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Presidential Experiences

Inauguration 2013 welcomes President Obama to the White House for a second term, but Washington, DC has a storied history of presidential places beyond the present. These five suggestions will help you walk in the steps of the U.S. presidents.

The lesser known of Lincoln's official presidential residences is open to visitors following a $10-million renovation.


President Lincoln’s Cottage
Discover where the Great Emancipator spent much of his time during his presidency.

Though just three miles from the White House, in Lincoln’s time his cottage was considered a retreat. Restored and now open for tours, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as the 16th president’s home away from home and often his office during his administration. Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation here and spent much of the Civil War here. Self-guided public tours are available as well as an in-depth tour exploring Lincoln’s role in emancipation.

Located conveniently in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Topaz Hotel offers in-room spa service and is also a great venue for a corporate meeting or social event.


Topaz Hotel
Rest your head where President McKinley once did…without an invite to the White House.

Stop in for a drink at the Topaz Bar at the boutique Topaz Hotel, otherwise known as the “Little White House.” The converted building once served as Teddy Roosevelt’s house during his tenure as President William McKinley’s vice president and for a short time before he officially moved into the White House, giving it its apt nickname. When you belly up to the bar, ask the bartender for a Gin Rickey, which was invented right here in Washington, DC.