Pre-Security Form must be filled out and returned by November 20, 2019. On this form, please indicate which form of ID you will be using for admittance (driver's license or passport). It is required to bring a Government Photo ID (driver's license or passport) in order to enter West Point. Photocopies are not allowed. Getting on/off a motorcoach. The drive to West Point is about 60 miles, approximately 2 hours due to single lane roads.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, fruit, yogurt, selection of breads, milk, juices, coffee, hot tea, water.
We’ll depart for a full-day field trip to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On arrival we will have a combined bus and walking exploration with our local expert who will tell the story of West Point. While the military academy was officially established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802, West Point had served as General George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution, personally selected by Washington as the most important strategic position in the country. We’ll learn about its illustrious history from past to present along with stories about graduates who shaped our nation — the “long gray line” of West Point graduates who represent high achievement and the promise of outstanding, ethical leadership — and the academy’s continuing role in training the leaders of tomorrow. Highlights include the historic Cadet Chapel, scenic Trophy Point with the massive Battle Monument overlooking the Hudson River, and the Plain parade field.
At a local restaurant near the West Point Visitor Center & Museum, we will have a plated lunch. soft drinks, coffee & a dessert are included
After lunch we will have some free time to explore the West Point Visitor Center & Museum on your own. We'll then board the coach and head back to Newark, driving through the Hudson Valley. We’ll return to the hotel in the early evening with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
At the hotel, we will receive a lecture on New York City and the surrounding area's role as an economic & political center during the Revolutionary War, Civil War, & even up to the Cold War.