is located on the world-famous Pennsylvania Avenue and has been a D, C. Offering executive suites and deluxe rooms, this 5-star hotel features stately interiors and is a short walk from the White House itself. Stay in style surrounded by city or courtyard views, Keurig coffeemakers and suites with separate living areas, whirlpools, and even your own lobbies.
All guests are invited to enjoy the use of the beauty and wellness treatments available at the Mynd Spa and Salon. You can dine at the authentic French brasserie, Cafe Du Parc, or take advantage of the full concierge service that can help you make the most of your trip to one of the oldest cities in the United States. This luxury hotel offers unparalleled views of the White House from its position on the National Mall, and is as popular with visitors as it is with Washington, D.C. Elegant interiors combined with first-class service and facilities make this 5-star hotel one of the most sought after in the city.
The rooms are unique and well-appointed, and many offer fabulous views of the National Mall. The wood-paneled walls, ornate fireplaces, and chandeliers found in the common areas give the hotel an incredibly grand feel, and visitors may even recognize The Hay-Adams from TV shows, such as House of Cards and Homeland. With a brilliant location for visiting the White House and many other political and cultural landmarks in D, C. This is a modern hotel that has a bright and airy atmosphere, with contemporary rooms and many minimalist touches.
Guests love the large windows with fabulous views of the city, as well as the spacious rooms and the bright and practical common spaces. The hotel also has The Avenue Grill, which serves casual American fare, as well as a lively bar with daily happy hour and a Starbucks coffee shop. This hotel offers affordable 4-star accommodation in the heart of D, C. This glamorous Art Deco hotel is located just 1 block from the White House and adds a touch of European style to most American cities.
With opulent interiors and a seductive French style, this 5-star hotel is located in the heart of the best shopping, dining and attractions the city has to offer. This mid-range hotel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation just 2 blocks from the White House and right next to Farragut West Metro Station, offering easy access to the entire city. Designed with business travelers in mind, this hotel offers collaborative workspaces with super-fast Wi-Fi, wireless printing, and Mac and PC workstations. Rooms are bright and airy and offer stylish interiors with yoga mats and resistance bands, while suites add separate kitchens and living areas.
The hotel also houses Café Soleil, which serves fun French-inspired food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It would be complete without a trip to see one of the most famous buildings in the world. Home to presidents for hundreds of years, the city is steeped in history. If you're lucky enough to secure a spot on an official White House tour, you won't be disappointed.
But even if you can't enter the building itself, there are still plenty of attractions, landmarks, exhibitions and open spaces for you to enjoy in the world-class parks and open spaces around the White House. You can get tickets to visit the White House only through your member of Congress. These tickets must be ordered a minimum of 3 weeks in advance and can be requested as early as 3 months before your tour date. Confirm that you are not a robot.
With the end of lockdowns, demand for travel is increasing to record levels, as are prices. An email is needed if you want to receive feedback updates. If you are successful in your application to book a tour of the White House, there are further instructions and guidelines you should consider that day. Several foreign presidents and dignitaries have stayed at Blair-Lee House over the years, and even today, many foreign heads of state are invited to stay there while visiting the president.
The White House is open for visits in the morning, Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed every Sunday and Monday. Tours are free and self-guided, but you must request permission to visit at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival to receive authorization from the U. While the standard public tour is interesting for architectural and historical reasons, nothing can beat the excitement of the West Wing Tour. These videos offer virtual tours within various parts of the White House that cannot be seen on public tours of the White House.