How to tour the White House

White House viewed from the south
White House with south side portico balcony features


Plan ahead to tour the White House

Visiting the White House can be one of the most memorable experiences of a trip to our nation's capital. Planning ahead is necessary to make the visit happen. Visitors submit requests at least three weeks prior to their desired White House tour date. What to expect on the day of your tour.

How to tour the White House

The National Park Service does not schedule White House tours or provide tickets to enter the White House.

Public tour requests must be submitted through a Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. The White House tour is free of charge. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.


In President's Park today

You can ...

  • Capture iconic photos with the White House from the north side or the south side of the park
  • Visit the White House Visitor Center
  • Complete a President's Park junior ranger book to earn a junior ranger badge

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Last updated: October 25, 2022

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