The White House, Washington D.C.

The White House, Washington D.C. (must see)

The White House is both home and office to the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., it symbolizes America. While it is not the first home of American presidents, it has been the home of every American President since John Adams moved in during his presidency in 1800. The design was made by James Hoban and building was started with the laying of the cornerstone in 1792. Each president since then has added their own touches to the people’s house, some big and some small.

That original White House was burned in 1814, almost to the ground, by British troops during the War of 1812. Designing and rebuilding soon began and was completed by 1817. The South Portico was added in 1824 and the North Portico was added in 1830. The West Wing came during an addition that began in 1901 and then later the Oval Office was added. A fire in 1929 damaged the West Wing but the damage was repaired. In the 1930s, a second story and basement were added and the oval office was moved to its present location.

By 1948 the building was in need of a serious overhaul to keep it standing after several additions had been made over the years. Load bearing beams were added and a complete dismantling of the interior was undertaken. Most of the glorious handcrafted work was lost during this process of reconstruction. In the 1960s Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw an extensive redecoration of the White House to bring back some of the artifacts that had been lost over the years and return it to its grander days.

Today the White House has six stories, 132 rooms, and such amenities as a tennis court, swimming pool, bowling alley, and of course the First Garden. Since the attacks of 9/11, the White House is no longer open for tours except on a very limited basis. All those wanting a tour must ask their Congressional representatives to put them on a list and have background checks completed prior to the tour.

Tip:
The entire tour is self-paced, so you might want to brush up on your White House history ahead of time to maximize your experience (War of 1812, etc). You will only be visiting the East Wing, so that will limit how much you will need to research.
If you're you don't get a tour time, don't be heartbroken. Stand in front of the White House and take a group photo, then head over to the Visitor Center and use the interactive displays where you can see the same rooms.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: The White House
Sight Location: Washington D.C., USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Washington D.C., USA

Create Your Own Walk in Washington D.C.

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Art Galleries and Museums Tour

Art Galleries and Museums Tour

Looking for inspiring and notable art venues? Washington D.C. is well-appreciated for the wide range of art museums and galleries that it offers. Take this self-guided tour and discover the treasures hidden by these art institutions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Gardens and Parks Walking Tour

Gardens and Parks Walking Tour

If you are looking for getaway spots from the hustle and bustle of politics and city life, this walking tour in Washington D.C. offers plenty of opportunities for that. There are many large parks and gorgeous gardens where you can admire beautiful flowers, landscape and even learn various historical facts.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Historic Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

Historic Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

Washington D.C. is a city of historic memorials and monuments that commemorate key chapters in American history. They are dedicated to all the noteworthy generals, politicians, statesmen and artists who played a major role in shaping the American nation. This walking tour will offer you a glimpse into the history of the U.S.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
History Museums Tour

History Museums Tour

Washington D.C. is well-known for its world-class museums. The Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum complex in the world, maintains most of the official museums in Washington, D.C. and the entrance is free of charge. Explore some of the most outstanding ones by taking this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Washington DC without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Washington D.C., that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Washington D.C. Introduction Walk

Washington D.C. Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles

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