9. West Point, 10. Bear Mountain

New York State Military Academy- West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington

considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, one of the heroes of Saratoga, to design the fortifications for West Point in l778, and Washington transferred his headquarters to West Point in l779. Continental soldiers built forts, batteries and redoubts and extended a l50-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic. Fortress West Point was never captured by the British, despite Benedict Arnold's treason. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America.

http://www.usma.edu/visiting.asp


 

Bear Mountain State Park- Discover acre after acre of outdoor beauty and activities

at the incomparably beautiful Bear Mountain State Park. This unique state park starts on the west bank of the Hudson River and includes the Perkins Memorial Tower at the very top of Bear Mountain. From navigating the Hudson on a small boat or fishing in the park's lake to hiking the first segment of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail or biking and cross-country skiing, this bountiful park is an unforgettable family destination. Situated in the heart of Bear Mountain State Park, our hotel allows you to enjoy your stay with the ideal combination of resort-like accommodations and breathtaking scenery. 

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