President's Park (White House)

Overview

The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, was originally constructed 1792-1800, the work of James Hoban. It was reconstructed in 1815 after being burned by British soldiers during the War of 1812. It has been the home of every president of the United States since John Adams. The exterior of the main structure, despite some additions and minor changes, remains much as it was in 1800. The interior has been completely renovated using the historic floor plan. It is significant for its Federal architecture, as a symbol of the presidency, and for the important decisions made within its walls over the years.

The White House Visitor Center, at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. White House tours must be made in advance with one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. The Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, at the corner of E and 15th St., is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Seasonality / Weather

The climate in Washington D.C. is seasonal. Summers can be very hot and humid with an average temperature of 82 F. Winters are variable and can be very mild to very cold. The average winter temperature is 35 F. Clothing should be in accordance with the season.

Directions

Driving: 

Traveling from the north via I-95: Follow I-95 South toward Washington to I-495 and exit east. Follow I-495 East to Route 50 and exit west. Follow Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue, to L Street and bear right onto L Street. Follow L Street to 7th Street, NW and turn left. Follow 7th Street to Constitution Avenue and turn right. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street and turn right. Follow 15th Street and turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue. On your right, you'll see three blue awnings above the doors, "The White House Visitor Center".

Traveling from the north via I-295/Baltimore-Washington Parkway: Follow I-95 South to I-295 South Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Follow I-295 South BW Parkway past Greenbelt. I-295 South will split at Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue, right lane. Follow New York Avenue to 7th Street, NW. Turn left on 7th Street. Turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue South and turn right. Follow Pennsylvania Avenue to 15th Street. On your left, you'll see three blue awnings above the doors, "The White House Visitor Center".

Traveling from the north via I-270: Follow I-270 south toward Washington. At the I-270 split bear right and follow signs for I-495, Northern Virginia. Follow I-495 to the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GW Parkway). Follow the GW parkway to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, staying to the right, and exit onto Constitution Avenue. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street and turn left. Follow 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right. On your right, you'll see three blue awnings above the door, "The White House Visitor Center".

Traveling from the south via I-95/I-395: Follow I-95 North toward Washington. I-95 becomes I-395 when you cross I-495. Continue North on I-395. Follow I-395 across the bridge using either of the two left lanes. After crossing the bridge, exit US-1 North/14th Street. Follow US-1/14th Street to Constitution Avenue. Turn left on Constitution Avenue to 15th Street. Turn right on 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. Turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue. On your right, you'll see three blue awnings above the doors, "The White House Visitor Center".

Traveling from the east via Route 50 and New York Avenue: Follow Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue, to L Street and bear right onto L Street. Follow L Street to 7th Street NW and turn left. Follow 7th Street to Constitution Avenue and turn right. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street. Turn right on 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. Turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue. On your right, you'll see three blue awnings above the doors, "The White House Visitor Center".

Traveling from the west via I-66: Follow I-66 across the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, staying to the right, and exit onto Constitution Avenue. Follow Constitution Avenue to 15th Street and turn left. Follow 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right. On your right, you'll see three blue awnings above the doors, "The White House Visitor Center".

Flying: 

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), all have limo, shuttle, taxi, or Metro services available that will connect to President's Park.

Public Transport: 

The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines) and Metro Center (red, blue and orange lines). From the Federal Triangle station, walk approximately one block north on 12th Street, turn left/west on Pennsylvania Avenue and walk approximately 2 ½ blocks toward 15th Street. The White House Visitor Center is located between 14th and 15th Streets on the north end of the Department of Commerce Building. From Metro Center walk approximately one block west on G Street, turn left/south on 14th Street, turn right/west on Pennsylvania Avenue South. The White House Visitor Center is located between 14th and 15th Streets on the north end of the Department of Commerce Building.

A Metrobus stop is located on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street, "Pennsylvania Avenue Line" #30, #32, #34, #35, #36.