Hudson Valley: Places to Explore

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Garrison

    Sleepy Garrison takes full advantage of its riverside setting with a rambling waterfront park where pleasure boats dock at the marina, and a gazebo and willow tree–shaded benches are front-row...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • High Falls

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

  • 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...

  • Hurley

    Hurley, a National Historic Landmark, includes one of the largest clusters of stone houses in the United States. The 24 Hurley Stone Houses, as they're known collectively, date from the late 17th...

  • Hyde Park

    Home to both the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic National Site (which includes the president’s boyhood home, presidential library, and grave site) and the restaurants, library, and bookshop of...

  • Katonah

    The core of this charming village is made up of several gingerbread Victorian homes and a downtown shopping district populated with upscale galleries, boutiques, cafés, and restaurants, as well...

  • Kinderhook

    One of Kinderhook's most notable residents was Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States. You can retrace the steps of early American history by walking or driving through the...

  • Kingston

    Kingston has come a long way since its role as the state's first capital way back in 1777; while the historic Stockade District (also known as "Uptown Kingston") still showcases the gorgeous stone...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Poughkeepsie

    Thanks to the opening of the Walkway-Over-the-Hudson National Park and a devoted group of talented chefs, this once prosperous city is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Founded in 1687, the...

  • Red Hook

    The village of Red Hook is just a short drive from Bard College and is frequented by students and visiting families for its blossoming dining scene and scenic small town feel. Residents are...

  • 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...

  • Saugerties

    Once a thriving industrial riverfront town, Saugerties went through a slump but now is a vibrant place with a grand new hotel and lively restaurants (and can also claim itself as the hometown of...

  • Staatsburg

    Midway between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park is Staatsburg, a small town surrounded by soft hills overlooking the Hudson River. The main attraction here is the Staatsburg State Historic Site, of which...

  • Tarrytown

    On the east bank of the Hudson River, Tarrytown has a bustling downtown with a rich artistic history. Filled with boutiques, antiques shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, and...

  • 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...

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