Visiting West Point
From prospective Cadet Candidates visiting the United States Military Academy to guided tours of historic West Point to top-notch shows and sporting events, there are numerous reasons to visit West Point. Please see below to find information that pertains to your type of visit.
Please Note: Entrance is allowed for business, for visiting staff, faculty and cadets who live on West Point, and for public events such as concerts, sporting events, cadet reviews and graduation. Visitors may take a nominally priced guided bus tour of the Academy grounds departing from the West Point Visitors Center. Please visit West Point Tours for more details. Foreign nationals without a qualified escort may only access West Point by taking a West Point tour.
- Cadet Candidates
All visitors (except valid DoD ID card holders) must report to the Visitor Control Center in order to obtain a background check to enter West Point. After completing the background check, you will be issued a West Point Local Area Credential which will authorize you to enter the installation. The Visitor Center is located approximately 1/4 mile outside the Thayer Gate at 2107 New South Post Rd, West Point, NY. The hours of operation are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. You will not be able to attend an Admissions briefing and tour without these credentials. Please allow yourself an extra hour to complete this process.
For a prospective candidate guided visit, please make an appointment by calling the Admissions office at 845-938-5760/5759.
If you are considering West Point for college, we invite you to come for a visit. From September to April, we have day tours available for you and your family to meet with cadets and staff.
Prospective candidates and their families may schedule a "daily admissions visit" which will be conducted Monday-Friday at 7:45 AM during the academic year when classes are in regular session (mid-August through mid-November, mid-January through April). Daily visits consist of a 1-hour briefing co-presented by an Admissions Officer and a current Cadet, a walking tour of the campus (weather permitting), an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with an Admissions Officer, as well as a chance for the prospective candidate to attend classes and eat lunch with a Cadet. The briefing is conducted on the first floor of Bldg 606.
Appointments are required so please call (845) 938-5760/5759 to schedule your visit and obtain specific instructions. These hours are applicable from September to April to coincide with the routine events of the academic calendar. No appointments will be scheduled during holidays, high-traffic event days (Graduation and R-Day), and Term End Exam periods.
During the summer months (May- September) and other periods when classes are not in session, the briefings begin at 10:00 AM. These "other periods" are defined by the academic calendar and include Reorganization week, graduation week, Term End Exam weeks (first two weeks of December and May), Thanksgiving break (typically starting the Friday before Thanksgiving), winter break (typically the last 2 weeks in December through the first week of January), and Spring Break (which varies slightly each year). Regrettably, Cadets are not in residence during these above periods so there is no opportunity for the prospective candidate to attend classes or eat lunch with a Cadet.
These "daily" visits, especially those conducted during the academic year, are the best way to become familiar with West Point – both as a top-ranked college and a military academy.
The campus is rich in beauty, architecture, and history – you can see it and feel it everywhere you go. We invite you to experience it for yourself and at the same time, give us a chance to get to know you better. During your visit, think about what it would be like to be a West Point Cadet. Do you see yourself here? Does it feel right? Do you want to lead Soldiers and serve your country?
We hope to see you soon.
On your GPS or Phone:
City - First, if you do not posses approved DoD identification, please visit the Visitor Control Center at 2107 New South Post Road . Then proceed to 1 Thayer Road, to the Thayer Gate. Admissions is located down the road about 1 mile.Just 45 minutes north of New York City, West Point sits high on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. Spectacular views are just part of the natural and architectural beauty that is West Point. In your GPS, type in: 1 Thayer Road, West Point, NY. This address takes you to the Thayer Gate. We are 606 Thayer Road. Please bring identification to gain access on post.
Parking/Ground Transportation to the Admissions Office, Bldg. 606
Due to limited availability, parking near Bldg 606 and along Thayer Road is by permit only. Visitors must park at the Buffalo Soldier Field parking lot (just inside Thayer Gate). To convey visitors, free shuttle buses run roundtrip, Mon-Fri (except holidays), from the Bus Shelter in the Buffalo Soldier Field parking lot to Trophy Point Amphitheater (Clinton Parking Lot). We recommend parking at Buffalo Soldier Field and taking the 7:05 AM or 07:25 AM bus. Notify the driver that you wish to be dropped at the corner of Thayer & Cullum Road. Walk down Thayer Road toward the guard shack. Admissions (Building 606) will be on your left, about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.A real time tracker is located at http://www.westpoint.army.mil/shuttle.html to help you project the arrival of the bus.
NOTE: During the academic year (September through April, excepting holidays) candidates must select a tour date at least two weeks prior to the current date. Cancellations or new appointments may not be made within two weeks of the current date. If you have questions about scheduling a visit, please call 845-938-5760/5759.
For Visits during the Summer
Guided Walking TourNo appointment is necessary, just arrive at 606 Thayer Road by 09:45. Parking may be challenging - expect to walk a little from your parking spot. It may be better to drop everyone off prior to parking your car. After an Admissions overview, the Admissions Officer will take visitors on a walking tour. The tour will be done by approximately 12:00 PM. Meals and lodging are not provided to visiting candidates during the summer months, but the weather is nicer! Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming.
- The date you plan to visit (no tours available on weekends/holidays).
- Include: Name of candidate (if applicable) and other family members.
- If not yet a high school junior or senior, what year the interested visitor is in school.
- Where you live.
- Is an alumni in the group? Military officer?
- For local lodging and tourism information, contact:
LodgingProspective cadets on overnight visits stay in the barracks with cadets. Day visitors and all family and friends need to make their own arrangements for lodging.
MealsDuring your visit prospective students will receive meal tickets in order to eat at the cadet mess hall.
- Daily visit: 1 lunch.
- Overnight visit: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
- Arrive no later than 7:45 AM at the Admissions Office to check in and pick up your tickets.
For Visits during the USMA Academic Year
Visit with Admissions Officers and Cadets
Arrive by 7:30 AM. Admissions briefing starts at 7:45 AM. Cadets will pick up candidates (high school juniors and seniors that have applied) and take them to classes, show them their living areas and eat with them. Ask all the questions you have!
Parents will hear from Admissions Officers, the Parents Club Coordinator and cadets.
Parking will be challenging. Please arrive early and plan to drop off members of your family before you park.
Visit Opportunities for Prospective Students
If you are visiting during the school year, schedule a weekday visit at least two weeks in advance. Bring a parent or family member, too.During the academic year, you’ll spend time with a cadet escort. Because each visiting student is paired with a cadet, space is limited. Please inquire early. During the summer break (1 May to mid-September), you’ll meet one-on-one with an Admissions Officer. We conduct a daily brief at 10 am, followed by a guided walking tour. Come for an overnight visit, if you have applied and been accepted, or if you’ve received a Letter of Encouragement (LOE) from Admissions.
- Visitors with DoD Identification
Please proceed through any of the entrance gates.
- General Public/Those with no DoD authorized Identification
Please visit the West Point Garrison 'Visit Us' page. https://www.westpoint.army.mil/visitus.html
Directions and Local Conditions
West Point is, as expected, on the west bank of the Hudson River, only 40 miles north of New York City. Travelling here from New York City takes about an hour and a half by car, train or bus.Current West Point weather and road conditions
Metro-North has rail service from Grand Central Station in mid-town Manhattan, up the east bank of the Hudson (West Point is located across the river on the west bank of the Hudson) . If you don’t have a car, get off at Peekskill where cabs are often waiting. You may want to call to reserve a Highland Falls or Peekskill cab. Driving time from Peekskill to West Point is approximately 20 minutes.
Short Line Bus offers daily bus service from the New York City Port Authority, near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, to the West Point Visitors Center; one-way trip takes 1 hour 40 minutes and costs approx $15. Short Line also has day trip packages with sightseeing and local discounts.
FROM NEW YORK CITY:
Head north to the George Washington Bridge/I-95 South. Cross the bridge via the upper deck (no toll in this direction), and stay in the right lane as immediately at the end of the bridge you will exit right on to the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north approximately 37 miles until it ends at the Bear Mountain Bridge traffic circle—unless you want the more leisurely and scenic route, do not get on 9W until you get to the Bear Mountain Bridge traffic circle. Proceed 3/4 of the way around the circle, following signs for West Point and Route 9W North. Stay on Route 9W for approximately 3 miles, then right exit onto Route 218 North toward the Village of Highland Falls. Go straight for 2 miles, through Highland Falls, past the West Point Visitors Center (on the right) to the Thayer Gate of West Point.
Approximate driving time from midtown (light traffic): 1 hour, 20 minutes
From LaGuardia Airport (light traffic): 1 hour, 30 minutes
From John F. Kennedy International Airport (light traffic): 1 hour, 45 minutes
Cab fares to West Point from NYC are about $150 without tolls or gratuity
FROM SOUTH/NEW JERSEY: Approximately 5 hours from Washington, D.C.
Travel north on the NJ Turnpike/I-95, to exit 73 toward RT-67/Fort Lee--just before the George Washington Bridge. Stay left and take your first left at Lemoine Ave. Continue straight for ½ mile then bear right onto the Palisades Interstate Pkwy North. SEE DIRECTIONS FROM PALISADES INTERSTATE PARKWAY ABOVE.
Approximate driving time from Newark Liberty International Airport (light traffic): 1 hour, 20 minutes
FROM THE WEST:
8 hours from Cleveland
Travel east on Interstate 80 through New Jersey and take exit 43 to merge onto Interstate 287 northbound toward Mahwah. After entering New York, take the exit onto the New York State Thruway South toward the Tappan Zee Bridge. Take exit 13N for the Palisades Parkway North toward Bear Mountain. SEE DIRECTIONS FROM PALISADES INTERSTATE PARKWAY above.
FROM EAST/NEW ENGLAND VIA I-95:
3 hours, 30 minutes from Providence
Travel southwest on Interstate 95 into New York. Take exit 21 to merge onto Interstate 287 W toward White Plains and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Continue on I-287 W, then take exit 13N for Palisades Parkway North toward Bear Mountain. SEE DIRECTIONS FROM PALISADES INTERSTATE PARKWAY above.
FROM NORTH/NEW ENGLAND VIA I-84:
4 hours from Boston
Travel west on Interstate 84 until you cross the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Follow signs for Route 9W South (exit 10S). Stay on Route 9W for approximately 12 miles until you cross over a large mountain. As you are in your final descent off the mountain, you will encounter three exits on your right for West Point.The first exit (labeled "RT. 218/293," NOT West Point) loops back under Route 9W, past the West Point golf course, and onto Route 218 to the Washington Gate. This gate is ONLY for DoD ID card holders and the gate has limited hours.The second exit (labeled "West Point/Highland Falls/Rte. 218") loops over Route 9W directly to the Stony Lonesome Gate which is open 24 hours, and offers the most direct access to the commissary, post exchange, post gas station, shoppette and the Michie/Holleder athletic complex. To go to the Visitors Center and the business district of the Village of HIghland Falls, turn right at the stop sign immediately after you cross over 9W, and at the bottom of the long hill you will take a hard left at the T intersection. The third exit loops over 9W and leads through the business district of Highland Falls, past the Visitors Center and West Point Museum, to the Thayer Gate which is open 24 hours a day. This gate provides the most direct access to the Thayer Hotel, the Bowling Center, Army Community Service, the West Point Post Office, and eventually the Central Area.
FROM STEWART INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEWBURGH, NY:
Approximately: 30 minutes
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz all have rental counters at Stewart Airport. There is also a Taxi/Limousine service at the ground transportation counter that charges approximately $40 for a car to West Point. Upon exiting the airport, turn left onto Route 207 East (Little Britain Road). At the first light at the intersection with Union Avenue (Route 300) Route 207 becomes Route 300/207 and is called Temple Hill Road.” Go straight on Route 300 for approximately 3 miles until you come to the third traffic light. This intersection is known as “Five Corners.” This is the intersection of Routes 300, 94, and 32. You will go straight across the intersection toward McDonald’s and be on Route 32 South.
Travel on Route 32 for 1.7 miles. Immediately after passing over a trestle-type bridge, you will turn left off Route 32 onto Quaker Avenue toward Cornwall. You will see a green sign pointing to Bear Mountain and 9W South. Take this right-hand exit. At this point you will merge with 9W South. Travel on Route 9W for 5.7 miles over mountainous terrain. As you are in your final descent off the mountain, you will encounter three exits for West Point—see above.
- Local Road Conditions
- In questionable weather, please visit the West Point Garrison Facebook Page for current road conditions and post access.
- West Point Snow Policy (Non-emergency Positions)
"WEST POINT IS CODE WHITE UNTIL (stated time, or, all day)."
The West Point Snow Policy is in effect until the stated time, or all day. Employees, who might be prevented from reporting to work, should be granted annual leave, accrued compensatory time or LWOP if they prefer. Employees still need to contact their supervisor for approval. Specific procedures for requesting leave in these circumstances are at the discretion of each activity.
"WEST POINT IS CODE RED UNTIL (slated time)"
Employees should not report until the announcement time. Supervisors will excuse absences without charge to leave for all employees affected whether or not leave was previously approved. Employees who do not report for work by the announced time will be charged leave for the remainder of their absence if it was properly requested and approved.
"WEST POINT IS CODE RED ALL DAY."
Only employees in emergency positions should report to work. Employees in non-emergency positions should not report to work until their next regularly scheduled workday.
West Point Events and Attractions
- Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center
- An excellent starting point for all visitors to West Point, visit the Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center .
- Guided Tours of Historic West Point
Please note: Foreign nationals without a qualified escort may only access West Point by taking a West Point tour.
U.S. Citizens: All visitors age 17 and older signing up to take a bus tour of West Point MUST provide valid photo identification such as; a current valid driver's license or passport, or school ID (must be school-age). Each individual, age 17 and older, must present their own form of identification. No tour guide may bring in ID bundles for the group. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Acceptable alternate forms of identification are a U.S. passport, a permanent resident card/Alien Registration Receipt (form 1-551), a foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or visa or an employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766).
Foreign Nationals: All visitors, no matter their age, signing up to take a bus tour of West Point MUST provide a valid passport and visa. No tour guide may bring in ID bundles for the group. Each individual, age 17 and older, must present their own form of identification. Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Outside tour groups should contact the Academy's official tour contractor West Point Tours, Inc at (845) 446-4724. Manifests must be provided for groups at least 72 hours in advance.
Please allow additional time to enter the post if coming for well-attended events such as football games and concerts.
For more information on guided tours and tour times, please visit West Point Tours.
- The West Point Band
- The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. View the West Point Band schedule here.
- The West Point Museum
Since 1843, the mission of the West Point Museum has been to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret historically significant artifacts and stimulate interest in the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The West Point Museum also supplements academic, cultural and military instruction and provides educational programs and services for Cadets, the military and civilian personnel.
The museum offers a taste of the over 60,000 Army historical artifacts that inspire and educate the U.S. Corps of Cadets on a daily basis. The holdings of the West Point Museum are displayed not only within the Museum’s walls at Pershing Center, but throughout the United States Military Academy at West Point’s buildings and grounds. We invite you to explore these webpages and then visit the museum to learn more about the displays and galleries of America’s oldest and finest military museum. The holdings span the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the military history of the United States Army, the history of warfare and the profession of arms.
Learn more about the West Point Museum .
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- The West Point Cemetery
- Visit the West Point Cemetery and explore those who have dedicated their lives in service to our nation.
- The Eisenhower Hall Theatre
- The Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point is dedicated to bringing great performances to the United States Corps of Cadets and to its friends and neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley.
- Cadet Review/Parade Schedule
- Visit the Cadet Review/Parade Schedule for upcoming reviews and parades.
- Constitution Island
- Located on the east side of the Hudson River, Constitution Island is the site of the earliest Revolutionary War fortifications in the Hudson Valley. Explore more about this historical treasure at https://www.westpoint.army.mil/museumConstitutionIsland.html .
- NCAA Athletic Events at West Point
- Catch all the action of West Point's NCAA teams at goarmysports.com .
- Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
- Check out all the West Point Family and MWR events at https://westpoint.armymwr.com/ .
- Chamber of Commerce