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Back when Carter was President, I was fortunate to get an insider look of the White House through a family member. He was a high ranking Admiral and worked with the Joint Chiefs at the time. He got me cleared and Photo ID'd and went to the WH with him in a Defense Department car. The experience was surreal as I got to see and enter many off-limits rooms including the Oval Office.
The white house tours are very worth it, I am lucky enough to also manage to get a West Wing tour as well, but that generally is not open to the public. If you can get a tour, take it. I have been in the Roosevelt room, because the receptionist let us into it. The Oval Office was the highlight of the West Wing tour
The WH tour is great. Even with the limitations of the East Wing, it’s still very cool to be inside the WH. The best part for me was looking out the huge windows onto the Wash. Monument and Jefferson Memorial. No bags or purses allowed. Very strict with this rule. Highly recommend this tour and worth all of the preplanning.
Thanks Rob this was great info. We were able to get reservations drove into town got a prepaid parking spot, arrived at the White House Visitor Center 1 hour early and was told our tour was CANCELD. The Resident had a change in schedule. looks like we'll need to try again.
In the tour you get to see the famous presidential portraits (Washington, Lincoln, JFK, FDR etc.) and you can see some up close. I recommend requesting the earliest time possible. My tour started at 7:30 AM and the security check was fairly quick. The best part about the Whitehouse tour is that its self guided, so you can go back to a previous room in case you missed something (which there is a ton that you can miss), so remember to take your time.
Been following your videos in preparation for our DC trip. Would not have been able to see or do nearly as much without all the great insider advice. We were there in mid December. No lines anywhere. Temp was about 50°, give or take. Yes, it rained off and on, but we didn’t care. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and amazing and everywhere! Stayed at the Willard, which is so close to the White House. Used Uber for most of our getting around (Mom is a young 80). Rode the Metro for fun. Cannot wait to return! This is the best resource for DC trip planning.