Few monuments hold more significance in the United States of America as the White House. While this real estate was selected by the country's first president, George Washington, the construction took more than eight years so it was never his residence. President Adams and his wife lived in the unfinished White House in 1800. During the War of 1812, the house was set on fire. Consequently, it was re-imagined several times until 1902 when President Theodore Roosevelt renovated completely, most memorably, creating the "West Wing" or the Executive Office Building. Today, there are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and six levels in the residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators.
Things to Know Before You Visit the White House
- Omni Shoreham Hotel guests have direct access to the White House via Metrorail by taking the red line from Woodley Park Station (located just across the street from the hotel) to the Metro Center Station. On-street parking is not available near the White House.
- All guests 18 years of age or older will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification (detailed below). All foreign nationals must present their passport. All other forms of foreign identification will not be accepted.
- All information submitted (e.g. name, date of birth, city, etc.) must exactly match the government-issued photo ID you will present when arriving at the White House.
- Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).
- Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule.
- Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
- Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance.
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White House Outdoor Walking Tour
Observe and learn about the White House from both the north (Lafayette Square and Pennsylvania Avenue) and the south (the Ellipse and Constitution Avenue). From there your tour guide will lead you up the grounds of the Washington Monument to take in views to the east (the Capitol and the National Mall) and west (the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial) before closing the circle near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Perfect for visitors new to the area, this tour provides an essential introduction to the most famous address in America.
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Stay, Park and Play Package
Guests who book this special offer receive:
- Luxurious accommodations
- Valet parking for one vehicle each night of your stay
- Daily Art of Breakfast Buffet per registered guest
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