We all know about The White House, but did you know that you can take TOURS of it? Yes - you can actually go inside this building that has seen iconic Presidents of the USA walk its halls, and change the world from that Oval Office!
A visit to the White House isn't your average family day out, so why would GETTING on the tour be any different? Keep reading, because this is where you realize you are in Washington DC, about to enter the most important building in the country!
In order to obtain the FREE tour, you need to submit a request through your Member of Congress (yes, you heard that right!)
Public tours are typically available from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, excluding Federal holidays Tour hours will be extended if they can, but it just depends on the White House schedule.
Tours are based on a first come, first served basis, and you can submit your request up to three months in advance (but no less than 21 days)
A limited number of spaces are available, so submit as early as you can!
Now - all those families who are traveling to DC from outside the USA, you need to contact your embassy in DC for assistance in submitting your request.
So now you know how YOU can walk the halls where Nixon once did, or be in the same building where JFK made his decisions, then get those requests in - it's time to visit The White House!
Tours are free
Tours are free
The nearest restrooms to the White House are in the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (the park area south of the White House). Restrooms or public telephones are not available at the White House.
Visitors scheduled for tours who require the loan of a wheelchair should notify the officer at the Visitors Entrance upon arrival
The closest 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). On-street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.