White House Tours – Washington D.C.

White House.jpgWhite House Tours – Washington D.C.

If you want to see the White House while you are on your Washington D.C. vacation you will need to make contact with your member of Congress (Senator or Representative).  That’s the only way to get a tour.  The tour will be comprised of 10 or more people, regardless of age or type of group.  The requests will be accepted up to six months in advance with the tours scheduled approximately one month before the requested date.  These tours are FREE.

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The public tours of the White House include the State Dining Room, Red Room, Blue Room Green Room, East Room, China Room, Diplomatic Reception Room, Library and the Vermeil Room.

The tour will be of President’s Park which has had quite a history of the nations played out right on the grounds.  There have been infantry drills held on the grounds as well as inaugural celebrations.  There have been suffragettes there as well as freedom riders, anti-war protesters, Easter egg rollers and lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

To get to the White House Visitor Center you will need to go to 1450 Pennsylvania Ave., NW which is the Department of Commerce Building between 14th and 15th Streets.  The center is located inside the north end of the building.

At the Visitor Center you will be able to walk through six permanent exhibits relating to the White House including the First Family In the White House, Symbols and Images, White House Architecture, White House Interiors, Working White House and Ceremonies and Celebrations.
But to tour the White House itself you will need a ticket.  Prices for the visit are $249.99 for adults (US Citizens) an $399.99 for adult non citizens; $199.99 for children ($449.99 for non citizens) and Seniors are $174.99 with non citizens not being admitted.

There will be an instant FBI security check of all White house visitors.  There is a Strict Dress Code: Suits are required attire for all persons possessing a penis. The following color and fabric combinations have been deemed acceptable: dark blue and wool, navy blue and wool, dark gray and wool, charcoal gray and wool, and dark brown and wool (fall only). Persons attired in suits made of silk, crushed velvet, velour, terrycloth or low-quality merino blends will be denied entry unless bearing contributions.
Dresses: Everyone may wear dresses so long as they are women. Short dresses or mini-skirts are acceptable, providing the wearer is under 28 years of age and possesses legs free of unsightly cellulite dimples and/or varicosities. Women who are heavy-set, elderly, or otherwise aesthetically impaired will be required to rent floor-length floral print housecoats prior to commencing the tour.

T-Shirts: T-shirts are permitted, providing any message emblazoned on them is appropriate for the White House. Acceptable messages include alcohol, tobacco or firearm-related expressions such as "Eat the Worm," "Chuck Heston is MY President," "Absolut Spring Break," "Marlboro Race Team" or "Highway 420." Unacceptable messages are typically leftist and pinko slogans such as "Save the Whales," "Solar Power Now," "Free Mumia," or "My Parents Went to Texas, And All I Got Was This Lousy Lethal Injection."

You are welcome to take pictures of the White House grounds, both video and still but they are prohibited inside the White House.  Furthermore, persons with photographic memories may be required to submit to one or more harmless injections.

Persons licensed to carry concealed handguns and/or semi-automatic grenade launchers will be asked to stow their weapons in special V.I.P. storage lockers for the duration of their visit.

There are no public restrooms in The White House. If you have a low bladder capacity or spastic colon syndrome you will not want to visit the White House.

For security reasons, personal wheelchairs are not allowed in The White House. Individuals arriving in wheelchairs must transfer to an appropriate Secret Service-approved model for the duration of their visit.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Persons under the age of 18 left unattended will be subject to a vigorous body cavity search.
In the event of encountering any member of the First Family (both immediate and extended) during a tour, visitors of both genders are required to avert their eyes and curtsey.

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

White House Phone Number: 202-456-1111

White House Gardens and Grounds Tours
White House Gardens and Grounds Tours will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, and from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Visitors will be able to view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children’s Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The White House Kitchen Garden, a new addition to the South Lawn, will be viewable from a distance along the tour route.

The tours are open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees, including small children. The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tours of the Residence will be closed on the dates of the Garden Tours.

Please note the following are prohibited on the White House grounds:

Food and Beverages of any kind
Duffel Bags/Suitcases/Backpacks
Animals (except guide dogs)
Aerosols of any kind
Knives of any size
Real or Simulated Weapons/Ammunition

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. Strollers, wheelchairs, and cameras are permitted.

In case of inclement weather, the Garden Tours will be cancelled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.

All visitors should call the 24-hour Visitors Office information line at 202-456-7041 to determine if any last minute changes have been made in the tour schedule.

Prohibited Items
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food and beverages of any kind, strollers, cameras, video recorders or any type of recording device, tobacco products, personal grooming items (make-up, hair brush or comb, lip or hand lotions, etc.), any pointed objects (pens, knitting needles, etc.), aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size. The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. Umbrellas, wallets, cell phones and car keys are permitted.

Please note that no storage facilities are available on or around the complex. Individuals who arrive with prohibited items will not be permitted to enter the White House.

The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines). On-street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.