The Washington, D.C., White House has been a part of the United States since October of 1792. That was when the original brick was laid in what would become the most well-known residence of the United States. It took almost 20 years to complete, and in 1800, President John Adams and his wife Abigail became the first residents.
George Washington felt the architecture of the White House should be more low key than the grand palaces of Europe. President Washington held a contest to see who would help create the design. Of course, this beautiful building is amazing with many delights, but given the focus early on to keep the tone muted when compared to the palaces of kings and queens, some visitors come away from a tour saying they always thought it would be larger in scale.
White House Washington, D.C.
Obviously, the White House is much more than just a residence and many tours occur there every year. Adults with valid, government-issued photo identification and accompanying minors have the opportunity to tour part of the White House in Washington, D.C. It is interesting to note that each president is given the opportunity to decide what decorations will appear in some parts of the White House. They also have the option to decide how they will interact with the public.
Tours are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All White House tours are free. For specific information, or to make a reservation, it is necessary to contact the appropriate Member of Congress. Although these tours are available to the public at no cost, they are not available on a walk-in basis and must be reserved in advance. There is also a list of items that cannot be brought on a tour, including but not limited to: stroller, pets, food, beverages, aerosol products and makeup or toiletry items.
The opportunity to tour the White House is an example of the freedom that we have in the United States. The history of the White House is awe-inspiring, and this sight is quite worth the effort it takes to see it.