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The White House, Washington DC

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Government Building Tourist Spot
The simple name is doesn’t match the power that comes with The White House. This recognizable house serves as the home and workplace of the president of the United States. Originally completed in 1800, the building has housed every U.S. President. Its exterior showcases Neoclassical architectural style, including Greek columns and its signature white facade. The complex itself contains the presidential residence, the West and East Wings, and an executive office building. The Oval Office within the West Wing hosts many of the president's daily meetings and acts as the nerve center for the entire building. To tour the White House, you must arrange your visit through a Member of Congress. Tour reservations are extremely limited. Even if you can't go on a tour, be sure to walk by to see the exterior of this famous residence. Our Washington DC trip itinerary planner makes visiting The White House and other Washington DC attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It takes advance planning and a bit of luck, but it's worth scheduling a tour through your state representative's office. You can request dates up to 3-months in advance but won't get notification unt...  more »
  • Get your telephoto lens primed to get a picture of America's house....not sure I understand why the extra 60 feet of barricades are needed with snipers on the roof!  more »
  • If seeing the President or watching government in action is what you are expecting, you might be disappointed. This tour is more of a historic tour of the White House. My husband and 4 y/o son had nev...  more »
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  • it was like in a movie.. we went there front and back.. make sure you have enought time in this area.. you'll never know what will happen. during our walk to the white house there was an alarm that everyone has to vacate the front area of the white house itself. nobody was allowed to pass until further notice, secret service and the police was able to clear the area in a matter of minutes.. and bring water with you since you have to walk around this beautiful place.. - including neighboring sites. .. cool experience
  • I think it's too far to really see what it look like. However, you do could see the whole view the White House with huge yard! It's really pretty though. But I expected that I could get the chance to be really close to it. Maybe just like the movie haha. For the security, so it's understandable.
  • he White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. Its neoclassical and palladian architecture looks clean, elegant and majestic. However, the White House is actually a lot smaller than it looks on television and isn't that impressive after all. It was really cool to be at the White House...especially before the new administration comes in and gold-plates everything. The opportunity to wander (at your own pace on a self-guided tour) through and by the rooms where so many historic gatherings have taken place is awesome. All that having been said, and having toured a bunch of really nice and historic houses and castles, this one was not the most exciting in terms of what was available to see. Very limited signs/plaques to provide context for the rooms. The staff are very knowledgeable but I guess you have to know what to ask them. Our 8 year old, whose only request when visiting D.C. was to go to the White House, was bored throughout the entire visit.
  • This place was recommended on trip adviser I was told that it had a number of positive reviews. Well to be perfectly honest I was a little surprised that when I tried to check in (as a walk in) that the staff seemed completely clueless about the pricing and the available accommodations. I tried to get a twin share and use a coupon and they seemed unsure of how to process this. Also there were a lot of people that didn't seem to serve any discernible purpose for a hotel even a famous one like this. I tried paying with cash and as I reached for my wallet I was tackled by security wearing suits. All my efforts to speak to the manager fell on deaf ears. I'm not American so I cant comment if it is normal to be cavity searched as part of a check in procedure however I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. No bed is worth that. All in all a poor experience :(
  • I've only been to D.C. once, but it was fun. Got the chance to see inside the White House. Funny story... Was in some random room, and a kid got sick and threw up all over the place... People stopped to look, and I commented, "He must be a republican." This was during Obama's presidency. I'm a funny guy, what can I say! Good stuff, though. Come here and see it... Worth the trip.