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Vanderbilt Mansion, river view

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Built at the height of the Guilded Age, Vanderbilt Mansion perches on the very edge of the bluff overlooking the Hudson River. From the back portico you are treated to an unparalleled view of the Valley stretching to the south and north, and across into Ulster County.

Hyde Park, as the grounds are formally known, is not a natural setting by any stretch of the imagination. All is planned, planted and structured. The park is a supreme example of the Romantic Landscape, including the carefully structured views of the river and valley. Your experience of the vistas is a planned experience, a romantic vision of the natural world.

Being a National Park, the Vanderbilt Mansion and park are open year round daily until sunset. Take a little time and stroll down the carriage roads to the rivers edge, bring a picnic and a blanket and plant yourself down on the lawns overlooking the river. Take the moment to appreciate a style of landscaping created to heighten your appreciation of and color your viewing experience of the natural world.

 
 
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