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.
Hail to the Chief
Last updated: July 11, 2017