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Home Travel Guide Travel Guide Topics Travelin' Grandma Hudson River Valley Region - II

Hudson River Valley Region - II

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Travelin' Grandma ...on the road with Myrna Oakley
New York State’s Vintage Hudson River Valley Region, Part Two        


    The grandkids and I are planning our second trek into the Hudson River Valley area of upstate New York. We want to see as much as we can of the historic sites and river sites along the way north toward Albany, the state capital. Here are some highlights from our current research and, hopefully, these sources can also help you plan your own trips into the historic Hudson River Valley:

    Until July 7 the Second Annual Great Hudson River Paddle is featuring 40 experienced paddlers making their way from Albany to New York City with local festivals and events welcoming visitors along the way. You can find current information about events along the river by browsing (www.great hudsonriverpaddle.net) or by calling (518-473-3835).

    From July 30 to August 10 the Hudson River Trail Tour will highlight the developing Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. The trail begins in Battery Park, Manhattan, and finishes at Battery Park in Waterford, NY. Grab the tennies, water bottles, and snacks and enjoy sections of the trail and learn more about the visions for this new trail system. Find further information on (www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us).

    On September 21-22 folks can participate in the Third Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. More than 100 guided walking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and biking events will be offered from Westchester and Rockland Counties in the south to the Capital Region in the north. Check the program guide at (www.hudsonvalleyramble.com) or call (800-453-6665).

    The Bicentennial of West Point (1802-2002) is being celebrated with events all year on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy located on a large bluff overlooking the Hudson River in Orange County and near Newburgh, NY. For upcoming events check (www.usma.edu/ bicentennial).
 
    American Revolutionary War 225th Anniversary events culminate on October 6 with an encampment of the Brigade of the American Revolution and the public opening of Fort Montgomery just south of West Point. A battle between American and British troops took place on that date in 1777.
   
    Cities along the Hudson River to add to your travel itineraries include (from south to north) Tarrytown, Croton-on-Hudson, Beacon, Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Staatsburg, Kingston, Avondale -on-Hudson, Saugerties, Catskill, Germantown, Hudson, Coxsackie, Albany, and Troy.

     Check these web sites for information on state and county parks, wineries, eateries overlooking the Hudson River, river excursions, hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, and also historic homes, mansions, gardens, and museum sites to visit: (www.enjoyhv.com; www.westchesterny.com; www. albany. org; www.orangetourism. org; www.duchesstourism.com; www.co.ulster.ny.us; www.greene-ny.com; www.columbiacounty ny.org; www.nysparks.com; www. iloveny.com.
 
    You and the kids can enjoy the Hudson River Valley all summer and well into fall with the autumn colors especially fine in mid October.
 
 – Myrna Oakley is author of Oregon: Off the Beaten Path (Globe Pequot Press) and Washington: Off the Beaten Path (Globe Pequot Press).

 

 

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