White House / White House Visitor Center


1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone: 202-456-7041
Phone: 202-208-1631

Map / Directions Map / Directions

Hours:
Tours  Tue-Thu 7:30am-11am; Fri 7:30am-Noon; Sat 7:30am-1pm White House Visitor's Center  Daily 7:30am-4pm

Type:
Historic Sites, Sightseeing

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10BEST Says

Historic Sites: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000-sq.-foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. METRO: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Free Things to Do: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000-square-foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. METRO: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Best Attractions & Activities: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000 square foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Architecture: No trip to DC would be complete without paying a visit to the stately home of every US President (except George Washington). Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 10 or more. To arrange a tour, contact your Member of Congress two to six months in advance; the exact tour time is then scheduled one month prior to the date requested. If you're unable to secure reservations, check out the White House Visitor Center at the corner of 15th and E Streets (in the Department of Commerce Building). Here, via an informative documentary video, you can tour the White House virtually and view exhibits focusing on the residences of former presidents. METRO: Federal Triangle, Metro Center, McPherson Square


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Historic Sites: "If you would like a tour, go through your congressional member's office to receive free tickets. Make sure to call months in advance."

Free Things to Do: "Tickets are in short supply so book as far in advance as possible."

Best Attractions & Activities: "You can get free tickets to tour parts of The White House. Just go through the office of your member of Congress or Embassy if not a U.S. citizen. A tour must be planned far in advance and tickets go on a first-come, first-serve basis."

Best for Historic Sites Because: No other site in the nation's capital has as much historical significance as The White House.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: No trip to the nation's capital is complete without a visit to this famous house.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is the most famous house in America (Sorry Kardashians)and has housed every U.S. President and thier family except George Washington.

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Historic Sites: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000-sq.-foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. METRO: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Free Things to Do: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000-square-foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. METRO: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Best Attractions & Activities: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000 square foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Architecture: No trip to DC would be complete without paying a visit to the stately home of every US President (except George Washington). Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 10 or more. To arrange a tour, contact your Member of Congress two to six months in advance; the exact tour time is then scheduled one month prior to the date requested. If you're unable to secure reservations, check out the White House Visitor Center at the corner of 15th and E Streets (in the Department of Commerce Building). Here, via an informative documentary video, you can tour the White House virtually and view exhibits focusing on the residences of former presidents. METRO: Federal Triangle, Metro Center, McPherson Square

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Historic Sites: "If you would like a tour, go through your congressional member's office to receive free tickets. Make sure to call months in advance."

Free Things to Do: "Tickets are in short supply so book as far in advance as possible."

Best Attractions & Activities: "You can get free tickets to tour parts of The White House. Just go through the office of your member of Congress or Embassy if not a U.S. citizen. A tour must be planned far in advance and tickets go on a first-come, first-serve basis."

Best for Historic Sites Because: No other site in the nation's capital has as much historical significance as The White House.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: No trip to the nation's capital is complete without a visit to this famous house.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is the most famous house in America (Sorry Kardashians)and has housed every U.S. President and thier family except George Washington.

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