It is one of the world's most famous ancient sites.
And tonight it seemed Barack Obama could not resist a chance to see Stonehenge for himself - ordering his helicopter to make an unscheduled stop on his return home from the Nato summit.
After flying out of Newport in south Wales, Marine One made an unannounced landing at Boscombe Down Airbase in Wiltshire.
The President's motorcade then weaved its way for 20 minutes across Salisbury Plain, to the amazement of passing drivers.
Under grey skies, the President then embarked on tour of the prehistoric stone circle and henge with Heather Sebire, the curator of the site for English Heritage.
‘How cool is this? Spectacular!’ the president exclaimed as he was afforded privileged access to the ancient sarsen stones themselves.
Mr Obama later said he had wanted to ‘knock Stonehenge off my bucket list’.
The visit was a shock for locals including Janice Raffle, 35, who lives a mile away from the ancient monument.
Inspired by rumours that the President had landed, she and her husband James walked across fields towards the ancient monument with their three sons aged two, six and seven.
Uploading photographs of Obama's motorcade to Twitter, the family were at first stuck at a fence.
But a good-natured Obama then wandered over to where they were standing and said hello - even agreeing to pose for a family photo taken on her phone.Daily Mail