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16 Forts to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

Amache National Historic Site
Amache National Historic SiteProwers County, CO, USA

The Amache National Historic Site is located in Prowers County, Colorado. It was established in 1965 to preserve the site of the Amache Internment Camp, which was used to imprison Japanese Americans during World War II. Today, the site is open to the public and features a variety of interpretive exhibits. Visitors can also explore the remains of the camp, including the foundations of buildings and surfaces where internees wrote messages on the ground.

Bents New Fort
Bents New FortLamar, CO 81052, USA

Bent's New Fort was a historic fort and trading post along the banks of the Arkansas River in what is now Bent County. It features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.

Dry Tortugas National Park

The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago's coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida Keys reefs. The park is noted for abundant sea life, tropical bird breeding grounds, colorful coral reefs, and legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. The park's centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress.

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge
Egmont Key National Wildlife RefugeSt. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA

Located on Egmont Key, at the mouth of Tampa Bay, it can only be reached by boat or ferry. The Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade, a Spanish–American War era fort, are located in the park. The entire 328 acres (133 ha) island is actually part of Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge.

Fort Buchanan
Fort BuchananSonoita, AZ 85637, USA

This is a United States Army installation in Puerto Rico. It is located in the metropolitan area of the capital, San Juan.Fort Buchanan serves a population of approximately 130,000, including military personnel, their dependents, retirees, veterans, and the civilian workforce. This fort is host to a number of tenant activities and also hosts a number of non-DoD organizations that provide services to soldiers, their dependents, and community members.

Fort Caroline
Fort CarolineFort Caroline, Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

An attempted French colonial settlement. It was established under the leadership of René Goulaine de Laudonnière on June 22, 1564, as a new territorial claim in French Florida and a safe haven for Huguenots. The French colony came into conflict with the Spanish, who established St. Augustine in September 1565, and Fort Caroline was sacked by Spanish troops under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 20. The Spanish continued to occupy the site as San Mateo until 1569.

Fort Greene Park
Fort Greene Park100 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA

This is a city park which was located in Fort Greene in Brooklyn county. The park is named after the fort which was formerly located here. The park includes part of the high ground where the Continental Army built fortifications prior to the Battle of Long Island, during the early days of the American Revolutionary War.

Fort Hawkins
Fort HawkinsEmery Hwy, Macon, GA 31217, USA

Fort Hawkins was a fort built in 1806–1810 in the historic Creek Nation by the United States government under President Thomas Jefferson and used until 1824.

Fort Jackson
Fort JacksonFort Jackson D.o.d, Columbia, SC 29229, USA

Fort Jackson is a United States Army installation and is located within the city of Columbia, South Carolina. It is the largest and most active initial entry training center in the U.S. Army, training 50 percent of all soldiers and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year.

Fort Lowell Museum
Fort Lowell Museum2900 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712, USA

Fort Lowell was a United States Army post active from 1873 to 1891 on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona. Fort Lowell was the successor to Camp Lowell, an earlier Army installation. The Army claimed a military reservation that encompassed approximately eighty square miles and extended east toward the Rincon Mountains.

Fort Moultrie
Fort Moultrie1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA

Fort Moultrie is a series of fortifications on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, built to protect the city of Charleston. It is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense can be traced.

Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National MonumentSouth Carolina 29412, USA

Fort Sumter is a sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina, notable for two battles, the first of which signified the start of the American Civil War. It was one of a number of special forts planned after the War of 1812, combining high walls and heavy masonry, and classified as Third System.

Fort Wadsworth
Fort WadsworthFort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY 10305, USA

Fort Wadsworth is a former United States military installation located on the northeastern shore of Staten Island, Fort Wadsworth is a 226-acre public park that was once the longest continually operating military fort in the nation.

Fort Zachary Taylor
Fort Zachary Taylor601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040, USA

A Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West, Florida. In 1968, volunteers led by Howard S. England excavated Civil War guns and ammunition buried in long-abandoned parts of the fort, which was soon discovered to house the nation's largest collection of Civil War cannons.

Old Fort Jackson
Old Fort Jackson1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA 31404, USA

Old Fort Jackson was constructed in 1808 as part of President Thomas Jefferson's Second System coastal defense initiative and named after Revolutionary War patriot James Jackson. This brick fort was constructed over an old earthen battery from the Revolutionary War which had been called "Mud Fort." Soldiers were stationed at Fort James Jackson to guard Savannah during the War of 1812.

Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg National BattlefieldPetersburg, VA 23805, USA

Petersburg National Battlefield is a National Park Service unit preserving sites related to the American Civil War Siege of Petersburg. It is centered on the city of Petersburg, Virginia, and also includes outlying components in Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County. Over 140,000 people visit the park annually.

Map of Forts to explore in United States