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The White House Tours

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Every year, people from all over the world flock to Washington DC just to get a peek at the 132-room United States White House, which has been the official residence of each US president since 1800.


The Basics

The White House is most often admired from afar, as wandering tourists are unable to step inside and the grounds are only open for special events, such as the White House Easter Egg Roll. In lieu of touring the interior (which can be arranged by making a request through Congress), travelers can catch sight of the structure from behind the front gates or head to the National Park Service’s White House Visitors Center to browse exhibits, watch historic reenactments, or stop by the gift shop.


How to Prepare for the White House Tour

Requests for free, self-guided tours of the East Wing must be submitted through your member of Congress. Tour requests can be made up to three months in advance; this is advised given that they are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. The names, birthdates, and social security numbers of everyone in your party must be submitted. Once approved, you’ll be assigned a tour time (they are available Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30am to 11:30am and Friday and Saturday until 1:30pm). Call the White House Visitors Office information line at (202) 456-7041 for additional tour information.


If you do secure one of these public tours, highlights include the Red Room, used primarily for afternoon tea; the Green Room; and the Blue Room, the setting of the White House Christmas tree. West Wing tours (including the Oval Office) are by invitation only.


What to Know Before Visiting the White House

Here are a few tips to help you plan your visit.

  • Be sure to have your government-issued photo ID with you at all times during your visit.
  • There are no general public storage facilities on site; most visitors bring only their wallet, keys, and cell phone. Compact cameras are also allowed.
  • Prohibited items include no-brainers such as electric stun guns and martial arts weapons/devices. You’ll also want to leave purses, backpacks, video cameras, and book bags at home. The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.
  • The nearest restrooms are in the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
  • Note that visitor access records to the White House complex are made publicly available 90 to 120 days after each visit.

How to Get There

Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the White House can be reached by taking the Washington Metro—disembark at Metro Center, McPherson Square, or Federal Triangle, the closest metrorail station to the visitors entrance. Street parking can be difficult to find.
Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C., USA
Hours: White House Visitor Center: 7:30am-4pm every day
Admission: Varies
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus TourFull-day Tours

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous monuments and memorials, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations. A variety of lunch options (own expense) will be made available.
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Grand Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Grand Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Classic Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Classic Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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Full Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Full Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Extended Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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Private City Tour with Driver GuideHalf-day Tours

Private City Tour with Driver Guide

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Explore Washington DC without the hassle of car rentals or public transit on a private tour with round-trip transport from your Metro-area hotel. In addition to navigating, your guide provides facts and anecdotes often unheard by visitors at DC’s top landmarks, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. Unlike most group tours, a private tour ensures your guide’s full attention and the flexibility to explore at your own pace.
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Private Tour of Washington DC up to 11 GuestsHalf-day Tours

Private Tour of Washington DC up to 11 Guests

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This Private Small-Group Washington DC Tour can accommodate groups up to 11 guests and includes Transportation from site to site, a Professional Driver/Guide, and Hotel Pick-Up within 3 miles of the White House. During your tour, your driver will safely and efficiently navigate your group around Washington, DC.and share the history of the city and details for each of the sites that you choose to visit. Iconic Washington DC sites you may want to visit: US Capitol (grounds), World War II Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima, United States Air Force Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the White House (grounds).
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private SUV Night Tour of Washington DC Half-day Tours

Private SUV Night Tour of Washington DC

This private tour that accommodates up to 4 guests includes transportation from site to site and pickup within 3 miles of the White House. Your guide will safely and efficiently navigate your group around Washington, DC. During your tour, we will share the history of the city and give you details about each of the sites that you will visit. Iconic Washington DC sites you may want to visit: US Capitol Building, World War II Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima, United States Air Force Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington Monument, and the White House (grounds).
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Private Customized DC Sights Biking TourMountain Bike Tours

Private Customized DC Sights Biking Tour

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Experience Washington, DC’s landmarks, museums, and monuments on a three-hour private cycling tour. Your expert guide knows the best bike routes to insure a great day out, and combines historical insights about top DC spots with plenty of opportunities to stop and explore along the way. See the White House, Smithsonian Museums, Lincoln Memorial and more. This tour is ideal for any fitness or experience level and offers visitors a way to see the sights in a relaxed, personalized way. Bike rentals can be arranged at an additional cost.
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Monumental Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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Downtown DC Tour for Small or Large GroupsHalf-day Tours

Downtown DC Tour for Small or Large Groups

Explore Washington DC's historical highlights without getting lost on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the nation's capital to see the places that shaped American history, including the Capitol, the White House, the National Mall, the FBI Building, and the Washington Monument. Admission to Ford's Theater National Historic Site is also included.
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4 Hour Amazing DC TourHalf-day Tours

4 Hour Amazing DC Tour

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Maximize your time in Washington DC by hopping on a private tour that takes you to city highlights such as the White House and national monuments. Ideal for busy travelers who want to see as much as possible in one day, this tour includes efficient private transportation. That way, you don’t waste time walking, navigating public transportation, or waiting on other tourists on a group tour.
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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private TourPrivate and Luxury

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private Tour

Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Day Tour: Private Luxury Tour of Washington DC Half-day Tours

Day Tour: Private Luxury Tour of Washington DC

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See all the main sights in Washington DC with your private chauffeur aboard a late model SUV( Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon). Maximum passengers 7. Sample itinerary: (not in order) - The White House - Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial - National World War II Memorial - Washington Monument - United States Capitol Since this is a private tour you have the ability to skip or add other locations. Keep in mind that the tour cost is for 4 hours only.
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Private Tour of Washington DC at Night with a Chauffeur. Half-day Tours

Private Tour of Washington DC at Night with a Chauffeur.

See all the main sights in Washington DC with your private chauffeur aboard a late model SUV( Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon). Maximum passengers 7. Sample itinerary: (not in order) - The White House - Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial - National World War II Memorial - Washington Monument - United States Capitol Since this is a private tour you have the ability to skip or add other locations. Keep in mind that the tour cost is for 4 hours only.
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Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument AdmissionHalf-day Tours

Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument Admission

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See the very best of Washington, DC with a 6-hour combination tour that takes in the city by bus, on foot and with a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac River (in season). Choose a longer tour for plenty of time to snap photos at the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, explore DC’s presidential memorials and moving war memorials and browse for souvenirs at the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Finish the day onboard a Potomac River boat, which is the perfect way to get unobstructed views of key sites.
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DC Monuments By MorningHalf-day Tours

DC Monuments By Morning

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Ideal for families, people with minimal time, or the business traveler, this 3 hour guided morning tour is tailored to offer you the essential that you can’t afford to miss. We’ve taken our best-selling tour and packaged it into a compact format that showcases highlights such as the U.S. Capitol, White House and Lincoln Memorial plus so much more. Boarding at 10:15 am outside the Smithsonian Metro, this tours ends at either the National History Museum (mid-Oct-mid April) or Lincoln Memorial (mid-April-Mid Oct) – locations convenient to the museums, public transportation, restaurants and many other attractions. With so much to see and so little time, guests can take a memorable journey through DC that is quick, efficient and entertaining – all in the company of one of our personable and knowledgeable guides. Whether riding on our climate-controlled bus or walking through one of the world-famous sites and attractions, you’ll see it all and still have time to do more in the afternoon.
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  • 3 hours
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City Sights on City BikesMountain Bike Tours

City Sights on City Bikes

The ultimate urban adventure! See D.C. like a local in the most personal way. D.C. is flush with some great city bikeshare bikes. Sure, they are a bit heavier but once you get rolling you barely notice as their wide tires smooth out rough patches of pavement. We can explore some of D.C.’s remarkable urban fabric, cool neighborhoods and even check out the major monuments, National Mall, White House and or Capitol Building. I’ll bring helmets and gear to make the experience even more safe and fun. Depending on availability, we can also use electric assist bikeshare bikes.
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DC Christmas on Wheels Segway TourChristmas

DC Christmas on Wheels Segway Tour

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Visit Washington, D.C. at its most sparkling and spirited with a 2.5-hour Segway tour of the city’s Christmas sights. Learn to steer your gyroscopic ride, then glide alongside your guide to see the Christmas tree at the U.S. Capitol building and the National Tree at the White House Ellipse, which fills with a bustling holiday village. See the elegant decorations at the Willard Hotel and the Botanical Gardens Holiday showcase, with plenty of time to stop for photos and warm up with hot chocolate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Open Top Convertible Bus Tour of DCHalf-day Tours

Open Top Convertible Bus Tour of DC

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Make the most of your trip to the US national capitol with this 3.5-hour SkyVue convertible tour of the Washington DC area. From the comfort of a SkyVue vehicle, take in panoramic views as you drive to some of the most well-known spots on America’s east coast. Stop to explore the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, US Marine Corps War Memorial, and US Air Force Memorial. Plus visit Maryland’s National Harbor, and choose to take a ride on the 180-foot (54.9-meter) Capitol Wheel (own expense).
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Guided Tour - Private TourPrivate and Luxury

DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the museum to see great works of art from artists, such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Picasso.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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DC Christmas on Wheels Bike TourChristmas

DC Christmas on Wheels Bike Tour

See Washington, D.C. light up for the holidays with a spirited, 2.5-hour Christmas bicycle of the capital city’s seasonal displays. Enjoy a fun, active way of exploring the city, from the Christmas tree at the U.S. Capitol building to the National Tree on the White House Ellipse. Take in the elegant decorations at the Willard Hotel, and see the sparkling lights at the Botanical Gardens Holiday Showcase, with plenty of time to pause for photos and warm up with hot chocolate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Stuck at the Airport Washington DC TourBus Tours

Stuck at the Airport Washington DC Tour

Are you stuck in the airport on your layover? Then get a private tour of Washington DC! This is perfect if you have 1, or 4 hours of free time between your flights. • We pick you up at either DCA or IAD Airport • Our driver/guide will drive you to Washington D.C. and give you a tour to the main locations of the city • Your Tour Guide will give you the history every step of the way. • After the Tour we drive you back to the airport Tours are in a comfortable mini van which seats up to 5 people. Our tours are family style, so when you are here, you are family!
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Best 4 Hour DC TourHalf-day Tours

Best 4 Hour DC Tour

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Best Guided Tour of Washington D.C. We pick you up at your hotel, train station, airport, or any address inside the District. Our driver guide will take you to the most popular sites around the city and give you the history every step of the way! You will have the chance to get off the vehicle so that you can visit and take your photos. Our driver will stay close so that you can just hop back in and go to your next site. Tours are in a comfortable mini van which seats up to 5 people. Our tours are family style, so when you are here, you are family!
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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