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White HouseAfter featuring the White House’s new 3D app 1600 last week, I got to thinking: How does one actually visit the home of the U.S. President? I was fortunate to be an invited guest back in December 2014 for their travel blogger summit, and there I learned that the process had dramatically changed after 9/11 and other terrorist events.

Well, according to WhiteHouse.Gov: “Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)

If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.”

Good to know:

  • Here’s how to find your congressmen
  • A list of Washington D.C. Embassies



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2 Comments On "How to Visit the White House"
  1. Bonnie|

    Not only can your congressman get you in line for the White House tour, they can also help you with tours to the FBI, Treasury, almost any government tours available. They cut through the red tape and make your trip very enjoyable. Don’t forget to send them a thank you note when you return home.

  2. Nancy Marcus|

    Great advice. Really helpful.
    Thank you