Still looking for a fun mini-vaca this summer? CBS has five great Battlefields with a View in New York. They are close enough to CT to drive and spend a night for a simple, fun, history filled vacation.
1. Fort Ticonderoga
Adirondack ParkLake Champlain, N.Y.
The French and Indian War marked the last Colonial conflict fought in America, concurrent with the Seven Years War which was raging throughout much of Europe. The French and Indian War marked the last Colonial conflict fought in America, concurrent with the Seven Years War which was raging throughout much of Europe.
2. Battle of Saratoga Saratoga National Historic Park
Considered to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Saratoga was comprised of two pivotal encounters of Patriot and British forces in September and October of 1777. Still acknowledged as one of the 15 most decisive battles ever fought in world history, the Battle of Saratoga is commemorated at this site, where American independence became undeniable.
3. Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh, NY.
Comprised of several historic buildings, Washington’s Headquarters near the Hudson River is the site of a picnic area, museum, tours and special events today.
4. Sacket’s Harbor Battlefield Sacket’s Harbor, N.Y.
When the War of 1812 erupted between the United States and Great Britain, Sackets Harbor was handily positioned as the epicenter of naval and military activity, as well as forming an imposing barrier to smuggling between New York and Canada. Today, the Battlefield site educates visitors through reenactments of military life, self-guided tours, restorations and exhibits.
5. United States Military Academy at West Point West Point, N.Y.
No battles have been fought on the grounds of West Point, but this post which is the oldest, continuously occupied military installation in the United States, has been the training ground for military leaders since 1802. The Point is situated up high on scenic grounds, overlooking the majestic Hudson River. The entire main campus is a national landmark and includes many historic buildings, monuments and the West Point Cemetery, the stated mission of which is to deliver the final salute to those who served.