Want to vacation like a president? When it comes to vacations, the Commander-in-Chiefs of the United States can pick some good ones. While some Presidents liked to head back home or Camp David during their days off, we do suggest you avoid visiting their private homes or the presidential retreat. The secret service tends to frown on that sort of thing. Still, visiting former homes and libraries can be one option in vacationing like a president, but we’re betting you can dream even bigger than that.
A competitor for the most popular spot, the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado has had 11 presidents stay the night. President Benjamin Harrison began the tradition in 1891. Just outside San Diego, Hotel del Coronado was also named the #1 wedding destination by the Travel Channel.
President Teddy Roosevelt was a fan of Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. While you might not be up for bear hunting like he was, there are plenty of trails and caverns to explore and even a spa to relax in.
President Franklin Roosevelt often took trips to Warm Springs, Georgia out of hopes the natural springs would help his ailing legs. Eventually Roosevelt had a home built nearby that became known as “Little White House”. It was at this location that Roosevelt suffered a stroke at and died. Roosevelt’s Little White House is now a state park in Georgia.
President Richard Nixon had a home in the Florida Keys that he was known to enjoy. While the original property has since been razed, Key Biscayne is a beautiful place to visit. Crandon Park has one of the best beaches in the area and its close proximity to Miami makes it quite popular.
Also a fan of Florida, President Harry S. Truman stayed in Key West to help cope with exhaustion. Known as the Truman Little White House, even Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower were known to stay here.
Born and raised in Hawaii, President Barack Obama has been known to take a trip or two to the islands. On the island of Oahu, the Obama family visited Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and even the beloved Matsumoto Shave Ice.
Kennebunkport, Maine might be popular for its art galleries, bed and breakfasts, and a Franciscan monastery. It might be even more popular for being the one time vacation spot of President George H.W. Bush. While his home is not open to the public, many people like to drive nearby to catch a glimpse of the spot where two former presidents stayed.
President John F. Kennedy was one of the biggest fans of Cape Cod. He frequented Hyannis Port regularly and eventually his son brought property nearby that is now known as “The Kennedy Compound.”
Martha’s Vineyard is another popular destination in this state. President Ulysses S. Grant was the first president to visit this island but both Presidents Bill Clinton and Obama have spent time on the island.
While both Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan enjoyed their respective Texas ranches, it was President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s ranch that became a national historical park. The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has two sites, the headquarters in Johnson City and the ranch near Stonewall.
Sometimes a couple just needs to get out of the White House for the night. When the Madison Hotel opened in the city in 1963, President Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, made sure to book a night here. Since then, every single presidential couple has made sure to spend a night here.