Best Attractions & Activities: Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000 square foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries from around the world. Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. While it is famously missing its cornerstone, the historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley. White is a tough color to keep clean and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside walls. Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center
Historic Sites: Let's just be blunt -- no trip to Washington, D.C. is complete with a visit to the White House. The most famous home in America, if not the world, the White House is a living museum and has been the site of some of the most historic moments in our nation's history. More than 130 rooms make up the current home of the U.S. president -- and every president before with the exception of George Washington. There is also a visitor's center with informative exhibits and we might also suggest taking a walk around the White House -- the speakers and sometimes protesters in Lafayette Square, the impressive security and the beautifully landscaped lawns all make for an amazing afternoon.
Architecture: No trip to DC would be complete without paying a visit to the stately home of every US President (except George Washington). Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 10 or more. To arrange a tour, contact your Member of Congress two to six months in advance; the exact tour time is then scheduled one month prior to the date requested. If you're unable to secure reservations, check out the White House Visitor Center at the corner of 15th and E Streets (in the Department of Commerce Building). Here, via an informative documentary video, you can tour the White House virtually and view exhibits focusing on the residences of former presidents. METRO: Federal Triangle, Metro Center, McPherson Square
Local Expert Gina Gallucci White Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "You can get free tickets to tour parts of The White House. Just go through the office of your member of Congress or Embassy if not a U.S. citizen. A tour must be planned far in advance and tickets go on a first-come, first-serve basis."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is the most famous house in America (Sorry Kardashians)and has housed every U.S. President and thier family except George Washington.