Many visitors to Washington, DC would love to tour the White House but, sometimes, it is easier said than done. For one thing, there is nothing spur of the moment about it. United States citizens must make requests through their local congressional office and even then, it does not always assure success. There are limits imposed by scheduling and volume of requests. If one is not a U.S. citizen then requests for a White House tour must go through embassy channels. So, what other options are available? If you happen to travel to our nation's capital in spring or fall you may just be lucky enough to stand in line for a timed entry to the garden tours which will at least get you on the grounds of the White House if not inside. The most viable option is the brand new White House Visitor Center, located near the White House, on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Center just reopened after a two-year renovation. There, at the Center, you can see a film about life in the White House, and get a virtual view of the White House rooms and furnishings. There are many objects used by Presidents and First Ladies down through the years including President Franklin Roosevelt's desk, President Woodrow Wilson's typewriter, Ronald Reagn's jelly beans, and many other photos and memorabilia, some of which have never been on display before. The Center also includes a bookstore. Admission is free and will be open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.