List of international trips made by the President of the United States

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The President and First Lady's private quarters on Air Force One, 1990

Presidential international travel first occurred during the 20th century. The first six presidents to travel went by ship. President Woodrow Wilson spent almost seven months in Europe in the Aftermath of World War I. The first four presidential trips by airplane were the four World War II conferences: Casablanca, Tehran, Yalta (Franklin D. Roosevelt attended), and Potsdam (Harry S. Truman attended).

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to travel by jet and the first to travel via helicopter. At the end of his term, he went on several "goodwill tours" . President John F. Kennedy had one of the most memorable trips to Europe as his final trip before he was assassinated. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson preferred travel to Asia. Richard Nixon set a number of firsts, in particular China. Jimmy Carter spent a great deal of time in the Middle East and went on the first state visit to Africa. Ronald Reagan seemed to perfect the state visit, and was known for his summits with Mikhail Gorbachev.

International travel by a sitting President or a President elect has increased dramatically since George H. W. Bush became president in 1989. In 1990 the military version of the Boeing 747, the VC-25, was introduced for the use of the president. The planes have over 4,000 square feet (372 m2) of floor space, a bedroom and a shower, and enough secure communications to allow the plane to be a reasonable place to run the country. The plane is accompanied by a heavy lift aircraft that carries the helicopters and the limousines.

Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have individually visited 74 different countries over their two terms apiece. Together they went to 94 different countries with a combined population of 85% of the world total. President Obama visited 35 countries during his first term in office. As of October 2014, President Obama visited 13 more countries during his second term in office.

Presidential visits of over 10,000 miles (16,093 km) are common. Round the world trips were first done by Johnson and Nixon and have been done by presidents Bush and Clinton. Trips to Europe are almost routine.

The trips are color-coded to unite multiple stops on one trip and the majority of stops in one trip. Yellow indicates a trip mostly to Europe, silver is a trip mostly in Asia, orange is a trip mostly to Latin America, and green is a trip mostly to sub-saharan Africa.

Foreign trips of US Presidents; cadet blue is the United States and light blue was formerly USSR nations that have not been visited by a US president.

President Barack Obama[edit]

  • President Obama was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama in April 2009 when they met with Queen Elizabeth. Every president from Dwight Eisenhower (except Lyndon Johnson) has met and dined with The Queen.
  • President Obama was joined by his wife and their two daughters in June 2009, for some non-business time in Paris.[1]
  • The previous four POTUS visits since 1998 to sub-Saharan Africa were always dedicated trips conducted at huge expense involving the mobilization of massive military resources. President Obama has suggested that he won't go for the traditional model of devoting a trip to Africa alone. Instead, African nations might be wrapped into his multinational travels more often.
  • President Obama in the beginning of his presidency traveled much more often than President G.W. Bush and President Clinton. President Obama's international travel considerably diminished in his second year in office and as of July 2011 has been to 40 countries, while President Bush had been to 41 in the same time period.
  • When President Obama traveled to Indonesia in November 2010, he was forced to leave Indonesia a few hours earlier than originally scheduled due to the ash plumes from the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi.
  • President Obama cut short a 24-hour visit to Ireland in May 2011 when an ash cloud from the erupting Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland approached Irish airspace during his visit. He had originally planned to spend the night in Dublin and to leave for London the following day, but flew from Dublin late on the night of his arrival to avoid the risk of being grounded in the morning.[2][3]
  • President Obama is the first sitting president to visit Cambodia and Myanmar.[4]
Table of Trips[5]
T # Start End Country Cities Reason
1 1 19-Feb-2009 19-Feb-2009  Canada Ottawa Met with Governor General Michaëlle Jean and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[6]
2 2 31-Mar-2009 3-Apr-2009  United Kingdom London Attended the G20 London Summit. Met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
3 3-Apr-2009 4-Apr-2009  France
Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Kehl Attended the 2009 Strasbourg–Kehl summit of NATO.
4 4-Apr-2009 5-Apr-2009  Czech Republic Prague Attended a European Union-United States summit. Delivered public speech on nuclear disarmament.[7] Met with Czech President Václav Klaus.
5 5-Apr-2009 7-Apr-2009  Turkey Ankara, Istanbul Met with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Delivered a speech to the Turkish Parliament.
6 7-Apr-2009 8-Apr-2009  Iraq Baghdad Met with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Visited with U.S. troops.[8]
3 7 16-Apr-2009 17-Apr-2009  Mexico Mexico City Met with President Felipe Calderón.
8 17-Apr-2009 18-Apr-2009  Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Attended the 5th Summit of the Americas.
4 9 3-Jun-2009 4-Jun-2009  Saudi Arabia Riyadh Met with King Abdullah.
10 4-Jun-2009 4-Jun-2009  Egypt Cairo, Giza Met with President Hosni Mubarak. Toured the Giza Pyramids. Delivered a speech directed towards the wider Muslim world at Cairo University.
11 4-Jun-2009 5-Jun-2009  Germany Dresden, Buchenwald, Landstuhl Met with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Visited Buchenwald concentration camp and an U.S. military hospital.
12 5-Jun-2009 7-Jun-2009  France Paris, Caen Met with President Nicolas Sarkozy. Attended the 65th anniversary of D-Day memorial ceremonies.
5 13 6-Jul-2009 8-Jul-2009  Russia Moscow Met with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Delivered a commencement speech to the New Economic School.
14 8-Jul-2009 10-Jul-2009  Italy L'Aquila, Rome Attended the 35th G8 summit. Met with President Giorgio Napolitano[9] and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
15 10-Jul-2009 10-Jul-2009   Vatican City Vatican City Met with Pope Benedict XVI.
16 10-Jul-2009 11-Jul-2009  Ghana Accra Met with President John Atta Mills. Delivered a speech to the Ghanaian Parliament. Toured a former departing point of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Cape Coast Castle.
6 17 9-Aug-2009 10-Aug-2009  Mexico Guadalajara Attended annual North American Leaders' Summit with President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
7 18 02-Oct-2009 02-Oct-2009  Denmark Copenhagen Met with Queen Margrethe II and Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Attended the 13th Olympic Congress meeting to lobby for Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
8 19 13-Nov-2009 14-Nov-2009  Japan Tokyo Met with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
20 14-Nov-2009 15-Nov-2009  Singapore Singapore Attended the APEC 2009 meeting. Met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Also met with leaders of ASEAN.
21 15-Nov-2009 18-Nov-2009  China Shanghai, Beijing Met with Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng. Held a town hall meeting with Shanghai students. Met with President Hu Jintao, NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao. Visited the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.
22 18-Nov-2009 19-Nov-2009  South Korea Seoul, Pyeongtaek Met with President Lee Myung-bak. Visited with U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek.
9 23 9-Dec-2009 11-Dec-2009  Norway Oslo Accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
10 24 17-Dec-2009 19-Dec-2009  Denmark Copenhagen Attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009.
11 25 27-Mar-2010 28-Mar-2010  Afghanistan Bagram, Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. Visited with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base.
12 26 8-Apr-2010 8-Apr-2010  Czech Republic Prague Signed the New START treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
13 27 25-Jun-2010 27-Jun-2010  Canada Toronto, Huntsville Attended the 36th G8 summit and the G-20 Toronto summit.
14 28 6-Nov-2010 9-Nov-2010  India Mumbai, New Delhi Participated in the US-India Business Council and Entrepreneurship Summit in Mumbai. Held a town hall meeting with Mumbai students. Met with President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Delivered a speech to the Indian Parliament. Visited Humayun's Tomb and Raj Ghat.
29 9-Nov-2010 10-Nov-2010  Indonesia Jakarta Met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Delivered a speech at the University of Indonesia. Visited Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta.
30 10-Nov-2010 12-Nov-2010  South Korea Seoul Attended the G-20 Seoul summit. Met with President Lee Myung-bak. Visited with U.S. troops at Yongsan Garrison.
31 12-Nov-2010 14-Nov-2010  Japan Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura Attended the APEC 2010 meeting. Met with Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Visited the Kamakura Great Buddha statue.
15 32 19-Nov-2010 20-Nov-2010  Portugal Lisbon Attended the 2010 Lisbon summit of NATO and the U.S.-EU summit. Met with President Aníbal Cavaco Silva and Prime Minister José Sócrates.
16 33 3-Dec-2010 3-Dec-2010  Afghanistan Bagram Visited with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base. Originally planned meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul was canceled due to bad weather.[10]
17 34 19-Mar-2011 21-Mar-2011  Brazil Brasília, Rio de Janeiro Met with President Dilma Rousseff. Visited the Cidade de Deus favela and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
35 21 Mar-2011 22 Mar-2011  Chile Santiago Met with President Sebastián Piñera.
36 22 Mar-2011 23 Mar-2011  El Salvador San Salvador Met with President Mauricio Funes. Visited the San Salvador Cathedral.
18 37 23-May-2011 23-May-2011  Ireland Dublin, Moneygall Met with President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Visited ancestral home in Moneygall, and addressed a large crowd in Dublin. Accompanied by the First Lady.[11][12]
38 23-May-2011 26-May-2011  United Kingdom London State visit. Met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron. Addressed Parliament. Accompanied by the First Lady.[11] She returned to the US from the UK when the President traveled on to France.[13]
39 26-May-2011 27-May-2011  France Deauville Attended the 37th G8 summit.[11]
40 27-May-2011 28-May-2011  Poland Warsaw Met with President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Laid wreath at the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial. Visited the memorial to the victims of the Smolensk plane crash.[11]
19 41 3-Nov-2011 4-Nov-2011  France Cannes Attended the G-20 Cannes summit.
20 42 16-Nov-2011 17-Nov-2011  Australia Canberra, Darwin Met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Addressed Parliament.
43 17-Nov-2011 19-Nov-2011  Indonesia Nusa Dua Attended an ASEAN Summit and the Sixth East Asia Summit.[14]
21 44 25-Mar-2012[15] 27-Mar-2012  South Korea Osan Air Base, Korean Demilitarized Zone, Seoul Attended the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. Met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Addressed US military personnel.[16]
22 45 13-Apr-2012 15-Apr-2012[17]  Colombia Cartagena Attended the 6th Summit of the Americas.
23 46 1-May-2012 2-May-2012[18]  Afghanistan Bagram Air Base, Kabul Signing of strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and United States, spending time with U.S. troops at Bagram airfield and addressing the nation from there regarding the responsible end of the Afghanistan war.[19][20]
24 47 17-June-2012 19-June-2012  Mexico San José del Cabo, Los Cabos Corridor Attended the G-20 Los Cabos summit.[21]
25 48 18-Nov-2012 19-Nov-2012  Thailand Bangkok Visited the Wat Pho monastery, took part in a formal welcome ceremony at Thai Koo Fah.[22] Met with King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to discuss Thai–U.S. cooperation. Mark 180 years of official relations.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]
49 19-Nov-2012 19-Nov-2012 Myanmar (Burma) Yangon Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Myanmar, where he toured Shwedagon Pagoda, delivered a speech on democracy at the University of Yangon[25] and met with President Thein Sein and MP Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Myanmar–U.S. relations in light of the country's democratic reforms.[23][24][25][33][34][35][36][37][38][39]
50 19-Nov-2012 20-Nov-2012  Cambodia Phnom Penh Attended the 21st ASEAN Summit and the 7th East Asia Summit, where he met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, among others. Also had a bilateral meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cambodia.[23][24][25][40][41][42][43][44]
26 51 20-Mar-2013 22-Mar-2013  Israel Tel Aviv, Jerusalem Met with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Visited the Shrine of the Book and Yad Vashem, and spoke to students at the International Convention Center.
52 21-Mar-2013 22-Mar-2013 West Bank Ramallah, Bethlehem Met with President Mahmoud Abbas. Visited the Church of the Nativity.
53 22-Mar-2013 23-Mar-2013  Jordan Amman, Petra Met with King Abdullah II. Visited Petra.
27 54 2-May-2013 3-May-2013  Mexico Mexico City Met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
55 3-May-2013 4-May-2013  Costa Rica San José Met with President Laura Chinchilla and other Central American leaders.
28 56 17-Jun-2013 18-Jun-2013  United Kingdom Lough Erne Attended the 39th G8 summit.
57 18-Jun-2013 19-Jun-2013  Germany Berlin Met with President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Delivered a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
29 58 26-Jun-2013 28-Jun-2013  Senegal Dakar Met with President Macky Sall. Visited Gorée Island.
59 28-Jun-2013 1-Jul-2013  South Africa Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto, Cape Town Met with President Jacob Zuma and Chairwoman of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Visited Robben Island.
60 1-Jul-2013 2-Jul-2013  Tanzania Dar es Salaam Met with President Jakaya Kikwete.
30 61 4-Sep-2013 5-Sep-2013  Sweden Stockholm Met with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Met with leaders of the Nordic countries. Attended an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm.
62 5-Sep-2013 6-Sep-2013  Russia St. Petersburg Attended the G-20 St. Petersburg summit.
31 63 7-Dec-2013 10-Dec-2013  South Africa Johannesburg Attended the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela.
32 64 19-Feb-2014 19-Feb-2014  Mexico Toluca Attended annual North American Leaders' Summit with President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[45]
33 65 24-Mar-2014 25-Mar-2014  Netherlands Amsterdam, Hague Attended 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. Met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
66 26-Mar-2014 26-Mar-2014  Belgium Brussels Wreath laying and tour of Flanders Field Cemetery with King Philippe and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. EU-U.S. working lunch. Also met with President Herman Von Rompuy of the European Council, President Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Delivered a speech at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR).
67 27-Mar-2014 27-Mar-2014   Vatican City Vatican City Audience with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace.[46]
68 27-Mar-2014 27-Mar-2014  Italy Rome Met with President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Visited the ancient Roman Colosseum.
69 28-Mar-2014 28-Mar-2014  Saudi Arabia Riyadh Met with King Abdullah.
34 70 23-Apr-2014 25-Apr-2014  Japan Tokyo Met with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
71 25-Apr-2014 26-Apr-2014  South Korea Seoul Met with President Park Geun-hye. Visited with U.S. troops at Yongsan Garrison.
72 26-Apr-2014 28-Apr-2014  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Met with Prime Minister Najib Razak. Delivered a speech at the University of Malaya.
73 28-Apr-2014 29-Apr-2014  Philippines Manila Met with President Benigno Aquino III. Visited with U.S. and Philippine troops at Fort Bonifacio. Laid wreath at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
35 74 25-May-2014 26-May-2014  Afghanistan Bagram Air Base Visited with U.S. troops at Bagram airfield.
36 75 3-Jun-2014 4-Jun-2014  Poland Warsaw Met with President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Also met with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Attended the 25th anniversary of Poland's democracy.
76 4-Jun-2014 5-Jun-2014  Belgium Brussels Attended the 40th G7 summit.
77 5-Jun-2014 6-Jun-2014  France Paris, Colleville, Ouistreham Met with President François Hollande. Attended the 70th anniversary of D-Day memorial ceremonies.
37 78 3-Sep-2014 4-Sep-2014  Estonia Tallinn Met with the Presidents of the Baltic states. Visited with U.S. and Estonian members of the military. Delivered a speech at Tallinn Airport with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.
79 4-Sep-2014 5-Sep-2014  United Kingdom Newport Attended the 2014 Newport summit of NATO.

President George W. Bush[edit]

George W. Bush pays a surprise visit to Baghdad International Airport in 2003.

President George W. Bush made a secret trip to Iraq on Thanksgiving 2003 to dine with the troops. His father had made a similar visit to the U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia just after receiving the new VC-25 planes just before Thanksgiving 1990.

Like President Clinton, President Bush made two separate trips to Sub-Saharan Africa. On one trip he visited three of the poorest countries in the world: Liberia, Rwanda, and Benin.

According to the State Department only two of Bush's overseas presidential visits were deemed state visits. One invitation was by Queen Elizabeth II, which Buckingham Palace claimed was the only state visit from an American president. All the other visits were at the invitation of the prime minister who is not the head of state. The second state visit was to Poland.[citation needed]

On 15–20 November 2006, President Bush made the third round the world presidential flight (after LBJ and Nixon). He went to Russia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

President Bill Clinton[edit]

Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin meet on the sidelines of an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe summit in Istanbul in 1999.
  • President Clinton did not do much international travel in 1993, his first year in office. The most important trip was the G7 economic summit. He also had a lull during his re-election campaign in 1996.

President George H. W. Bush[edit]

George H. W. Bush riding in a humvee with General Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia in 1990.
  • President Bush began the frequent international travel pace that is the hallmark of the post–Cold War presidency. He went to Europe 11 times, Asia twice, and South America once, along with a number of shorter trips during his four years as president.
  • He did not receive delivery of the Boeing 747s until almost halfway through his presidency, but his travel pace was high even when he was using the older planes. His trip in September 1990 to Helsinki was his first international trip aboard the new planes. His second involved a Thanksgiving meal with the troops. With the new planes, the president could function from the air with virtually the same efficiency that he had when in the White House.

President Ronald Reagan[edit]

Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachov at the first Summit in Geneva in 1985.

President Reagan made 7 trips to continental Europe, 3 to Asia and 1 to South America during his presidency. He is perhaps best remembered for his speeches at the 40th anniversary of the Normandy landings, for his impassioned speech at the Berlin Wall, his summit meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev, and riding horses with the Queen at Windsor Park.

Reagan's presidency would be transitional in international travel. During his term in office, he ordered the two special mission Boeing 747s that would become the new presidential transport to replace the aging Boeing 707s. Heavy lift aircraft could bring security,limousines, and helicopters. After that time, the president had access to inflight bedrooms and showers, boardrooms, and communication equipment and with refueling virtually unlimited range. Summit meetings would proliferate, and international travel would become more of a constant expectation of the presidency.

President Jimmy Carter[edit]

Carter and Liberian President William R. Tolbert, Jr. wave from their motorcade during a visit to Monrovia in 1978.
  • President Carter repeated FDR's 1943 Visit to Brazil. He was also the first president to make a state visit to Sub-Saharan Africa when he went to Nigeria in 1978 directly from Brazil.
  • President Carter's travel included 5 trips to Europe and 1 trip to Asia.
  • President Carter's best known travel is his trips to the Middle East to broker his peace negotiations.
  • The G-6 (later 7 and 8) summit meetings started in the presidency of President Ford continued under President Carter. Four of his overseas visits were for those summit meetings.
  • President Carter was invited to Panama City to sign protocol confirming exchange of documents ratifying the Panama Canal treaties.
  • President Carter's meeting with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Iran on New Year's Day 1978, was only 13 months before the Shah was overthrown on February 11, 1979.

President Gerald Ford[edit]

Ford with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in Vladivostok in 1974.

President Ford made the first visit of a sitting president to Japan, and followed it with a trip to the Republic of Korea and the Soviet Union (to attend the Vladivostok Summit). He traveled internationally only his first year in office. He stayed within the US for all of 1976.

President Richard Nixon[edit]

Nixon's 1972 visit to China was a groundbreaking trip. Here he is shaking hands with Mao Zedong.
  • President Nixon made the unusual move of going on a week long trip to Europe only five weeks after his inauguration. His most famous voyage was to the People's Republic of China, the first by an incumbent President of the United States; he took groundbreaking trips to other Communist-ruled nations as well including Romania (1969), Yugoslavia (1970), and the Soviet Union (1972 and 1974).
  • On July 25, 1969, President Nixon announced his Nixon Doctrine on the island of Guam, in which he said henceforth expected its allies to take care of their own military defense. The next day he proceeded on his round the world tour which included 5 state visits, an unannounced stop in Vietnam, and stops in Romania, and the United Kingdom.
  • In 1972 President Nixon received delivery of the second custom outfitted jet to be used as Air Force One, VC-137C SAM 27000.

President Lyndon Johnson[edit]

Johnson during a 1966 visit to South Vietnam.

President Johnson ended up flying 523,000 miles aboard it during his term as president. In his first two years in office he made only one international trip, which was to Canada. He did all of his other international travel from April 1966 to July 1968, and he left the North American continent only four times.

During his full term, LBJ eschewed Europe in favor of Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is the only president serving during Queen Elizabeth II's reign to have never met her. LBJ went to Germany once briefly for the funeral of Konrad Adenauer.

One of the most unusual international trips in presidential history occurred before Christmas in 1967. The President began the trip by going to the memorial service for Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, who had disappeared in a swimming accident and was presumed drowned. The White House did not reveal in advance to the press that the President would make the first round the world presidential trip. The exhausting trip was 26,959 miles completed in only 112.5 hours (4.7 days). The trip crossed the equator twice, stopped in Travis Air Force Base, Calif., then Honolulu, Pago Pago, Canberra, Melbourne, Vietnam, Karachi and Rome.

President John F. Kennedy[edit]

Kennedy speaking at an event in Caracas with Venezuelan President Rómulo Betancourt in 1961.
  • President Kennedy made two trips to Europe along with 6 shorter international trips in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The second trip to Europe was the first trip trans-oceanic trip using the dedicated jet known to the general public by its call sign Air Force One and more specifically as VC-137C SAM 26000. The trip included the famous speech Ich bin ein Berliner at the Berlin Wall, the visit of the first Catholic president to Vatican City, and the trip to Kennedy's ancestral Irish home.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower[edit]

Eisenhower in Madrid in 1959 with Spanish leader Francisco Franco.
  • President Eisenhower visited the Korean War zone as president elect in 1952. For the first 6 years of his presidency he only traveled within North America with the exception of two summit meetings in Geneva and Paris.
  • In 1958, the Air Force added three Boeing 707 jets (designated SAM 970, 971, and 972), 707-153 models, into the presidential fleet. Starting in the summer of 1959 he made 5 major tours in one year to Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Middle East, and Southern Asia. On his "Flight to Peace" Goodwill tour, from 3 December through 22 December 1959, the President visited 11 nations including 5 in Asia, flying 22,000 miles in 19 days.
  • In his final overseas trip, Ike returned to Korea, and made the first presidential visit to Southeast Asia by stopping in Manila, and Taiwan.
  • By the end of his 8-year term, Ike had visited 26 countries.

President Harry S Truman[edit]

After FDR died, Truman attended the Potsdam conference 9 weeks after Germany's unconditional surrender. Nineteen months later he went on state visits in Canada, Mexico and Brazil all within a 6-month period. For the next five years he did not go abroad.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt[edit]

The "Big Three" Allied leaders (left to right) at Yalta in February, 1945: Winston Churchill, Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin.
  • FDR did extensive international travel by ship in the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere, frequently for fishing vacations.
  • In 1943 he became the first sitting president to fly an airplane on a secret 16,695 mile mission to Casablanca. The plane for much of his voyage was the legendary Boeing 314 Clipper. Before the war this plane was flying directly across the Atlantic in less than 24 hours. However, war time secrecy forced his route. He went by land to Miami, flew to Trinidad and on to Belem Brazil. From there he flew to The Gambia in northern Africa (this leg took 19 hours). He switched planes and went on to Casablanca. On the return trip he took a 630 mile side trip from Gambia to Monrovia in Liberia.
  • This initial trip to Europe was followed by two more wartime conferences in Europe.

Presidential International Trips Pre-Aircraft[edit]

Wilson attended the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.
  • The Panama Canal was the subject of interest for three of the earliest presidential trips abroad. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt was the first sitting president to travel internationally.[61] William Howard Taft in 1909[62] and Warren G. Harding in 1920[63] visited the Panama Canal as President-elect.
  • Woodrow Wilson was the first sitting president to travel to Europe. He spent nearly 7 months in Europe after World War I, interrupted by a brief return stateside that only lasted for 9 days.[64]
  • Calvin Coolidge's only international trip was to Cuba, where he addressed the Sixth International Conference of American States in 1928.[65]
  • Herbert Hoover made an extensive good-will tour of Latin America in 1928 during the time when he was president-elect.[66]

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