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The White House

The White House

Government Building, Historic Site, and Monument / Landmark · Northwest Washington
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW (btwn 15th St NW & 17th St NW), Washington, D.C. 20500, United States
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    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM

The White House is the official residence & principal workplace of the President of the United States. The house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 & 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone in the Neoclassical style. Residence of every U.S. president since John Adams.

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    "Barack Obama & Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr."(38 Tips)
    Caitlin M.
    "Former president Harry S. Truman rebuilt the White House"(56 Tips)
    Donna L.
    "Enjoy the tour with reservations made well in advance."(32 Tips)
    Iulia O.
    "The view is amazing and the gardens are beautiful."(7 Tips)

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  • The White House

    Thank you for visiting the White House! Share your photos & experience with the hashtag #AtTheWH. Some of your photos will be featured on WH.gov.

    The White House · July 9, 2014
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  • J. T.

    Took a tour inside. The time we went they weren't allowing pictures until you got outside. We wrote our congressman about a month ahead of our trip for tickets. Had to go through a background check.

    J. T. · December 13, 2015
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  • Social N.

    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!

    Social News Network · June 20, 2012
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  • 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

    IWalked Audio Tours · July 3, 2012
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  • Sweet B.

    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...

    Sweet Boy · November 27, 2013
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  • The Ritz-Carlton

    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.

    The Ritz-Carlton · September 5, 2013
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  • Adil S.

    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.

    Adil Siddique · April 28, 2012
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  • Mashable

    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

    Mashable · August 16, 2011
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  • The Bozzuto Group

    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!

    The Bozzuto Group · August 7, 2012
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  • Presidential Libraries

    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.

    Presidential Libraries · February 1, 2011
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  • IRD

    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).

    IRD · March 25, 2013
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  • Caitlin M.

    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

    Caitlin Mcgrath · June 15, 2011
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  • Mary S.

    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.

    Mary Scott · November 28, 2015
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  • Jason H.

    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.

    Jason H. · May 10, 2015
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  • Fare Buzz

    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!

    Fare Buzz · October 10, 2011
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  • JoJo D.

    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.

    JoJo Demirel · August 29, 2012
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  • Hot S.

    Once long time ago I think they did tours, don't know if they still do😕. Anyhow, u will find tourists, protesters milling about. And the ninja security, so save urself the belly ache & act normal 😂

    Hot Sand · April 11, 2014
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  • str

    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

    str · July 27, 2014
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  • Elaine L.

    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)!

    Elaine Lorent · April 5, 2014
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  • Raed M.

    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.

    Raed Mansour · November 3, 2011
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  • 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.

    DC Preservation League · July 26, 2011
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  • Presidential Libraries

    Before the White House track was installed, President Clinton would jog through the streets of Washington DC. The fitness workout was shared with the Secret Service detail jogging along with him.

    Presidential Libraries · February 2, 2011
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  • Hoard's D.

    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.

    Hoard's Dairyman · September 12, 2011
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  • Ankush S.

    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.

    Ankush Saxena · February 15, 2013
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  • Lindsey R.

    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.

    Lindsey Rix · July 25, 2012
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  • China Daily USA

    Larry Summers, the former director of the National Economic Council for Obama, said nations must move "past the idea that the prosperity of one country is a threat to the prosperity of others". Read more

    China Daily USA · March 24, 2011
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  • Noel R.

    Great open space. Usually not much to see other than the front of the White House and a few protestors now and then.

    Noel Rodriguez · December 15, 2015
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  • Keith C.

    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.

    Keith Courtney · October 18, 2011
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  • Paul Allan U.

    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

    Paul Allan Umale · December 10, 2012
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  • Kim D.

    The Easter Egg Roll definitely can't be missed. I went as a child and took my kids last year. Security is a pain so bring water if it is hot.

    Kim Darwaza, REALTOR · May 10, 2011
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  • Iulia O.

    That's the best place to see in Washington. The view is amazing and the gardens are beautiful.

    Iulia Oprea · March 28, 2015
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  • Chris E.

    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.

    Chris Erickson · December 9, 2015
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  • Josh Harcus

    The White House has 132 rooms on 6 floors served by 3 elevators. There are 412 doors for privacy and 35 bathrooms. Have you been in every room?

    Josh Harcus · August 16, 2011
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  • 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

    US National Archives · June 8, 2011
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  • Michelle L.

    Good place to take a few pictures while waving to the president! Always a must see for anyone visiting DC!

    Michelle L · August 12, 2014
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  • 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

    US National Archives · June 24, 2013
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  • Chris L.

    I have to check it out again the next time I'm in DC. The Bushies ruined my last experience, it was a waste of time with no tours. It was a major disappointment when compared with the tour during Pr

    Chris Lee · January 2, 2011
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  • e a.

    7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays. (Public) Guided tours have to be requested through your Representative/Senator (4-6 months in advance)

    e a · January 13, 2015
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  • HISTORY

    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.

    HISTORY · March 31, 2010
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  • Health F.

    Growing Importance of Naturopathy in Sydney -There are various fields that are open for specialization for a naturopath and he can choose either one or more out of them. Read more

    Health Food · October 18, 2013
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  • Ricky P.

    If you want a tour, book early. They require a month or more to confirm, then you can be denied when you get here. Just prepare early.

    Ricky Potts · October 8, 2011
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  • DoubleDeuce

    Ask the secret service guards to tell you interesting stories. They have some gems hidden within them. But don't ask about Katy Perry. Just don't.

    DoubleDeuce · March 3, 2015
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  • The Telegraph

    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.

    The Telegraph · March 12, 2013
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  • Washington Post

    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

    Washington Post · September 13, 2013
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  • Evan[Bu]

    William Taft was the greatest president in the history of the United States. However no one is perfect, or fit. The day of his inauguration, this fat ass president actually got stuck in his bathtub.

    Evan[Bu] · July 13, 2011
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  • Corey S.

    Definitely worth the tour, remember you need to set it up months in advance, easiest to go through your representative.

    Corey Simon · September 8, 2014
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  • Elisabeth W.

    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.

    Elisabeth White · September 16, 2011
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  • DC Preservation League

    When the White House and its flanking Executive Offices were completed in 1800, the surrounding grounds were left unfinished for lack of funds.

    DC Preservation League · March 9, 2011
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  • iCivics

    Want to learn more about our executive branch? Visit iCivics.org for free games, lessons, and interactive resources. Step into the White House in the game, Executive Command. Read more

    iCivics · December 8, 2010
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  • Donna L.

    The White House is a beautifully kept historic residence. Enjoy the tour with reservations made well in advance.

    Donna Ledbetter · May 22, 2012
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  • jeyo

    Look at it through a fence, maybe you'll get lucky and see a helicopter do something. It's really just cool to be somewhere so meaningful.

    jeyo · December 14, 2015
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