The second president, John Adams, was the first to live in the White House in 1801. Originally called the "Executive ... More
The second president, John Adams, was the first to live in the White House in 1801. Originally called the "Executive Mansion," it earned the nickname "White House" after its marble exterior was whitewashed to cover burn marks from damage by the War of 1812. Student and military veteran group tours are available with advance notice. The White House occasionally closes without notice for official functions.
Like: The honor of being allowed in. You need to go through your Cnngressman and a background check.
Like: The politeness, professionalism and respect of the secret servcie security personnel as well as the security process.
Dislike: The tour was too short or should not be self guided
Dislike: It was more like a museum than the "proverbial" White House
It was insulting to my intelligence.
ADVICE: Even if you have an appointment go as early as possible 8am so you do not wait in line for a long period of time. This is what also takes away from the tour. An weeks of planinng and an hour long security process for a tour that can take as little as 15 minutes.
ADVICE: There are no restroom facilities for the public so relieve yourself BEFORE the tour
Hope this has been helpful.
OK, so my family and I were just at the White House tour. It's a self guided tour, and I say that you spend more time outside in line than inside, and you know what? I was sitting down in a chair, and a guy said, "Hey bud, you can't sit there!" Yeah! But seriously, unless you like 10 minute very boring tours, this tour STINKS!
i like the fact that it was offered to my group. but, it was way too short you couldnt really see anything. next time i wanna get a chance to see something. it took us 20 mins to walk through the whole part of the house they were showing...we ended up going to the aquarium. i live in the area....but, it was quite disappointing.
It was very interesting especially getting a guided tour from a friend. I had never been to DC before and thought that it would be a huge building but to to my surprise it was quite small considering its purposes.
Got a tour. I absolutely love it. I am a huge history buff and love presidential history and i was in heaven. Standing were great men have stood, gazing at the portraits (especially Reagan) will give you chills...ps avoid the lady holding her 24/7/365 vigil since 1981...I engaged her for about 15 mins...NUTJOB!
I loved it. It is smaller than you might expect. I got a tour and was able to go inside, before 9/11. I recently went back, and I have to say it's not half as good not being able to go inside. Still good though.
My 1st visit, i just went out the front and ventured on my own. the white house is heaps smaller in real life but it is very beautiful. the number of tourists/protestors/locals around the area kind of ruin the atmosphere because then u can't get a very good view. but i was lucky enought to be there when party guests were arriving for a lunch with the president no doubt. was a very nice experience and no visit to DC would be complete without a trip to the whitehouse
The White House was amazing. The intricate works of art and the rooms are just beautiful. The tour of the White House is extremely hard to get into. Fortunately, my Aunt got to take me to go see it. I wouldn't change that experience for the world! I would definitely return if I could! :)
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