Your Guide to Visiting the White House

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the White House? If you are planning a trip to Washington DC, the home of the president of the United States is a must-see! Not only has it been the home of United States president since 1800. Commissioned by George Washington, it is one of the most recognizable and well-loved symbols of America and democracy in the world.

 

American Flag in the Breeze

 

WELCOME TO THE WHITE HOUSE

As the home of the head of a government which is “of the people, by the people, for the people,” the White House is appropriately free and open to the public. However, don’t expect to just stroll right in at will: you are required to submit a request to your member of Congress from 21 days to 3 months before your visit. If you don’t know who your representative is, you can easily find out here. If you are visiting from another country, contact your embassy in Washington DC to request a free public tour. Once you get permission you can access the building from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The White House is full of memorable items and rooms. A personal highlight? The White House Movie Theatre. For all of the ceremony and formality surrounding the office of the President of the United States, the public can sometimes forget that the First Family can be just as ordinary as we are. If you are a bit more reverent towards the office of the president, be sure to explore the State Dining Room. This magnificent room is the site of many diplomatic overtures, accomplishments, and successes. Most recently, President Emmanuel Macron dined with President Donald Trump and our glamorous First Lady Melania Trump on April 24, 2018. Famous entertainers such as Beyonce, Sara Bareilles, and the National Symphony Orchestra have performed for our leader and his prestigious guests.

PRACTICAL CONCERNS

You can also read more information on the official White House website. Before you set out, there are a few things to know. If you are 18 years or older you will need to bring a valid government-issued US Identification card or passport. Foreign nationals must present a passport upon entry. Also, keep in mind that items that you are allowed to bring inside are limited due to high-security standards. You are not allowed to bring in any kind of purse, bag, or backpack, food or drink, or video recorders, so be sure to tuck them away at your lodgings.

White House Blue Room in 1952

The Blue Room in 1952

 

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?

Luckily, our guests are only a little over a mile away from the White House by foot and only a 20-min excursion by public transportation. Even without going to the White House, you can get your own taste of history at our little D.C. bed and breakfast tucked away in the Adams Morgan/ Dupont Circle area. Built in the 1890s, our quaint guesthouse features lovely, ornate wood carvings, classic fireplaces and charming turn of the century finishings and furniture. Our Washington D.C. inn is near many D.C. attractions, including the Smithsonian, Rock Creek Park and famous eateries. To top it off, Chef Justin cooks an absolutely scrumptious, warm, homemade breakfast, prepared to fit the dietary needs of all of our guests. If you want to be sure to get a booking before our high-season, don’t forget to book now in anticipation of the Cherry Blossom season.