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White House

Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.

Walk the corridors of power and see where presidents entertain heads of state at one of the most famous residences in the world, the White House. The neoclassical-style mansion has been the home and office of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

Start your tour in the Visitor Center. View exhibits and films covering the history of the White House and its famous occupants. Make your way to the mansion’s magnificent Entrance Hall and the Grand Staircase where presidents and their guests descend prior to state dinners. They pause for press photos at the foot of the stairs while the United States Marine Band plays Hail to the Chief. See busts of presidents and portraits of first ladies lining the Ground Floor Corridor. 

Step into the East Room, the largest room in the mansion, used for state dinners, press conferences and concerts. Observe the famous full-length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Look over the Steinway grand piano with gilt American eagle supports; it was given to the White House by the manufacturer in 1938. Just off the East Room is the Green Room where Thomas Jefferson hosted dinners and James Monroe used to play cards. Among the other rooms included in the tour are the State Dining Room, the Library and the Blue Room.

The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington D.C. There is no on-street car parking near the mansion. The White House advises visitors to come by public transportation. The nearest metro stations are Federal Triangle, Metro Center and McPherson Square.

Free self-guided public tours of the White House are available from Tuesday through Saturday, except federal holidays. Tour requests must be made through a U.S. resident’s member of Congress, three weeks to six months in advance of an intended visit. Non-U.S. residents will need to contact their embassy in Washington D.C. for help in submitting a tour request. All visitors aged 18 and over must bring valid proof of identification. A passport is the only acceptable form of ID for foreign nationals.


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$129
Washington Plaza

Washington Plaza

10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 2,475 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Ideally located on Thomas Circle, near Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of Washington DC, this Kennedy-era hotel is 0.3 miles from MCPherson Square Metro Station and 0.7 miles from the Smithsonian Museums. The White House is 6 blocks from the hotel.

$174
Grand Hyatt Washington

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H Street NW, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 1,471 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Washington hotel sits just 4 blocks from the Verizon center, 6 blocks from the White House and just 7 blocks from the National Mall. The Smithsonian Museum and national monuments are nearby. In-lobby access to Metro Center also available.

$99
Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC

Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC

839 17th St NW, Washington
4.0
of 5, from 965 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Club Quarters is in a prime location in the center of the business district, and two blocks from the White House and key government buildings. A short walk to Lafayette Square and the monuments and museums, including the Smithsonian. Minutes from Georgetown.

$98
POD DC

POD DC

627 H Street NW, Washington
4.2
of 5, from 100 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Verizon Center and Ford's Theater. White House and United States Capitol are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$147
Hotel RL Washington DC by Red Lion

Hotel RL Washington DC by Red Lion

1823 L St NW, Washington
4.2
of 5, from 639 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Offering extra-spacious suites, this hotel is located on the edge of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, just 6 blocks from the White House and 1 mile from the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.

$169
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington
4.4
of 5, from 1,228 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Washington, DC luxury hotel is in a shopping district, 2 blocks from Dupont Circle, 4 blocks from Georgetown, and 1 mile from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

$129
The Capital Hilton

The Capital Hilton

1001 16th St NW, Washington
4.1
of 5, from 584 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated two blocks north of the White House, Capital Hilton is near the National Mall, museums, dining and nightlife. Three Metro stations are located two blocks from the hotel, with easy access to all of DC.

$225
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

806 15th Street NW, Washington
4.6
of 5, from 1,034 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on Lafayette Square bordering the White House, this French-inspired hotel in Washington, DC, is within walking distance of the National Mall, Vietnam Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museum.