Where presidents in the past vacationed (slide show)





It’s no contest: Teddy Roosevelt’s post-presidential vacation puts other presidential vacations to shame. Three weeks after he left the White House in 1909, Roosevelt embarked on an African safari that lasted nearly a year. He’d always wanted to hunt the continent’s big game, but he also wanted the trip to be a scientific one—so he invited the Smithsonian Institute to come along, and donated animal trophies to the institute, providing dozens of new species for its collections. As if the safari wasn’t productive enough, Roosevelt wrote a series of articles about it for Scribner’s magazine, for a fee of $50,000. In 1910, the articles were published in a book, African Game Trails


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