White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure
The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »
Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk
Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.
The White House Visitor Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, is closed for a rehabilitation project. A temporary visitor center is open near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the corner of 15th and E Streets, NW.
GPS navigation for the temporary visitor center:
We strongly encourage the use of public transportation as there is no public parking at the temporary visitor center / Ellipse Visitor Pavilion complex and nearby parking is very limited.
Traveling from the NORTH (via I-95)
Traveling from the NORTH (via I-295/BW Parkway)
Traveling from the NORTH (via I-270)
Traveling from the SOUTH (via I-95/I-395)
Traveling from the EAST (via Route 50 and New York Avenue)
Traveling from the WEST (via I-66)
The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines) and Metro Center (red, blue and orange lines). Because on-street parking is limited, we strongly encourage the use of public transportation.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, located a block away from the White House Visitor Center, has an underground parking garage. Access is available via 13½ Street (off Pennsylvania Avenue) and via two entrances on 14th Street from 5 am until 2 am. Rates vary from $10 for one hour up to $23 for all day. Please note that all visitors and vehicles are screened upon entry.
Did You Know?
In 1790 George Washington selected a ridge overlooking the Potomac River as the site for the President's House. Known today as President's Park, this was the first land acquired for the District of Columbia.