Is a tour of the White House worth it?
Totally worth it! These are self-guided tours, which is kind of nice. Each guard knows a ton about each room and they are more than willing to offer up answers to anything you ask them.
Do you need a background check to tour the White House?
Required Security Information: All visitors requesting White House tours must undergo a background check for security reasons. You will need the following information for each participant: Full legal name. Date of birth.
Can you take photos in the White House?
Permitted Items: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed inside the White House. Photography is permitted but may not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.
Can I visit the Oval Office?
There are two main White House tours – tours of the East Wing, or the West Wing. The East Wing is by far the most common White House tour to undertake and allows you access to where the President lives. By contrast, the West Wing tour is where the business happens, and includes the famous Oval Office.
What is underneath the White House?
The Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC, PEE-ock) is a bunker-like structure underneath the East Wing of the White House. It serves as a secure shelter and communications center for the president of the United States and others in case of an emergency.