Tomorrow is Presidents' Day, a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. For many, it's also a glorious day off from work and school, capping off a three-day winter break weekend. So it's the perfect time to take advantage of the time and your local resources to learn a little — or a lot — about your favorite U.S. president.
There are roughly 70 park sites within the national park system devoted to honoring specific U.S. presidents, plus a number of historic landmarks and monuments that celebrate the presidential office. And while many are clustered in the Washington D.C.-Northern Virginia area — think The White House
, Washington Monument
and Thomas Jefferson Memorial
— there are plenty of others that are spread throughout the U.S., such as Adams National Historical Park
in Quincy, Mass., James K. Polk Home
in Columbia, Tenn., Harry Truman's Little White House
in Key West, Fla., Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
in Johnson City, Texas, Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
in Dixon, Ill., and The Richard M. Nixon Birthplace
Yorba Linda, Calif.
Many of the park sites honoring U.S. presidents preserve famous homes. You have probably heard of George Washington Birthplace National Monument
or Thomas Jefferson's Mount Vernon
, both in Virginia. But there are also lesser known spots such as William Henry's Grouseland
in Vincennes, Ind., or Zachary Taylor Home
in Louisville, Ky. Abraham Lincoln has the most NPS home sites with Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
in Hodgenville, Ky., Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
in Gentryville, Ind., Lincoln Home National Historic Site
in Springfield, Ill., and President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home
, in Washington, D.C.
Other great presidential park sites to visit include:
Charlottesville, Va. (Thomas Jefferson)
Montpelier Station, Va. (James Madison)
• The Hermitage
Nashville, Tenn. (Andrew Jackson)
• John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
• Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
• Independence National Historical Park
• Federal Hall National Memorial
New York, N.Y.
• Mount Rushmore National Memorial
• U.S. Car No. 1
• First Ladies National Historic Site
• Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Hyde Park, N.Y.
Who is your favorite American president?