Dutchess County, New York is home to spectacular views of the Hudson River, historic mansions, cultural attractions and culinary adventures, meaning there is something that every member of the family will enjoy. Nestled in the Hudson River Valley, midway between New York City and New York States capital city of Albany, Dutchess County is 800 square miles of fascinating sites, lively events, and breathtaking vistas. Being only a short drive from New York City, Dutchess County is a great road trip addition to a trip to New York City.
Southern Dutchess is a breath of fresh air where artists create, celebrated chefs cook up memorable dishes, and visitors can try hiking, biking, kayaking, and relaxing opportunities available to them outdoor. Beacon is the largest city in this area, and it is home to a the famous Dia:Beacon, a contemporary art museum housed in a former box factory on the Hudson River.Throughout Southern Dutchess, you can truly get to taste fresh farm-to-table food, shop on lively main streets, and engage and discover world-renowned art.
Sitting on the Hudson River in Central Dutchess is Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie is home to many breweries, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Take a stroll on the Walkway Over the Hudson in the Historic State Park, as this famed river walk will offer you the most incredible views. It is also the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge and a must in Poughkeepsie! A visit to Hyde Park is also a must when in Poughkeepsie as this gorgeous park is steeped in incredible history. Hyde Park is also the home of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt. And here, you can learn all about their impact on American history at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.
Northern Dutchess County is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains to the east, and Catskills to the west. In Catskills, you’ll discover quaint streets and heritage areas whilst you enjoy a unique combination of cosmopolitan elegance and lived in rusticity. In Rhinebeck, you’ll get to enjoy popular attractions such as the 18th century Beekman Arms Inn, Upstate Films, restaurants and cafes and great local shopping. Located within Rhinebeck, you can also enjoy the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, which always has something happening, from weekend festivals to the annual Dutchess County Fair.
A Dutchess County fly/drive itinerary is complimented with a stay in New York City! Shop til you drop in the Big Apple, pre or post road trip and experience both sides of New York State. Discover the bustling city life of Manhattan before you hit the road to enjoy the stunning sites of Dutchess County.
Day 1-3 : New York City
Day 4-6: Rhinebeck / Catskills
Day 7: Poughkeepsie
Day 8: Southern Dutchess
Day 9: New York State - Ireland
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