Destination guide

A proud US institution

Around 50 miles up from Manhattan, the venerable US Military Academy of West Point enjoys a commanding vantage point on a leafy hillside overlooking the Hudson River. With a proud military and strategic history, surrounded by beautiful broadleaf forest and craggy peaks, the region draws visitors for its outdoor activities and sports as much for its military history, museum, historic sites and monuments. Choose a West Point vacation rental to immerse yourself in history dating back to the birth of the nation and enjoy the wonderful hiking, biking and skiing trails that crisscross the neighboring hillsides.

Things to do

A rich heritage in West Point

The West Point Museum is the oldest military museum in the USA, and one of the finest. History buffs will be in heaven visiting significant sites such as the remains of Fort Clinton, Fort Putnam and the site of Sherburne's Redoubt. This is a region rich in military history, with Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh just a 30-minute drive away from West Point vacation rentals. Then, once you've had your fill of historical sites, driving the Shawangunk Wine Trail is a delicious way to make a scenic driving tour of this beautiful region while enjoying the vintages of up to 15 local wineries.


Exploring West Point

It would be remiss to visit West Point without making a tour of the US Military Academy, but there is more to see here besides USMA. Downtown can be explored happily on foot, there are many historic buildings and beautiful parks to discover as well as local shops to browse and a wide range of dining options – from impressive fine dining to atmospheric farm-to-table restaurants. The Storm King Art Center, just 15 minutes from town, is one of the world's leading sculpture parks. It's open seasonally, allowing you to explore its 500 acres of woodland, fields and wildflowers to enjoy more than 100 sculptures by leading artists.


West Point through the seasons

Some major landmarks and sites have seasonal access, so the summer months offer the greatest sightseeing opportunities. With warm summer temperatures reaching into the 80s, it's also a great time of year to explore the local golf courses, trails and parks. The rugged mountains of nearby Bear Mountain State Park offer shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, and a swimming pool – perfect for sunny summer days. In winter, as the temperatures drop and snow falls, the park's hiking, biking trails can be enjoyed by cross-country skiers and its outdoor ice-skating rink opens.

Natural features

State Parks near West Point

The rolling hillsides, colorful broadleaf forests, craggy outcrops and wide waters of the Hudson River make for some beautiful scenic views. Stroll alongside the river at Kosciuszko's Garden, dedicated to a revolutionary war hero, or head to one of several nearby state parks for more challenging trails and hikes. To the south, Bear Mountain State Park is home to a trailside museum and zoo. Meanwhile, Schunnemunk Mountain State Park to the west has more than 20 miles of trails through forests and glades. To the north, Storm King State Park is a less developed green space popular for hunting with scenic views of the Catskills and Hudson Valley.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around West Point

Fly into Newburgh, NY (SWF-Stewart Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.3 mi (15 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Danbury, CT (DXR-Danbury Municipal), which is 25.3 mi (40.7 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around West Point?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 217 vacation rentals near West Point. From 157 Houses to 21 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near West Point for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to West Point?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in West Point. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • United States Military Academy: 147 vacation rentals
  • West Point Golf Course: 213 vacation rentals
  • Michie Stadium: 214 vacation rentals
  • Eisenhower Hall Theater: 214 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain State Park: 360 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around West Point listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in West Point?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 157 Houses in West Point. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in West Point include:

  • Cabins: 21 rentals available
  • Cottages: 21 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in West Point?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 54 vacation rentals with pool available in West Point. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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