Hudson Valley draws millions of visitors every fall to see the leaves change, but it has much more to offer. It’s estimated that more than 60 million people visit the area every year for the colorful foliage. Visitors can hike along the dozens of trails that weave through parks and mountains, take a scenic drive, or hop on a vintage train for a relaxing ride. A Hudson Valley Getaway is the perfect way to refresh after months stuck inside.
Enjoy Stunningly Beautiful Landscapes
In 2009, the longest elevated park opened in the Hudson Valley. The Walkway Over the Hudson sits over 200 feet above the river with unobstructed views of the Hudson Highlands and connects to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, a four-mile stretch of popular hiking trails.
For a unique experience, ride the Catskill Mountain Railroad along six miles of track for gorgeous views of the natural landscape. The train is pulled by a steam engine that stops off at the Empire State Railway Museum built in the 1900s. They also offer seasonal rides such as the Polar Express, Rails of Terror, and the Easter Bunny Express, all of which are great for adults and kids alike. Visitors can also take a boat ride on the Hudson where they can learn some of the town history and folklore as they pass essential landmarks like the Bannerman Castle and West Point.
No activity is synonymous with fall like apple picking. The Hudson Valley is home to 80 apple orchards, many of which offer apple picking throughout the fall. With 14 locally grown varieties, visitors of every age can take their pick of the best apple in the bunch. Whether the apples are to be used for pies or pastries, or just eaten as is, apple picking can be an excellent activity for a Hudson Valley Getaway.
Hunter Mountain is a popular ski destination, but when it’s not blanketed in fresh white velvet, the mountain hosts tons of family fun programs. There are Scenic Skyrides and a Zipline Canopy Tour for those that enjoy an adrenaline rush. They even play host to several festivals like the Octoberfest, Taste of Country, and TAP New York.
Journey Through Military History at West Point
West Point Foundry Preserve is best known for its production of Parrot rifle artillery during the Civil War. Established with President James Madison’s approval, the foundry was a crucial ironworking and machine shop located in Cold Spring. Currently, only the main office building remains standing on 87 acres preserved by Scenic Hudson.
West Point is a prestigious four-year federal service academy, with its graduates commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army. If military history is something that intrigues, a Tour of Historic West Point and the United States Military Academy won’t disappoint. Two tours are available, a one hour and fifteen-minute tour which provides an overview of West Point history up to modern times as well as a two-hour cemetery tour focused on significant figures buried on the grounds.
Explore Historic Museums
The Hudson Valley is not only home to beautiful landscapes. The area is known as host to multiple gorgeous and historic houses that now serve as museums to the public. The Olana State Historic Site is a museum and property in Greenport near the Hudson that was once home to Frederic Edwin Church, a major figure in the Hudson River School of Landscape Painting. The main home is stylized with a combination of Victorian architecture and Middle-Eastern decoration.
Lyndhurst Manion is one of America’s beautiful Gothic Revival homes built overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown. Surrounded by brilliant landscaping, the house sits in what seems to be the center of its own little park. The home was built in the early 1800s by Alexander Jackson Davis with previous owners, including NYC Mayor William Paulding, railroad tycoon Jay Gould, and merchant George Merritt.
The Boscobel House and Gardens hold a collection of the finest furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. The Neoclassical mansion sits on 68 acres of lush gardens and woodland trails that overlook the Hudson River. Guests can tour the mansion and grounds or even attend a special event on the property.
Established as a National Historic Landmark in 1940, the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is a historic house museum located in Hyde Park. The home was one of the numerous properties owned by Frederick William Vanderbilt, containing 54 rooms and blending European architecture with the American Renaissance. The mansion oozes wealth and opulence with acres of land, lush details, and classical elements.
Beyond Times Square can arrange a car or helicopter ride for you and your guests from New York City to Hudson Valley, offering a guaranteed stress-free travel experience to all destinations. We pride ourselves on delivering sanitized vehicles, including cars, helicopters, private yachts, and private cruises. All Beyond Times Square vehicles are sanitized daily. Additionally, all tour guides, drivers, pilots, crew members, and staff strictly adhere to the CDC’s Prevention Guidelines.
We can help you arrange a short trip or a more extended stay at all of our destinations. You can be picked up in sanitized vehicles of your choice, stay at sanitized hotel rooms, tour local attractions with guides, and enjoy local dining experiences that we help you arrange.