Nearly four centuries after the first tourist discovered the Hudson River, today's contemporary visitors are still enjoying its beauty. While Henry Hudson was the first to get here, you and your family will have much more to do. Both sides of the river provide breathtaking natural vistas, hundreds of years of history, four seasons of outdoor recreation, as well as unique examples of American culture.
The river itself inspired the Hudson River School of Painting and well-known writers like Washington Irving. The river played a defining role in America's history, both before and during the Revolutionary War. So it is more than fitting that the United States Military Academy is located at West Point. The region also houses museums, performing art centers, extraordinary shopping opportunities and remarkable homes from colonial homesteads to sprawling mansions.
What is there to do in the Hudson Valley Region? We suggest that in addition to local Hudson Valley travel guides, you request your free New York Welcomes You™ travel DVD planner before you plan your New York vacation to the Hudson Valley Region. With stunning scenery, the New York Welcomes You™ DVD travel guide will place you in the middle of it all. With spectacular Hudson Valley aerial video, the Hudson River will come to life before your eyes. From the breathtaking views of the Hudson River, to the stunning mountain views from atop Bear Mountain, see and hear why we say, "New York Welcomes You™ to the Hudson Valley Region."
You can also explore other aspects of the region's economy by sampling the produce at one of the many local farm stands and farmer's markets. National and international events take place all year round throughout the Hudson Valley Region. Schedule your visit to coincide with a music festival, golf tournament, or a local balloon festival. New York welcomes you™ to the Hudson Valley Region.