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White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20500
Category: Attractions
Before you go

Washington DC White House Visits

Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington DC, the White House is the official home and workplace of the President of the United States and the President's administration. Part of the National Park Service's President's Park, the White House is the seat of our country's leadership and an inspiring DC landmark. With its architectural beauty and momentous history, the White House is the most powerful icon of freedom and democracy in the US.

The White House Tour

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, the White House hosts 5,000 visitors on self-guided walking tours through the Blue Room, East Room, Green Room, Red Room, and State Dining Room, all open to the public.


White House Tour Hours

  • 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday
    through Thursday
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays
  • 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays
  • Not available on Federal holidays

Form of Identification Accepted

  • Valid government-issued United States identification card (e.g. drivers license, military ID, etc.)
  • Valid United States or other official government-issued passports

Prohibited Items

  • Cameras or Video Recorders
  • Handbags, book bags, backpacks or purses
  • Food or beverages, tobacco products, personal grooming items (i.e. makeup, lotion, etc.)
  • Strollers
  • Any pointed objects
  • Aerosol containers
  • Guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size

Tips -

Reservation must be made with White House at least 21 days in advance.


What are the policies on visiting the White House?

White House Tours are available 7:30am-11am Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30am-12pm Fridays, and 7:30am-1pm Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Advanced reservations are required. For more White House information, call 202-456-7041, or visit http://www.whitehouse.gov.
No cameras, video recorders, handbags, backpacks, purses, food, drinks, tobacco, makeup, lotion, or strollers are permitted.

Interesting facts about the White House?

Actually a complex of 3 buildings, the White House features 6 stories and 55,000 square feet of space, including 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, a tennis court, bowling alley, movie theater, jogging track, swimming pool, putting green, and several beautiful gardens. It was built over a period of eight years, beginning with the cornerstone in October, 1792. While not yet complete, it was first occupied on November 1, 1800, by President John Adams and his wife, Abigail.


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