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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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5 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

5 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

Get a first class private tour with our professional chauffeurs, past major landmarks on this tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this 4-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night. Washington DC night tour by state-of-the-art luxury 5-passenger SUV Admire Washington DC’s major attractions and monuments floodlit at night Professional chauffeur will stop at each landmark so you can walk through each attraction.
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Arlington Cemetery Including Monument Tour w/Washington Monument Admission

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3 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

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There is no more comfortable, reliable and stylish way to tour the city than by chauffeured services. Having an exclusive luxury car and chauffeur at your service makes all the difference in the world. Having a comfortable ride, cold water, waiting for you at every stop certainly makes the experience much more comfortable, and efficient.
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US Capitol & Morning Monuments Tour

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Moonlight Private DC Sightseeing Tour for 6-14 Travelers

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Moonlight Private DC Sightseeing Tour for 6-14 Travelers

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private nighttime tour of Washington DC. You and your group of between six and 14 travelers will see the best sights in DC lit up for the night while listening to engaging commentary from your guide. Stops can include the Arlington Cemetery, the Washington Monument, Georgetown, the National Cathedral, and others.
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Washington DC: small group tour with a native

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Join this walking tour in the center of Washington. Hear the history of the Mall and monuments along the way. See the Capitol, Senate and White House, and then you will visit the Lincoln, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. The memorials tell about the lives of men and women from America’s past and present . Your guide will shere with you history, anecdotes and tradition about this fascinating city. We suggest you to wear comfortable shoes!
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Haunted Washington D.C. Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

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Combine a top-rated ghost tour with a pub crawl around the White House on this guided, 2.5-hour, Washington, DC adventure. This haunted walking tour covers approximately one mile, with stories of ghosts, presidents, prohibition, and pubs as the conversation of the day. Costumed guides lead the way through Lafayette Square, with time to enjoy a beverage at each of four haunted pub stops. A beverage purchase is not required, but it's not included in the ticket price.
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• Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry into the Washington Monument! • Admire the U.S. Capitol Building, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, White House, Lincoln Memorial, and more!
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Private 4-hour Best of Washington Tour at night with private driver and guide

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Enjoy this half day tour with your own private driver and official tour guide and explore the vibrant city of Washington D.C at night. Get ready to explore the most emblematic and nicest spots in this wonderful city. Take a picture and enjoy a view of the White House at night, cross the street and walk through the park where most of the political protests take place in DC. Learn about the history of United States government in your visit to the Capitol Visitor Center. Get to know the most important landmarks in Washington DC when you visit all the monuments and memorials distributed around the city. Once we start the tour we offer you to visit, amongst other sites: Lincoln Memorial US Navy Memorial Martin Luther King Memorial World War II Korean Memorial Washington Monument Federal Triangle/Downtown Chinatown The White House The United States Capitol The Library of Congress - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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Best of DC Private Day Tour!

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