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????
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.
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?
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.
- A Quick Guide of Westchester County
- A Quick Guide of Rockland County
- A Quick Guide of Orange County
- A Quick Guide of Putnam County
- A Quick Guide of Dutchess County
- Ulster County
- Columbia County
- Greene County
- Rensselaer County
- Albany County
What towns are in each County of the Hudson Valley, NY?
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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 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 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 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.
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
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
- Food & Drinks
- 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:
- Check out the Guides of each county and see if there is anything that may interest you
- 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!