Originally built between 1792-1800, the White House is a National Heritage Site, Museum, active Office for the Executive Branch, and residence to the President of the United States. Tours are arranged through congressional representatives. I want to thank Rep. John Carney and his office again for indulging my request, as the wait can sometimes be months. If you have never been, or the last time you were there was grade school (like me), contact your Congress person today. When you do
get your tour, make sure to be there about 40-50 minutes early, because that line to get in the gate is looooong.
The security is understandably fierce, but well worth your patience. The Secret Service on duty at the multiple checks are very friendly as long as you are abiding the rules, and I suggest saying a friendly "Hello/How are You" because they are human beings after all, and looking out for your safety as much as the President's.
Inside, ask questions at every stop. They are not in the room only to keep an eye on you. They are there to provide information, and are more than happy to do so!
There is a lot I missed on my tour, and I plan on going back within the next year. It is a beautiful place, and walking through even the tour floors fills you with the history and nostalgia of our country. #History #UnitedStates #America #WhiteHouse #WashingtonDC