If you are looking for a road trip that takes you to the major landmarks of President Ronald Reagan’s life, this is for you! President Reagan served as our 40th president and is viewed by many Americans as one of our greatest presidents. So grab your GPS, your suitcase and your family and let’s take the ultimate President Ronald Reagan Road trip!
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Ronald Reagan Road Trip
Of course every road trip should start at the beginning. So our President Reagan road trip should begin at his birthplace.
Tampico, Illinois is an Illinois town with a small footprint on the map but a huge contribution to American history. This small apartment where Ronald Reagan was born serves as a reminder that anything is possible in the United States. Make sure you call ahead because though the tours are free, they are not offered every day.
While you are in Tampico, there are several other places of significance in President Reagan’s life. Check out the small park, church and other homes where he lived.
FIND THE RONALD REAGAN BIRTHPLACE
111 S Main St
Tampico, IL 61283
From Tampico, you take a short drive over to Dixon, Illinois to visit Reagan’s boyhood home. There you can take a guided tour and learn about his elementary and high school years. Make sure you ask the tour guide to tell you the story of the pennies under the fireplace tiles!
While in Dixon, swing by the church, high school, library and of course down by the river to learn about Reagan’s life and take pictures with his monument by the river.
FIND THE RONALD REAGAN BOYHOOD HOME
810 Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: 815 288 5176
Reagan Presidential Library
The ultimate destination for Reagan fans is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California. This beautiful museum and library is located at the top of a hill overlooking the entire area. Not only is the Museum filled with memorabilia, interactive exhibits and history, but it also offers beautiful gardens and outdoor sculptures.
FIND THE REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
40 Presidential Dr
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Ronald Reagan Gravesite
Walk around the side of the Presidential Library to pay your respects to this great American President.
Few people get the opportunity to experience the privately owned Reagan Ranch in California. But if you are fortunate enough to get a tour by attending a Young America’s Foundation (YAF) conference, you will get the opportunity to see the place that President Reagan called home for twenty five years in Santa Barbara, California.
Other Reagan Monuments & Memorials
When you visit the US Capitol in Washington DC, make sure you look for President Reagan’s statue in the National Statuary Hall collection.