By: Krystin Arneson
Just a few hours’ drive from the dense city blocks of Manhattan you’ll find the serene natural beauty of upstate New York’s Hudson Valley.
Ideal for both day tripping or a weekend trip, there are plenty of small-but-happening towns like Hudson, Beacon, and New Paltz that make for charming bases to start and end a couple of days of hiking, boutique browsing, and antique hunting.
An hour and a half from the city and within an hour’s drive of most Hudson Valley destinations, is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, the mile-long Walkway Over the Hudson. Take a stroll and follow with ample hiking trails that will suit most, from a 3-mile loop around the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park to a challenging 3.5-hour hike to Anthony’s Nose further south in Peekskill, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Hudson River.