3. Long Island
Stretching over 100 miles east of Manhattan, Long Island offers numerous historic landmarks as well as many popular vacation attractions for both tourists and locals alike. The Fire Island National Seashore, a barrier island off the south shore, is known for its infamous lighthouse and miles of sandy white beaches. It offers views of both the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. If it’s a lighthouse with an ocean view you’re after, then the historic Montauk Lighthouse is a must see on your list. Situated at the eastern most point on the south fork with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s home to the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the U.S. Montauk Point also offers an array of Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours during the migratory season. Long Island is chock full of historic sites, from Sagamore Hill, home of Theodore Roosevelt, to The Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor and the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport.