Visit to the White House

Old Sep 17th, 2008, 07:49 PM
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Visit to the White House

Is it possible to get a tour of the White House without being with a group? I heard you can only do a group visit with a group of 10 or more. If it is possible, how far in advance do you need to make the reservation and how do you go about it?

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Old Sep 17th, 2008, 07:55 PM
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I think you need to contact your state representative and make the reservation through his/her office. I am not sure, though. I have been a number of times and never done the tour, just walked around the outside. When I looked into it, however, I seem to recall individuals being able to get a reservation but needing to do it through their rep or senator's office. There was also a decent length to the wait at that time, I believe... something like 3-6 months. It has been a few years, though, so I am uncertain. I am sure others will have more recent and more detailed info for you.
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Old Sep 17th, 2008, 08:39 PM
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surely there is a white house website?
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Old Sep 17th, 2008, 08:41 PM
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Everything you need to know about getting a tour:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/tours/

If you are in a group of less than 10, your Member of Congress MAY be able to combine you with others. Contact his/her office for details.
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Old Sep 17th, 2008, 10:33 PM
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Clau - I have been in contact with my congress office and they have been very helpful. I am still waiting on the final answer - it is just dd and I... contact your congress person.
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I got last minute tickets through my congress person years ago. The guy told me on the phone that there was a group that would sort of trade the left overs around to whomever needed them. This was all pre-9/11, so I don't know what the procedures are now. It seems kind of intimidating calling your congressman, but remember that they are only there because you voted for them and their staff is very happy to help out. My congressman was a very senior guy, so I don't know if that helped or not.
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Old Sep 18th, 2008, 11:49 AM
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Don't be intimidated about calling your local representative's office. That is how you will get tour tickets of the Capitol Building as well.

It is difficult to get White House tickets. And when you do, you will need to dress up, and prepare to leave all your belongings elsewhere. Heavy security to get in, and no purses/backpacks.

The tour is basic, showing you the lower level reception rooms.

Groups are small.

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Old Sep 20th, 2008, 05:55 AM
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beentheretwice:

Please give more detail about
Dressing up?
And where can we leave our purses?

Thanks.
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You leave your purses and bags at your hotel or in your car.

In terms of dress, you don't need to "dress up" but you need to dress in a way respectful of visiting the president's home and office. More modest and less informal than the kind of dress people often wear when vacationing.
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Old Sep 20th, 2008, 01:18 PM
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If you can't get a White House tour, try for one of the diplomatic reception rooms at the State Department. That was our favorite.
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Mike has it correct: business dress or Sunday best is appropriate. Jeans and tennis shoes are not.

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