Towering over Bennington  like a smaller version of the Washington Monument, it’s hard to miss the 300-foot-tall limestone obelisk that is the Bennington Battle Monument (15 Monument Cir., 802/447-0550, www. historicvermont.org/bennington, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. mid-Apr.–Oct., $2 adults, $1 children).
Inside is a diorama of the second engagement of the Battle of Bennington, along with an elevator that takes visitors two-thirds of the way up for a knockout view of the Green Mountains , the Berkshires, and the Taconic Range (in Vermont , Massachusetts , and New York  respectively).
Appropriately heroic statues of the battle’s heroes, colonels John Stark and Seth Warner, stand on the monument grounds, along with a gift shop located on the actual site of the storehouse the British hoped to capture.