The White House. Regardless of our political views, we have all wondered what the inside of “The People’s House” looks like. It is the most famous house in the country; the home of the President of the United States, leader of the free world. It must be immaculate, right? Well of course it is!
What many people don’t know is that the White House is open for tours. Yes, just about anyone can tour the White House! Of course, you have to pass an extensive background check first. My husband and I were lucky enough to get that chance.
The tour only consists of the East Wing which is actually much smaller than you think it would be. The whole tour takes about 30 – 45 minutes and is self guided. Touring the White House is a lot like touring any historic home, like the Biltmore for example. While it is a self guided tour, you do have to stick to a path. And the entrance to the rooms are roped off so you can only look inside them.
The decor is very dignified. Simple but classy. Pictures of past presidents and first ladies line the walls. We went in December while it was decorated for Christmas and it was absolutely beautiful.
While the theme changes every year, you can always expect something elegant and tasteful. During our trip, they had everything from mantles outlined with roses to Christmas trees with an ornament from each state.
They even have a small tree made out of a deck of cards.
My personal favorite was a “preview of America” made completely out of gingerbread. It had everything from the statue of liberty and the St. Louis arch to Mt. Rushmore and even the Alamo.
And then of course there is the presidential seal that everyone wants a picture under.
If you decide a tour of the White House just has to be in your future (and it totally should!!), here are some things to know before you go:
- You must put in the request 3 months in advance and even then it is first come first serve.
- You have to submit the request through your local senator or congressman.
- Arrive early. There is a long line.
- Most of the wait is outside so dress accordingly. We went in December and it was freezing!!
- Expect to walk. A lot.
- It will be crowded.
- There are several security check points so don’t put your I.D. up until you are actually inside the house.
- Lastly, you will have a great time!