Themed Itineraries

Themed Itineraries

Student Tours

If you’re responsible for planning student educational tours, your challenge is to balance learning with fun experiences. It also helps if your itinerary covers more than one subject in the curriculum. For a hands-on history lesson that also includes exposure to arts and culture, without forgetting the fun – consider the Hudson River Valley region. This ten-county region – easily accessible to motorcoaches – offers a concentration of sites and attractions open and welcoming to student groups. Historic sites cover multiple pivotal points throughout America’s past; cultural institutions pay homage to arts both past and present; and outdoor recreation offers thrilling moments perfectly captured in a Gen Z’s Instagram feed. Making it even easier, group-friendly restaurants and accommodations are ample and open year-round.
Just what would a multi-day student tour of the Hudson Valley look like? Here’s one sample.

DAY 1 – Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster Counties


Magazzino Italian Art 
A private warehouse art space showcasing post-war and contemporary Italian art.


2700 U.S. Route 9, Cold Spring
Hudson River Expeditions 

Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle-board rentals, tours, and instruction for the novice to experienced paddler.

14 Market Street, Cold Spring 


Hampton Inn & Suites Poughkeepsie 

Amenities include a free hot breakfast, free internet access and an indoor pool.

2361 South Road, Poughkeepsie

Hampton Inn New Paltz

Newly built hotel with an indoor pool, complimentary hot breakfast. One mile to village of New Paltz.

4 S. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz

Day 2 - Dutchess County


Mount Gulian Historic Site

A reconstructed 18th century Dutch manor house on the Hudson River.

145 Sterling Street, Beacon


The Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present.

3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites 

Three National Historic Sites managed together: The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, and the Vanderbilt Mansion.

4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park



Shadows on the Hudson

New American eats in a sprawling space with standout waterfront views.

176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie



Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 

Complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, refrigerators and microwaves.

40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie

Day 3 - Greene, Columbia, Ulster Counties


Olana State Historic Site

5720 Route 9G, Hudson

The home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church; one of the most visited sites in the state.


Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St., Catskill

A nationally recognized historic site that marks the birthplace of American art, where the Hudson River School of landscape painting began.



White Stone Café

2337 Route 66, Ghent

Family style American fare with something for everyone.


Creekside Restaurant 

160 West Main Street, Catskill

American classics, cocktails & various beers served in casual surrounds with a patio & creek views.

Facebook: Creekside Catskill