Celebrate President's Day in our National Parks
This President's Day, celebrate the rich history of our nation's leaders and first ladies by visiting one of the historic sites spread throughout out country commemorating their lives and presidencies. Here are just a few of these historic sites that are amazing destinations for a holiday.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, TN
President Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of our country, lasting from 1865 to 1869. During this time he had to work to find methods for reconstructing the country after the Civil War. At this park, visitors can learn about the life of this president at many sites. Visitors can start their trip at the Visitor Center, move on to the Early Home, from there explore the Homestead and finish the trip at the Cemetery where Andrew Johnson and his family are buried. Learn more.
First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton, OH
This fantastic National Historic Site is dedicated to the lives and influences of the First Ladies of the United States. Within this site there are two properties. The first property is the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, where visitors can tour the house, see the history of the McKinleys and learn about the role of First Ladies in the White House. The second property is the 1895 City National Bank Building, which today is home to the Education and Research Center, where visitors can learn about the site with an orientation or by watching a movie in the buildings theatre. Learn more.
General Grant National Memorial, NY
Also known as Grant's Tomb, this memorial commemorates the life and presidency of General Grant. In addition this memorial is the final resting place of General Grant. Located in Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River this is a beautiful National Memorial. Visitors to Grant's Tomb can enjoy live concerts, tours and much more within this memorial. Learn more.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site, OH
James A. Garfield was president for only 200 days. He was elected in 1881 and was assassinated just 200 days later. Visitors to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site is located in Ohio and commemorates the life and short presidency of Garfield. Within this National Historic Site there is a Visitor Center with exhibits on the life of Garfield. In addition, visitors can tour the James A. Garfield Home. Visitors will also enjoy exploring the grounds of this beautiful historic site. Learn more.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, MA
This Massachusetts Historic Site is dedicated to the life of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. The site preserves the home where Kennedy spent his childhood. This restored home offers visitors guided tours, and self-guided tours, which take visitors through the home with the personal items of the family and much more. Learn more.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Known as the "Shrine of Democracy" A sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. Mount Rushmore hosts more than 3 million visitors from across the globe. Plan a Road Trip. Learn more.