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Have you ever wondered: ‘How far is the Hudson Valley from NYC?‘ And ‘Where is Hudson Valley, NY?

As a native New Yorker, my answer is always, “It all depends on how you plan to get there and what time and what day are you planning to travel.” And “Are you taking the train or are you driving?” lol… Sounds complicated, right?

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Some tips & Practical Advice about Visiting the Hudson Valley:
> I personally think the best time to visit the Hudson Valley during the Autumn/Fall Season. The cooler temperatures and the beautiful Autumn foliage makes every outing extra special.
> The Hudson Valley offers some options for getting around. Bigger cities offer bus service and the Metro-North train runs from NYC to several areas within the Hudson Valley. (see below)
> There are several airport options in the Hudson Valley. Depending on where you plan to stay, the options can range anyway from the airport in Albany International Airport to Newburgh International Airport or the Westchester County Airport.
> When making a visit, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Many places require a lot of walking and the weather can also change drastically.



Is the Hudson Valley considered Upstate New York?


I know for a fact that many people believe that the Hudson Valley is far away from Midtown New York City.

The people who think this are not only tourists because people who live in the 5 boroughs that make up NYC also believe that the Hudson Valley is ‘Upstate New York‘.

What they do not realize is that the Hudson Valley is actually made up of THREE areas and that each one is different and unique from the other.

Don’t get me wrong, some parts of the Hudson Valley are quite a trek from NYC, but there are some beautiful and interesting places that DO NOT require an overnight stay in order to enjoy them.

The Hudson Valley, NY is divided into:

  • Lower Hudson Valley Region
  • Mid-Hudson Valley Region
  • Upper Hudson Valley Region

As previously stated, each area is unique and beautiful. It just depends on how far North you’d like to go and how you can on getting there.


Where exactly is ‘Upstate’ & ‘Downstate’ New York?


According to Wikipedia:
“Major cities in Upstate New York include Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and Syracuse.”

Albany (New York State’s Capital) then falls under both umbrellas (Hudson Valley & Upstate).

But that’s a debate for another day…

Wikipedia also tries to clarify the division of Downstate, NY by saying:
“The Downstate region, like Upstate New York, is divided into several subregions, such as New York City, the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island.”

Did that make it clearer or confuse you more????

The Ferris Wheel is a popular ride at the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.
Ferris Wheel at the Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY


Where is the Hudson Valley in New York State?
What is Considered the Hudson Valley Region? 


If you type “Hudson Valley” into Google Maps, it actually shows that the Hudson Valley is by Kingston, NY and the pin is IN the Hudson River. 😕

It also estimates the trip from Midtown Manhattan to the “Hudson Valley” at about 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.

Hudson Valley Map as provided by Google Maps
Hudson Valley Map courtesy of Google Maps

Let me let you in on a little secret:

The Lower Hudson Valley actually begins down by the Yonkers, NY area, stretching through Mount Vernon and Pelham/Pelham Manor, NY

That being said, that makes it approximately a 30-40 minute drive from Midtown Manhattan.

And that fact actually shocks some people because that is a big HUGE difference from what Google Maps says.



What Counties Make up the Hudson Valley Region?


Dancer at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. This yearly festival takes place in the Hudson Valley in Orange County, NY
Dance performance at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival, Newburgh, NY

Below is a list of the 10 counties that make up the Hudson River Valley Region.


If you’re looking for more information about each county, Click Below to read some guides .


Listed in each County’s Guide are many popular Hudson Valley Things To Do within that County.

Photo of Bannerman Castle on the Hudson | Hudson Valley Tourism
Bannerman Castle in the Hudson River, near Dutchess & Orange Counties, NY


What towns are in each County of the Hudson Valley, NY?


Westchester County


Westchester County is a large county and has 6 cities, 19 towns, and 23 villages.

These include: Ardsley, Bedford, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Larchmont, Lewisboro, Mamaroneck, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, North Salem, Ossining, Peekskill, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Pleasantville, Port Chester, Pound Ridge, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, Tarrytown, Tuckahoe, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights.

The Stuart Fruit Farm in Westchester County, NY is the oldest working farm left in the county. It's part of Hudson Valley New York history.
Stuarts Farm is the Oldest Working farm in Westchester County, NY

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Rockland County


Rockland County has 5 towns, 19 villages, but no cities. It is approximately 15 miles from NYC at its closest point.

These include: Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Clarkstown, Grand View-on-Hudson, Haverstraw, Hillburn, Kaser, Montebello, New Hempstead, New Square, Nyack, Orangetown, Piermont, Pomona, Ramapo, Sloatsburg, South Nyack, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern, Upper Nyack, Wesley Hills, West Haverstraw.

A Sculpture from the outside sculpture garden at the Rockland Center for the Arts
Sculpture at the Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

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Orange County


Orange County has 3 cities and 40 towns. It is approximately 50 miles from NYC.

These include: Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Crawford, Deer Park, Florida, Goshen, Greenville, Greenwood Lake, Hamptonburg, Harriman, Highland Falls, Highlands, Kiryas Joel, Maybrook, Middletown, Minisink, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Hope, New Windsor, Newburgh, Otisville, Port Jervis, South Blooming Grove, Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, Unionville, Walden, Walkill, Warwick, Washingtonville, Wawayanda, Woodbury.

Sculpture at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY
Sculpture at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY

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Putnam County


Putnam County is a distance of 45 to 65 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Putnam County. There are 6 towns and 3 villages in Putnam County, but no cities.

These include: Brewster, Carmel, Cold Spring, Kent, Nelsonville, Patterson, Philipstown, Putnam Valley, Southeast.

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Statue at Chuang Yen Monastery, Putnam County, NY

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Dutchess County


Dutchess County is a distance of 58 to 110 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Putnam County. There are 21 towns, 8 villages and 2 cities in Dutchess County.

These include: Amenia, Beacon, Beekman, Clinton, Dover, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park, LaGrange, Milan, Millbrook, Millerton,  North East, Pawling, Pine Plains, Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Smithfield, Stanford, Trivoli, Union Vale, Wappinger, Wappingers Falls, Washington.

Equipment at Dennings Point Distillery in Beacon, NY

Ulster County


Ulster County has 1 city, 20 towns, and 3 villages.

These include: Denning, Esopus, Gardiner, Hardenburgh, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Marbletown, Marlborough, New Paltz, Olive, Plattekill, Rochester, Rosendale, Saugerties, Shandaken, Shawangunk, Ulster, Wawarsing, Woodstock, Ellenville, New Paltz, Saugerties.

View from Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY in Ulster County.
Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY

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Columbia County


Columbia County has 1 city, 18 towns, and 3 villages

These include: Hudson, Ancram, Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Claverack, Clermont, Copake, Gallatin, Germantown, Ghent, Greenport, Hillsdale, Kinderhook, Livingston, New Lebanon, Stockport, Stuyvesant, Taghkanic, Philmont, & Valatie.


Greene County


Greene County has 14 towns, and 5 villages.

These include: Ashland, Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, Durham, Greenville, Halcott, Hunter, Jewett, Lexington, New Baltimore, Prattsville, Windham and Tannersville.


Rensselaer County


Rensselaer County has 2 cities, 14 towns, and 6 villages. 

These include: Rensselaer, Troy, Berlin, Brunswick, East Greenbush, Grafton, Hoosick, Nassau, North Greenbush, Petersburgh, Pittstown, Poestenkill, Sand Lake, Schaghticoke, Schodack, Stephentown, Castleton-on-Hudson, East Nassau, Hoosick Falls, and Valley Falls.


Albany County


Albany County has 3 cities, 10 towns, and 6 villages.

These include: Albany, Cohoes, Watervliet, Berne, Bethlehem, Coeymans, Colonie, Green Island, Guilderland, Knox, New Scotland, Rensselaerville, Westerlo, Altamont, Menands, Ravena, and Voorheesville.



Hudson Valley Map


As you can see from the two Hudson Valley maps below, the Hudson Valley stretches across the lower portion of New York State. It is sandwiched between several states and is an ideal location for travel and tourism.

Where is Hudson Valley New York | Hudson Valley Tourism
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia
Where is Hudson Valley New York | Hudson Valley Tourism
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

How can you get to the Hudson Valley, NY Region without a car?


Did you know that you can easily and quickly reach many parts of the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley region without having a car?

Well, it’s true…

The MTA Metro-North Railroad has three Railway lines:

  • The Hudson Line
  • The Port Jervis Line
  • The Harlem Line
Metro North Hudson Line Train heading North | Hudson Valley Tourism

Each Metro North Line takes you to a different area of the Hudson Valley and can lead you to some wonderful places.

Whichever means you use to arrive and explore the Hudson Valley, make sure you give yourself enough time to explore before having to get back home.

There is so much to see and do that you may need more than a day and more like a weekend to see and enjoy it all!


If you’re looking for a local hotel, I suggest using Booking.com. (affiliate link)
I have gotten some good deals using their site.


All About Hudson Valley Tourism


No matter what your interests are, the Hudson Valley offers so many things to do.

Hudson Valley Tourism is very important to the local economy. It’s also important in educating others about this grand region of New York that is rich in:

  • Art & Culture
  • Nature
  • History
  • Food & Drinks
  • Museums 
  • Music
  • and so much more… 

Now that you know where the Hudson Valley is located, let’s dive in and explore all there is to do in this Extraordinary region of the United States.

Here’s a tip you can use right away. You’ll have a vastly better time on your visit by following these two simple steps:

  1. Check out the Guides of each county and see if there is anything that may interest you
  2. Download My List of Places to Visit in the Hudson Valley for $10 or less.

Come back here and tell me about your adventure. I bet you’ll have something great to say!


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Map with a marker to show where the hudson valley is in New York.

Until the Next Adventure…


Use these Posts as a Resource for exploring different counties in the Hudson Valley:


Looking for things to do in Orange County, NY? This list showcases the best things to do in Orange County, NY.
A Quick Guide to 'Almost' Everything in Dutchess County, NY. There is so much to do that one blog post does not do it justice.
Looking for things to do in Westchester, NY? This list showcases the best things to do in Westchester County, NY.
A quick guide to Rockland County, New York. Things to do and places to see



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