Take Your Pick
Abilene, KS
President and General Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum - The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is made up of five main parts, a Visitor Center, a Museum, a Library, his Boyhood Home, and a Place for Meditation (Mamie and Dwight's final resting place). Start the tour with a 23 minute video on Eisenhower's life and then enjoy the rest of your self-guided tour of the grounds. Dwight D Eisenhower was a West Point Graduate who later became a Five Star General during WWII and then became the 34th President of the United States from 1953-1961. One of his greatest achievements was the creation of the Interstate Highway System, where today you will still see his name and emblematic five stars along its many routes.
Atlanta, GA
Jimmy Carter Presidential Center
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum - Jimmy Carter was born in Georgia and served as the state's Senator and Governor before becoming our 39th President. So it is only natural that the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is located in Georgia. Constructed in 1986, this 70,000 square foot facility contains a theater playing an introductory film, a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, gifts from Heads of State, exhibits on Carter's public career, and archives from his time as President. After serving as President, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his international promotion of human rights and is an active contributor to Habitat for Humanity.
Austin, TX
Including the Humor of LBJ
LBJ Library and Museum - The LBJ Library and Museum is dedicated to our 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson. The museum chronicles his life and Presidency with 650,000 photos, 45 million pages of historical documents, one million feet of film, and 5000 hours of recordings. One of the best exhibits is called the "Humor of LBJ". Here you will find a life-size moving and talking figure of LBJ, decked out in a cowboy hat and holding a lasso, telling jokes. It's like meeting Lyndon on the farm. Another great thing is that the Museum Store has the best collection of Presidential Campaign buttons for sale this monkey has ever seen.
Biloxi, MS
Jefferson Davis' Retirement Home (Beauvoir) - Beauvoir is the retirement home of the only President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis (1808-1889). Beauvoir means "beautiful view" in French, and it is where Jefferson Davis wrote the books, "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government" and "A Short History of the Confederate States of America". Hurricane Katrina in 2005 completely wiped out the first floor of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library, but Beauvoir survived albeit with damage of its own. It reopened in May of 2008 and barring another direct hit from a hurricane, should be there today.
Boston, MA
Our 35th President - JFK
John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - In 1961 John F Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country". From his service in the Navy during WWII to becoming the 35th President of the United States, JFK lived these words as well as spoke them. The John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to his honor with exhibits from the campaign trail including the first televised Presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon; the establishment of the Peace Corps; and the most trying time during his Presidency, the Cuban Missile Crisis. The 10 acre park overlooks the Atlantic Ocean where the President loved to sail.
Caldwell, NJ
Red Rover, Red Rover Send Grover Right Over
Grover Cleveland Birthplace - Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) was our 22nd and 24th President of the United States and is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. His father, Reverend Richard Falley Cleveland, was a Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell and so Grover Cleveland was born in the Pastor home. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace is a two story house built in 1832 and is furnished to represent his childhood years. It contains several original pieces including the future President's cradle, fishing equipment, White House chair and family portraits.
Canton, OH
Our 25th President
McKinley Memorial and Museum - The McKinley Memorial and Museum honors our 25th President of the United States of America, William McKinley (1843-1901). Although he was born in Niles, Ohio he practiced law and called Canton home for several years. The memorial itself is a stately and magnificent domed structure standing atop of a hill and is the final resting place of the President and First Lady. Some interesting facts about McKinley are that he was the last President elected that served in the Civil War and one of only four Presidents assassinated while in office (Lincoln, Kennedy and Garfield are the others).
College Station, TX
Taking Charge at the Bush Museum
George H W Bush Library and Museum - The George H W Bush Library and Museum is a 21,000 square foot facility dedicated to our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush. In the museum are over 3,000 gifts from foreign heads of state, 90,000 artifacts including the "first dog" Millie's dog house, and a 1944 TBM Avenger. The Avenger is the type of aircraft the young Navy pilot flew in WWII. George H W Bush is a highly decorated soldier earning the Distinguished Flying Cross among others. Outside the Library and Museum is a sculpture of horses leaping over the Berlin Wall. It was during Bush's Presidency, on Nov 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.
Columbia, TN
Home of Our 11th President
James K Polk Home - This Federal style brick house is the only surviving residence of President James K Polk (excluding the White House of course). Built by James' father Samuel, and completed in 1816, Polk lived here and honed his political and legal skills until he became our 11th President of the United States in 1845. Inside the home are over 1,000 personal Polk objects, including a Presidential seal table, the inaugural Bible, Mexican War artifacts and various White House memorabilia. A tour ticket allows you to see the Polk home and gardens along with his sister's home located nearby.
East Fairfield, VT
Our Canadian President?
Chester A Arthur Birthplace - Just a scant 15 miles from the border of Canada is the birthplace of our 21st President, Chester A Arthur (1829-1886). Or is it? Some people allege President Arthur was actually born in Canada and appropriated the birth records of his brother who died as an infant. The President even claimed he was born in 1830 instead of his true birth year of 1829. Hmmm sounds suspicious. Anyway, Vice President Arthur became President after the assassination of President Garfield and was at the helm from 1881 to 1885. At the "birthplace" site is a granite marker located on site of original log cabin and a two room replica of a house that once stood here.
Grand Rapids, MI
One Giant Leap for Monkey-kind
Gerald R Ford Presidential Library and Museum - Gerald R Ford (1913-2006) was our 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977. He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in Omaha Nebraska (changing his name later), he went on to become a talented football player at Michigan University and led the team to two National Championships, and later finished law school at Yale University. The Gerald R Ford Presidential Library and Museum is housed in two separate campuses, with the library in Ann Arbor and the museum in Grand Rapids. The museum begins with displays on the final days of the Nixon Presidency and details Ford's years as the President.
Greeneville, TN
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site - Our 17th President, Andrew Johnson is honored with the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. The site encompasses several blocks of the city of Greenville and contains two of Andrew Johnson's homes, a visitor center containing his tailor shop, a statue, a birthplace replica and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery where the President is interred. Vice President Johnson became President after the assassination of President Lincoln April 15, 1865 and served until 1869. He was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868, but acquitted by the Senate. Near the end of his term on December 25, 1868 he granted full amnesty to all Confederate soldiers.
Hodgenville, KY
Honest Abe's Birthplace
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site - The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site preserves the site where our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born in 1809. A Memorial Building dedicated in 1911 houses the one room log cabin that symbolizes his birthplace cabin. Near the base of the Memorial is a Sinking Spring where it's said the Lincoln's gathered water. At the age of two, Abraham Lincoln and his family moved 10 miles northeast to the Knob Creek Farm, where the soil was better for farming. It was at this farm where young Abe had his first memories of planting seeds with his father. The Lincolns farmed this land for nearly 6 years and then headed north to Indiana.
Honolulu, HI
Barack Obama's First Boyhood Home
Boyhood Home of Barack Obama - In the August 13, 1961 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser was this one line birth notice: "Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, son, Aug 4." This was the Boyhood Home of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America. From there Barack Obama grew up and went on to Columbia University, Harvard Law School, became a Chicago State Senator, a US Senator, and then became President in 2009. There are several houses in Hawaii where the future President lived and tours are available on the island. He continues to vacation in his home state whenever possible.
Hope, AR
President Clinton's Birthplace
William J Clinton's Birthplace - Arkansas's favorite son, William J Clinton birthplace is in Hope, Arkansas. Our 42nd President came into the world as William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, and lived here for four years until 1950. The 2 1/2 story, 2,100 square foot home was built in 1917 and owned by his grandparents. In 1994 the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a thorough restoration was in completed in June, 1997. Stop in at The Presidential Shoppe to pick up all of your favorite Bill Clinton souvenirs.
Huntington, IN
Vice Potatoe Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Museum - James Danforth Quayle (Dan Quayle) who served under George H W Bush from 1989 to 1993 is the only Vice President to have his own VP museum. He is probably most remembered for his misspelling of the word "potatoe" in an elementary school spelling bee. The Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Museum with the slogan "second to one" is located in the town's old Christian Science Church. The museum displays the famous "chewed" law degree, which was partially eaten by the 2nd family's dog Barnaby, and other VP memorabilia.
Hyde Park, NY
FDR Presidential Library
FDR - The Franklin D Roosevelt home and Presidential Library and Museum are located next to each other in historic Hyde Park. The Springwood estate is where our only four-term President, was born, maintained a residence, and is now buried. Tours of the large three-story Federal style home weave through a vast collection of personal effects, paintings and campaign related items. FDR oversaw the construction of his, the first Presidential Library and Museum. Exhibits provide an in depth look at the future President's early years, his terms in office and post-Presidential life. While in Hyde park, be sure to visit the nearby Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The mansion is a looking-glass view into the nation's gilded-age.
Independence, MO
Truman Statue in the Presidential Museum
Harry S Truman Presidential Museum and Library - The Harry S Truman Presidential Museum and Library highlights the accomplishments and triumphs of our 33rd President. Truman came to the White House in 1945 as Franklin D Roosevelt's Vice President and after only 82 days in office, he became President when FDR passed away. Within weeks of taking office President Truman saw the WWII victory in Europe, and after only six months he made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and witnessed the surrender of Japan. The museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibits and in the courtyard are the grave sites of Harry and Bess Wallace Truman. A few miles away you can tour the Truman's "Summer White House" where the couple lived.
Kennebunkport, ME
Bush's Summer White House
President George H W Bush House - A popular tourist attraction in Kennebunkport is the President George H W Bush House. Built in 1903 by the 41st President's grandfather, George H Walker, the estate was passed down to his parents Prescott and Dorothy Walker Bush, and finally to George and Barbara. Although tours aren't conducted here, cars and people line up to see the estate that is located right on the Atlantic Ocean. It is also near here where the President skydives on his birthday (June 12, 1924).
Lincoln City, IN
Honest Abe's Boyhood Home
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - In 1816 at the age of 7, Abraham Lincoln's parents Thomas and Nancy moved young Abe and his sister Sarah from their home in Kentucky to the new state of Indiana. It is in Indiana where Honest Abe became an avid reader and first became interested in politics. The future President remained in Indiana until the age of 21, at which time the family packed up and headed for Illinois. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial contains a Visitor Center with relief sculpture panels surrounding the entrance. Inside enjoy a film on Lincoln's life, a small church and museum. Outside are trails that connect to Nancy Lincoln's grave and a cabin site memorial.
Little Rock, AR
Museum of Our 42nd President
William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum - Built overlooking the Arkansas River, President Clinton's Library and Museum has a peaceful, almost garden feel to it. Inside there is a full scale replica of the Oval Office, millions of documents and photographs, as well as unique gifts from other heads of state. Bill Clinton became our 42nd President in 1992 and won re-election in 1996 becoming the first Democrat to win re-election since FDR. When you watch the 12 minute film at the beginning of the tour, you can easily see how this confident, charismatic, and intelligent man from little ol' Arkansas became our President of the United States.
Montgomery, AL
White House of Jefferson Davis
First White House of the Confederacy - Located across the street from the Alabama state capitol building is the executive mansion (moved from its original location) of Jefferson Davis and First White House of the Confederacy. The residence was built in 1835 and occupied by the Davis family for only a few months in 1861, prior to the Confederate White House moving to Richmond, Virginia. Many of the artifacts in the house were donated by Mrs. Davis, including personal items, period furnishings and Civil War related paraphernalia.
Pineville, NC
James Polk Birthplace
James Polk Birthplace - James K Polk (1795-1849) was our 11th President of the United States serving from 1845-1849. He was just 49 years old when he entered office, making him the youngest President to date and still only 1 of less than 10 to be in their 40s. The James Polk Birthplace contains a fully furnished log cabin with separate kitchen, barn and visitor center. The visitor center covers significant events which occurred during Polk's Presidency including the Mexican-American War and the annexation of California.
Quincy, MA
Generations of Adams
John Adams National Historic Park - The John Adams National Historic Park not only contains the birthplaces of our 2nd President John Adams and our 6th President John Quincy Adams, but also the "Old House" where four generations of Adams lived, the Stone Library, and several others. The Adams' birthplaces, built in the early 1700s, are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States. And it is in the the John Adams home is where the Massachusetts Constitution was drafted. The Old House, sometimes called Peacefield is beautifully maintained and contains original furniture and hundreds of original artifacts.
Simi Valley, CA
The Gipper's Presidential Library
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the largest and most impressive of the federally run presidential libraries. Built to honor our 40th President (from 1981-1989), Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004), the nearly quarter million square foot library stands on 100 acres in the hills of Simi Valley. The museum is filled with photographs, campaign posters, a replica of the Oval Office, a miniature movie theater (featuring the "Gipper") and last but not least, the Air Force One Pavilion. Inside this 90,000 square facility is Air Force One, Marine One and several presidential automobiles.
Springfield, IL
President Lincoln's Neighborhood
Lincoln Home National Historic Site - Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln lived and raised their family on the corner of 8th and Jackson streets, from 1844 to the time they left for the White House in 1861. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site not only preserves Lincoln's home, but an entire four block area with 12 historic homes restored to their 1860s appearance. Guided tours of the Lincoln home are available or walk the neighborhood as Honest Abe once did.
Springfield, IL
One of the Best Presidential Museums
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum - The Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a fitting tribute to one of the United States' greatest Presidents. Throughout the museum are state-of-the-art exhibits and dramatic special effects including the animated "Civil War in Four Minutes" and Holavision "Ghosts of the Library". A mixture of Animatronics and live costumed portrayers, gives the museum an authentic and vibrant feel. The entire museum is impressive, form the entry plaza containing Lincoln's boyhood cabin and White House facade, to the "Whispering Gallery" and "Fords Theater". If you visit one Presidential Library and Museum, make it this one.
Tampico, IL
Resting at the Ronald Reagan Museum
Ronald Reagan Birthplace - Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), the 40th President of the United States, was born in this second floor apartment in downtown Tampico. Visitors can take a guided tour of the upstairs apartment and enjoy the Ronald Reagan Museum on the first floor. The museum holds an assortment of movie posters, photographs (including some cute childhood shots), ceramic dishes and other memorabilia. Reagan was only in Tampico 3 months as a baby, but lived for 13 years in nearby Dixon. A beautifully restored boyhood home, gift shop, and visitor center are located there.
Titusville, NJ
Where Washington Landed
Washington Crossing State Park - On Christmas Night, Dec 25, 1776, George Washington and his Continental Army of 2,400 men crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Then they marched nine miles, to surprise and defeat the Hessian Troops in Trenton. The victory turned the tide of the American Revolution in Washington's favor and from there he went on to win another battle of Trenton, the battle of Princeton, and eventually the war. Here's a joke for you: What was the first thing Washington did after he crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey? Paid a toll. (You'll see when you visit New Jersey).
Warm Springs, GA
Roosevelt Swam Here
Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site - In 1921 at the age of 39 the normally fit and healthy Franklin Delano Roosevelt fell ill while vacationing in New Brunswick, Canada. A short time later the future President was diagnosed with polio. Hoping for a cure for his ailment FDR swam in the therapy pools of the small town of Warm Springs, GA. Although he was never cured, the warm waters and hydro-therapy did bring some improvement. FDR so liked this area of Georgia, that just prior to becoming President he built a house here which is now Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site. On the grounds are the Little White House which looks as it did the day FDR passed away, a museum with an unfinished portrait, and a Memorial Fountain. Just a short drive away are the pools in which the President swam.
Washington, DC
Lincoln Assassination
Ford's Theater - While attending a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater on April 14th, 1865 President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Booth, a supporter of the Confederacy, had heard of Robert E Lee's surrender on April 9th and decided that something had to be done to save the south. Around 10:15 PM he made his way up to the State Box and using a Derringer pistol, shot the President in the back of the head. The President had dreamt of his death just three days prior to his assassination. Ford's Theater today after a major renovation, reopened in February 2009, and is currently a working theater and museum. Across the street is the Petersen House where the President was taken and died a few hours after he was shot.
Washington, DC
DC's Number One Attraction
The White House - George Washington signed the legislation, helped choose the site and over-saw construction of what we now know as The White House. Although Washington never lived in the White House, every President since him has called it home. Completed in 1800 the Executive Mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban. The Georgian style home has 6 stories, 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and probably a few secret rooms and tunnels. The most popular rooms are the Oval Office in the West Wing, the Lincoln Bedroom and the Red Room. The White House is one of the most popular attractions in DC with nearly 2 million people visiting annually.
Washington Crossing, PA
George on His Way to Victory
Washington Crossing Historic Park - On December 25, 1776, Washington and his 2,400 man Continental Army crossed the Delaware River to surprise and defeat the Hessian Army in Trenton, NJ. The Washington Crossing Historic Park contains the Pennsylvania side of the crossing and features a Visitor Center and 13 historic buildings. The Visitor Center contains a replica of Emanuel Leutze's 1851 oil painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" in its theater. And one of the historic buildings include McConkey's Ferry Inn where Washington planned the famous attack.
West Branch, IA
Our 31st President
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library - Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States, and led during some of the toughest economic times in US history. He was President from 1929-1933, with the Great Depression occurring in October of 1929 and the Dust Bowl beginning in 1930. A humanitarian and a strong believer in volunteerism, Hoover tried to lead the nation out of its economic woes with those principles, with little success. The great thing about visiting Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library is that you can visit his birth place on one end, the library in the middle, and his gravesite on the other end. It's a 184 acre summary of a great man's life.
Yorba Linda, CA
Nixon Museum, Library, Home and Cemetery
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum - Our nation's 37th President (from 1969-1974), Richard Millhouse Nixon (1913-1994) had many great accomplishments; he opened the door to China, thawed relations with the Soviet Union, ended the Vietnam War and was President during the first moon landing. These accomplishments are sometime lost because of the Watergate scandal and his subsequent resignation. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum contains the President's birth home, burial site, gifts from heads of state and a replica of the East Wing of the White House. The best artifact in the Museum has to be the cardboard cut-out of Nixon and Elvis shaking hands.