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Booking A Student Group Tour Of The White House

March 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 89

Trying to book a student group tour into the White House can be a daunting task, especially if you try to do it on your own. I suggest utilizing a professional student group tour operator to help you through the process.

When booking a White House tour, you must realize because of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, accessibility for group tours has greatly diminished. Obtaining clearance to tour the White House is not impossible, but can be somewhat overwhelming because of strict security laws. The only way you can book a student group tour of the White House is by advance arrangement through your Member of Congress or Senator. Each Congressman is given a limited number of White House appointments per year for groups from their districts. It is essential to begin your request process at least six months up to one year in advance to ensure your tour will be approved.

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When calling or emailing your Congressman, please request the URL link to the online White House Tour Request Form. We suggest not only filling out this form but making a follow up call to the congressional tour coordinator to notify him/her of your completed request. Furthermore, if you have a parent, friend, etc. who has any personal connection with one of your representatives or senators, please have he/she make a personal call on your behalf. You may be able to secure your tour quicker this way. Lastly, you will need a list of participants and their social security numbers at the time you request your White House tour. Once submitted, you will not be able to add people or change names. However, if you do need to make name changes to your list, you will be required to cancel your original request/list and submit a new one. Unfortunately, you will lose your original submit date which may reduce your chances in securing a tour of the White House.

Tours are arranged for groups of ten (10) or more and are available from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Most tours are self-guided, unless you have a tour director with you on your trip. Be prepared for strict security clearance upon arrival.

Other popular museums, government buildings (Capitol Building, etc.) and student experiences, specifically The Holocaust Museum and student participation in the wreath-laying ceremony (not just observing) at Arlington Cemetery, are very difficult to schedule. Reservations are required as early as possible. It is highly recommended to book six months to one year in advance. When planning your itinerary with your Travel Planner, be sure to mention if these experiences are a top priority for you and your students. Plan and act early!

Steve is the Marketing directory for Kaleidoscope Adventures.  Being in the tourism industry for 21 years, group travel is a passion of mine. My background is as an Independent Contractor in Tourism Sales and Marketing in Orlando, Florida. My goal is to greatly increase revenues within the companies I work with via sales and marketing efforts. Born and raised in southern Illinois, I have lived in Orlando, Florida since 1986. I have a beautiful wife, two daughters and love to write, sail and exercise.

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