President Barack Obama proves he’s just an ordinary American dad as he and his family plan to spend Father’s Day at Yosemite National Park this weekend. It’s not only a big day for the first family, but the trip also marks the first presidential visit in over 50 years.
John F. Kennedy was the last president to visit the park in 1962 and took time to wave at visitors while in his motorcade. Obama’s visit is meant to stay under wraps, according to local news, and even the National Park Service employees aren’t saying a word about the details.
But, in a statement from the White House it was revealed that the momentous occasion is to honor of the 100th anniversary of the park services and highlight the President’s efforts to preserve natural resources and the effects of climate change.
While we’re sure his trip is pretty well mapped out already, Obama should make a point to visit some Travel + Leisure highlights like El Capitan. Or, he can take a cue from our interview with Lisa Hendy, Emergency Services Program Manager at Yosemite, and stand in valley where you can simultaneously see Half Dome and the falls depending on which direction you look. Obama is also planning to visit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico during his trip.