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  • 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 »

Directions

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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:
GPS coordinates: N 38 53.698 W 077 02.095
Latitude/Longitude: N38 53 41.88 W-77 2 5.70 (38.894967, -77.034917)

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)
  1. Follow I-95 South toward Washington to I-495 and exit East.
  2. Follow I-495 East to Route 50 and exit West.
  3. Follow Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue, to L Street and bear right onto L Street.
  4. Follow L Street to 7th Street, NW and turn left.
  5. Follow 7th Street to Constitution Avenue and turn right.
  6. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street and turn right.
  7. Follow 15th Street to the intersection of 15th and E Streets (on your left).
  8. The temporary visitor center is located on your left near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
 

Traveling from the NORTH (via I-295/BW Parkway)
  1. Follow I-95 South to I-295 South Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
  2. Follow I-295 South BW Parkway pass Greenbelt.
  3. I-295 South will split at Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue, right lane.
  4. Follow New York Avenue to 7th Street, NW
  5. Turn left on 7th Street
  6. Turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue South.
  7. Follow Pennsylvania Avenue to the intersection of 15th and E Streets.
  8. The temporary visitor center is located in front of you near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
 

Traveling from the NORTH (via I-270)
  1. Follow I-270 South toward Washington.
  2. At the I-270 split bear right and follow signs for I-495, Northern Virginia.
  3. Follow I-495 to the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GW Parkway).
  4. Follow the GW parkway to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
  5. Cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, staying to the right, and exit onto Constitution Avenue.
  6. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street and turn left.
  7. Follow 15th Street to to the intersection of 15th and E Streets (on your left).
  8. The temporary visitor center is located on your left near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
 

Traveling from the SOUTH (via I-95/I-395)
  1. Follow I-95 North toward Washington. I-95 becomes I-395 when you cross I-495.
  2. Continue North on I-395.
  3. Follow I-395 across the bridge using either of the two left lanes.
  4. After crossing the bridge, exit US-1 North/14th Street.
  5. Follow US-1/14th Street to Constitution Avenue.
  6. Turn left on Constitution Avenue to 15th Street.
  7. Turn right on 15th Street to to the intersection of 15th and E Streets (on your left).
  8. The temporary visitor center is located on your left near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
 

Traveling from the EAST (via Route 50 and New York Avenue)
  1. Follow Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue, to L Street and bear right onto L Street.
  2. Follow L Street to 7th Street NW and turn left.
  3. Follow 7th Street to Constitution Avenue and turn right.
  4. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street.
  5. Turn right on 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.
  6. Turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue.
  7. Follow Pennsylvania Avenue to the intersection of 15th and E Streets.
  8. The temporary visitor center is located in front of you near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
 

Traveling from the WEST (via I-66)
  1. Follow I-66 across the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, staying to the right, and exit onto Constitution Avenue.
  2. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street and turn left.
  3. Follow 15th Street to the intersection of 15th and E Streets (on your left).
  4. The temporary visitor center is located on your left near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion.
 
Parking

Parking
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?

Martin Van Buren, 8th President: 1837-1841

Van Buren was the first U.S. president born in the United States. The presidents preceding Van Buren were born in colonies that later became states. Van Buren was the first to be born after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.