For all those who know me personally, they know I always talk about how I would love to one day walk into the White House for a tour. Sounds like words anyone would say, trust me, I always say this. Well guess who went into the White House? Little ol me! I can't think of a more perfect gift for my graduation than this. So a dear friend of mine booked family and myself to join in on a tour. This process takes months and months to get access inside but for me, the timing was perfect. I was hoping President Obama and First Lady Michelle would walk by, though I didn't get to see them, it was still a great experience.
Umm White House. Lol
I will admit it was the coldest day ever. It was so windy on this day and all sorts of things went on. If you ever plan to go with kids, pay close attention.
Tip 1:There is parking behind the JW Marriott nearby but it costs about $20 around that area so I advise you take the train to get there or Uber.
Tip 2: Take the kids to the bathroom before lining up at the entrance. You won't have access to this once you start the tour so make sure to get them to the bathroom before you head inside. Charge your phone fully!
Tip 3: Arrive early - strict check at the gate! I used my international passport to get access. If you don't bring your ID that is a match with your White House application, you are not getting in.
Tip 4: Explore!
We began our tour at the Visitors Center nearby, just two minutes away from the White House. After exploring a bit of history in this museum-like-venue, we walked towards the entrance of the White House. Here you will be given tour details, a little brochure with information on what you can find inside the tour. There are about three check points after this to confirm your identity, you have to stand a bit for this. Well it really depends on the crowd that day. Once you pass checkpoints then welcome welcome! The tour is all on you.
First a selfie at the door and then I began exploring. I walked through to take a look at the different rooms.
After the tour we had lunch at the JW Marriott.
It was one of my best days ever in DC. I just never imagined walking in the White House and strolling round like I owned the place. Try to get a tour, words cannot express. Click here for more information.