Upper Hudson Valley River Towns

Travel down through the Hudson Valley's river towns, visiting must-see attractions, eating and staying on the waterfront, and enjoying the best views of the Hudson.
Upper Hudson Valley River Towns Day 1

1. Attraction 1: Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours

Cruise the scenic and historic Hudson River aboard the Dutch Apple - the ideal way to see the sights. Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours offers you sunshine and breezes or the protection of fully enclosed and heated decks.

141 Broadway, Albany, NY 12202
(518) 463-0220 •

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years.

State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-2418 •

3. Dine: dp an American Brasserie

dp An American Brasserie is a signature restaurant by Dominick Purnomo serving lunch and dinner, happy hour & late night menus. It offers an imaginative menu of market driven comfort cuisine, highlighted with a long list of small plates perfect for sharing, outrageous burgers and classic French brasserie staples.

25 Chapel Street, Albany, NY 12210
(518) 436-3737 •

4. Stay: Stewart House at the Athens Hotel

Nine rooms. Each room is as unique as the hotel's history, featuring spectacular views of the Hudson River, luxurious queen-size beds, and state-of-the-art bath amenities. Call for rates.

2 N Water Street, Athens, NY 12015
(518) 444-8317 •

Upper Hudson Valley River Towns Day 2

5. Attraction 1: the Town of Hudson

The first chartered city in the United States, originally settled by the Dutch in the mid 17th Century, this urban gem holds hundreds of historic buildings, antique shops and a happening arts and music scene. On your way there, cross the river and stop or pass by Athens Lighthouse. (Tours are available on second Saturdays, July through October.)

Downtown Hudson NY

6. Attraction 2: Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Visit the residence and studio of 19th century artist and founder of the Hudson River School. The site contains galleries of oil paintings, as well as rooms with Cole artifacts and period furnishings. Guided tour, film and gift shop on premise.

218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414
(518) 943-7465 •

7. Dine: Frank Guido’s Port of Call

Lunch and dinner. Waterfront dining on the Catskill Creek with gorgeous views of the Hudson River. Live music on Fridays on the Upper Deck.

7 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414
(518) 943-5088 •

8. Stay: Hampton Inn Kingston

Ranked #1 in Kingston hotels, the Hampton Inn is located near a wealth of cultural, historical and entertainment attractions, and equipped with a range of home-like amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

1307 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401-1514
(845) 382-2600 • hamptoninn-kingston

Upper Hudson Valley River Towns Day 3

9. Attraction 1: The Kingston Historic Waterfront

Kingston, New York’s historic waterfront district is a vibrant and constantly evolving neighborhood. Antique dealers, chefs, and artists have moved into “The Rondout” alongside existing waterfront restaurants, museums and commercial retail establishments, creating a destination known for art, antiques, food, and culture.

10. Attraction 2: Maritime Museum

The Museum, encompassing 20,000+ artifacts, provides the portal to history along the Hudson, focusing primarily on the 19th & early 20th centuries. Preservation, education, river access & a family-friendly destination through events, lectures and visiting replica vessels. A member-supported organization with docking and Museum Gift Shop.

50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 338-0071 •

11. Dine: Terrapin Restaurant, Bistro & Bar

From far-flung origins, the world’s most diverse flavors meet and mingle here, in this room, at your table. From elements both historic and eclectic comes something surprising, fresh, and dynamic: dishes to delight both the body and soul.

6426 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 876-3330 •