Painters, writers and presidents have been drawn to New York’s Hudson Valley for decades. Located nearly two hours north of Manhattan, the Hudson Valley never ceases to amaze travelers with its dramatic four seasons, historic monuments and small communities. Below is a list of the best things to do in the Hudson Valley.
The Presidential Library and Museum of Franklin D. Roosevelt
The first presidential library and museum in the United States set the standard for preserving a legacy. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library covers the entire presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, from the beginning of the Great Depression in 1933 to his death in 1945.
The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.
Eleanor Roosevelt was more than just a first lady. Throughout FDR’s tenure, she was an activist and advocate, and after his death, she sat on the United Nations General Assembly. When President Roosevelt was not at the Springwood residence, the First Lady stayed at the 181-acre Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park. This was her permanent residence until 1962. Visitors can see where Eleanor Roosevelt received such notables as Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.
The Culinary Institute of America.
The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is a foodie’s dream, featuring four world-class restaurants run by students from the world’s most prestigious culinary school. Enjoy their versions of some of the world’s most famous cuisines.
The New York State Museum
Admire the dazzling tusks of a 13,000-year-old mastodon skeleton from the Ice Age at the oldest and largest state museum in the country. Then swing into the saddle of one of 40 hand-carved carousel horses, donkeys or deer on the 100-year-old Herschell-Spillman Company carousel.
Bear Mountain State Park
Nearly 6,000 acres in size, Bear Mountain State Park is seven miles from the United States Military Academy and is located in the steep high country. Several hiking trails, including six miles of the famous Appalachian Trail, are available to stretch your legs.
Rhinebeck’s Old Airfield
Have you ever dreamed of going on a barnstorming mission like flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker and taking down the Red Baron? Experience the wind in your hair with an open-air biplane flight at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. There you’ll find one of the most significant collections of vintage aircraft in the country.