Hail to the Chief

American presidents seem bigger than life. But many were just ordinary citizens who found themselves in the right place at the right time. They had the right ideas and qualities to become president of the United States. The National Park Services preserves the journeys that influenced these leaders and protects the experiences that have grown our nation. Discover the places and stories of presidents—before, during, and after their time in office.

Harry Truman's glasses
Presidential Museum Collections

Explore the National Park Service museum and archival collections

Birthplace of Herbert Hoover in West branch, Iowa
Presidential Places

Experience the places they knew during their lifetimes and that honor their memories after their deaths.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System
Find a Park!

Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more about US presidents.

Last updated: July 11, 2017