Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Theodore Roosevelt's home)
Hoff loves the Theodore Roosevelt home, which is in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., because, she said, "It honestly and modestly reflects both his intellect and personality." Charles Markis, chief of interpretation and visitor services, says the shingle-style house, built in 1885, passed directly to the National Park Service from the family. So the dwelling was never modernized. It still has mementos from Roosevelt's presidency, when the home served as the first Summer White House. There's also a Roosevelt museum and a nature trail.
Don't miss: The 72 taxidermy-mounts, trophies from the 26th president's hunting days, are on display.