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How to Request a Tour of the White House

How to visit the White House

Capacity restrictions have been lifted in DC, and now museums and attractions are reopening across the city. Find out what’s open, how to get tickets, remaining health precautions and what’s coming soon.

Important

  • Public tour requests must be submitted through your Member of Congress.
  • International visitors, please contact your embassy.
  • The National Park Service does not schedule tours or provide tickets to enter the White House.

 

Download the White House Experience app to assist with your tour, or to tour the White House virtually.

White House Tour 2021

*** For current status, call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041

White House Public Tours: East Wing and the Residence

Public tours of the White House are free of charge and can be scheduled through your congressional representative. Refer to the ticketing section for details.

Visitors will enter the White House complex from the south side of East Executive Avenue. After passing through the security screening area, guests will enter the East Wing of the White House and proceed down the East Colonnade following the route to the Residence depicted on the White House tour map below.

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Request from your Congressional Representative

Requests for the White House tour must be submitted through your Member of Congress in either the House or Senate. White House tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and they must be requested a minimum of 21 days in advance of your visit. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance.

Official White House Tour page
How to get a White House Tour

Book your Washington, D.C. Vacation

Walk the path forged by leaders of the free world in America’s spirited capital city. View monuments that commemorate the heroes who have shaped America’s past, including the World War II Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.
 
Capacity restrictions have been lifted in DC, and now museums and attractions are reopening across the city. Find out what’s open, how to get tickets, remaining health precautions and what’s coming soon.

400+ Washington, D.C. Tours

 

Your day begins at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center with a guided tour of this historic and storied building. Discover the celebrated history of America’s capital on a city tour with a local expert.

Take in views of the White House, National Mall and other monuments and museums. Pause to reflect at the poignant World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.

Washington, D.C. Hotels

Arlington National Cemetery

Visit Arlington National Cemetery for a narrated tour that takes you to the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. Continue to Mount Vernon, the beloved home of George Washington. Wander the grounds and tour the home filled with 18th-century artifacts.

Head to Old Town Alexandria, nestled along the Potomac, and enjoy time to stroll the cobblestone streets on your own. This evening, dine at Gadsby’s Tavern, famous for hosting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers.

White House Visitor Center

Spend time in the White House Visitor Center and see artifacts from the White House collection. Then, it’s your choice! Uncover some of the treasures of the Smithsonian at the National Air and Space Museum, home of the famous Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module.
 
Or visit the National Museum of American History and see gowns of First Ladies along with the Star-Spangled Banner. Enjoy free time to continue exploring on your own. Gather in the evening for a farewell dinner commemorating the end of your historical journey.

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The Jefferson Hotel

Set in a 1926 beaux arts building, this posh luxury hotel is less than a mile from the White House and 1 mile from the Washington Monument.

The sophisticated rooms feature traditional furnishings, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Individual touches include 4-poster beds, fireplaces, and free-standing tubs made with hand-cut Italian and Spanish stone and marble. Suites add separate living rooms or living areas. Room service is available 24/7.


Amenities include 24-hour butler service, a fitness center and a spa. There’s also an opulent fine-dining restaurant, a breakfast and lunch venue under a skylight, and an upscale bar with terrace seating.

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The Willard, D.C.

Featuring columns and gilded ceilings, this stately hotel dating from 1850 is a 6-minute walk from the White House, less than a mile from the National Mall and 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial.

Refined rooms have city or courtyard views, plus 47-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers and minibars. Wi-Fi is available (fee). Suites add separate living areas; some come with whirlpool tubs, dining rooms and/or foyers.


There’s a high-end restaurant serving seasonal cuisine, a lounge offering high tea, and an acclaimed bar. Other perks include a full-service spa and a fitness center, as well as a business center and parking (fee).

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Yours Truly, D.C.

In the Downtown area surrounded by shops and eateries, this upscale hotel is a 12-minute walk from Farragut West metro station, and 1 mile from both the landmark Lincoln Memorial and The White House.

Refined rooms with vintage-chic accents offer Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus desks and safes. Upgraded quarters add city views; some include sitting areas. Suites feature separate living rooms and vinyl players.


A trendy, industrial-chic restaurant/bar serves South American-inspired cuisine and cocktails. There’s also a fitness center and event space. Parking and breakfast are available.

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami

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Capacity restrictions have been lifted in DC, and now museums and attractions are reopening across the city. Find out what’s open, how to get tickets, remaining health precautions and what’s coming soon.