Three experts from USA Today Travel and 10Best have chosen a list of the twenty best presidential sites, two of which are presidential libraries. Readers have until noon on Monday, March 3, 2014 to vote on the best presidential attraction.
The winner will be revealed at noon on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The presidential libraries in question are the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum in Massachusetts and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
The other eighteen presidential sites are Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts; the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; President Thomas Jefferson's Monticello plantation in Charlottesville, Virginia; President James Madison's Montpelier plantation in Charlottesville, Virginia; President George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation in Virginia; Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the nearby City of Presidents in Rapid City, South Dakota; the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas; The Hermitage (president Andrew Jackson's plantation) in Nashville, Tennessee; The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; The White House; Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Truman's Little White House in Key West, Florida; and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
Adams National Historical Park preserves Peacefield, the residence of President John Adams (1735–1826) and his wife Abigail Adams (1744-1818); their son, President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848); his son Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), who served as Lincoln's ambassador to the United Kingdom; and his sons, the historians Henry Adams (1838-1918) and Brooks Adams (1848-1927), as well as other members of the Adams family. Ten other related buildings are on the site, including the Stone Library and United First Parish Church.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site, which is adjacent to the historic Gettysburg battlefield, was a farm owned by President Dwight David Eisenhower and his wife Mamie. It served as their country retreat and retirement home.
The three experts who selected the twenty presidential sites are travel journalist Libby McMillan, 10Best Editor-in-Chief Travis Seward, and 10Best Photo Editor Lydia Schrandt. 10Best covers 236 major metropolitan areas, comprised of 3,089 distinct cities around the world.
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