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  • 1. Bard College

    A winding tree-lined road leads to this small college of liberal arts and sciences. The beautiful 540-acre campus encompasses two Hudson River estates, parklike grounds...

    A winding tree-lined road leads to this small college of liberal arts and sciences. The beautiful 540-acre campus encompasses two Hudson River estates, parklike grounds and gardens, and wooded areas.

    30 Campus Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 12504-5000, USA
    845-758–6822
  • 2. Dia:Beacon

    Works by some of the biggest names in modern art from the 1960s to today fill this former Nabisco printing plant on the bank of...

    Works by some of the biggest names in modern art from the 1960s to today fill this former Nabisco printing plant on the bank of the Hudson River. Highlights include works by minimalist icons Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Ryman, and Agnes Martin. Expansive spaces and luxuriant light make the nearly 300,000-square-foot building—on 34 acres with artistic landscaping—an experience in itself. If you don't know much about modern art, take the tour to gain some context. Be sure to stop by the on-site bookstore and café afterwards.

    3 Beekman St., Beacon, New York, 12508, USA
    845-440–0100

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    Rate Includes: $12, Closed Tues.–Wed., Mid-Apr.–mid-Nov., Thurs.–Mon. 11–6; mid-Nov.–mid-Apr., Fri.–Mon. 11–4
  • 3. Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

    The birthplace and home of the country's 32nd president, Springwood is just as it was when the Roosevelts lived here. It contains family furnishings and...

    The birthplace and home of the country's 32nd president, Springwood is just as it was when the Roosevelts lived here. It contains family furnishings and keepsakes, and Franklin, Eleanor, and their beloved dog Fala are buried in the wonderful rose garden. At the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, photographs, letters, speeches, and memorabilia document FDR's life; a multimedia exhibit examines World War II. The first of the presidential libraries, the building was designed by Roosevelt himself.

    4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, New York, 12538, USA
    845-229–9115

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Tour $14, grounds free, Daily 9–5
  • 4. Kykuit

    On a hill surrounded by gardens, stone terraces, and fountains sits the stunning classical-revival mansion that was home to four generations of Rockefellers, one of...

    On a hill surrounded by gardens, stone terraces, and fountains sits the stunning classical-revival mansion that was home to four generations of Rockefellers, one of America's most famous families. From its regal position, Kykuit (pronounced "kie-cut"), which means "lookout" in Dutch, has breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Antiques, ceramics, and famous artworks fill the house, which was finished in 1913; sculptures by Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso adorn the grounds, which encompass 87 acres. You must take a tour to see the estate, which is accessible only by shuttle bus from the visitor center at Philipsburg Manor.

    381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York, 10591, USA
    914-631–8200

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $25-$40, Closed Mon.–Wed., May–early Nov., hrs vary
  • 5. Manitoga–The Russel Wright Design Center

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    Nature and art blend seamlessly throughout the home, studio, and 75-acre grounds of mid-20th-century industrial designer Russel Wright. Boulders...

    Nature and art blend seamlessly throughout the home, studio, and 75-acre grounds of mid-20th-century industrial designer Russel Wright. Boulders protrude through the ground floor of Dragon Rock, Wright's experimental home and a National Historic Landmark. It is built on a rock ledge and spans 11 levels; fist-size stones serve as door handles. Four miles of paths weave through a landscape that appears natural but is actually a studied design of native trees, rocks, mosses, and wildflowers. The 90-minute tours take in the buildings and woodlands; wear comfortable walking shoes.

    584 Rte. 9D, Garrison, New York, 10524, USA
    845-424–3812

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $20, Closed Tues.–Thurs.
  • 6. Minnewaska State Park Preserve

    The park encompasses 21,000 acres in the Shawangunk Mountains. Much of the terrain is wooded and rocky, but you also come across trickling streams, gushing...

    The park encompasses 21,000 acres in the Shawangunk Mountains. Much of the terrain is wooded and rocky, but you also come across trickling streams, gushing waterfalls, and spectacular valley views. Lake Minnewaska is its jewel; the park also includes Awosting Lake. A network of historic carriageways, now used by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers, and other trails crisscross the land. Swimming is restricted to designated areas; scuba divers must be certified. Nonmotorized boating is allowed with a permit. Nature programs include walks and talks. The entrance to the Peter's Kill Escarpment, where you may rock climb, is 1 mile east of the main entrance. Visiting hours are subject to change, so it's best to call the park the day of your visit.

    5281 Rte. 44-55, New Paltz, New York, 12446, USA
    845-255–0752

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Parking $8, Daily 9–dusk
  • 7. Olana State Historic Site

    In the 1870s, Hudson River School artist Frederic Church built this 37-room Moorish-style castle atop a hill with panoramic valley and river vistas. Architect Calvert...

    In the 1870s, Hudson River School artist Frederic Church built this 37-room Moorish-style castle atop a hill with panoramic valley and river vistas. Architect Calvert Vaux came up with the design of the house, to which the artist applied his own eclectic touches. The interior is an extravaganza of tile and stone, carved screens, Persian rugs, and paintings, including some by Church. The house, about 4 miles south of Hudson, is open for guided tours, which run about 45 minutes; reservations are strongly suggested.

    5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson, New York, 12534, USA
    518-828–0135

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: House tours $12; Landscape tours free, House closed Mon., House May to Nov., Fri.–Sun. 11–4; Grounds daily 8–sunset
  • 8. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

    All the vintage aircraft at this museum still fly; indeed, many are used during air shows, held on weekends from mid-June to mid-October (weather permitting)....

    All the vintage aircraft at this museum still fly; indeed, many are used during air shows, held on weekends from mid-June to mid-October (weather permitting). The collection includes a reproduction of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and fighter planes from World War I. For a thrill you can don a Snoopy-style cap and goggles and soar over the area in an open-cockpit biplane. Ride booths open at 10 on weekends of air shows, and the rides are $65 per person. Air shows start at 2.

    9 Norton Rd., Red Hook, New York, 12571, USA
    845-752–3200

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $25, Mid-May–Oct., daily 10–5
  • 9. Poets' Walk

    Spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains are your reward for trekking through the fields and wooded trails (2¼ miles) at this...

    Spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains are your reward for trekking through the fields and wooded trails (2¼ miles) at this 120-acre park. Rustic cedar benches, footbridges, and gazebos add to the park's charm and offer places to picnic and rest.

    776 River Rd., Red Hook, New York, 12571, USA
    845-473–4440

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Daily 9–dusk
  • 10. Staatsburg State Historic Site

    The well-known architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White was responsible for the beaux arts style of this grand 65-room mansion fronted with mammoth columns....

    The well-known architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White was responsible for the beaux arts style of this grand 65-room mansion fronted with mammoth columns. Formerly known as Mills Mansion, the Hudson River estate was a family home of financier Ogden Mills and his wife, Ruth Livingston Mills, in the late 1800s to early 1900s. You may see the mansion's lavish interior by guided tour only. The estate, one of the most beautiful properties in the Hudson Valley, has hiking and cross-country-skiing trails, and a huge hill for sledding in winter.

    Staatsburg, New York, 12580, USA
    845-889–8851

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $8, Closed Mon.–Wed., Early Apr.–late Oct., Tues.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–5; Jan.–Mar., weekends 11–5
  • 11. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

    Founded by David Rockefeller in honor of his late wife, Peggy, Stone Barns is a groundbreaking nonprofit educational center that aims to promote sustainable, community-based...

    Founded by David Rockefeller in honor of his late wife, Peggy, Stone Barns is a groundbreaking nonprofit educational center that aims to promote sustainable, community-based agriculture. The 80-acre working farm encompasses Norman-style barn buildings, a restaurant and café, a greenhouse, and livestock, including sheep and swine. Garden tours, greenhouse workshops, and introductions to local environmentalists, winemakers, and organic farmers are among the programs. Self-guided tours are free; guided tours are $15. The dinner-only restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is an outpost of Manhattan's famed Blue Hill. The Blue Hill Café serves light fare and sandwiches until 4:30.

    630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, New York, 10591, USA
    914-366–6200

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $22, Closed Mon. and Tues., Wed.–Sun. 10–5
  • 12. Stonecrop Gardens

    Sixty-three acres showcase the landscape design of Francis Cabot, founder of the Garden Conservancy. Display gardens span 12 of the acres, in settings ranging from...

    Sixty-three acres showcase the landscape design of Francis Cabot, founder of the Garden Conservancy. Display gardens span 12 of the acres, in settings ranging from rock cliffs and woodlands to placid pools and verdant lawns. Don't overlook the picture-perfect conservatory, where the winter garden includes trees and flowers native to South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

    81 Stonecrop Ln., Cold Spring, New York, 10516, USA
    845-265–2000

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Closed Sun., Mon.–Sat., 10–5
  • 13. Storm King Art Center

    More than 100 sculptures by major international artists—including David Smith, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi—are spread out on 500 acres of hills, fields, meadows, and...

    More than 100 sculptures by major international artists—including David Smith, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi—are spread out on 500 acres of hills, fields, meadows, and woodlands. The relationship between art and nature is a focus for the center. For the best overview of the grounds and collection, ride the shuttle (wheelchair-accessible), which runs every half hour. Free "Highlights of the Collection" walk-in tours are offered daily at 2. Designated picnic areas have tree-shaded tables. Whether or not you picnic, consider wearing bug repellent. Kids love to run around the grounds and the sculptures; you just need to make sure they don't touch the installations.

    1 Museum Rd., Mountainville, New York, 10953, USA
    845-534–3115

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $18, Closed Tues., Apr.–Oct., Wed.–Sun. 11–5:30; early Nov.–mid-Nov., Wed.–Sun. 11–5
  • 14. Union Church of Pocantico Hills

    The nondenominational stone church built in 1922 on land donated by John D. Rockefeller is loosely based on early English Gothic buildings but deliberately devoid...

    The nondenominational stone church built in 1922 on land donated by John D. Rockefeller is loosely based on early English Gothic buildings but deliberately devoid of sectarian detailing. The real stars of the site, however, are the stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, also gifts of the Rockefeller family.

    555 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, New York, 10591, USA
    914-631–8200

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $7, Closed Tues., May–Nov., Wed.–Fri. 11–5, Sat. 10–5, Sun. 2–5
  • 15. United States Military Academy at West Point

    Occupying the western shore of one of the most scenic bends in the Hudson River, the academy consists of some 16,000 acres of training grounds,...

    Occupying the western shore of one of the most scenic bends in the Hudson River, the academy consists of some 16,000 acres of training grounds, playing fields, and buildings constructed of native granite in the Military Gothic style. The oldest continually garrisoned post in the U.S. Army, the citadel was founded in 1778 and opened as a military academy in 1802. Distinguished graduates include Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and Douglas MacArthur. The world's oldest and largest military museum, the West Point Museum in Olmstead Hall, showcases a vast collection of uniforms, weapons, flags, American military art, and other memorabilia. Fort Putnam, built in 1778 and a key component of West Point's defense during the Revolutionary War, was restored in the 1970s. Campus visits are by bus tour only (bring photo ID), but you do get a chance to step off the bus, look at a few memorials and cannons up close, and perhaps glimpse cadets in action. Civilians are also allowed on campus for sporting and cultural events, including football games, theater presentations, parades, and concerts. You can visit the museum and visitor center without taking the $11 tour. Tours aren't given during graduation week (usually late May) and on Saturdays of home football games.

    606 Thayer Rd., West Point, New York, 10996, USA
    845-938–2638-visitor center

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Visitor center daily 9–4:45, museum daily 10:30–4:15
  • 16. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    The imposing 1898 McKim, Mead, and White mansion, built for Cornelius Vanderbilt's grandson Fredrick, makes a striking contrast with its Roosevelt neighbor, Springwood. A fine...

    The imposing 1898 McKim, Mead, and White mansion, built for Cornelius Vanderbilt's grandson Fredrick, makes a striking contrast with its Roosevelt neighbor, Springwood. A fine example of life in the Gilded Age, the house is lavishly furnished and full of paintings. It conveys the wealth and privilege of one of the state's most prominent families. The grounds offer excellent views of the Hudson River and encompass lovely Italian gardens.

    81 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park, New York, 12538, USA
    845-229–9115

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Daily 9–5
  • 17. A. J. Snyder Estate

    The estate includes the Widow Jane Mine, cement kilns, and parts of the D&H Canal. A museum concentrates on the local cement industry and showcases...

    The estate includes the Widow Jane Mine, cement kilns, and parts of the D&H Canal. A museum concentrates on the local cement industry and showcases antique sleighs and carriages. It's about 3 miles east of High Falls.

    668 Rte. 213, Rosendale, New York, 12472, USA
    845-658–9900

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $5, May–Oct., weekends 1–4
  • 18. A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum

    At the A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum on the ground floor of Ely Hall at Vassar, you can see fossil, mineral, and rock specimens....

    At the A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum on the ground floor of Ely Hall at Vassar, you can see fossil, mineral, and rock specimens.

    124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, New York, 12604, USA
    845-437–5540

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends, Sept.–May weekdays 9–5
  • 19. Adair Vineyards

    Tastings are offered in this small winery's centuries-old Dutch barn. For $5, visitors can taste five to seven different local Hudson Valley wines....

    Tastings are offered in this small winery's centuries-old Dutch barn. For $5, visitors can taste five to seven different local Hudson Valley wines.

    52 Allhusen Rd., New Paltz, New York, 12561, USA
    845-255–1377

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekdays, May–Oct.. Sat–Sun. 11-6. and Nov.–mid-Dec., Sat.–Sun. 11–5
  • 20. American Museum of Firefighting

    The museum, a country mile from the Warren Street hub, contains 43 examples of hand-pulled engines and hose carts, including a Newsham engine built in...

    The museum, a country mile from the Warren Street hub, contains 43 examples of hand-pulled engines and hose carts, including a Newsham engine built in London, imported to Manhattan in 1731, and in active service for more than 150 years. A pair of horse-drawn trucks, five steam-powered vehicles, and 15 internal-combustion engines round out the hardware, which along with other artifacts purport to tell the history of firefighting.

    117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, New York, 12534, USA
    518-822–1875

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Daily 10–5

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