The Ellipse
The Ellipse
3.5

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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Federal Triangle
How to get there
  • Federal Triangle • 9 min walk
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles45 reviews
Excellent
9
Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Ann M
West Chicago, IL17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Ellipse and White House area were closed off. Security said it would be open later tonight. We walked sound; saw people promoting their causes; helicopters in the sky, beautiful sunset and Washington Monument. Lots of interesting historical buildings and information. It was a nice evening, we will be back when the park opens tomorrow.
Written 21 September 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,942 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Currently all fenced off. Visitors can't get close. Not sure if this is temporary or permanent, but sad that people can't get a better view of the White House.
Written 7 September 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
PROS
* Best views of south lawn and south portico of White House
* Sprawling green plaza open to all, but very restricted parking

CONS
Of minimal if any other intrinsic tourist value

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because it was how I walked from DAR and OAS buikdings on 17th Street NW to the museums on our National Mall. I saw what I saw- a good view of the White House from the south. I took photos, including "stopping" a fountain in mid spray (see my attached photos). It was pleasant enough to walk through there (almost no crowds but others passing through as we were). I did it twice in two consecutive days- for that same reason

TIP
You should go only if you want that view and photo opportunity of the White House from the south.
Written 8 July 2022
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Chris D
Athens, GA44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Despite all of the construction going on, this is still a great view of the White House and the one that most people think of when they think of the Executive Mansion.
Written 2 May 2022
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,047 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The National Christmas Tree was not impressive at all. The tree just had a netting of lights over it and there were some model trains running around it. It was a pretty big disappointment. There were miniature Christmas trees for all of the states and territories of the U.S. They had hand painted glass Christmas ball ornaments on them from schools in each state and territory. Those were quite nice but the main display was very lackluster and disappointing. Go to the U.S. Botanic Garden to see a great Christmas display and check out the Congressional Christmas tree in front of the Capitol Building and the Christmas tree inside the Library of Congress for much better Christmas options on the National Mall.
Written 15 December 2019
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kihyland
Pasadena, TX527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Ellipse is basically the oval-shaped field between the Mall (Washington Monument) and the White House. You have to walk around it to get from the Mall to the White House. However, the best view of the White House is at the north end of the Ellipse.
Written 4 September 2019
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Steven P
Pueblo, CO3,854 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
The Ellipse is quite unattractive in December with the National Christmas Tree and the decorations around it the only things to really see. That was sufficient for me as I am a train buff and enjoyed the scale model layouts.
Written 10 April 2019
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leuveen
United Kingdom1,278 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
There is literally nothing to be seen at this place, except for the National Christmas Tree, which, outside of the Holiday season, is just a regular tree.
Written 22 March 2019
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic1,448 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
I walked around on my way from White House to Washington's monument. There is nothing unusual to see.
Written 21 January 2019
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MicheinMA
Methuen, MA348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Disappointed that the tree had been damaged by a vandal and the star was no longer working, but overall enjoyed seeing it. The State & Territory trees were decorated with ornaments made at schools. It was worth seeing as we were in the area during the Holidays, but was surprised that it wasn't larger and more impressive display.
Written 31 December 2018
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