I’ve lived in the DC area for 21 years, and had never visited the White House. I’d never seemed to have the time to wait for tickets, the stamina to stand in long lines in the humid DC summer.
But my wife made arrangements for 10 of us (family & friends) to go on the tour. We made sure we followed their verboten list so we could all get through.
Parking’s a mess in that area, so we Metroed over from Crystal City, VA, to Federal Triangle and walked 4 blocks to the WH Entrance. We arrived 15 minutes before our scheduled time as directed. Went through more security that most airports have. Then we walked through an access tunnel to the southeast corner of the building.
We went past (not through) the library, the Vermeil room, upstairs and through the East Room, past the closed doors to the Red Room and Green Room, past the open Blue Room door, through the state dining room.
Next, the ropes directed us out the north exit of the Entrance Hall and off the grounds. We were through the “tour” in 15 freakin’ minutes.
The map shows three other rooms on the lower level that were roped away when we got there.
The whole thing was so… blah. Certainly not something I’ll ever do again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.