Hudson Valley Region New York
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This section of the New York Visitors Network focuses on the Hudson Valley. The Hudson River cuts a great, sinuous path through its valley. The vistas created in the spring and summer are of deep green and river sky. In the fall the colors burst; in the winter they fade to white. The sweep of the riverscape, clouds bunched, the land flourishing, alive, unspoiled: it is the land 19th-century painters Thomas Cole, Charles Herbert Moore and Frederick Church loved. The river cities ... Catskill, Hudson, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Newburgh,Ossining, Peekskill...(to name a few), touch the Hudson with street and parkland. In summer, sailboats clog the marinas. In winter, iceboats flash along the river ice. All of this and more... check it out!
The Hudson Valley is the oldest wine making and grape-growing region in the United States, with roots established as early as 1677, and has experienced a resurgence in viticulture in the 21st century. Many wineries are located in the Hudson Valley, offering wine-tasting and other tours. Numerous wine festivals are held in the Hudson Valley, with themes often varying by season.

One of National Geographic Traveler's Top 20 Must-See Places on its "Best of the World" list, the Hudson Valley is a photographer's paradise. Home to some of America's most visited sites, this region has everything from sweeping rivers and majestic valleys to quiet farms and little towns.

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The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley has earned the Hudson River the nickname "America's Rhineland", a comparison to the famous 40 mile stretch of Germany's Rhine River valley between the cities of Bingen and Koblenz. A similar 30-mile stretch of the east bank in Dutchess and Columbia counties has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Tourism became a major industry as early as 1810, as elite visitors frequented the mineral water at Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs for their health. With convenient steamboat connections in New York City, and numerous attractive hotels in romantic settings, tourism became an important industry. Early guidebooks providing suggestions on their itinerary. Middle-class people who read James Fenimore Cooper's novels, or saw the paintings of the Hudson River School, were especially attracted.

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