By Ann Shields
June 06, 2014
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Seventy years ago this morning, the U.S. Army Rangers landing at Pointe du Hoc thought of nothing but the German guns and concrete bunkers above them. Today’s visitors to the cliffs can thank them—and the 156,000 Allied troops who took part in D-Day—for the opportunity to think of nothing but the view.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.