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The White House

Government Building, Historic Site, and Monument / Landmark
Northwest Washington, Washington
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  • Jeannie D.
    "Wave and say hi to our President lol"(56 Tips)
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    "Bill Clinton + Barack Obama."(24 Tips)
    Donna L.
    "Enjoy the tour with reservations made well in advance."(35 Tips)
    Iulia O.
    "The view is amazing and the gardens are beautiful."(17 Tips)
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  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LorentApril 5, 2014
    Try to go in the morning! It gets really crowded in the afternoon (which makes it hard to find a good spot to take a picture)!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • The Bozzuto Group
    The Bozzuto GroupAugust 7, 2012
    If you want a tour, you have to coordinate with your local Congress office months in advance, but we enjoy taking it all in from the outside. Amazing landscape and a legendary building!
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 5, 2013
    Don’t miss the White House beehive and the First Lady’s vegetable garden from the gate on the South Lawn. The bees pollinate White House plants and make honey for the first family and their guests.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 20, 2012
    If you ever get a chance to visit Washington D.C., the White House is a must see! My suggestion is to walk down the strip rather than have a taxi take you because there are tons of monuments to see!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 13, 2013
    Did you know the movie 'The Butler' was based on a story by Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood? The real Cecil Gaines is Eugene Allen. He served 34 years for eight presidents in the White House. Read more
  • Iulia O.
    Iulia OpreaMarch 28, 2015
    That's the best place to see in Washington. The view is amazing and the gardens are beautiful.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    Designed by James Hoban who won $500 commission. 2nd place went to John Collins who submitted entry under initials “A.Z.” AZ is speculated to actually be Thomas Jefferson. Full site history here<LINK> Read more
  • JoJo D.
    JoJo DemirelAugust 29, 2012
    Everyone should take a tour of the White House...but you'll need to make reservations in advance of your trip. Rather, you'll need to schedule your trip around the reservation. But highly worth it.
  • str
    strJuly 27, 2014
    have stg to eat and drink before you start the trip, there is no really quality food in the park, its worth to walk around though
  • Mary N.
    Mary NamestnikNovember 28, 2015
    It's great if you love monuments and American history but the security is crazy. Protesters are very interesting. One has been there 25 years.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LAugust 12, 2014
    Good place to take a few pictures while waving to the president! Always a must see for anyone visiting DC!
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesFebruary 1, 2011
    President Ford, an avid swimmer, installed the pool and cabana in 1975. In 2002, President G.W. Bush renovated the cabana with a solar array to help heat the pool, spa, and running water.
  • Sandro D.
    The house is great, the actual tenant is questionable :) Don't think to get in and don't think to get any close cause you will not
  • Ankush S.
    Ankush SaxenaFebruary 15, 2013
    The residence of the President of The United States. They also offer tours, where guests are able to walk through the different state rooms of the residence.
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RixJuly 25, 2012
    Take the time to walk all the way around, there are many beautiful things about where the White House is situated. Don't miss the kitchen garden either.
  • Sweet B.
    Sweet BoyNovember 27, 2013
    Not really much to see but you have to take a look... Don't forget to look at both the front and the back of the house... You get a good view from Lafayette Square...
  • Noel R.
    Noel RodriguezDecember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great open space. Usually not much to see other than the front of the White House and a few protestors now and then.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisMay 13, 2016
    Email your congress person and arrange a tour. It's well worth the effort. How often do you get to tour The White House!
  • Danny
    DannyApril 16
    There is free parking in front of the Capital, get there early and take your walking shoes
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Foursquare City Guide
    Pride month has only been acknowledged by 2 US Presidents. Bill Clinton + Barack Obama.
    Upvoted Aug 3
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    Completed in 1800, The White House is the oldest public building in Washington, DC and has been the home of every president except George Washington.
  • Evren Y.
    Evren YigitAugust 28, 2016
    A nice place to shoot photos. Park in the front is beatiful.
  • Mashable
    MashableAugust 16, 2011
    The White House isn't just a place you can check into anymore -- now you can follow it too. The White House posts historical information & tips about places President Obama has been and will visit. Read more
  • Paige C.
    Paige CAugust 21, 2017
    Our President staring directly at the sun during the Eclipse. Pretty much sums it up.
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • IRD
    IRDMarch 25, 2013
    In 1917, suffragettes picketed outside the White House. A DC Methodist pastor spoke out against their actions as disrespectful (from "Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century" by Mark Tooley).
  • Stevie D.
    Stevie De RossiJuly 30, 2017
    412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators. The White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion."
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourNovember 3, 2011
    You can bring your cell phone with a camera into the WH but can't take pics inside. But you CAN take pics outside the entrance of the steps of WH before the front lawn.
  • Corey S.
    Corey SimonSeptember 8, 2014
    Definitely worth the tour, remember you need to set it up months in advance, easiest to go through your representative.
  • Skifchik
    SkifchikJune 4, 2016
    Maybe inside the building to the President and comfortable, but work in this environment of tourists, probably very difficult.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    Hop on the Metro to Farragut West and follow Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. You may be lucky enough to see the President’s helicopter or the family dog, Bo, being take for his morning walk.
  • Dany
    DanyMarch 28, 2017
    When Obama was there we used to get close to the gate, but now we couldn't even cross the street.
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Chris E.
    Chris EricksonDecember 9, 2015
    Take the time to submit your Public Tour request to your Congressional representative, it is worth it!You can do this 6 months in advance.
  • Slightly P.
    Slightly PerfectAugust 17, 2017
    Note that if you want a tour, it has to be reserved at least 60 days in advance in order for them to do a background check. Even w/o it, we got some lovely pictures, but had no president sightings.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 19, 2014
    I suggest taking your pictures from the North Lawn, the South Lawn view is distant and often closed to visitors.
  • Caitlin M.
    Caitlin McgrathJune 15, 2011
    Former president Harry S. Truman rebuilt the White House after his daughter's piano fell through the floor, and also added a new balcony to the South Portico. The renovations cost more than $5 millio
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsSeptember 2, 2016
    Great pictures of the White House can be made from the Ellipse. It's not always open for the public though.
  • Fare Buzz
    Fare BuzzOctober 10, 2011
    Each American President since 1800 has lived in the White House, and each president has updated it to meet their needs. The Obamas have added their own personal touch with a vegetable garden!
  • Paul Allan U.
    Paul Allan UmaleDecember 10, 2012
    Completed in 1800, The White House is the oldest public building in Washington, DC and has been the home of every president except George Washington.https://foursquare.com/historychannel
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.May 10, 2015
    It's a really big government building where the President lives. Good luck getting a great view. Oh and don't pretend that you might climb over the fence. They don't find it funny.
  • DC Preservation League
    The first public building to be erected in Washington, the White House has been the home of every president since John Adams. The design of the house was by Irish-born architect James Hoban.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerDecember 24, 2017
    The White House looks awesome at Christmas time!
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • US National Archives
    As you drift around the rooms of the White House this July 4th, check out this cool declaration from President Franklin D. Roosevelt! How can you not feel patriotic after reading it? Read more
  • Donna L.
    Donna LedbetterMay 22, 2012
    The White House is a beautifully kept historic residence. Enjoy the tour with reservations made well in advance.
  • Keith C.
    Keith CourtneyOctober 18, 2011
    Secret service is everywhere, the bushes, the roof... you name it. Be prepared. You may have to fight through a few tourists to get a good picture in.
  • Elisabeth W.
    Elisabeth WhiteSeptember 16, 2011
    There's so much history there and you even get to see where they have state dinners so...not alot needs to be said really cause it's the White House.
  • Simona O.
    Simona OzomováOctober 7, 2016
    Sometimes the police close the area without prior notice and tourists must leave...
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • US National Archives
    Waffles were favorite breakfast treat at the Kennedy House. Want to learn more about presidential food? Come by the National Archives and check out our exhibit http://go.usa.gov/Drs Read more
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁October 4, 2014
    The home of US Presidents & one of the most spectacular & famous landmarks in the world
  • Brian W.
    Brian WilliamsJanuary 7, 2016
    Just make sure you get there ahead of time for your scheduled tour and bring your boarding pass.
  • Hoard's D.
    Hoard's DairymanSeptember 12, 2011
    In 1930, A. J. Glover, the second editor of Hoard's Dairyman magazine, was recognized by President Hoover as the man who had made the greatest contribution to American agriculture during the decade.
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