Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2 311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo

My second visit to Lafayette Square, right behind the White House, proved just as captivating as the first. This viewpoint offers a unique perspective of the White House, and it's perhaps the closest you can get without delving into the official visitor center. Lafayette Square boasts the charm of a typical park, graced by the imposing presence of the General Andrew Jackson statue at its heart.

Wandering around the square, I stumbled upon some intriguing sights that reminded me of my previous visit a few years ago.

Notably, a lone silent protester with all sorts of paraphernalia. The presence of security personnel in the vicinity is a testament to the square's proximity to the White House, where security is paramount. Amidst the sea of tourists, you'll also find locals immersed in their daily routines, lending a genuine sense of life to the square and its adjacent pedestrian street.

Lafayette Square offers the perfect break or rest, especially after a trek from your nearest stop or the parking spot for your car when in search of this free close-up view of the White House.

Perhaps while you relax in peaceful green surroundings, you might spot a celebrity doing the same or passing by, perhaps not. Just enjoy the calm atmosphere while you are there.
Written 29 August 2023
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Jaskel08
California321 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Located across the street from the White House...... adjacent to the White House tour was Lafayette Square. There are various statues and monuments to various heroes. What was disappointing was how unkept, dirty the park was. This is contrary to most sights and parks between downtown and the Potomac, which are very clean and well kept. Unfortunately, there really is no reason to go to the square.
Written 29 June 2024
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Satyendra Garg
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India6 946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
A nice square just across White House, with beautiful statues of President Jackson, Major General Lafayatte and others. This attraction has bee named after Frenchman who fought the American Revolutionary war.
Nowadays the best view of facade of the White House is from the lawns of Lafayatte Square. It looks so beautiful from there. The square itself is very beautiful and worth careful scrutiny of its structures.
Written 12 September 2014
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166 093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Gloomy Day - But Beautiful Blossoms

We were back in Washington, DC, for wife’s meetings in March. While the weather was gloomy, and mostly overcast, the blossoms in Lafayette Square were outstanding.

On this trip, we were staying immediately across the street from Lafayette Square, at the Hay-Adams, so after breakfast, I took a stroll.

The Square was just starting to come back to life, after Winter, and several fountains/water features were being reworked, and repaired. The grass was just beginning to emerge, so there were still many worn areas, that were bare from Winter. The general plantings were limited, but oh my, most of the trees in the Square were in full bloom! They were gorgeous, and I only regret that the sod was still in such poor shape, and the weather was so ugly. Even the beds of daffodils were looking pretty bad. Still, the blossoms made up for the weather.

I walked all of the Square, taking in the statues (more than I remembered), and also, the views of the White House - but like the sod, and the fountains, it was a work in progress. There was a hideous white fence surrounding the south side, while work was being done. Fortunately, we did have nice views of it from our room, on the south of the Square, as only the top story was visible over that fence, from most vantage points.

Besides that fence around the White House, one of the large Federal buildings, adjacent to Lafayette Square, was under wraps and scaffolding too. Some of the vistas, that I have appreciated in the past, were just not there - construction.

Still, the beautiful blossoms made up for construction, and I just took time to enjoy what I had - and not dwell on what I had hoped to see.
Written 16 October 2020
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Karen G
Hudson, MA1 166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
In walking over to the White House, I was given a little history of Lafayette Square including a little history of the protester who is allowed to remain at his post.
Written 5 February 2020
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21 653 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
We stopped there on our way to the White House as this park is directly attached to the grounds of it. There is plenty of room to roam around, enjoy a coffee and people watch. The statue of Le Marquis de Lafayette is also very beautiful!
Written 26 March 2015
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ChanceMan00
Orlando, FL289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
The park is more of a thoroughfare north of the white house than an attraction in itself. The best part of it is that you can see the White House from a closer distance and you also get a better idea of how integrated the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the Treasury Building connect on each side. On the first day through the park we saw a dude with a loudspeaker preaching the gospel among protesters of the Chinese government and some tourists oblivious to anything but getting the perfect white house photo. The second day was rainy and no loudspeaker and really no protesters. The police presence was ubiquitous as you might imagine that close to the executive residence and yet it was more laid back than the presence south of the White House where it feels like you are trying to get back into West Berlin what with all the barriers.
Written 26 August 2014
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BonnieNimmo
Marble Falls, TX1 175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Lafayette Square is rather unremarkable but so full of history! It’s a great place to walk, and it’s cooler than walking along paved areas because you can walk in the grass, and especially great if you have children because they can run and stretch and play! There are plenty of statues to see and learn about. Right now there are lots of barricades around making it difficult to get into the square from many directions.
Written 27 September 2020
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY7 530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you are going to Washington DC and want to see the White House you really cannot avoid Lafayette Square. It is a large square filled with tourists, many Secret Service police and protestors of all types. There are statues in the Square and you can get some really great pictures of the White House. Despite the frequent protests and police presence, it is easy to navigate around the park and see democracy in action.
Written 6 February 2020
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rsepsot
Sydney, Australia118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This square is actually a little park. Well known for its location right accross the road from the White House, it offers seating and turf, good for people watching and enjoy White House views from a distance.

The square is directly surrounded by beautiful historic townhouses and cute little tree lined streets that are quite picturesque and worth having a look at.
Written 22 December 2019
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