If you want to truly explore the Hudson Valley, you’ll need a car. Public transportation is available, but a car is the best way to explore the region’s scenic back roads and byways. The Palisades Interstate Parkway is your best choice for a major north–south road on the west side of the Hudson River. The Taconic State Parkway, a main route on the east side of the river, is particularly scenic, with good views of the Catskills to the west. Both are easily accessible from Manhattan.