The White House
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20500
The White House Description
Home to the President of the United States, the White House is America's most famous residence -- and the only head of state's house that is open to the public. It's been the nation's most recognizable symbol since 1792, when George Washington declared the government would reside in a 10-square-mile territory on the Potomac River -- what is now Washington, D.C.
The sprawling mansion has an impressive six floors, 132 rooms, and 35 bathrooms. Just about anybody can visit the White House with a little advance planning. Starting at the Visitor Center, tour the public rooms and imagine all the presidents and historical figures who have walked its elegant halls. In warmer months, see vibrant tulips, roses, hyacinths, and chrysanthemums blooming in the gardens. The White House also hosts several special events including the annual Easter Egg Roll, held on the South Lawn.
- Request reservations in advance. Tours are available for groups of 10 or more and must be requested through your Congressional representative. Reservations may be requested up to six months in advance; tours are usually scheduled one month prior to requested date.
- Visit Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to thousands of military heroes and historical figures, several presidents are buried at Arlington. Visit the eternal flame at John F. Kennedy's resting place, and witness the time-honored tradition of the changing of the guard.
Just the Facts
Hours: Self-guided tours run 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat. (excluding federal holidays) and are scheduled first-come, first-served approximately one month in advance of the requested date.