The first step in the path to the presidency is nomination.
Parties want to pick candidates who can win - those with the broadest possible appeal within the party and to the electorate.
The second step in the path to the presidency are Primaries and Caucasus.
This is where the people vote for possible presidential nominees. Primaries vote by secret gatherings. Caucasus are local gatherings of voters who vote at the end of the meeting for a particular candidate.
The third step to the presidency is the National Convention.
In a National Convention the candidates are selected by the delegates, and which ever candidate gets the majority of the delegates votes gets to become the nominee.
The fourth step in the path to the presidency is the General Public Election
In the General Election, the citizens of the U.S. get to vote for the presidential candidate that they prefer. Also, debates between the nominees happen during the election cycle.
The fifth step of the path to the presidency is the Electoral College.
After the citizens of the U.S. are done voting for their presidential candidate, it doesn't end there. The elected members of the Electoral College vote for their presidential candidate. The members usually vote for the party that they usually have the same ideals as.
The final stage of the path to the presidency is Inauguration Day.
On Inauguration Day, the elected President and Vice-President are sworn in and take there position in office.