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The White House

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

The Basics

Given the first-come, first-served nature of securing a self-guided White House tour, most visitors admire the imposing building from behind the front gates. The White House is a popular stop on most Washington DC tours, whether by hop-on hop-off bus, bike, trolley, Segway, or on foot.

Paying a visit to the nearby White House Visitor Center—home to a large-scale model of the White House and numerous interactive exhibits—is also a fun way to learn about this iconic building. There are also annual garden tours held in fall and spring, with exact dates announced close to the time.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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The Monuments are not to be missed!
Susan_G, Jul 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
This tour of the various monuments was wonderful! Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He also made sure we knew if a particular stop was very walk intensive. This gave people to option of staying on the bus if they didn't feel they could handle the amount of walking for that particular stop.
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Historical and factual tour
Stephanie_F, Jul 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
Our family enjoyed our tour guide Dewayne! He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of historical facts. Our driver Chris was very professional and safe! Viator and Signature Tours give you what they advertise.
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Tha Absolute Best Tour Ever!!!
Cassandra_M, May 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
The staff were all so very nice & our tour guide was absolutely wonderful & knowledgeable! You can tell she loves what she does & she make learning exciting! I would absolutely recommend this tour to everyone!
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Whirlwind in DC!!
Sharonda_L, Mar 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
The tour itself was great. Larry was amazing. Just wish there was more time to visit the gift shops. Also the guy Zuma that verifies the trips told my family that they did not do hotel pickups after we had confirmed this three times with customer service. He was rude and quite aggressive over the phone.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Touring the White House requires advance planning. Submit your request no later than 21 days prior to visiting.

  • White House tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • All visitors over the age of 18 must have their government-issued photo ID/ passport with them at all times during their visit.

  • Bring only the basics—keys, wallet, phone, small camera. You can't enter the White House with backpacks or other bags.

  • The nearest restrooms are in the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.

  • The White House and grounds are wheelchair accessible, but strollers are prohibited.

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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. There's no parking available near the White House, so it can make sense to visit on a guided walking, bike, or Segway tour.

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Trip ideas


The White House is a popular year-round attraction, one that’s easy to admire in all weathers. If you want to tour the White House, you need to submit your request well in advance as spaces are limited. Fall and spring are the best seasons to visit Washington DC and see the arrival of the annual White House garden tours—the exact dates are typically announced a couple of weeks in advance.

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Securing a Tour of the White House

To go inside the White House on a free self-guided tour, you must submit an official request to your member of Congress (or your home country’s embassy in Washington) between 3 months and 21 days prior to your visit. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and Secret Service members are stationed in each room to answer any questions. If you do secure one of these public East Wing 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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