How can I arrange a tour of the white house?

Old Dec 29th, 2009, 07:46 PM
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How can I arrange a tour of the white house?

Any ideas how non-US residents can arrange a tour of the White House? We don't have a local congressman to approach
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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 07:54 PM
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Maybe contact your Embassy.
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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 08:10 PM
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The best way for US residents , is to go through your congressman. Their office will arrange any tour you need in Washing D.C. You get in ahead of the usual lines. A van took 12 of us, to Arlington, all of the monuments, and Fords Theater. Free. Also, arranged tours, to capitol, Federal Mint, and to the Halaucaust Museum ( I did have to pay for that one), but they arranged the timing. This is a best kept secret. For you maybe the Embassy, Good Luck
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Speak to the Salahis. (I really do not have a serious answer.)
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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 08:50 PM
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Apparently some foreign visitors have had luck making their request through Eleanor Holmes Norton. She is the Representative for DC and several Aussies and Germans report getting WH tours through her.

Where are you from? Some embassies are more helpful than others.
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Old Dec 30th, 2009, 01:00 AM
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Your US Congressman and US Senators have tickets but they go quickly.
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Whoops. I misread that you're not a US citizen. Did you try Googling it?
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Old Dec 30th, 2009, 02:31 AM
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I just googled it. Thru your embassy - but a number of sites say it is difficult and time-consuming.
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I'd also like to point out that there can be logistical difficulties once you get tickets to tour the White House, i.e. where to leave personal belongings. You are not allowed to bring a whole list of items (noted on the White House tours website) including purses, backpacks, strollers and cameras. There are no lockers at the White House for these items, so you either have to leave your belongings at the hotel or try to find a locker elsewhere in the city. (I understand that Union Station or some of the Smithsonians may have these but they aren't particularly close to the White House.) In any event, I used to enjoy taking visitors to tour the White House but, now, considering all the "hoops" you have to go through, I don't think that seeing the inside of the White House is worth the time and effort. There are so many other attractions in D.C. that are better.
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It's difficult and time-consuming for everyone. Number of tours are limited and there are a lot of restrictions (you can't bring ANYHTING into the White House with you - have to leave your purse or day bag at the hotel - or check, maybe at Union Station).

I think your embassy is the best option, but be prepared for a lot of questions.
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Old Dec 30th, 2009, 06:13 AM
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Sorry - don't know the rules in Australia - but in the UK NO ONE gets to tour 10 Downing St - and this is the home of both our head of state and head of government.
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Yes, but the White House is The People's House. Back in the day, the public was allowed to wander freely through the public rooms and picnic on the lawns. Security, alas, means more restrictions.
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