Fort Christiansvaern (St. Croix)#12 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
Lemon-colored Fort Christiansvaern is a well-preserved stronghold on the waterfront overlooking a northern edge of St. Croix. Constructed in the late 1700s, the building is located on the grounds of the Christiansted National Historic Site and is one of the best preserved of the Danish forts remaining in the West Indies. Exploring the fort's exterior and perimeter should take 30 minutes or less, so you'll have plenty of time to peruse the rest of the area and learn about its history and structures. You can learn all about David Hamilton Jackson, a Black educator who campaigned for both workers and civil rights in the Danish West Indies in the early 1900s. You'll also find the Danish Customs House, the Scale House and the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse. The last building is where former St. Croix resident and founding father Alexander Hamilton worked as a young man.
Past travelers were quick to praise the small fort. They said it's an interesting historic stop and encouraged others to take the self-guided tour.
You can tour the fort daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a $7 entry fee. Ranger-led tours may also be available. For more information, check out the Christiansted National Historic Site's website.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
If you're on St. John during your Virgin Islands vacation, you're likely right on the edge of Virgin Islands National Park. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions, such as Annaberg Plantation and Trunk Bay Beach, are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers and families alike have their choice of more than 20 trails to hike.
Some sections of the park, such as popular Cinnamon Bay Resort and its campgrounds, are still undergoing repair and revitalization following the 2017 hurricanes. But travelers agreed that there's still plenty to do at the park, enjoying the different beaches and hiking trails it offers, not to mention the water activities, such as boating and snorkeling.
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