- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The home of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1801, the White House is America's most famous homestead. A number of rooms are available to tour, but the State Floor, which includes the East Room as well as the Green, Blue and Red rooms are of special note. President Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, was said to have hosted pizza parties in the State Dining Room, while President Theodore Roosevelt's children are said to have roller-skated in the East Room.
Touring the White House requires quite a bit of advance planning. Contact your senator or representative's office at least six months in advance to ensure your tour, and visitors should note that tours can be cancelled last minute. You should also keep in mind that you'll be shuffled through the White House in about 30 minutes, and arriving (at least) 15 minutes early and going through security takes about as long. You'll find the presidential home off Federal Triangle, Metro Center or the McPherson Square metro stops.