Throughout the year, so long as you have your passport handy, you can join the 1¼-hour bus and walking tour around the extensive and scenic grounds of this US Army academy, which has been training officers since 1802. Tours start from the visitor center; try to go when school is in session since the cadets' presence livens things up.

Weekends only in April and May and daily from late May to October, a two-hour tour (adult/child $18.50/15.50) is also available, which includes the West Point Cemetery. Also inquire about the Fort Putnam tour (adult/child $18.50/15.50), which runs on Friday to Sunday between June and August.