Touring WA DC: The White House & Eishenhower Building

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It wasn’t as big as I expected. That was my first thought after laying eyes on the White House for the first time. I wasn’t even sure we were at the right place at first. I double checked with Matt after we rounded the corner. “This is it?” He confirmed it was. So okay, maybe I’m just hard to impress, but here’s the reality — at the time it was built, the White House was probably HUGE. And now, it’s just a large house in a string of even larger buildings. It is still impressive, I’m not that cynical. I’m just saying…after years of seeing 1600 Pennsylvania on television, I’m not sure it lived up to the Hollywood image. I’m 100% certain I’d be singing a different tune had we actually toured the inside of the White House, but as it is, we just walked around it. And while walking around it we discovered the Eisenhower Building, another piece of big beautiful architecture gracing the streets of Washington DC. Bigger than the White House. Just saying.

The other thing that surprised me about the White House was the surrounding neighborhood. It was so cute! I don’t know what I was expecting, but adorable rows of brick buildings and a park full of people was not it. I guess I’d assumed it would be impossible to even get close, not that we could stroll right by the gates and see the house across the not-very-large yard. In a way I like that, it makes it seem so much more accessible, like it’s just another (large) house in the neighborhood.

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Have you been to the White House? If so, what were your impressions?

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9 Responses to “Touring WA DC: The White House & Eishenhower Building”

  1. Holly March 1, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Wow!! I wana go here so bad, I am so jealous – I would have thought it would be massive too, interesting you found it smaller.
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    • Andrea March 17, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

      I mean, it’s not like it was SMALL 🙂 It was just not the palace I expected. Still impressive though 🙂

  2. Christy Swagerty (whatupswags) March 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    I love your photos! I have not been “to” the White House; only have seen it from a distance. Thanks for linking up with us on Travel Tuesday!

    • Andrea March 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      Thank you! We didn’t go in either, that’ll will have to be another adventure for another time! 🙂

  3. Ting at My Travel Monkey March 11, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    I’m obssessed with Scandal at the moment and The White House always looks so grand – so I get what you mean. I felt like that when I saw The Statue of Liberty for the first time. I would still go though! I love how pretty Washington DC seems. Love to go. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes
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    • Andrea March 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

      Definitely still go! And I’m sure it’s much more grand up close or if you get to go inside. It just seemed smaller than I expected from the street 🙂 I definitely want to do a tour of the inside next time I’m there though! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. beatravelling March 13, 2016 at 3:19 am #

    I loved walking around DC. Had such a great time there. Wouldn’t mind going back.
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    • Andrea March 17, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

      It’s a great city for sure! I definitely need to spend more time there. Thanks for reading!

  5. Megan June 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    D.C is definitely a cool town to explore, and it looks like you had fun there.

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