WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON State Historic Park is a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The bridge has tremendous views of the river valley and wonderful vistas for perfect fall foliage tours. The park is managed and maintained by NYS Parks - Taconic Region. Walkway State Park officially opened to the public on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Walkway State Park is open year-round, weather conditions permitting (closed in the event of lighting or ice).
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA is the world's premier culinary college. "It's the best culinary school in the world," said world-renowned French chef Paul Bocuse. The CIA is the recognized leader in culinary education for undergraduate students, foodservice and hospitality professionals, and food enthusiasts. The CIA's main campus, a former Monestary, in New York's scenic Hudson River Valley, offers scenic beauty, incredible vistas, and everything an aspiring or professional culinarian could want. Students benefit from outstanding facilities that include 41 professionally equipped kitchens and bakeshops and five award-winning, student-staffed restaurants which include: American Bounty Restaurant (Regional American); Apple Pie Bakery Cafe (baked goods and cafe cuisine); St. Andrew's Cafe (farm-to-table with locally and sustainably sourced ingredients); Ristorante Caterina de' Medici (features seasonal Italian dishes with Italian wines, beers, and aperitifs); Escoffier Restaurant (French cuisine from rustic Provencal to sophisticated Parisian).
THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY at West Point is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments. West Point is not open for self touring. Visitors may take a nominally priced guided tour of the Academy grounds departing from the West Point Visitors Center. Entrance is allowed for business, for visiting staff, faculty and cadets who live on West Point, and for public events such as concerts, sporting events, cadet reviews, and graduation. A valid photo ID is required for all adults 16 and over, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please allow additional time to enter the post if coming for well-attended events such as football games and concerts.
OLANA Sate Historic Site was the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The centerpiece of Olana is an eclectic villa composed of many styles, difficult to categorize, which overlooks parkland and a working farm designed by the artist. As well, the residence has a wide view of the Hudson River valley, the Catskill Mountains and the Taconic Range. Church and his wife Isabel (1836-1899) named their estate after a fortress-treasure house in ancient Greater Persia (modern-day Armenia), which also overlooked a river valley. Olana is one of the few intact artists' home-, studio- and estate-complexes in the United States; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It is owned and operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and is also supported by The Olana Partnership, a non-profit 501(c) organization. The main building is an architectural masterpiece designed mainly by Church himself, working with the architect Calvert Vaux. The stone, brick, and polychrome-stenciled villa is a mixture of Victorian, Persian and Moorish styles. The interior remains much as it was during Church's lifetime, exotically furnished and decorated with objects from his global travels, and with some 40 paintings by Church and his friends. The house is intricately stenciled inside and out; Church designed the stencils based on his travels in the Middle East. The house contains Church's last studios, built as an addition from 1888 to 1890.
CLERMONT State Historic Site was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors and landscape. Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident. His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton. Today, Clermont appears much as it did in the early 20th century, when it was the home of the property's last two generations: Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Livingston and their daughters, Honoria and Janet. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is also an anchor in the 1990 Hudson River National Landmark District.
MONTGOMERY PLACE, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. But the totality of the estate - house, gardens, arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet, and natural features - makes it a unique American treasure. The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time. The mansion includes beautiful classical revival exteriors designed by Davis. Visible from the mansion's terrace and north pavilion are inspiring vistas of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.
THOMAS COLE HOUSE, also known as Cedar Grove or the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, is a National Historic Landmark that includes the home and the studio of painter Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of American painting. The site provided Thomas Cole with a residence and studio from 1833 through his death in 1848. Cole painted numerous scenes of the Catskill landscape around Cedar Grove, including such well-known paintings as 'Lake with Dead Trees,' and 'Kaaterskill Falls.' Cedar Grove continues to offer views of the Catskill mountains, and Cole expressed his feelings for the site and its proximity to the wilderness in poetry and letters. It is located at 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY, USA. The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It was declared a National Historic Site in 1999.
KYKUIT, also known as John D. Rockefeller Estate, is a 40-room National Trust house in Westchester County, New York, built by the oil businessman, philanthropist and founder of the prominent Rockefeller family, John D. Rockefeller, and his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., enriched with art collected by a third-generation family member, the Governor of New York and Vice-President of the United States, Nelson A. Rockefeller. It has been the home to four generations of the family. "Kykuit" means "lookout" in Dutch (though currently spelled "uitkijk"). It is situated in Pocantico Hills, on the highest point of the local surrounds near Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, one hour's drive north of New York City. It overlooks the Hudson River at Tappan Zee and, in the distance, the New York skyline.
SUNNYSIDE is a historic house on 10 acres of grounds alongside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. It was formerly the home of American author Washington Irving, best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", and is a National Historic Landmark. Sunnyside is now operated as a museum by Historic Hudson Valley, which charges an admission fee. Sunnyside contains a large collection of Irving's original furnishings and accessories. In particular, all furniture and most accessories in his writer's study are original. The dining room, drawing room, and picture gallery, as well as most bedrooms, are open to the public and contain much of their original furnishings. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
HOME OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT National Historic Site preserves the Springwood estate in Hyde Park, New York, United States of America. Springwood was the birthplace, lifelong home, and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It also serves as the Presidential Library of FDR. The National Historic Site was established in 1945.
VANDERBUILT MANSION is the 50-room Classical-style mansion was built in 1898 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, a grandson of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt - the shipping and railroad magnate and richest man in America during his lifetime. One of eight heirs to his family's fortune, Frederick purchased the property in 1895 and hired Charles McKim (of McKim, Mead and White, then the country's leading architecture firm) to fashion a "country house" in which the family could entertain guests during the spring and fall. Vanderbilt also used the property as a "gentleman's farm," often spending hours among its gardens and specimen trees. The limestone facade features columns on all four sides. Stanford White created most of the interiors, which are intact and include an antique carved and painted Venetian ceiling, 15th-century Flemish tapestries, Ming vases, Renaissance chairs, and 16th-century Florentine chests. Landscaped grounds feature a formal terraced garden, expansive lawns, carriage roads, and a three-mile-long riverside hiking trail.
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Rensselaer County Tourism
Columbia County Tourism
Greene County Tourism
Orange County Tourism
Ulster County Tourism
Dutchess County Tourism