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A presidential welcome
A request to tour the White House must be submitted “three weeks to six months” before the date of your visit, but the newly revamped White House Visitor Center in President's Park in downtown Washington, DC has more of an open-door policy daily from 7:30am to 4pm. The US$12.5 million revamped space features an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House and a 14-minute film, White House: Reflections From Within. There are also 90 artifacts on view including the desk where President Roosevelt delivered his fireside chats and the telegraph key used by Ab Lincoln's administration during the Civil War. Equally titillating: a display that reveals which president liked squirrel soup and who liked rice pudding for dessert. Admission is free. tel: (202) 208-1631; [nps.gov/whho/planyourvisit/white-house-visitor-center.htm] (http://www. nps.gov/whho/planyourvisit/white-house-visitor-center.htm).
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