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Presidential Sites: Overview

If you have a car, a job that requires you to travel and lots of free time during the day, it's pretty easy to visit most of the significant presidential history sites in the United States. And once you're past halfway it's pretty easy to convince your significant other that vacations can and should be planned to see the sites you're missing.

I've been to almost every presidential birthplace and grave, most of the homes that it's possible to visit, and a handful of other historically significant sites and museums. The notes on each location are organized by president. The only major gaps at this point are for living (or recently deceased) presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Here's what I've seen so far ...

The Big Map

George Washington (1789-1797)

Pope's Creek Plantation (VA), Ferry Farm (VA), Fort Necessity (PA), Mount Vernon (VA), Federal Hall (NY), Deshler-Morris House (PA), First Washington Monument (MD), George Washington Masonic National Memorial (VA)

John Adams (1797-1801)

Adams National Historic Site (MA), United First Parish Church (MA)

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

Charlottesville sites (VA), William & Mary (VA), Library of Congress (DC)

James Madison (1809-1817)

Birthplace marker (VA), Montpelier (VA), The Octagon (DC)

James Monroe (1817-1825)

James Monroe's Birthplace (VA), James Monroe's Highland (VA), James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library (VA), The Monroe House (DC), Hollywood Cemetery (VA)

John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

Adams National Historic Site (MA), United First Parish Church (MA)

Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

Andrew Jackson birthplace monument (NC), Andrew Jackson State Park (SC), The Hermitage (TN)

Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

Martin Van Buren National Historical Site (NY), Decatur House (DC), Kinderhook Cemetery (NY)

William Henry Harrison (1841)

Berkeley Plantation (VA), William Henry Harrison's Grouseland (IN), Harrison's Tomb (OH)

John Tyler (1841-1845)

Greenway (VA), Sherwood Forest (VA), Hollywood Cemetery (VA)

James Knox Polk (1845-1849)

The President James K. Polk State Historic Site (NC), President James K. Polk Home and Museum (TN), Tennessee State Capitol (TN)

Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

Birthplace marker (VA), Jefferson Barracks (MO), Zachary Taylor National Cemetery (KY)

Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)

Millard Fillmore Historical Site (NY), Millard Fillmore Presidential Site (NY), Forest Lawn (NY)

Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)

Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site (NH), Franklin Pierce Lake (NH), Pierce Manse (NH), Old North Cemetery (NH)

James Buchanan (1857-1861)

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park (PA), James Buchanan Pub and Restaurant (PA), Mercersburg Academy (PA), Wheatland (PA), Woodward Hill Cemetery (PA), Old Soldiers Home (DC)

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (KY), Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (IN), Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site (IL), Lincoln Home National Historic Site (IL), Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (IL), Old State Capitol (IL), President Lincoln's Cottage (DC), Gettysburg National Cemetery (PA), Ford's Theater (DC), National Museum of Health and Medicine (MD), Dr. Mudd House Museum (MD), Fort McNair (DC), Oak Ridge Cemetery (IL)

Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

Mordecai Historic Park (NC), Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (TN), Andrew Johnson National Cemetery (TN)

Hiram Ulysses Grant (1869-1877)

U.S. Grant Birthplace (OH), U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse (OH), Jefferson Barracks (MO), Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (MO), Grant's Farm (MO), Ulysses S. Grant Home (IL), Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (VA), U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site (NY), General Grant National Memorial (NY)

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1877-1881)

Birthplace (OH), Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums at Spiegel Grove (OH)

James Abram Garfield (1881)

James A. Garfield Memorial Cabin (OH), James A. Garfield National Historic Site (OH), Lake View Cemetery (OH), Elberon deathsite (NJ), National Museum of Health and Medicine (MD), The Mutter Museum (PA)

Chester Alan Arthur (1881-1885)

Chester Arthur State Historic Site (VT), Kalustyan's / Inauguration and Deathsite (NY), Albany Rural Cemetery (NY)

Stephen Grover Cleveland (1885-1889, 1893-1897)

Grover Cleveland Birthplace (NJ), Princeton Cemetery (NJ), The Mutter Museum (PA)

Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

North Bend (OH), Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site (IN), Crown Hill Cemetery (IN)

William McKinley (1897-1901)

McKinley Birthplace Memorial (OH), First Ladies National Historic Site (OH), McKinley Memorial (OH)

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site (NY), Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (NY), Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (NY), Youngs Memorial Cemetery (NY), State Capitol (NY)

William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

William Howard Taft National Historic Site (OH), Arlington National Cemetery (VA)

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum (VA), Woodrow Wilson House (DC), Washington National Cathedral (DC)

Warren Gamaliel Harding (1921-1923)

Harding birthplace marker (OH), Harding Home (OH), Ketchikan (AK), The Palace Hotel (CA), Harding Memorial (OH)

John Calvin Coolidge Jr. (1923-1929)

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site (VT), Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum (MA)

Herbert Clark Hoover (1929-1933)

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (IA), Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (IA), Hoover-Minthorn House Museum (OR), Rapidan Camp (VA)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (NY), Roosevelt Campobello International Park (NB), USS Potomac (CA), Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site (GA), The Ferdinand Magellan (FL)

Harry S Truman (1945-1953)

Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site (MO), Harry S Truman National Historic Site (MO), Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum (MO), Truman Little White House (FL), The Ferdinand Magellan (FL)

Dwight David Eisenhower (1953-1961)

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site (TX), Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home (KS), Eisenhower National Historic Site (PA), Gettysburg College (PA), The Ferdinand Magellan (FL)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1961-1963)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site (MA), The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (TX), John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (TX), Arlington National Cemetery (VA), John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (MA)

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963-1969)

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (TX), LBJ Presidential Library (TX)

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974)

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (CA)

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1974-1977)

Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens (NE), Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (MI)

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1981-1989)

Ronald Reagan Birthplace and Museum (IL), Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home (IL), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (CA)

George Herbert Walker Bush (1989-1993)

Birthplace marker (MA)

The USS Sequoia

The Ferdinand Magellan

The White House