Visit The White House

By DullesMoms, Aug 2023

Whether you’re a tourist or a DMV local, a trip to The White House is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! But you can’t just show up — you must request a tour.

Did you know? During the War of 1812, in 1814, British forces set fire to The White House in retaliation for American forces burning down parts of York (modern-day Toronto).

Tour requests for US citizens are made through your congressional representative only. To find your representative (there are 535 of them!), click here and enter your zip code. You’ll then be directed to information about your representative, with links to their website. While each website is different, each has a keyword search function.

Did you know? The White House is believed to be haunted by several spirits, including the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Eleanor Roosevelt and Winston Churchill also claimed to have had paranormal experiences in The White House.

For example, on Gerry Connolly’s (11th Congressional District of Virginia) website, with a quick search of “white house tour,” you are brought to a dedicated request form.

White House tours must be requested at least 21 days in advance (and a maximum of 3 months). In addition to a request to your representative, you will be asked to submit security information directly to The White House Visitor’s office. These steps are required to complete your request, but they do not guarantee you a tour.

Did you know? Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, held séances in the Red Room of The White House in an attempt to communicate with their deceased son.

Wondering what to expect of a tour? Learn more about tips, rules, and more from the National Park Service online.


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