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Every tourist visiting the DC area would surely doesn't want to miss visiting the oldest public building in Washington DC - The White House!
Of course, one of the most common way to see it is thru the Lafayette Park, just across the White House where you can get a good view of it and to take photos at good angles.
There are two most common options to see the building only on the outside. You can either choose to see it from the south side of its ground which you can see it a bit further away, or you can choose to see it on its north side which is much closer.
The White House is not only considered as the home of the US president but also the museum of American history. It has 132 rooms on 6 levels.
It was constructed as early as 1792, then after it caught fire in 1814, continous partial reconstructions were done of the same year to a few more years. Major constructions were done under the Truman administration, and underwent restoration under the Kennedy administration.
Public tours inside the White House are only alowed for 10 people or more at a time, but you must ask request through your Representative and Senators. Tours are also on a first come, first served basis every Tuesday - Saturday from 7:30am - 12:30pm, and is scheduled approximately one month in advance or even longer (up to 3 months). So, it definitely means NO walk-in tours are allowed anytime inside!
You can also choose to book a White House Garden Tours but you have to get your tickets for this. This is open for the public and visitors can get the chance to visit its gardens such as the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and the South Lawn.
Inside tours sounds a bit of a hassle, but a visit on either the north or south wing is always the most convenient, hassle-free tour you can have on the outside. ;)