Hudson Valley Tours

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Overview
New York’s Hudson Valley has long inspired artists and writers with its peaceful winding river, forested hills, and sleepy towns. Set just 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Manhattan, the historic valley is a peaceful escape famous for its art, local culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor adventure. 
 
The Basics
Step back in time at the medieval Castle-on-Hudson, a 19th-century luxury hotel sitting atop a scenic Tarrytown hillside, or tour New Rochelle, the city that inspired some of Norman Rockwell’s most memorable illustrations. Canoeing, kayaking, and sailing are popular outdoor activities, and easy access to the Appalachian Trail allows travelers to get their fill of nature.
 
Most Hudson Valley tours depart from New York City and include round-trip transportation, making for an easy day trip. The region is dotted with wineries and breweries, and culinary excursions allow you to avoid the hassle of driving, explore the countryside, and taste local wines, beers, or ciders. Bike tours are a good option for travelers who want to get some exercise and explore the countryside up-close, while helicopter and hang-gliding tours provide sweeping views over the entire region. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hudson Valley is a must-see for history buffs, foodies, and nature lovers. 
  • The valley’s restaurant scene is famous for its talented chefs and abundance of local ingredients. Be sure to grab a bite at a local establishment. 
  • Most Hudson Valley towns feature bike-friendly streets, while scenic off-road bike trails are often easily accessible. 

How to Get There
Hudson Valley is located just north of Manhattan and ecompasses New Paltz, Nyack, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, and Beacon. The Metro North train connects the Big Apple to multiple Hudson Valley cities, while guided tours typically provide round-trip transportation from Manhattan. 
 
When to Get There
Spring and summer weather is typically pleasant in the Hudson Valley, making those seasons ideal for outdoor activities. While temperatures may be crisp in autumn, the region’s spectacular fall foliage is a draw for many travelers. 
 
Wine, Beer, and Spirits in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is an East Coast hotbed for wine production, putting out award-winning cabernet francs, chardonnays, and merlots. The region is home to some of America’s oldest vineyards, which were operating before California’s Sonoma and Napa valleys rose to fame. Craft beer breweries, cider orchards, and boutique distilleries also populate the valley. 

Location
Address: Cortlandt, New York 10567, USA
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Hudson Valley Craft Brewery Bike Tour

Visit one of the best craft breweries in the NYC Metro region on this full-day bike tour through the Hudson Valley. The Captain Lawrence Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery located in Elmsford. Hop on the Metro-North train to Brewster — with bike in tow, of course — and enjoy 35 miles of the predominantly car-free scenic Hudson Valley Trail en route to the microbrewery. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the halfway point and at the end of the ride, sample 10 locally famous ales. Return transportation to train station provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$125.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Hudson Valley Winery and Distillery Bike Tour

Escape the city and explore the Hudson Valley’s exciting food, wine, and spirits scene on this all-day bicycle tour with a private guide. Hop on a bike in Poughkeepsie and head to Gardiner Liquid Mercantile to learn about the region’s artisan products, sample cider, and enjoy a delicious lunch included in the tour price. Enjoy beautiful views of Shawgunk Ridge as you taste your way between wineries and distilleries.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour

Experience the brilliant colors of fall in the Hudson Valley on a fall foliage helicopter tour. Beginning at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, choose from a three- or six-passenger helicopter, then listen as the pilot narrates the journey over landmarks like Tarrytown Castle and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Select from a 30- or 45-minute flight, the latter featuring views of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Bear Mountain Ski Resort and more. An additional airport fee is due at the time of check-in.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Hudson Valley Brewery Tour & Walkway over the Hudson

Departing most Saturdays from New York City. A full day to explore the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. Located only 90 miles (150km) north but feels like a world away from the city as we leave behind skyscrapers for rolling farmland and high mountain peaks. Hudson Valley farms feed the New York City area and the region is the epicenter for the farm-to-table movement and an exciting, growing brewery scene.Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and food. Among many attributes, it’s the oldest wine producing area in the country, and the magnificent scenery inspired artists whose works became the Hudson River School of Painters. Lonely Planet describes the Hudson River Valley as “a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options.” National Geographic Traveler named the Hudson Valley one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world.
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$99.00
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Wine and Local Cheese Tour

This is something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime, Fall Foliage in New York. We’ll take you through the scenic Hudson Valley to visit small towns, sample wine of the region paired with local cheeses. Take in the fall foliage, the farm stands, and picturesque farms scattered between our visits to the wineries. Be sure to bring your camera on this unforgettable day in the heart of the Hudson Valley.This is a 6 hour shuttled tour that includes tastings at three unique wineries of the region, paired with cheeses of the Hudson Valley, and a delicious picnic lunch with loring stories of the region. Depart with wine, farm stand goods, local treasures, and a new understanding of wine.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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