White House
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
About
One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: National Mall
How to get there
  • Farragut West • 6 min walk
  • McPherson Square • 7 min walk
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  • Bill2025
    Surrey, Canada326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    East Wing Visit
    Absolutely fantastic, no other words can describe my visit to the White House. The visit was confined to the East Wing but trust me you’ll see many rooms such as the State Ball/Dining Room. You will see portraits of presidents and their wives. Majority of the people who visited the White House were dressed business casual, and a small percentage came in shorts.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 21, 2023
  • ELKW
    United States11,824 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    worth to take a look
    you have to book the tour in advance, you contact your senate, and they will give you the link to make booking, and you need to wait for the White house reply for the date and time slot for the visit. of course, you need to pass through security check, also need to bring you ID, or passport (if you are foreigner), you can't bring bags inside. it allows you about 45 min to tour, there are several rooms you can see, you better go to the visitor center to see the virtual room and map first, so that you have an idea what you are looking for when you enter the White house. The garden is not included in the tour and the garden just open a few days in a specific time of the year, you have to check with them for the opening time and booking.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Lse1313
    Shavertown, Pennsylvania67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring even if you're politically jaded
    Free. We planned ahead for this tour, requesting tickets from our US Congress Representative. The line was long but moved quickly. The tour is self-guided, and there's lots to see. Several rooms, roped off until 2 PM, are on the tour and you see them just as they are used today. West Wing is off-limits of course. At 2PM, they take down the ropes and the residence goes back to its use by the Bidens. Photography without tripods, selfie sticks or flash is allowed. I would recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • pshurd
    968 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Long Term Bucket List desire finally accomplished!
    Had completed all the hoops for the tour & were thrilled that we finally got to see inside the White House. Everything is completed with a minimal amount of fuss - you have to have your paperwork completed months ahead & the security checks are done on the spot competently & quickly. The only reason I don't give a 5 rating is that I wish there had been someone presenting something in each room. You have the app that they provide, but that is just minimal generic information. The Secret Service/docents that are in each room willingly answer questions - so if we ever do it again, I will have questions prepared to ask so that I can get some behind the scenes information. I did ask in one of the rooms if it was ever really used & they said yes & said that "Jill" used it for occasional tea parties. And in the dining room when asked they said that it had just been used for the South Korean contingency dinner. I just wish I had asked more! But definitely worth signing up to see it!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • aapersonsfl
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-inspiring
    If you realize the history and the people who have walked these halls, it is truly incredible and awe-inspiring. It's best when paired with a Capitol tour. Amazing history and history in the making. I'm old enough to have toured the WH pre-911 when they actually let you walk into the rooms. Although a lot of the rooms are now roped-off, the attending agents were very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. Entry is never guaranteed. You request a pass through your Representative. The White House staff will follow up with a possible date, and even then, as it is a working building, they may not be able to honor it. It was quite a privilege to attend the tour and I appreciate the effort our government goes to in keeping our government houses accessible to the public, even moreso after those who tried to damage our country on Jan 6th.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • BougieKnight
    Akron, Ohio185 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan well ahead if you want anything more than a 1000 ft view
    We did not have the ability to plan our trip far enough in advance to arrange anything on the 'inside' of the WH. This takes many weeks of request/screening/planning. So we did the mass tourist thing and just walked by and snapped a few pictures. Given modern security needs, you are obviously not allowed very close. Everything as you'd expect, lines of people waiting to take a picture with the WH well in the distance. It's neat to see the WH, but don't expect to be blown away. What IS worth doing is just a block or so away the WH museum run by the national park service. This has many historic and neat artifacts, as well as a gift shop and the WH national park stamp station.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Holly H
    Grand Haven, Michigan122 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Manage your expectations and you will enjoy the experience
    I'm so glad we read reviews ahead of time so we could understand what the "tour" is and is not. It is NOT a guided tour with a docent talking to you about rooms. It is NOT any of the cool rooms you see in photos or movies. The west wing, Oval Office, etc. (Can't we just see the kitchen?!) Security in the rooms will answer questions, but that's about it. It IS historic and really cool just to be in the White House. It is neat to see the original painting of George Washington that we all know and love from photos, and so cool to come out of the front steps at the end of the tour. With how hard it was to get tour tickets, we expected this to be something different - but once we read reviews we realized it is a lot more low key. Which is fine. We still got to go in the White House! Worth doing for a few hours in DC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
  • tradi_travel
    441 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The inside tour was...
    ...a bit underwhelming. Spent about as much time in the outside queue and going thru security check(s) as we did inside touring a few rooms. It was free, and based on what we saw, I would say it was priced accordingly. I chose the 'very good' rating as a courtesy, given the building and its importance are far more than average. Somewhat of a Chevy Chase / Vacation moment...
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely to see
    Beautiful building. Great to see such an iconic world famous statehouse in real life. We couldn't get to visit inside but looked through the railings like most of the other onlookers. Best views from Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Before 9am is quieter for the best photos
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Brei H
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Informative
    Very informative, but a lot of people. If you can get a tour scheduled with your local congressman, definitely do it! and remember that the secret service agents are there for security, but will also answer any questions you might have. It will get crowded towards the end (the front door area) from people taking pictures, but it's still a really neat experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
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Diana L
Omaha, NE135 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Make sure you get your reservations a few months in advance. It's a self-paced tour so you can go as fast or slow as you like. You get to see rooms such as the movie theater, a couple sitting rooms (with lots of portraits) and a dining area. There is a small gift shop in the middle of the tour and they lady who was working there was very friendly.
Written May 20, 2024
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Kevin stewart
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
They kind of hurry you through in about 25 min. Security took a full hour with a scheduled appointment. Be sure to use the restroom before. The White House was my least favorite thing in DC.
Written May 14, 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our group on a US History Tour was not able to tour the White House itself, but we were taken to the north side of the White House—the less picturesque side in my opinion. It is the side with the square portico. We were told there isn’t a “front” and “back” side of the White House—that they are only designated as the North side and the South side. We were not allowed on the grounds, so were outside the fence. There were a LOT of people there, and we had to wait our turn to even take pictures through the fence. Our tour guide gave us historic information and statistics about the White House and its visitors, both tourists and visitors-of-state. I was surprised that the building was not larger, and although the building and grounds were pretty, this was kind of an anticlimactic visit. I believe that actual tours of the White House are not allowed for large groups, and you have to request tickets through your state congressman.
Written May 11, 2024
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DAROHATH
Cairns, Australia1,208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Let’s face it, if you’re in DC you’ve got to at least have a look at the White House. It’s an iconic building, but for us a little underwhelming.
Written May 9, 2024
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Nicole T
Sacramento, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Visiting the White House was awesome! The tour was short but sweet, packed with history. Big shoutout to the Secret Service police who went above and beyond to help out my mom when she needed some sugar for her low blood sugar. They were super nice and made sure she was okay. Their kindness made the whole experience even better. It's not every day you get to visit such an iconic place!
Written May 5, 2024
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Kate S
173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
First off, you will not be able to enter the White House without permission from your representative in Congress (if American). Probably apply for it at least 3 months in advance. We found out we could go literally a week before we planned to be in DC. But before you actually stand in the long line to get through security, spend an hour or so at the White House Visitor Center. It will explain the rooms, history of the White House, etc. in great detail so that it will make more sense when you get to walk by/through them in the actual White House. The tour of the White House is self-guided. They will give you a map with similar, but less detail than what you'd see at the visitor's center, and you will walk through each room on your own (there are people that work there that can answer questions you have, though). You will get to see the theater room, china room, library, vermeil room, east room (where the famous George Washington painting that was saved during the White House fire in 1814), green room, blue room, red room, state dining room, and the entrance to the grand staircase. There are a lot of paintings and statues of former presidents of the US throughout the tour.
Written May 2, 2024
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JanLinksGroningen
Groningen, The Netherlands1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
And there is The famouw White house!! You have seen It on tv And now You see it for real. Impressing. Absolutely great and a must see
Written April 16, 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,500 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue is the White House, which is a very popular tourist attraction.
I only photographed the front of the building through the gates, and captured the rear of the building and gardens from the National Monument.
I also saw Marine One in the sky, but I don't believe it was occupied by the President.
Written April 14, 2024
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Loucious
Miami, FL986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
When in DC you definitely have to visit our President's home -The White House! A Simply Gorgeous and Massive place! Secret Service Police presence is overwhelming. The gardens are perfectly manicured beyond your monthly lawn maintenance's wildest dreams🤣! Tourists are in abundance so prepare to wait for a chance to get some good pics up against the property fenceline! GetSome!!
Written March 28, 2024
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Jose R
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Make sure you make reservation at least three months in advance with your senator. It was a pretty busy week as we went on Spring Break. The tour is self-guided and there’s a WH staff in each room if you have any questions along with a sign with the description of each room. The tour only includes the east wing, and is short but very satisfying.
Written March 17, 2024
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