The most famous building in the U.S. and the epicenter of D.C. is also one of the most difficult to get inside. Tours can be arranged, but only for groups of ten or more through a US citizen's member of Congress or a foreign visitor's embassy. Only a select number of rooms are open to the public, including the Blue Room, the Green Room, and the Gold-and-White East Room, and the whole experience lasts less than an hour, which is a let down considering how long it takes to set up the whole affair (quite frankly, unless you’ve been dreaming of touring the white house since Grammar school it’s not worth the effort). In our opinion, the biggest rush comes from viewing the legendary building from the outside. Visiting the White House is always one of the top things to do in Washington D.C. and we definitely recommend seeing it at least once in your lifetime. The design for the First House was selected by competition (Thomas Jefferson entered anonymously…and lost, although he did add to the building after moving in). James Hoban, an Irishman won, which explains why the property is modeled on an Irish country house. Luckily, he was still around to redesign the structure after the British tried to burn it to the ground during the War of 1812.
- Open Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 07:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: McPherson Square