• Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/2414447366/">Downing Park</a> by Joseph

Newburgh

Toward the close of the Revolutionary War, George Washington kept his headquarters and residence here. Although the riverside city has lost much of its original architecture to urban renewal, Newburgh retains the largest historic district in the state, with elaborate Italianate mansions and fanciful Queen Anne Victorians lining Montgomery, Grand, and Liberty streets. The waterfront area has rebounded, thanks partly to the bevy of restaurants, bars, and shops that opened in the past several years at Newburgh Landing. A parade of tour boats departs from here, and piers, pathways, and alfresco tables make it a prime spot to enjoy valley views.

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