10Best Travels Florida's Presidential Trail

  • Andrew Jackson

    Andrew Jackson in Pensacola

    Florida's Presidential Trail starts in the Florida Panhandle in the city of Pensacola. In 1821, General Andrew Jackson accepted the territory of Florida from Spain and declared Pensacola the capital. He was then sworn in as the first territorial governor in Pensacola's Plaza Ferdinand VII.

    Photo courtesy of dbking

  • The Cellar Restaurant

    President Warren Harding's Winter home in Daytona Beach

    When you dine at the Cellar in historic Daytona Beach, you're actually dining in the family home of President Warren Harding, Built in 1907 by President Harding's father-in-law, the home now serves as one of the city's best Italian restaurants.

    Photo courtesy of Pam Forrester, VISIT FLORIDA

  • Miniature White House

    Learn Your History in Clermont

    In nearby Clermont, you'll find the Presidents Hall of Fame, a museum displaying exhibits on every president to date. You'll be greeted by wax likenesses of Presidents Bush, Bush Sr., Lincoln and FDR, and the museum houses an impressive model White House complete with Christmas decorations in the winter.

    Photo courtesy of Presidents Hall of Fame

  • Libery Square

    Presidential History, Disney Style

    Head further south to Orlando's Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, and you'll find all the Presidents brought to life in the middle of Liberty Square. The Hall of Presidents attraction features animatroinic versions of all 44 presidents, and the three most recent even recorded dialogue especially for Disney.

    Photo courtesy of Loren Javier

  • Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders

    Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

    Head across the state to Tampa, and you'll find even more Presidential history. In 1898, the Tampa Bay Hotel (now the Henry B Plant Museum) hosted President Teddy Roosevelt – a Colonel at the time – and his Rough Riders. In 2012, the city again put itself on the political map when it hosted the Republican National Convention.

    Photo courtesy of Henry B Plant Museum

  • Moonlight Garden

    Edison and Ford Winter Estates

    Further down the west coast of Florida in Fort Myers, you'll find the former winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sitting side by side. These inventive men invited many a president into their homes, including Harding and Hoover. The newly resorted buildings along with the estate gardens are open to the public.

    Photo courtesy of Edison & Ford Winter Estates

  • Kennedy Bunker interior

    Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island

    Directly across the state just off Florida's Atlantic coast sits Peanut Island. It was here that the US Navy built a nuclear evacuation site for President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The threat is long over, and visitors are now welcome to descend into this Presidential bunker.

    Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Maritime Museum and Academy

  • President Truman in the yard of the Little White House

    Harry Truman's Little White House in Key West

    In 1946, a historic Key West naval station began serving as the winter White House for President Harry Truman, giving it the nickname Little White House. President Truman spent the most time there of any Commander in Chief, but Presidents Howard, Taft, Kennedy and Eisenhower spent time there.

    Photo courtesy of Florida Keys--Public Libraries

  • Historic image of Fort Jefferson

    Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

    Just 70 miles off the coast of Key West are the Dry Tortugas, home of Fort Jefferson. After the assassination of President Lincoln, Dr. Samuel Mudd helped set the leg of John Wilkes Booth and was later charged with conspiracy to murder and imprisoned at Fort Jefferson. The doctor was responsible for saving many lives during a Yellow Fever outbreak was was consequently pardoned by President Andrew Jackson a few years later.

    Photo courtesy of L. Wayne Landrum and the National Park Service

  • Fort Jefferson

    Dry Tortugas National Park

    Today, Fort Jefferson is no longer in operation, so visitors to Dry Tortugas National Park can walk in the footsteps of Dr. Mudd on a tour of the old fort grounds.

    Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service

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