WHITE HOUSE TOUR
When Billy scheduled his rotation in the DC area, I requested tickets to do a White House Tour. You can request tickets through your local Member of Congress or your embassy in D.C. if you are visiting from another country. It sounds complicated, but all I had to do was submit an online form with the date(s) we wanted and provide some information to RSVP once they received my request. Then, about 2 weeks before our visit, I received an email with the date and time.
There are multiple security checks before entering the White House and you can’t really bring anything with you except your ID, phone, and “boarding pass”. I never realized how weird it feels to not use a purse! Once you are in the White House, you are free to roam around the open rooms in the East Wing. You can take as many pictures on your phone as you want, but they have a strict no video policy. Every room is beautifully decorated and has one or more giant chandeliers! There are also Secret Service Agents in each room who you can ask questions to. It was pretty funny listening to kids asking super random questions about each room.
The tour is limited and goes by pretty fast, but it was pretty awesome to be in THE White House. Perhaps one day, we’ll be lucky enough to visit the West Wing!