President's Park (White House)

President's Park (White House)

In A Nutshell

Directions

The address of the White House Visitor Center is 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20230. It is located inside the north end of the Department of Commerce Building between 14th and 15th Streets on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The use of public transportation is highly recommended as nearby parking is very limited.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center has an underground parking garage. Access is available via 13½ Street (off Pennsylvania Avenue) and via two entrances on 14th Street from 5:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Rates vary from $7 for one hour up to $18 for all day. All visitors and vehicles are screened upon entry.

How to tour the White House

Instructions on White House Tours

1. When are the White House Tours?

Public tours of the White House are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for groups of 10 or more people.

2. How can I arrange a White House tour?

Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. To contact your Representative and Senators, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at this number (202) 224-3121.

All guests 14 years of age or older are required by the United States Secret Service to submit their name, date of birth, social security number and country of citizenship to the requesting office. Attendees under the age of 14 only need to submit their name and date of birth. This security information must be received by the office through which tickets are obtained no later than five business days prior to the tour date. Groups without security information will be cancelled.

3. Where do White House Tours begin?

Groups should enter the White House complex from the south side of East Executive Avenue near the Southeast Gate.

Uniformed National Park Service Rangers and volunteers are posted at the corner of 15th and E Streets to assist groups as they arrive.

Limited bus parking is available on 15th Street across from the Department of Commerce. Please check posted street signs for parking restrictions.

4. Should I arrive early?

5. Will I need to bring a photo ID?

All guests 15 years of age or older will be required to present photo identification with information exactly matching the name previously submitted for clearance. Individuals whose identification does not exactly match the name or data cleared for entry may be denied.

6. What are the prohibited items?

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food and beverages of any kind, strollers, cameras, video recorders or any type of recording device, tobacco products, personal grooming items (make-up, hair brush or comb, lip or hand lotions, etc.), any pointed objects (pens, knitting needles, etc.), aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size.

The United States Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.

Umbrellas, wallets, cell phones and car keys are permitted.

Please note that no storage facilities are available on or around the complex. Individuals who arrive with prohibited items will not be permitted to enter the White House.

7. Can I bring my medications?

Yes. All necessary medications must be identified and screened by the U.S. Secret Service.

8. Will I be screened?

All persons and items entering the White House will be screened through a security process. Individuals may be requested to consent to an interview or additional security procedures before they are admitted to the White House complex.

9. Is there a 24-hour number I can call for current information?

White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation. Visitors may call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041 for the most current tour information.

10. Is the White House accessible?

• If you would like to request a wheelchair, please notify the officer at the Visitors Entrance upon arrival. Visitors in wheelchairs, or with other mobility disabilities, use the main Visitors Entrance and are escorted by ramp from the entrance level to the Ground floor and via by the elevator from the Ground floor to the State floor.


Places

What is a monument?

A monument is a structure built for commemorative or symbolic reasons. President's Park has several monuments such as First Division Monument and Zero Milestone Monument.

What is a memorial?

A structure erected to commemorate persons or events. There are several memorials in President's Park such as Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain, Second Division Memorial and Boy Scout Memorial.

What is a statue?

A statue is a sculpture depicting a specific entity, usually a person, event, animal or object. A variety of statues can be seen at President's Park such as Rochambeau, Jackson, von Steuben, Lafayette and Kosciuszko.

Fees & Reservations

There are no entrance fees at President's Park and the White House Visitor Center.

If you're planning to visit nearby national parks such as Fort Washington Park, Great Falls Park, Greenbelt Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park or Prince William Forest Park, you may want to purchase a National Parks Pass.

White House Tours

Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Submit your request through your Member of Congress up to six months in advance.

Public Transportation

The White House Visitor Center's address is 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20230. It is located inside the north end of the Department of Commerce Building between 14th and 15th Streets on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red Line) 0.13 mile; Walk approximately one block WEST on G Street, turn left/SOUTH on 14th Street, turn right/WEST on Pennsylvania Avenue South, between 14th and 15th Streets is the White House Visitor Center located on the north end of the Department of Commerce Building.

Metrobus and subway schedules are available at 202-637-7000 or http://www.wmata.com

Use the subway; Union Station (red) to Metro Center (blue/orange/red); 0.13 mile; Walk approximately one block WEST on G Street, turn left/SOUTH on 14th Street, turn right/WEST on Pennsylvania Avenue South, between 14th and 15th Streets is the White House Visitor Center located on the north end of the Department of Commerce Building.

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