Nation: Camp David: A Palatial Retreat

Where Presidents find peace in the mountains

When Anwar Sadat signed the guest book at Camp David's presidential house, Aspen Lodge, he was checking in at the world's most exclusive and elaborate political retreat. A 30-min. helicopter ride from Washington, which is 75 miles to the southeast, Camp David is a 143-acre compound of more than a dozen buildings, perched on a 1,880-ft. hilltop in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The heavily wooded setting, teeming with deer and raccoon, blue jays and snowbirds, and an occasional pileated woodpecker, provides Presidents a spot for total...

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