Kykuit, the sprawling hilltop estate of the Rockefeller family is a must-see in the Lower Hudson River Valley.

Grand Hudson Valley Estates

A handful of majestic estates line the Hudson River, representing several centuries of architectural and cultural trends including American Renaissance, Georgian, Federal, Romantic, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival. Many have been turned into interpretive museums that are open to the public. Here are some of the most popular mansions to visit.

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Horseracing at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Where to Go in Hudson Valley and the Catskills

Each region in this area offers its own unique draw; some are cultural centers, some are prime destinations for outdoor adventure, and many combine the two. To help plan your trip, here are the highlights of where to go in Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Tubing on the Esopus river.

Hudson Valley Outdoor Adventures

Fresh air and challenging terrain for a wide range of sports are two primary factors that draw visitors to the more remote parts of the Hudson River Valley. Whether you choose to hike, bike, or ski, you’ll have plenty of choices for a memorable outdoor adventure.

Small bottles of maple syrup shaped like leaves are for sale at a farmers market table.

Hudson River Valley Agriculture: Maple Syrup

Some 4,000 farms cover nearly 20 percent of all land in the Hudson River Valley, producing everything from beef, poultry, milk, and cheese to apples, sweet corn, organic produce, wine, hay, and flowers. Here, a handful of farmers produce delicious maple syrup the good old fashioned way.

The Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York.

Cycling Hudson Valley in 6 Days

In a six-day tour, riding 35-45 miles per day, you can cover the length of the Hudson River Valley, hitting key sights, vistas, and attractions on both sides of the river. This suggested itinerary starts in the town of Hudson, in the Upper Hudson River Valley.

Waterwheel at a mill in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Hudson Valley Day Trips from New York City

A Hudson Valley day trip is a great way to experience the area without a large time commitment, making it especially appealing to those weekending in New York City. Each of these trips start at Grand Central Station, so don’t worry about renting a car.

The Number Seventy-Two (The No March) 1972 Marble Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Storm King Art Center, New York.

Itinerary: Hudson River Valley Contemporary Art

The arts scene is alive and well in the Hudson River Valley. Artists-in-residence can arrange long-term retreats, while the public gets to experience the results of their creativity. Several premier museums, galleries, and outdoor sculpture parks can anchor a multiday tour of the region. This tour starts in the Capital District and makes its way to the Lower Hudson Valley.

A curvy mountain road flanked by trees in autumn colors.

Tips for Driving Hudson River Valley

Traveling by car affords the opportunity to meander along scenic back roads, across one-lane bridges, and down bumpy dirt roads, but it also means dealing with traffic congestion, toll roads and bridges, and other considerations–like wildlife! Be prepared with these handy driving tips for the Hudson River Valley.