If you can't get to Washington D.C., you can take a virtual tour of the White House to get an up close and personal look at one of the most famous buildings in the world. Several websites provide both photos and information about the history and significance of each part of the building. One of the great perks of an online tour is special access to some of the spaces that are not included in real-life tours of this remarkable building.
Interactive Tour of the White House
Inside the White House is the White House's official online tour. This interesting, informative website provides an interactive map of the White House. Click on the room or area that you want to visit and you'll access photos, videos, and a description of that place. Descriptions include the function and history of the various locations in the West Wing, Residence, East Wing, and South Lawn. There are also special videos available that give a behind the scenes look at life in the White House.
The White House also offers a Tours and Events page which gives information for those looking to take an actual visit to the White House. This page provides links to pages about Holiday activities and yearly events, such as the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Panoramic Tour of the White House
For a 360 degree panoramic experience, visit White House Tours. This web page allows you to put yourself, virtually, in the middle of over a dozen White House Rooms.
Use your mouse to move around each room. Scroll up to look at the high ceilings and scroll down to see the ornate carpets. There is even a zoom option which lets you get a close-up look at any object in the room. This archived site was posted by a previous Administration so its information and links are all outdated.
However, its virtual tour of the White House is still very relevant and very impressive. Panoramic views include the:
- Blue Room
- Cabinet Room
- China Room
- State Dining Room
- Green Room
- Map Room
- Oval Office
- Red Room
- Roosevelt Room
Photo Tour of the White House
Images that focus on life inside of the White House are posted at Photo of the Day by the White House Photo Office.
If an online tour isn't enough, and you're ready to see the real thing, you'll have to go through your Congressional representative to score tickets. Go to the White House website to find out more about how to request tickets, and what you'll see and experience when you arrive at "The Peoples' House!"
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