Excerpt By Sal Vaglica / Men’s Journal (Complete Article)
Just a few hours north of Manhattan, New York’s Hudson Valley is a sprawling, diverse, outdoor playground. While many cut through on the way to skiing Windham or Hunter, a scratch below the surface reveals towns and cities with compelling reasons to stick around. For families, the short ride means more time crushing activities and less time dealing with impatient backseat drivers.
Don’t miss the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 1.28-mile bridge is the longest elevated pedestrian walkway in the world, with epic views of Poughkeepsie and Highland as it straddles the Hudson 212 feet below. With easy access on either end, this is the spot for a morning run or evening stroll. Part of the New York Empire Trail that’s scheduled for completion in 2020, this stretch of the walking- and bike-friendly route will connect Manhattan north to the Canadian border and westward to Buffalo.