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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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Yours Truly DC

Yours Truly DC

1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington University, White House, and Lincoln Memorial. Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Washington Monument are also within 2 mi (3 km). Foggy Bottom Station is 7 minutes by foot and Dupont Circle Station is 9 minutes.

    Grand Hyatt Washington $139
    Grand Hyatt Washington

    Grand Hyatt Washington

    1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Ford's Theater. White House and Walter E. Washington Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and Gallery Place Chinatown Station is 7 minutes.

      Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square $151
      Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

      Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

      806 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Washington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of White House, Ford's Theater, and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Washington Monument and Capital One Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). McPherson Sq. Station is only a 3-minute walk and Farragut West Station is 7 minutes.

        Hamilton Hotel Washington DC $115
        Hamilton Hotel Washington DC

        Hamilton Hotel Washington DC

        1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square, White House, and CityCenterDC. Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Warner Theatre are also within 15 minutes. McPherson Sq. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Center Station is 10 minutes.

          Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center $149
          Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center

          Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center

          901 L Street NW, Washington, DC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Willard InterContinental Washington $189
            Willard InterContinental Washington

            Willard InterContinental Washington

            1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Theatre and Warner Theatre. White House and National Museum of African American History and Culture are also within 10 minutes. Federal Triangle Station is 8 minutes by foot and Center Station is 8 minutes.

              Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End $127
              Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End

              Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End

              2121 M St NW, Washington, DC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University. Kennedy Center and White House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Foggy Bottom Station is 7 minutes by foot and Dupont Circle Station is 10 minutes.

                Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House $123
                Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House

                Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House

                1522 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square and White House. National Theatre and CityCenterDC are also within 15 minutes. McPherson Sq. Station is 5 minutes by foot and Farragut West Station is 5 minutes.