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9 Must-See Presidential Estates


From a humble wooden cottage in Iowa with hollyhocks along the fencerow to the horse stables built into the lower level of Monticello, here’s a field trip guide to nine of America’s presidential homes.

Ready to hit the road? Here’s your presidential bucket list.


1: Ronald Reagan Boyhood HomeDixon, IL
Yelp Insight: “It’s a wonderful Montgomery Ward prefab house from the early 20th century or late 19th century, with all the original hardware and woodwork.” – Yelper Ingrid P.


2: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Hermitage, TN
Yelp Insight: “The Hermitage was Jackson’s retreat but very much a working farm that was originally more than 400 acres. It has been a museum since 1889 and has been meticulously maintained.” – Yelper Francene T.


3: The President Woodrow Wilson HouseWashington, DC
Yelp Insight: “With huge windows letting in the sun, it must have been a spectacular place to savor your morning coffee. The tour takes you all over three stories of rooms and lasts about an hour.” – Yelper Dan M.


4: George Washington’s Mount VernonAlexandria, VA
Yelp Insight: “Walking through the mansion, you get to see the rooms George Washington and his family and guests stayed in, dined in, read in, etc. The original mattress on which Mr. Washington passed away is still there.” -Yelper Alice W.


5: Lincoln Home National Historic SiteSpringfield, IL
Yelp Insight: “Abraham Lincoln’s home and historic site is a must-see for visitors to Springfield. The entire site, the wooden sidewalks, and the other buildings help you to feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 1800s.” -Yelper Tim D


6: James Madison’s MontpelierMontpelier Station, MA
Yelp Insight: “What I really loved besides the gorgeous, relaxing scenery was that the experience to roam the grounds was completely free and dog friendly. We had a lovely picnic on the green lawn with views of rolling hills and horses in the pasture.”


7: Ulysses S. Grant National Historic SiteSt.Louis, MO
Yelp Insight: “The grounds were picturesque and every room in the house had a lot of history to share, especially about the living conditions of the African-American slaves that worked the farm, and their relationship with Grant.” – Yelper David M


8: Thomas Jefferson’s MonticelloCharlottesville, VA
Yelp Insight: “The first-floor tour of the house is an informative 35-minutes. Be sure to plan time to walk around the grounds including the tunnel beneath the house.” – Michael S


9: Herbert Hoover Historic LandmarkWest Branch, IA
Yelp Insight: “The coolest thing about this place:  the tour wands!  There is a special map with each location numbered. You check the wand out (for free) and enter the number for the location and listen to information about that location.” -Yelper Ray R