The Eisenhower Building is done up with all the baroque flair of the late 19th-century, also known as the Gilded Age. The sloped...
The 1836 Greek-revival colossus (each of its 30 36ft-high columns was carved from a single granite block) is decorated as befits a...
The land north of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave was originally deeded as part of the White House grounds. However, in 1804 President Thomas...
It's all about the view at POV, which sits atop the W Hotel Washington. The sky terrace imparts terrific vistas, prime for sunset...
Old Ebbitt Grill
The Grill has occupied its prime, by the White House real estate since 1846. Political players (and lots of tourists) pack into the...
White House information
The White House has survived both fire (the Brits torched it in 1814) and insults (Jefferson groused that it was 'big enough for two emperors, one Pope and the grand Lama'). Tours must be arranged in advance. Americans must apply via one of their state's members of Congress, and non-Americans must apply through either the US consulate in their home country or their country's consulate in DC. Applications are taken from 21 days to six months in advance; three months ahead is the recommended sweet spot.
If that sounds like too much work, pop into the spiffy, renovated White House Visitor Center. It's not the real deal, but hey, executive artifacts and paraphernalia are on display. Or get a view of the White House from the outside. Cars aren't allowed to pass the building on Pennsylvania Ave; you can get good photos across the North Lawn from here. Or move to E St NW and take pictures across the South Lawn.