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The Catskills Travel Guide

Plan Your The Catskills Vacation

Verdant forests, undulating mountains, swiftly moving streams and rivers, meandering creeks, waterfalls, and abundance of wildlife lure visitors to the Catskills, particularly the northern Catskills. But there is also a deep sense of mystery and spiritual vibrancy that has drawn travelers through the centuries. Henry Hudson felt the pull of these looming, mist-shrouded mountains in

1609, as did the Dutch and English colonists who populated and farmed the fertile land in the small, upland valleys between the stony round-topped peaks.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Both a cultural hub and a museum, the center explores the cultural transformation of the 1960s at the site of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.
  2. Breathtaking views Drive the highways and byways of the Catskills during any season where winding roads cross picturesque streams and rise up and down through the hills and valleys of an undulating terrain. Be surprised by roosting eagles, soaring vultures, and roadside wildlife going about their business naturally.
  3. Fish on When they talk fish in the Catskills, the name is trout. The Roscoe Junction Pool, where the Willowemoc River runs into the Beaverkill Creek, is where the serious fly-fishers go.
  4. Go for a float Bring your floatation device, boat, tube, kayak, whatever—and don't forget your fishing pole, and head to the Upper Delaware River, which borders New York and Pennsylvania.
  5. Thomas Cole National Historic Site Along with the Hudson River Art trail, this restored home allows visitors to see the views that inspired America's first great landscape painters. Walk in the footsteps of Cole, Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford, and other pioneering American artists.

When To Go

When to Go

Spring in the Catskills brings the reemergence of dormant fauna, mating, and foraging for food as buds burst into flower on the branches. In summ...

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