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Dominated by the political capital of the Empire State, Albany, the Upper Hudson Valley encompasses so very much more. Along its eastern border tower the majestic Taconic Mountains brimming with trails to hike. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Troy, lies on the east bank of the Hudson. The Erie Canal, the powerhouse of empire, reaches the Hudson in Albany.

To the west are the pine barrens, to the south the towering northern face of the mighty Catskills and to the north the locks that make the Hudson River navigable. The Shakers settled and built their central ministry on the east in the Taconic Mountains and their most important satellite settlement near Albany. The Union Army created the Watervliet Arsenal and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller erected the challenging Empire State Plaza.

The very roots of American Heritage can be found in the Upper Hudson Valley. Fort Orange, northern most established trading post of the Dutch, formed the core of what became Albany. Presidents and persons of importance erected their homes on or near the Hudson, many of which are open for visitation. Across the Hudson the Knickerbockers farmed and hosted the gentry of society, including Washington Irving. And just to the north in Saratoga is the battlefield that turned the outcome of the American Revolution in favor of the Colonies.

Current day attractions such as the Albany Institute of History & Art, New York Empire State Collection, the art museums of Sage College and galleries of every description present the artistic heritage of the area. Performances and theater can be enjoyed at the Pepsi Arena, Palace Theatre, New York Theatre Institute, The Egg and dozens more venues. From classical to pop, music can be heard all across the region as Albany attracts the top names in the field.

For natural splendor, nothing can compare with a hike in the Northern Catskills, thru the Pine Barrens or rambling in the Taconics. And then there is the river itself. Take a cruise onboard one of the tourist boats or experience the dual-mode fun of riding both the streets and on the river with the Aqua Ducks. Stroll the riverfront walks in Albany and Troy or enjoy the gardens of Washington Park.

Spectator sports abound with Albany being the home of both professional baseball and soccer teams. Across the Hudson in Lebanon is world class drag and stock car racing. And collegiate sports of all types fill out the schedule.

The Upper Hudson Valley is full to brimming with things to see and do. You can easily spend a week and only scratch the surface of exciting locations and historic sites. Take the time, come to the Upper Hudson Valley and savor all it has to offer.

Some of the Special Places in the Upper Hudson Valley


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