Celebrate some of our country’s great leaders with the trip of a lifetime! Presidents' Day takes place on the third Monday of February and celebrates George Washington’s birthday as well as other notable presidents.
Visit these places in the U.S. for a Presidents' Day vacation
Ski and snowboard your way through Colorado
The United States is home to landscapes ranging from high mountain tops, dry deserts and green rainforests. The mountains of Colorado have some of the best ski spots in the nation that offer views that are out of this world. Vail, Colorado is a popular destination for this time of year with weather perfect for skiing. The Purgatory Resort in Durango is also another destination the whole family will love in Southern Colorado. While in the area you may also want to check out Mesa Verde National Park, which has some of the largest cliff dwellings in North America.
Explore the Black Hills of South Dakota
Not only are the Black Hills of South Dakota beautiful, but they are also home to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. What better way to celebrate President’s Day than seeing George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln up close and personal? This large sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore was constructed in 1927 and attracts more than two million visitors a year. Other things to do in the area include exploring Jewel Cave National Monument and stopping by the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Take in the beauty of Grand Canyon National Park
Franklin D. Roosevelt was a big supporter of our nation’s national parks saying that, “There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.” And all national parks are free on President’s Day, including the Grand Canyon. Popular hikes for families include the Trail of Time and Bright Angel Trail. Arizona is also home to Saguaro National Park with trails surrounded by the tall cacti.
Washington, D.C. boasts dozens of museums and historic sites perfect for a weekend trip. Besides the obvious stops to Lincoln Memorial and The White House, Washington D.C. also has one the best zoos in the country. No matter what you choose to do, be sure to bring your camera, a warm coat, and a good pair of walking shoes!
Spend your day at the beach
Many consider a relaxing weekend being a day at the beach spent with family and maybe a good book. The weather in Florida tends to be in the mid-seventies around February. Spend your holiday down in the Florida Keys soaking up sun rays or checking out the wild animals at Everglades National Park.
Ride the country’s fastest wooden coaster
Are you a thrill seeker? Try a ride on the fastest wooden roller coaster in world at Dollywood. The Lightning Rod goes 73 miles per hour and has a height limit of four feet for riders. Dollywood was founded by famous country artist Dolly Parton and is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Get a view of the Smoky Mountains while you’re in the area on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift or zipline over the mountains on the Gatlinburg Ziplines!
Chat with presidents in Simi Valley
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California hosts several President’s Day events each year. Pick the brains of former president look-alikes including Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan and enjoy other festivities including music and all-American food. The Presidents Day activities are free but admission to the museum starts at $21.
This article was written by Taylor Bishop.