Which President Takes More Vacation Days: Barack Obama or Donald Trump?

Prior to becoming president, Trump was very critical of Obama’s vacation habits, constantly criticizing the president via Twitter about being away from the White House. Now that Trump’s in office, let’s compare the two presidents and see who’s taken more vacation days, along with a few other former presidents as well.

1. Where Trump goes when he vacations

Donald Trump plays a round of golf

He sure likes golfing. | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

So far, Donald Trump has spent more than half of his days as President on vacation. But where does he go when he’s away from the White House? The answer is: mostly to his own properties. The majority of his vacations have taken place at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago. You, too, can vacation like a president for a membership fee of $200,000 (double what it was prior to Trump being elected president). When he’s not at Mar-a-Lago he spends a lot of time golfing at his various clubs. His favorites are Trump International West Palm and Trump National Bedminster.

Next: Obama liked to vacation at this famous vineyard. 

2. Where Obama went when he vacationed

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He also liked to head back to Hawaii. | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

One of Obama’s favorite places to go with his loved ones when he was president was Martha’s Vineyard, located in Massachusetts. He loves it so much, in fact, that he and Michelle have spent some time there post-presidency as well. Additionally, when he was president, Obama would visit Chicago (where he spent much of his young adult life) and Hawaii (where he was raised).

Next: You won’t believe how many days Trump’s been on vacation as president. 

3. Trumps vacation days (so far)

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He has taken 53 vacation days. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

When Trump was at 437 days in office, he had spent 140 days at Trump properties, and 105 days at golf properties. Back in August 2017, The Washington Post compared how many vacation days Trump had taken so far, compared to Obama. “By our count, by the end of August, Trump will have spent all or part of 53 days in office at leisure,” says The Post. “What’s more, Trump will have played at least 33 rounds of golf.”

Next: How many days Obama spent on vacation.  

4. Obama’s total vacation days

President Barack Obama rides bikes with daughter, Malia

He spent half the time playing golf that Trump did. | Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images

The Post reported that at the same point in his presidency, Obama had taken 15 days of vacation (compared to Trump’s 53). Additionally, Obama had played nearly half the rounds of golf Trump had (17). In total, Obama took 328 vacation days in eight years (this includes 39 visits to Camp David), according to Cleveland.

Next: George W. Bush: The king of presidential vacations

5. George W. Bush’s total vacation days

US President George W. Bush (R) and former president George HW Bush

He liked to head to Texas or Maine. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

During his eight years in office, George W. Bush took 1,020 vacation days. According to Cleveland, his favorite destination was his ranch in Texas, where “he’d clear brush to relax.” In addition to Texas, he spent a good amount of time at his parents’ house in Kennebunkport, Maine. He made 149 visits to Camp David, which spanned over 487 days.

Next: Bill Clinton liked to vacation at the same place Obama did.  

6. Bill Clinton’s total vacation days

Clinton took nearly one full year of vacation. | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

During his eight years as president, Bill Clinton took 345 vacation days. Just like Obama, Clinton also enjoyed spending time at Martha’s Vineyard. According to Cleveland, he made 54 visits to Camp David, spanning 171 days total, and also several visits to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Next: George H. W. Bush also liked his vacations.  

7. George H. W. Bush’s total vacation days

Bush Kennebunkport Maine House

He spent over a year on vacation. | Newsmakers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

During George H. W. Bush’s term, he took 543 vacation days. “The Republican spent much of his time off at Camp David, and at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine,” says Cleveland.

Next: How Bush’s predecessor took time off. 

8. Ronald Reagan’s Total Vacation Days

Reagan on his Santa Barbara ranch. | Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

Nearly 30 years after he left office, Ronald Reagan is known for spending time at his beloved, sprawling Santa Barbara, California ranch. But from 1981 to 1989, he spent 335 days away from Washington — a number that Trump will overtake in far less than eight years.

Next: This president was a workaholic. 

9. Jimmy Carter’s Total Vacation Days

Jimmy Carter Tree house

Carter was a workaholic. | The White House Historical Association

Jimmy Carter was a notoriously unpopular president. But his work ethic was pretty unimpeachable. Carter was a notorious micromanager and workaholic — to make sure he had more transparency and accountability with the American people, he refused to appoint a Chief of Staff for most of his presidency. And his time off reflects this; Between 1977 and 1981, Carter took just 79 days off. He spent most of that time at his home in Plains, Georgia.

Next: This president loved time off on his ranch.

10. Lyndon Johnson’s vacations

a portrait of lyndon b johnson

Lyndon Johnson spent a lot of time away from Washington. | Keystone/Getty Images

President during an incredibly tumultuous time in American history, Lyndon Johnson became increasingly unpopular during his time in office. As a result, Johnson spent a large amount of time on his ranch in Stonewall, Texas. Presidential historians claim that between 1963 and 1969, Johnson spent 484 days away from the White House, usually at the ranch.

11. Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight D Eisenhower golfing

Eisenhower’s second term was mired with health issues. | Grier/Central Press/Getty Images

In many ways, Eisenhower was one of our first modern presidents. On top of presiding over the end of the Korean War, the rise of NATO, and the U.N., Eisenhower also kept a busy schedule meeting with other heads of state. But during his term, he took a lot of time off. The White House played up his love for golf, but serious health issues played a factor in his downtime too.  In 1955, he suffered a heart attack while vacationing in Colorado. Less than two years later, he suffered a mild stroke. Between 1953 and 1961, he took 456 days off.

12. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roosevelt spent nearly 1,000 days away from Washington. | Keystone Features/Stringer/Getty Images

Franklin Roosevelt served nearly four full terms as president. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent a lot of time away from the White House. Between 1933 and 1945, F.D.R. spent a whopping 958 days out of the office.

13. Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover in a coat and tie

Hoover rarely took a day off.| Central Press/Getty Images

Today, Herbert Hoover is still largely blamed for the Great Depression. But he was a skilled administrator and a genuine workaholic. Between 1929 and 1933, Hoover took just 49 days off. That makes Jimmy Carter look like a slouch in comparison — to say nothing of our 45th president.

14. Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge quit while on vacation. | The White House

While there isn’t an official number of days off, Calvin Coolidge’s vacation of 1927 was one of historic proportions. In the midst of growing corruption scandals, “Silent Cal” took off for the Black Hills of South Dakota for a months-long summer vacation.  While spending his time going to rodeos, horseback riding, and fly fishing, he issued a brief statement declaring that he would not run for president in 1928. That opened the door for Herbert Hoover. The rest is history.


15. John Adams

John Adams portrait

Adams left Washington to care for his wife. | The White House Historical Association

If you think politics are dirty now, the 18th-century contents were just brutal. While campaigning for a second term, Adams was savaged by his opponents for spending eight months away from Washington. His reason? To care for his ailing wife, Abigail. Unfortunately, the voters weren’t convinced, leaving our second president as the nation’s first one-term chief executive.

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