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White House Visitor Center and South Lawn

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White House Visitor Center and South Lawn, Washington DC DC

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Although the White House Visitor Center is not very impressive, it is fun to go there if you're visiting the South Lawn anyway. You can watch a great video with quotes by people who have lived in the White House, and look at some exhibits. After, go directly to the left as you walk out the White House Visitor Center entrance, past the guard station, to the National Christmas Tree, a blue spruce from Colorado, and then stop at the fence to see the White House and its curved portico (a four minute walk from the visitor center). The view is quite distant but lovely. You can see the gardens and beautiful trees, and the interesting part is that you can see a sniper on the roof! There are also secret service agents everywhere watching your every move. The South Lawn is where the presidential helicopter lands, and where the Easter Egg Rolling Contest is held.
After, walk back past the Visitor Center to Pret a Manger for a delicious pain au chocolat and cup of tea. Just a few minutes further is the Old Post Office Pavilion in the Trump International Hotel. Enter the tower on the Starbucks side and see a view from the top (sometimes you must stand in line for this).
Or walk nine minutes north of the visitor center to Lafayette Square to see a closer view of the White House from the other side, and enjoy the action of street musicians, activists, and hoards of tourists.

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Photo Gallery

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President Lincoln's presidential seal, President McKinley and Roosevelt's letter opener, and President Wilson's typewriter.
President Lincoln's presidential seal, President McKinley and Roosevelt's letter opener, and President Wilson's typewriter.
Exhibit about being the First Lady.
Exhibit about being the First Lady.
President Obama and Michelle Obama dance at the Governors' Dinner in 2009.
President Obama and Michelle Obama dance at the Governors' Dinner in 2009.
Model of the White House.
Model of the White House.
White House Visitor Center.
White House Visitor Center.
National Christmas Tree, at the South Lawn.
National Christmas Tree, at the South Lawn.
Looking along Pennsylvania Ave toward Trump International Hotel.
Looking along Pennsylvania Ave toward Trump International Hotel.
Freedom Plaza sculpture.
Freedom Plaza sculpture.
Trump International hotel.
Trump International hotel.
The Old Post Office Pavilion, in the Trump International Hotel, nearby.
The Old Post Office Pavilion, in the Trump International Hotel, nearby.
Flower pot outside The Willard hotel.
Flower pot outside The Willard hotel.
Statue on the South Lawn.
Statue on the South Lawn.
Washington Monument, as seen from the South Lawn.
Washington Monument, as seen from the South Lawn.
Blue umbrellas outside The Willard.
Blue umbrellas outside The Willard.
Looking up at The Willard.
Looking up at The Willard.
Yellow umbrellas at W Washington DC hotel.
Yellow umbrellas at W Washington DC hotel.
The Willard hotel.
The Willard hotel.
View of US Capitol from Freedom Plaza.
View of US Capitol from Freedom Plaza.
View of The Willard hotel from the South Lawn.
View of The Willard hotel from the South Lawn.
The Willard hotel, across from White House Visitor Center.
The Willard hotel, across from White House Visitor Center.
Political sculptures outside The Willard hotel.
Political sculptures outside The Willard hotel.
Walking along Pennsylvania Ave toward the South Lawn.
Walking along Pennsylvania Ave toward the South Lawn.
   

Directions

The White House Visitor Center is located at 15th Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW. Walk four minutes directly to your left when leaving its entrance to get to the South Lawn viewing area (which is by the National Christmas Tree).
Entrance to the Visitor Center is free and you don't need tickets.

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Last Updated: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:49:08 GMT