Catskills + Hudson Valley

Catskills + Hudson Valley Travel Guide

You’ll never wonder what to do in the Hudson Valley because the area is so rich with culture and art. Whether you’d prefer to explore outside or relax inside, the options are endless.

Nyack is one city that you won’t want to miss. Located in an old Dutch farming community, the area offers many trendy boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and ethnic restaurants giving Nyack something of a Greenwich Village feel. Art-lovers looking for things to do in the Hudson Valley will be happy to find that Edward Hopper, a 20th-century painter, grew up here. Visit his home, now known as the Edward Hopper House Art Center, which contains details about his life and serves as an exhibit space for other artists.

Lovers of the great outdoors wondering what to do in the Hudson Valley should look no further than Devil’s Path. The ominously named hiking trail is known for being the toughest hike on the East Coast. Those hiking the trail will find waterfalls, slippery walks and possibly bears on the 25-mile trek.

One of the most fun things to do in the Hudson Valley is catch a show at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Located on the Bard College campus, this cultural center hosts a wide variety of events from art installations to musical performances.

Hike this 3-mile trail for panoramic views of 4,180-foot Slide Mountain.

Few public works aim as high, literally, as the old Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge—now called the Walkway over the Hudson, which is currently being revamped. When it reopens in October 2009, it will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, spanning 1.28 miles across the river.

No New York institution displays monumental modern art better than Dia: Beacon. The former Nabisco factory shows notable works like Richard Serra’s 1997 Torqued Ellipses.

Save room for house-made cookies at this indie movie house.

Learn safe and proper shotgun skills at Orvis Sandanona, the oldest shooting club in the country.

Come in for hiking guidebooks and maps.