Photos: Presidential journey

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  1. Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, walk offstage as President-elect Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago. Obama was a community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s. He returned to the Windy City after earning his law degree, taught at the University of Chicago and eventually entered politics. Now, the Obamas live in the Kenwood area of Chicago, an affluent, educated neighborhood on the South Side. (Morry Gash / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Obama and his daughters walk the beach during their vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, on Aug. 12, 2008. Obama was born in Honolulu and lived with his mother and grandparents in a two-bedroom apartment. He moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1967 after his mother married an Indonesian man. Obama returned to Hawaii when he was 10 and lived with his grandparents until he was 18. (Marco Garcia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. During his August vacation, Obama threw a lei at the point where he scattered his mother's ashes in Honolulu. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Obama (red shirt) is seen with family and friends at the Pali Lookout in Honolulu. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The steep trail to the Makapuu lighthouse is one of Barack Obama's favorite hikes in his hometown of Honolulu. Here, a hiker and her dog make their way along the picturesque trail. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. In 1971, when he was 10 years old, Barry Obama enrolled at the private Punahou School in Honolulu and entered an unfamiliar world of privilege. Despite feeling out of place, he eventually prospered at the school. Today, tuition tops $16,000 per year at the exclusive institution. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Indonesian school girls run on the playground at the SDN Menteng 1 school in Jakarta, Indonesia. President-elect Barack Obama attended the school when he was a child. (Ed Wray / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Local boys in Kogelo village, Kenya, admire a painting featuring President-elect Barack Obama, center, alongside, from left, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, current U.S. President George W. Bush and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, during a gathering of people on Nov. 4, 2008. Obama's late father was from Kogelo, a village in western Kenya, and his half-brother, step-grandmother and other relatives still live there. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. This is a view of Langdell Hall at the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. While there, Obama served as president for the Harvard Law Review. (Harvard Law School / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Barber Tony Coye talks about President-elect Barack Obama as he cuts Kenneth Clay's hair at the Hyde Park Hair Salon in Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. This is a curbside view of the Chicago home of President-elect Barack Obama. Places that U.S. presidents have called home often become major tourist attractions, from estates at Mount Vernon and Monticello, to Hodgenville, Ky., where Abe Lincoln's log cabin once stood. (Jerry Lai / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Occidental College students celebrate in Samuelson Campus Pavilion on the Eagle Rock campus in Los Angeles, Calif., as alumnus Barack Obama is officially announced the 44th president of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008. (Marc Campos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/5/2009 11:26:03 AM ET 2009-02-05T16:26:03

The deal
Celebrate this year’s historic inauguration with these presidential-themed offers at historic hotels. Take advantage of these affordable deals commemorating our nation’s past with special savings, tours, and museum admissions. Deluxe overnights are available in Boston, Virginia, Phoenix, and more U.S. cities from just $142/couple. Additional discount offers may also be found at

$44 off: Presidential ‘Sweet’ offer at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen
In celebration of today’s historic inauguration of our country’s first black president, the Hotel Jerome, A RockResort, has unveiled a new special Presidential Sweet offer available from now through Feb. 23. In honor of our 44th president, guests who book the package at this luxury Aspen resort will save $44 off their Grand Deluxe Suite accommodation, one free dinner, and a bottle of champagne.

Feel presidential at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Virginia from $142/couple
Lying in the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley, the red-brick Georgian-style Stonewall Jackson Hotel was formerly a well-known social gathering place in downtown Staunton. Recently reopened, the hotel has been beautifully refurbished after a multi-million dollar restoration. Now through Feb. 23, the Stonewall’s Feel Presidential package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, admission for two to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and driving maps to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland. Rates start at $142/couple with free overnight parking included.

Hotel San Carlos “Inn”auguration package in Phoenix from $275/night
The glamorous Hotel San Carlos first opened its doors during the Hoover administration, and nowadays it continues to welcome guests inside elegantly furnished southwestern surroundings. The 121-room boutique property has a rooftop heated pool and sundeck, a barbershop, and several onsite restaurants and lounges. Book their special “Inn”auguration package, and you’ll receive dinner at the hotel’s upscale Copper Door Restaurant, a peddle cab ride to Heritage Square, and entry to the city’s Heritage & Science Park, The Arizona Science Center, and the Phoenix Museum of History. The one-nighter starts at $275.

Making of a President package at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston from $339
A landmark Boston hotel, built in 1912, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has welcomed nearly every U.S. president since Taft, as well as numerous foreign dignitaries, countless celebs and blue-blooded royalty from around the world. Unwind in your spacious individually decorated guestroom, then head downstairs to hotel’s award-winning Oak Room for mouthwatering meals in the beautiful restored antique setting. Guests who opt for a special package on offer will also receive two tickets for entry to the “Making of A President” exhibit currently on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Available through April 30, the package rates start at $339/night.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower


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