A Place Where History and the Sea Come Together

Robert RamstetterStarred Page By Robert Ramstetter, 28th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Montauk Point Lighthouse, on the tip of New York's Long Island, offers visitors a chance to step back into history while enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean.

Out on the eastern tip of Long Island lies Montauk Point.

If you are like me, you enjoy a variety of vacation destinations, from quiet, quaint little towns to the biggest of the big cities. I enjoy exploring some of the rugged natural wonders of the world, such as a craggy outcropping on the side of a mountain in the Yukon, to the bustling metropolis of Istanbul. One place that has it all is New York City and surrounding areas. With a seemingly endless list of opportunities for the visitor and resident alike, one would never run out of things to do in the Big Apple. For those who want an escape from the hustle and bustle of one of the world's biggest cities, history and adventure await just a few hours away.
Out on the eastern tip of Long Island lies Montauk Point. Although it is not geographically far from New York City, the distance can be deceiving when you take into account the traffic on the Long Island Expressway. I would not advise trying to make a day trip from Manhattan.

Far below, waves crash against the cliff as land meets a seemingly endless sea.

Although it is not the most eastern point of the United States, one can easily imagine that it is. Standing on the tip of Montauk Point and looking out to sea, you feel as though you are the captain of a magnificent ship as she glides across the Atlantic. Far below, waves crash against the cliff as land meets a seemingly endless sea. I do not believe a more scenic point exists on the eastern seaboard.

Commissioned by President George Washington

You are not alone as you stand at the tip, looking outward toward the sea, though. A sentinel, guiding ships for over two hundred years, is perched at the tip of the cliff. The Montauk Point Lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington, is a breathtaking piece of American history that should not be missed. For the physically able, a climb to the top offers an unparalleled panoramic vista of the place where land meets sea in a not too gentle fashion. Near the base of the pathway that leads up to the lighthouse is another important historical marker. At this same spot, the infamous slave ship Amistad landed.
For those who enjoy a nice day at the beach, there are several nearby state parks. Hither Hills State Park offers some of the biggest waves on the Atlantic. Despite the chilly water temperature, the high surf is a most refreshing way to get tossed and tumbled around.
If you have a passion for history, lighthouses, unspoiled beaches or breathtaking vistas, Montauk Point is a place that you will not want to miss.

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author avatar Retired
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Great stuff! The place is indeed worth a visit.

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author avatar Robert Ramstetter
28th Apr 2015 (#)

I agree. It is quite a memorable place.

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