The Hudson Valley: Places to Explore


  • Annandale-on-Hudson and Tivoli

    Annandale-on-Hudson is home to the beautiful Bard College campus and its famous Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. If you travel north to the campus via River Road, which is shaded by trees and lined... Read more

  • Beacon

    For a touch of urban grit, arty cool, and coffeehouse grunge, head to this small river city in Dutchess County's southwestern corner. Dia:Beacon, an expansive contemporary-art museum in a former Nabisco... Read more

  • Cold Spring

    The well-preserved 19th-century village edges one of the most dramatic bends of the Hudson River, and its true showpiece may well be the breath-stealing river-valley views. The village has a handful of... Read more

  • Garrison

    Sleepy Garrison takes full advantage of its riverside setting with a rambling waterfront park. Pleasure boats dock at the marina, and a gazebo and willow tree-shaded benches are front-row seats to the... Read more

  • Goshen

    With a huge park, old trees, nice restaurants, and two side-by-side hardware stores, Goshen is the kind of walkable, slow-paced village ideal for an afternoon visit. And though it remembers its past with... Read more

  • Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks

    Bear Mountain, which some say resembles the profile of a reclining bear, presides over the four-season Bear Mountain State Park. A beautiful weekend can attract swarms of picnickers, but the commotion... Read more

  • High Falls

    The tiny hamlet of High Falls is a weekender's delight. Cool shops, old buildings, excellent restaurants, and cozy places to stay nestle beside the ancient locks of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. From... Read more

  • Hudson

    Rising from decades of decay and decrepitude, Hudson has, over the past few years, finally arrived as a bona fide weekend destination for a growing cadre of hip New Yorkers. The beautifully restored architecture... Read more

  • Hurley

    Hurley, a National Historic Landmark, was founded by the Dutch in 1661. The area is surrounded by cornfields, which occupy the floodplain of the Esopus Creek, sitting on deep soils that accumulated during... Read more

  • Hyde Park

    Hyde Park dates from 1702, when an estate on this land was named for Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, then the provincial governor of New York. Most famous for being the boyhood home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt... Read more

  • Katonah

    Named after an American Indian chief who sold the town its land, Katonah was a 19th-century farming center that shipped produce and milk to New York City via railroad. When New York City planned to flood... Read more

  • Kinderhook

    Henry Hudson disembarked from his ship, Half Moon, and stepped onto the fertile land we now know as Kinderhook in 1609. Shortly afterward, Dutch and Swedish settlers pushed the Lenni Lenape out, expanded... Read more

  • Kingston

    In 1609 Henry Hudson's ship landed at Kingston Point. Within five years a fur-trading post was established at the mouth of Rondout (from the Dutch word for a small fort) Creek. In 1658 a permanent village—Wiltwyck—was... Read more

  • Millbrook

    For many, this Dutchess County village midway between the Hudson River and Connecticut is just the right blend of town and country. Historic downtown streets lined with shops and restaurants sit amid rolling... Read more

  • Monroe

    Although it's largely residential, Monroe blends industrial grit and old-fashioned living: it's the birthplace of Velveeta as well as home to Museum Village, a living-history museum. The town offers dining... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • New Paltz

    A vibrant cultural scene, a magnificent natural setting, and abundant outdoor activities are among the draws of this small college town, home to a State University of New York campus. The school lures... Read more

  • Nyack

    Although only a 35-minute car ride from Manhattan, the Hudson River village of Nyack retains a small-town charm. Elegant mansions and Victorian stunners mix with modest homes as well as delightful shops... Read more

  • Piermont

    Piermont doesn't hide its gritty, blue-collar history. A century-old flywheel, which supplied power to factories in the village until 1983, is displayed as sculpture in the village's park. Art is what... Read more

  • Poughkeepsie

    Founded in 1687, this small Hudson River city has a population of about 30,000. After the British burned down Kingston in 1777, Poughkeepsie served as the state capital for several years. New York's first... Read more

  • Rhinebeck

    At heart, Rhinebeck is a historic village with a dose of city sophistication. The influence of earlier times is present in the Victorian, Greek Revival, colonial, and other architectural treasures scattered... Read more

  • Saugerties

    Ever since Governor Andros negotiated a deal with the Esopus tribe in 1677, Saugerties, strategically located between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River, has lured entrepreneurs, visionaries... Read more

  • Staatsburg

    On U.S. 9 midway between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park is Staatsburg, surrounded by soft hills overlooking the Hudson River. The main attraction here is the Staatsburg State Historic Site, of which the old Mills... Read more

  • Tarrytown

    On the east bank of the Hudson River, Tarrytown has a bustling downtown with a rich artistic history. In the mid-1600s this Westchester County village was settled by the Dutch, who called it Tarwe, which... Read more

  • West Point and Storm King

    Though very different in purpose—one site is dedicated to military education and the other to celebrating art and nature—West Point and Storm King are among the most interesting of the lower Hudson Valley's... Read more

  • Yonkers

    Settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, Yonkers takes its name from a word meaning "Djonk Herr's land." The Bronx border is to the south and Manhattan is a short drive away. The farming villages of colonial... Read more