Introduction to Every Leader
Being There:Encountering America's Presidents
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary


The National Park Service, in partnership with the White House Historical Association and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, proudly invites you to explore and experience 75 historic places associated with American Presidents. This Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary highlights the wide variety of places listed in the National Register of Historic Places that illustrate and have influenced the lives of 43 presidents of the United States. Nearly half of the featured places are units of the National Park System, while the rest are preserved by other stewards. These powerful tangible links to the presidents tell their stories and illuminate their achievements and impact on the office and the nation, bringing several centuries of American history to life.

The American Presidents travel itinerary offers several ways to discover and experience the historic places that shaped and honor the leaders of our nation:

• Descriptions of each featured historic place on the List of Sites focusing on its significance, photographs and other illustrations, and information on how to visit. 

• Two essays by highly respected presidential historians add to the rich content of this travel itinerary by emphasizing the dynamic influence of the presidency and the importance of place. Visitors can read an "Introduction to The Presidents: Every Leader from Washington to Bush" by Michael Beschloss and "Being There: Encountering America’s Presidents" by Richard Norton Smith.

Maps to help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to historic places to visit.

• A Learn More section with links to relevant websites such as tourism websites with information on cultural events and activities, other things to see and do, and dining and lodging possibilities. This section also provides additional resources on the presidents and the places associated with them and a bibliography.

View the itinerary online or print it as a guide if you plan to visit in person.  The American Presidents travel itinerary, the 47th in this ongoing series, is part of the Department of the Interior’s strategy to promote public awareness of history and encourage visits to historic places throughout the nation. The itineraries are created by a partnership of the National Park Service; the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and Federal, State, and local governments and private organizations in communities, regions, and heritage areas throughout the United States. The itineraries help people everywhere learn about and plan trips to visit and experience the amazing diversity of this country’s historic places that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Park Service and its partners hope you enjoy this itinerary and others in the series.  If you have any comments or questions, please just click on the e-mail address at “comments or questions” on the bottom of each page.