One of the most recognizable structures in the world, one
cant say theyve been to Washington D.C. until they have seen the White House.
The home of the leader of the free world is open to the public five days a week from 10
The White House tour probably ranks high on a visitors list of things to do
while in Washington D.C., but the process to get tickets will definitely test your
determination. The White House is open Tues. Sat. from 10 AM Noon, but you
need to get one of the free tickets for admittance. Herein lies the problem because
tickets for that days tours can only be picked up at the White House Visitors Center
and they run out very quickly. Although the center opens at 7:30 AM, during tourist season
the line to get tickets starts to form around 5 AM. Therefore most people have to be
satisfied with seeing only the exterior of the White House. The Visitors Center has nice
displays on the history of the White House to mollify the disappointed visitors who
couldnt get tickets. Its a nice place to visit, but dont expect to get
tickets for the tour if you arrive after 9 AM.
If you are lucky enough to get tickets, they will be stamped with the departure time of
your tour. Bleachers have been set up on the Ellipse so visitors can sit until the tour
staff collects them. The twenty minute tour consists of five rooms: The East Room, Green
Room, Blue Room, Red Room and the State Dining Room.