The White House is one of the most iconic, recognizable buildings in the world, and a must-see during any vacation to Washington, D.C. Choose to stay in a vacation rental near the White House and you'll find yourself conveniently close to many of the city's most popular attractions, including the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Museum.
White House Tours
Take the self-guided tour around the building, and see behind the scenes of the most famous family home in America — including the private movie theater!
Best Views of the White House
Everyone knows the iconic view of the White House and its gardens which you get from Pennsylvania Avenue. Just allow time to make your way through the crowds of visitors who gather there daily.
Learn the White House's Historical Background
Head to the White House Visitor Center to get the scoop on how the building was made and learn the stories of some its most famous residents.
Schedule Advance Tours
Requests for a free public tour of the White House must be made in advance through your local member of Congress, at least 21 days before your visit. Note that entry is not guaranteed, as tour spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
To Bring or Not To Bring
If you do secure a tour time, don't forget to bring your photo ID; if you are visiting the US from abroad, this must be your passport. Try to leave as much as possible at your vacation rental, as only small handbags are allowed inside, and there are no locker or storage facilities on site. You can take pictures with your smartphone, but there is no flash photography or video recording permitted, for security reasons.
A Helpful Alternative
Tours are only available until lunchtime from Tuesday to Saturday, but the White House Visitor Center is open every day from 7:30 am to 4 pm.