How to See a Dozen Presidential Homes in One Road Trip for Less Than $220


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Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Va.© Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Va.

Do you have a passion for travel, American history, and presidential trivia? If so, you may want to start packing your bags now. Wanderu has mapped out three separate road trips that show history buffs how they can visit more than 20 presidential homes and estates across the country, should they choose to combine all three excursions into one mega-trip.

The travel platform has already done the research and legwork, identifying the buses and trains that connect each city on the itinerary, as well as the cost of each. Fortunately, these trips are friendly on the wallet. Transportation would cost about $218 for the East Coast trip, which has the most jam-packed itinerary of the three. The California trip would cost about $93 (unless you choose to drive, which is doable), and a third itinerary that covers the Midwest—it starts in Ohio, dips into Kentucky, and then ends in Iowa—would set you back some $200.

Some of the presidential pads on the list—like George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and Ulysses S. Grant’s Illinois home—can be toured. Others are private, and thus best admired from a distance. Check out the itineraries below, and visit Wanderu’s website for more details.

The East Coast itinerary:

1. Concord, New Hampshire: The Pierce Manse, home of Franklin Pierce

2. Boston: John F. Kennedy’s Brookline birth home

3. Hyannis, Massachusetts: The Kennedy Compound, which served as the headquarters of JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign

4. Newport, Rhode Island: The Eisenhower House (Bonus: The Hammersmith Farm where JFK and Jackie got married is just down the road)

5. New York City: The Chester A. Arthur House

6. Princeton, New Jersey: The Westland Mansion, where Grover Cleveland lived

7. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wheatland, where James Buchanan lived

8. Philadelphia: The Deshler-Morris House, where George Washington camped out when the city was hit with a yellow fever epidemic

9. Washington, D.C.: President Lincoln’s Cottage

a group of people walking in the snow with Mount Vernon in the background: How to See a Dozen Presidential Homes in One Road Trip for Less Than $220

10. Washington, D.C.: The Woodley Mansion, where both Grover Cleveland and Martin Van Buren lived at different times

11. Alexandria, Virginia: Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s estate

12. Charlottesville, Virginia: Monticello, the home Thomas Jefferson designed (and the building on the back of the nickel)

The Midwest itinerary:

1. Canton, Ohio: The William McKinley Library & Museum, where McKinley is entombed in a marble sarcophagus

2. Cincinnati, Ohio: The William Howard Taft Historical Site, which encompasses his former home

3. Louisville, Kentucky: The Zachary Taylor House

4. Indianapolis: The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, which includes the president’s former home

5. Chicago: Barack Obama’s Hyde Park Residence

6. Galena, Illinois: The Ulysses S. Grant Home

7. West Branch, Iowa (near Iowa City): The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, which includes the cottage where Hoover was born and the blacksmith shop where his father worked

The California itinerary:

1. Los Angeles: Nixon’s former home on Whittier Boulevard

2. Los Angeles: Reagan’s Westwood Residence

3. Santa Barbara: Rancho del Cielo, where Reagan often vacationed

4. San Jose: The Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover House

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