Colonial Era The first Dutch settlement was established at Fort Nassau, a trading post south of modern day Albany, in the early 17th century, with the purpose of exchanging European goods for beaver pelts. The valley also became one of the major regions of conflict during the American Revolution.
19th Century following the building of the Erie Canal, the area became an important industrial center as the canal opened the Hudson Valley and New York to commerce with the Midwest and the Great Lakes.
The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley has earned the Hudson River the nickname “America’s Rhineland” a comparison to the famous 40-mile (65 km) stretch of Germany’s Rhine River valley.
Navigation the Hudson is navigable for a great distance above mile 0 off Battery Park. The original Erie Canal connected it with Lake Erie enabling shipping between cities on the Great Lakes and Europe via the Atlantic Ocean. The Hudson Valley also proved attractive for railroads, once technology progressed to the point where it was feasible to construct the required bridges over tributaries.
The Erie Canal Cruise or Walk through Historic Villages and Natural Landscapes
Biking, Walking Driving Itineraries and outdoor adventures in the Hudson River Valley includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, parasailing, archery and skeet shooting.
Dutchess County is 800 square miles of natural scenic beauty, historic and cultural landmarks, and outdoor recreation. Stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson. Tour and taste along the Dutchess Wine Trail. Explore the homes of FDR and Vanderbilt. Taste new creations at The Culinary Institute of America. Fill the pantry at farm markets. Cruise the Hudson River.
Hudson River Valley Scenic and Historic Walking Tours
Rockland County is located just 30 miles north of New York City and is known for its quaint villages, spectacular river views and outdoor recreation with 32,000 acres of park lands dotted with sparkling lakes and streams rushing down to the Hudson. Miles marked trails lead right to the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains.
The Village of Piermont formerly Tappan Landing it is is located by a navigable tidal creek linking the Hudson River with Orangetown and the interior. In the 1830s, a pier and a rail link made it the southern terminus connection to Lake Erie. Following the Civil War and the launching of the Nyack and Northern passenger rail line, the Village of Piermont started attracting tourism from nearby New York City.
Upstate New York is home to City and Country settings High-tech Industries and Natural Wonders
Finger Lakes and Watkins Glen State Park is the site of 19 waterfalls and a gorge. Seneca Lake is a long slender lake with wineries along both sides. From Geneva, on the north shore of the lake, you can head east towards Syracuse and visit Destiny USA, sixth largest shopping destination in the United States.
Genesee County Village and Museum is the largest living history museum in the state; a restored 19th century village with historic buildings, craftspeople in authentic dress, a nature center, wildlife gallery and a vintage baseball park.
Experiential Tourism in the Hudson River Valley