Hudson Valley New York
The Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform at Haines Falls
Sailboats mooring in the Hudson River near the town of Nyack
Thrilling ride on The Dragon at LEGOLAND New York Resort in Goshen
View from the main house’s bell tower at Olana State Historic Park in Hudson
A dramatic sky behind the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie
Taking a break to appreciate the river while exploring the West Point Museum
Hiking on trails leading to gorgeous waterfalls in Thacher State Park in Voorheesville
Lovely grounds and the Hudson River at Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown
Taking in the scenery at Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie
A gorgeous day in the Mohonk Mountains
Picturesque New York State delights with rich history and hospitality
Revel in Recreation in the Scenic Outdoors
As a four-season playground, Hudson Valley offers warm-weather recreational opportunities such as kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, boating, golfing and paddleboarding. Don’t miss knockout views of the majestic river and surrounding mountain ranges when you walk across the Hudson River via the Walkway over the Hudson, the Hudson River Skywalk and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Winter brings downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and hiking, all with a coat of snow.
Experience Hudson Valley’s Arts, Culture and History
In the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area, discover many heritage-rich places showcasing amazing architecture, gorgeous landscapes and gardens, freedom and dignity causes, and Revolutionary War forts, battlefields and heritage sites. Visit the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was paralyzed by polio at age 39 before becoming the only U.S. President elected to four terms. See where Martha Washington entertained her husband George’s troops and military partners before he became the USA’s first president. In Hudson, explore the Museum of Firefighting, where families can participate in hands-on activities including driving a virtual fire engine and taking the Junior Firefighter challenge.
Recognized as the USA’s first art movement, the Hudson River School of painters started here and brilliantly depicted the region’s lush landscapes. Visit their homes and view the sites of the inspirational paintings. Sit in The Parlors at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and listen to readings of Cole’s original essays, letters and private journal. Tour the main house of Olana State Historic Site and view the collection of furnishings, architecture, decorative elements and art, as well as spectacular views of Olana’s artist-designed landscape overlooking the Hudson River. Continue exploring the arts at two internationally known art spaces – Storm King Art Center, one of the USA’s largest open-air sculpture parks, and at Dia:, a contemporary art museum in Beacon. Meet local artisans at work creating handmade items in studios in three major craft villages – Catskill, Woodstock and Sugar Loaf.
Eat, Drink and Enjoy the Region’s Hospitality
Hudson Valley farms supply the region’s farm-to-table restaurants with sun-ripened fruits and vegetables, fragrant cheeses and heady wines. The region is the first wine-producing area in the country. The oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery, is still in Washingtonville, and vintners have been joined by a growing population of distillers, brewers, makers of hard cider, and meaderies with libations that can be sampled on-site.
From storied retreats with century-old traditions to bed-and-breakfast inns offering indulgent comfort in the heart of nature, discover the Hudson Valley’s variety of places to stay any time of the year. Enjoy unique lodging options with secluded streamside sites for a true glamping experience that redefines what it means to pitch a tent in the wilderness.
Painter Norman Rockwell based much of his artwork on the town of New Rochelle.
Actor Paul Rudd lives in Rhinebeck and co-owns Samuel's Sweet Shop with fellow actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton.
Photo: Dutchess County Tourism
Experience Hudson Valley