Located in the Texas Hill Country near Austin and San Antonio, the ranch is part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which also includes his boyhood home and other sites in nearby Johnson City. For this year’s Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Celebration, the ranch is showing “Movies Under the Stars.” Seeing places like the LBJ Ranch “brings a president down to earth,” remarked George C. Edwards III, distinguished professor of political science at Texas A&M University and the editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Don’t miss: The restored “Texas White House” office, reopened on Aug. 27.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
On a hill overlooking California’s Simi Valley and the Pacific Ocean sits this “very majestic library,” said Warshaw. Exhibits on Reagan’s acting career, copies of love letters to his wife, Nancy, and a display on the failed assassination attempt by John Hinckley are all “beautifully done,” she said.
Don’t miss: The recreation of the Oval Office and the Air Force One Pavilion, housing “The Flying White House.”
Julia M. Klein is a Philadelphia-based cultural reporter and critic.