White House Tours canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013
We regret to inform you that White House Tours are canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 hour hotline at (202) 456-7041.
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.
Plan Your Visit
Located in the center of downtown Washington, DC, President's Park includes the park land and gardens surrounding the White House. Amid the vibrant city life of our nation's capital, President's Park offers visitors, district residents, and even the President of the United States restorative green space, awe-inspiring memorials, and the White House itself to contemplate as a symbol of the United States and democracy.
Whether you are a regular local or just visiting President's Park, there are numerous activities and special events in which to participate. If you are able, take a tour of the White House or take a moment to pause and have your picture taken in front of the White House. Stop by the White House Visitor Center for maps and brochures or take a stroll through the park to enjoy the atmosphere. You might catch a glimpse of one of the hawks that inhabit the White House grounds or see Marine One land on the White House lawn!
Many opportunities for unique experiences await you at President's Park. Located just a short walk away are the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, and other cultural attractions.The links below and at left will help you get started planning your trip to the White House and our nation's capital.
Did You Know?
The tradition of playing "Hail to the Chief" whenever a president appeared at a state function was started by President John Tyler’s second wife, Julia.