The White House from Every Angle

The White House from Every Angle

I am not one to knock doing touristy things. I am a huge fan of all the Smithsonians, all the monuments, and all the Washington guidebooks I have collected. I think one of the neatest things you can see, though, requires a little planning. Touring the White House is one of the most quintessential D.C. experiences you can have, and if you plan in advance, you can definitely make it happen.

Seeing the outside of the White House is, of course, the easiest way to see it. There aren't any super close Metro stops, so you will have to walk, but the building is gorgeous from every side, and it's neat to see all the security measures they have in place before you can gain entrance to the property.

The next easiest way is to schedule an East Wing tour. You get to see a beautiful lobby with portraits of presidents and first ladies, presidential china, the Garden Room, the East Colonnade (with a view of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden), the library, and a collection of amazing artifacts.

Finally, there's the elusive tour of the West Wing. I was lucky enough to have the tour scheduled by my internship, but if you know the right people, I'm sure you could get one too. The tour was amazing: views of the Oval Office, the War Room, the Situation Room, and the Rose Garden, among other rooms.

And then there are nights with street parties in front of the White House, too. Those are also pretty fun.

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