Trump will spend Christmas at his luxurious Florida golf resort — here’s where other US presidents have vacationed

Nothing truly comes to a halt when the president of the United States goes on vacation. Heavy security, White House aides, military advisers, and various experts (totaling 200 people) travel with them in case something happens, and the work doesn’t stop. It’s hardly a break.

President Donald Trump is spending Christmas this year at the same place he did before he entered the White House: at his Palm Beach golf resort, Mar-a-Lago.

Take a look at where US presidents since Franklin Roosevelt have gone to get a change of scenery.


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spent holidays and birthdays in Warm Springs, Georgia, taking advantage of the natural spring waters as a healing method for his polio. His home there, known as the “Little White House,” was a humble six-room cottage. FDR left a mark on the town by creating Roosevelt Warm Springs, a foundation that aims to empower those with disabilities.


President Harry Truman often vacationed at what was also called the “Little White House”; however, this home was located in Key West, Florida. As president, you sometimes have to hold a news conference even while on vacation.


President Dwight Eisenhower enjoyed playing golf and vacationing in Colorado. Before Eisenhower took off for his late-summer vacation in 1953, The New York Times reported that he’d be taking some work, as well as several members of his staff, along with him.

Source: The New York Times


The childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy acted as a summer home for the first family during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. The 28-room home, formally called the Hammersmith Farm, is located in Newport, Rhode Island. President Eisenhower also vacationed nearby, at the house marked by an arrow in this photograph.

Source: The New York Times


Here, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy rides with her son on the Hammersmith Farm property in 1962.


President Lyndon B. Johnson would often visit his Texas ranch, the place where he was born, vacationed, lived, and ultimately was buried. Today, the ranch is a national historic park.

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President Richard Nixon preferred the west coast while going on vacation, visiting his “Western White House” in San Clemente, California. The 5.45-acre property has ocean views and is currently on the market for $63.5 million.

Source: Business Insider


Like Eisenhower, President Gerald Ford preferred to vacation in Colorado, and he took an annual ski trip to Vail with his family.

Source: The New York Times


Many of President Jimmy Carter’s fishing trips took place at the official presidential retreat, Camp David. However, in the summer of 1978, the president took a nine-day fishing trip, stopping in Boise and Salmon River, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Source: Jimmy Carter Library


President Ronald Reagan’s ranch — located in the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara, California — was his beloved getaway.


In 1989, President George H.W. Bush spent time at the Lazy F Ranch near Beeville, Texas, to celebrate the New Year.


President Bill Clinton took 174 vacation days during his time in office, including his family’s four-day vacation to the Caribbean in 1997.


President George W. Bush visited his 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford, Texas, 77 times during his eight years in office. Before going on his first official vacation there during his presidency, Bush announced: “I’m headed home to the heartland to listen to the American people and to talk about the values that unite and sustain our country.”

Source: Washington Post, ABC News


For most holidays, President Barack Obama traveled to his birthplace of Hawaii with his family. Here, Obama celebrated the New Year in 2012 by swimming at Pyramid Rock Beach in Kaneohe Bay.

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Obama’s first post-presidency vacation included a quick stop in Palm Springs before an extended visit to Necker Island, Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean.


President Donald Trump has been known to spend downtime at his very own Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

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