Lower Hudson Valley AttractionsThe Lower Hudson Valley Attractions
There is a transition area between the New York City outskirts and the wider Upstate area, a place where many New Yorkers can rest. The Catskills are located just off the Hudson Riviera, a largely rustic and rugged area with peaks and dales; along the Hudson Valley there are a series of Hudson Valley municipalities with gentle hilly areas, an area that in many ways is similar to New England.
Beacon - A funk, converted riverside resort that has become increasingly crowded with tourists due to its ease of accessibility via Metro-Nord. Hudson 78972222222222222 Hudson - Another old manufacturing center that was revived by the Brooklynites living abroad has become one of the most sought after antiques locations in the area.
Kingston 925-743 - The home of Ulster County and the former state capital has many faces, from the protected suburban colonies to Rondout Creek inner town, which is easy to reach by boat from the near -by canal. Newburgh - The second biggest town in the region has faced many problems in recent years since losing its manufacturing bases.
Nevertheless, he succeeded in rebuilding his promenade and preserving the many mansions from Victoria times. Poughkeepsie - The biggest town between New York and Albany, Dutchess County's headquarters has recuperated in many ways, cached by IBM and Vassar College, two of its major employers- 93055555555555565 Poughkeepsie. Rhinebeck - The good accessibility of the Rhinecliff railway terminal has made this elevated settlement a favourite meeting place for New York weekend excursionists.
Northern-northern end of the mountain resort with the charms of its namesake in the area. The first Europeans to ascend the Halve Maen in 1609 were Henry Hudson and his team. However, the find was still useful for the Dutch who founded the New Netherland settlement along the riverbank with its capitol Fort Orange (now Albany) near the top border of its journey and the seaport New Amsterdam (New York City) at the estuary of the Rivers.
Among the two colonising forces, the city became an important trading lane, with regular slops calling at other harbours such as Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Hudson. Throughout the Revolutionary War, the flow became an important strategical commodity. In order to avoid this, the patriots made a huge string to stop the Hudson Highlands from flowing and founded the fortress, which has since become the United States Military Academy at West Point.
After Benedict Arnold's plans to buy the castle and trade it with the British became known, he made his escape down the canyon. In the aftermath of the end of the war with US liberation, the new country found its early artistic inspirations in the city' s riverbank and nearby valleys. The city of Washington Irving was living on the bank of the stream and made its most celebrated history, Rip Van Winkle, about the people of the Netherlands in the uplands.
The Highlands and Catskills inspired Thomas Cole, Frederick Church and other Hudson River School artists. Prosperous landlords like Robert Livingston were building palace-like properties on the eastern shore with views of some of the most beautiful views. And the Hudson was also important for the business world.
Combined with the Mohawk, it provided a largely flat trail through the Appalachian Mountains. But New York didn't hesitate to take advantage of it. In 1825 the Erie Canal was opened between Albany and Buffalo, and a little over a hundred years later there were the first railways along the Rivers. Soon, the towns of the valleys became industrialised, and those who had become wealthy through this evolution, such as the Vanderbilts and Jay Gould, settled in their own villas on the riverbank.
Situated at the end of the southerly part of the valleys, the rural cities of Westchester and Rockland slowly became commuting areas, which grew rapidly after the Second World War. In 1965, a nuclear energy station plan that had cut a stretch of Storm King Mountain just outside Cornwall and pulled transfer pipes across the stream was stopped when the Scenic Hudson Preservation Committee convinced a Swiss Supreme Administrative Tribunal to consider the project's esthetic effects on the area.
Others, such as Clearwater and Hudson Riverkeeper, were formed to defend the water itself, which was strongly supported by the adoption of the Clean Water Act in the 70s. There are still labels on the top of the stream to warn against the consumption of catching large quantities of PCB ( "polychlorinated biphenyls") that remain in the water.
The majority came from a former General Electric Hudson Falls facility, and the refurbishment effort has long been a local area politic. Together with the rivers, the area was affected by the fall in industrial employment in the latter part of the twentieth c.... State Hudson Rivers Greenway has been helping municipalities like Peekskill and Newburgh clear up and revitalise their riverbanks.
Out of the towns of the valleys, some old farmhouses became divisions squatted by the bourgeois family outside the nearby neighbourhood. Exurbanisation now extends to the Dutchess and Orange districts and is gradually spreading to the Greene and Columbia districts at the northern end, where the greater Albany area is concentrated.
Between them, the valleys remain a mix of old and new. Municipality by municipality along the riverbank enlivens the promenade further. New York City residents come to their stores on weekends and sometimes choose to move to cities like Cold Spring, Beacon, Saugerties and Hudson, where they renovate old homes and enjoy the stunning landscape.
It is generally colder than New York Downtown, both in and outdoors. This effect is beneficial in the previous seasons as it dulls all the hot flashes that affect the town ("temperatures have occasionally exceeded 38°C (100°F), but not much). However, in overwinters this means that the winds are likely to become more violent (when the TV forecasts from the town say something like "North and West, that will all be snow", they usually point to the lower or main Hudson Valley).
The further you get from the stream and higher up into the hills and hills on both sides, like the Catskills or Taconics, these are stronger than before. Catskills and Shawangunks can also produce "rain shadows" near their base on some dates, as the predominant western wind blows over them.
Simultaneously, they also have a tendency to buffers the area from some of the windstorm regimes that come from Canada to threaten the remainder of the New York hinterland in the early-winters. The Hudson Valley Faces and Places (2006) and Hudson Valley Tales & Trails (2010), both by Patricia Edwards Clyne, are outstanding compendiums of local tradition.
Hudson Chronicles: Three Centuries of Travel and Adventure (Roland van Zandt, 1971). It has a lookout point dating from before the revival of the current, but is still readable. In The Mighttier Hudson : The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape (Roger D. Stone, 2012). It follows on from van Zandt and recounts the history of the regeneration of the rivers and valleys, both ecologically and in cultural terms.
Over the Hudson: Historical bridges and tunnels of the Hudson National Park (Donald Wolf, 2010). This same characteristic, which makes the Hudson passable as far as Troy, its width, also makes it an important geographical obstacle, the effect of which can still be felt today (freight train must travel as far as Castleton, just to the south of Albany, in order to pass the river).
The bridge over the bridge was the main reason why the area grew together. The probably most wonderful, most wonderful and most historical look at the Hudson Valley is with the boot on the Hudson itself. While there are some touristic crossings you can make, if you do not have or use a personal cruise ship, the Hudson Valley itself will not be your main mode of charter.
Exceptions are NY Waterway, a commute ferry company that operates full-time ferry and week-end excursions from New York City to various destinations such as Tarrytown and the United States Military Academy in West Point. Another but notable way to see the Hudson Valley from the water is to sail on one of the Hudson Rivers Sloop Clearwater open canvases.
From April to October, Clearwater, a 17th and eighteenth centuries replication of the Netherlands sloop, and Mystic Whaler, a nineteenth-whaler, take up and take down travellers at the dock between New York and Albany. 240 Airport Road, White Plains, +1 914 995-4860 (Airlines).
It is the biggest in the lower Hudson Valleys, except for the three New York City/New Jersey internationals. Operates the center of the canyon. Wappingers Falls, +1 845 463-6000. 737 Albany-Shaker Rd, Albany. Operates the top parts of the dale.
New York City's three large airport network provides services to almost any location. On a beautiful sunny afternoon, a journey by rail on the eastern side of the Hudson is a good way to discover the area. Most of the route follows directly next to or in the immediate vicinity of the riverbank; the attractions are the Palisades, Haverstraw Bay (the broadest point of the river), Hudson Highlands, West Point, Newburgh Bay and the Catskills.
All, except the latter, can be accessed from either Amtrak's Empire Services train (the inter-city service) or Metro-North's Hudson Line (commuter service). Train services to Rhinecliff and Hudson from Penn Station in Manhattan, just off Poughkeepsie. Hudson Line, shown in red on the map, is the line that runs from New York City to Poughkeepsie just off the Hudson River.
Stopovers are Yonkers (and three other locations in this city), Tarrytown, Peekskill, Cold Spring and Beacon. While not all of them stop at every railway stop, please look carefully at the timetable and the kind of railway - if you want to get on an electrical railway and drive just outside Croton-Harmon, you have to get off there and switch to one with a loco.
The Harlem line highlighted in green on the chart is an optional destination further eastwards on the eastern side of the canyon. The route continues into the countryside of Wassaic, 90 leagues (144 km) in Dutchess County, just off the town. There is much less traffic on the western side of the canyon.
Pascack Valley line (purple on the map) leads to Spring Valley, and Port Jervis line (thin dark line) leads to Suffern, Tuxedo and Middletown. During a long roundabout, this itinerary offers excellent countryside, especially where it passes over the Moodna viaduct, the longest active railcar in the east, near Salisbury Mills.
Bus shelters in most of the larger towns on the western side of the riverbank, and Poughkeepsie. Most frequently used to Hudson Valley is the North-South New York State Thruway (Interstate 87). It can be accessed from New York by taking the Maj. Deegan Expressway, which becomes an expressway when you reach the town.
He drives through lower Westchester County, with a $1. 25 royalty rallied at a roadblock near Ardsley, then turns west, where I-287 will join her at the White Plains to cruise the Hudson at one of its broadest and most dramatic spots across the Tappan Zee Bridge (a $4. 75 royalty going east).
Passing through the bustling Rockland County to the west, we head up to Albany, where each end corresponds to a similar roadway. Several of the landscapes of the valleys, such as the Catskills, can be seen in the centre of this section. Tolls from this point are levied at the junctions; to Albany it is 5.25 dollars.
The Taconic State Parkway is on the eastern side of the stream, starting at the end of the Bronx Rivers Parkway just South of Valhalla and heading due to the Berkshire Expansion (Interstate 90) near the Columbia County village of Chatham to the Noth.
Although it is less comfortable for the riverside towns, the trip up the riverbank is worthwhile as a complement to the rail journey to take in the breathtaking view and sweeping, rural landscape of the area. The best way to reach the bottom from the south is Interstate 84.
Traversing the Delaware River of Pennsylvania in New York at Port Jervis, it makes a staged passage of the lower Shawangunk Ridge, then turns due north behind Middletown to Newburgh, where it cuts with the Thruway and then traverses the Hudson via the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge ($1. 50 toll eastward ), with a staged view of the Storm King and the Hudson Highlands to the South.
From Beacon and Fishkill on the eastern side, head eastwards to the Taconic Parkway junction in Eastern Fishkill, then through the Taconics to I-684 at Brewster just before the intersection with Danbury, Connecticut. At the northern end of the tunnel, the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) becomes the Berkshire section of the motorway as it traverses the state border.
Near Schodack, the I-90 divides north-west for Albany linked transport; the Berkshire section goes to the main line of the motorway at junction 21B and, despite the 85 cent tolls, is probably the better way to Hudson Valley for transport from MEN. Southern travellers are likely to use New York State Routes 17.
In Middletown there is a full intersection with I-84 and Route 17 leads from there to the Harriman motorway. U.S. Route 9 follows the eastern side of the riverbank; it becomes a highway in north Westchester County and a split trading lane between Fishkill and Poughkeepsie. U.S. Route 9W runs parallel on the other side of the stream, with its peak in scenery along the split route into the Hudson Highlands around West Point.
Away from the riverbank, New York State Route 32 starts at Woodbury Commons Output Mall and links many of the most important municipalities on the western side of the value - New Paltz, Kingston, Saugerties and Catskill. To the east of the area, New York State Route 22 runs parallel to the state border as it includes the small cities in the midst of the magnificent countryside of the provinces of Dutchess and Columbia.
Not many streets lead east-west through the whole canyon. Southbound, U.S. Route 6 first runs parallel to I-84, when the two pass over Delaware at Port Jervis, then turns southwards to Middletown, where it merges with NY 17, then crosses Harriman State Park on its way to Bear Mountain Bridge and the Peekskill Strait.
It then travels through several smaller townships in Westchester County, then to Mahopac, Carmel and Brewster in Putnam County before heading back to the I-84 side when it gets to Connecticut. U.S. Route 44 and New York State Route 55 connect from Shawangunk Ridge and its breathtaking view of Poughkeepsie, then divide, with 44 heading NE towards Millbrook and Millerton and 55 more heading EST towards Pawling and Connecticut.
Continuing further to the north, New York State Route 23 traverses the Greene County Catskills, falls picturesquely through the northern end of the Escarpment and then traverses the Rip Van Winkle Bridge on its way across Columbia County to Hillsdale and Massachusetts. Hudson Riviera itself can be both a means and an obstacle to travelling.
From a historical point of view, it was broad enough to be traversed only by ferryboats, but then some railway bridge crosses the bridge in the latter part of the nineteenth cent. Toll charges are levied for the entire southern part of Albany. Eco-Passport Electronical Payments, usual in the Northeastern United States, are acceptable on all subsequent Hudson Rivers, usually at a discount:
New York State Bridge Authority works: New York State Thruway Authority works: castleton - Selkirk, Albany County to Castleton-on-Hudson, Rensselaer County ($1.05 ($1 with EZPass) in both directions; highway fees at junctions include). New York and New Jersey Port Authority works: Appointed by George Washington - Fort Lee, New Jersey to New York City ($13 east; $10. 25 with EZPass reduces to $8. 25 off-peak and $4. 25 with three or more persons in the vehicle).
Over the past few years, congestion and lack of car parks have prompted the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to revitalize two old ferries across the riverbank in its supply area, mainly for the convenience of those commuting on the Hudson line from Metro-North; both run only during peak time. Operation can be stopped in winter when the creek has too much snow to cross safely, especially on the Newburgh-Beacon line.
Haverstraw Osining Ferry from St. Girling Drive in Haverstraw, Rockland County, to Metro North station in Ossining, Westchester County. Ticket price is $3. 50 ($1. 75 for senior citizens and 6-11 children) for a 15-minute cruise across the stream at its broadest point. From Newburgh Beacon Ferry on Front Street in Newburgh, Orange County, to Metro North in Beacon, Dutchess County.
Fares are $1.50 per passenger; the trip is short but offers great panoramic view of the Hudson Highlands to the south. Valleys operate different amounts of coach network. The Westchester Co. coach system also links neighbouring routes such as Rockland Co. and Fairfieldco.
PART (PART),[dead connection], has coach lines linking the east part of the shire with a service to Westchester's Bee Line at Jefferson Valley Mall, and a summer trolleybus linking Cold Spring and Garrison. The Dutchess LOOP busses run mainly in the east part of the counties of Poughkeepsie and Beacon, with a service to Pawling.
The Mirroring LOP, Ulster District Area Transit (UCAT) mainly operates services to the more densely populated east half of the province, with routes to Ellenville and Belleayre. A line traverses the stream and links it with Metro North and the Poughkeepsie Loo. The Greene District Transit mainly links peripheral areas with Catskill, the district town. Coxsackie Transport operates Hudson to Albany bus services in Columbia District with bus stations along Routes 9 and a round trip in the South.
U.S. Route 209, from Delaware River at Port Jervis to U.S. 9W just off Kingston. Coming from the westward via the I-84 into the village centre, you will probably take the I-84 to Kingston and the Rhinecliff viaduct. Most of the time it is a busy two-lane highway, with an outstanding landscape just south of Ellenville, where it passes through the Shawangunks and Catskills valleys.
9D New York State Road. From the Bear Mountain Bridge to Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County. Bottom sections provide a mixture of surroundings, from picturesque highland vistas (especially in Putnam County north) to the picturesque town of Cold Spring and the trendy city beacon.
52 New York State Route. The Shawangunks have crossed the Shawangunks, with some wide vistas of the plain between Ellenville and Pine Bush, and Route 52 begins to Newburgh in tandem with the I-84 until it melts together to pass over the Hudson, dividing at Fishkill but still running in tandem with the I-State until it ends at US 6 in the centre of Carmel.
82 New York State Route. From NY 52 near Fishkill in Dutchess County to a US 9 round-about near Sand Lake in Columbia County, Route 82 is a more relaxed and sometimes picturesque alternate to the Taconic State Parkway in these two provinces.
The New York State Route 199 begins where US 209 ends and crosses the viaduct to become the most important east-west road in North Dutchess County, passing through Red Hook, Pine Plains and some ever more scenic areas on its way to US 44/NY 22 just South of Millerton. from Monroe in Orange County to New Paltz in Ulster County.
The most picturesque section is situated just northern of Wallkill, overlooking Shawangunk Ridge over the Wallkill River Valley. 300 New York State Route. For those of you who have a restricted period of stay in the area, here are the most beloved and/or important ones to understand Hudson Valley: 41.3927-73. D-95841 United States Military Academy (West Point) (north of Highland Falls), ? +1 845-938-4011.
There are gorgeous Gothic brick structures on site, stunning vistas of the Hudson Highlands rivers and hills, and the papal nature of the Long Gray Line, the army cadet that will be following in the steps of its famous forerunners. Vanderbilt Mansion looks over the Hudson Riviera. The 94112 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY (On a side of US 9 S of Hyde Park), +1 845-486-7770, free of charge:
The 93563 Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (Springwood), 4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY (next to the President's Library), ? +1 845-229-5320, toll-free: These are the most beloved manors just off Westchester County. Although Frederick Vanderbilt's manor house is not as large as that erected by his elder George outside Asheville, NC, it is a generous testimony to the richness of the gilded age made by the familiar train that ran right under the property along the water.
Historic quarter on the Hudson Rivers. A unannounced 32 sq. km (90 sq. km) National Historic Landmark District, situated approximately on the riverbank from Staatsburg in Dutchess County to Clermont in Columbia County, this stretch of land retains much of the pristine farming scenery of the riverbank, often with breathtaking vistas of the Catskills, which in the right setting recall the images of the Hudson River School.
511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY (Nähe Metro-North Glenwood Station), ? +1 914-963-4550, e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. Situated near the southern end of the valleys, this is still an outstanding introductory tour of the area. His works cover everything from the valleys scientific heritage to its art and culture.
D-82946 Olana, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY (E by Rip van Winkle Bridge), ? +1 518-828-0135, Fax: Frederic Church's mountain peak mansion is an impressive Moorish revival home with a wide panoramic views of the Catskill Escarpment across the riverbank, similar to those of the church and his colleagues from the Hudson River School.
This is the home of the eighth US president and the first non-English ancestors. Artwork is supplemented by the Hudson Highlands countryside, with Storm King and Schunemunk Hills in the vicinity. Walk around Bear Mountain Starting from Bear Mountain Inn, you' ll walk across the street and meander through a wildlife sanctuary, across the Hudson River across the Bear Mountain Bridge, connect to the Appalachian Trail, then separate to Anthony's Nose, a picturesque cliff where you can see the whole area.
Hudson Valley's headwaters are still largely agrarian, so look out for crisp, locally grown produce directly from the farms. Go on a boat trip on the boat on the river: The Hudson Adventures, Inc., 00451 Hudson Bridge of the Hudson Adventures, Inc. 2 hours told about the Newburgh Bay and Hudson Highlands cruises.
845-4700, 98142 Rip van Winkle, 1 Eastern Beach St., Kingston, NY 12401 (Just due west of the US 9W Overpass at the Kingston water front along Rondout Creek), +1 845-340-4700, free of charge: Accompanied by Catskill Escarpment and other attractions. Go on a kayaking trip through the Hudson Highlands:
The Hudson Valley Outfitters, 63 Main St, Cold Spring, +1 845 265-0221,. Or, canoe the Hudson Water Route along the whole headwaters. Joining the yearly Great Hudson river Paddle (dead link), which winds from Albany to New York City. Alternatively, you can explore the Hudson Palisades Trail, Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails or the eastern and western parts of Hudson Highlands State Park with a topographical hiking trail chart of the National Park.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended the following viewpoints in winter: Peekskill Riverfront Park; Charles Point's China Pier, Peekskill; George's Island Park, Verplanck, City of Cortlandt; Constitution Island from North Dock at West Point; Norrie Point State Park, Hyde Park; Iona Island, from the junction of Route 6 to Route 6 to Route 6 south of the Bear Mountain Bridge on the eastern side of the Hudson River.
Take Ichabod Crane's itinerary. Aficionados of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow can take the Ichabod Crane from Tarrytown to Sleepy Hollow. At Shawagunks (the Gunks), one of the biggest and most open rocks on the east coast. 1200-1461 Woodbury Common Premium Outlet (Woodbury Commons), 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley (NY 17 and 32, directly at highway junction 16), ? +1 845-928-4000.
Wherever New York City its outlets shop, along with bus loads of Europe and Asiaans. Although the North Fork and Finger Lakes of East Long Island overshadow the region itself within the state, it has a flourishing winemaking sector - the oldest in the land, as these two vineyards show.
998212 Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY (off US 9W from just off the southern side of the district line.), ? +1 845 236-4265, e-mail: Mosquitos can be uncomfortable in this area in summers, but usually do not bear any disease (the West Nile avian influenza is quite uncommon in this area). The Adirondacks, a chain of mountains in the northeast of New York and the Adirondack State Reserve, the biggest state reserve on the American mainland, should also be considered.
The Adirondack Amtrak Trail leads through these hills on the way to Montreal. The Hudson Valley, especially the Berkshire Hills in the west of Massachusetts and the Litchfield Hills in the northwest of Connecticut, are also within easy reach of New England.