There were no bridges crossing the Hudson River between the Capital Region and New York City before 1924. That’s right, we were flying airplanes nonstop cross-country before a car in Poughkeepsie could drive to Highland (4 miles as the crow flies) without going north or south more than 60 miles and then driving 60 or so miles on the other side. So the bridges that cross the river are fairly new in the scheme of things, and must have transformed the already long-settled life in the Hudson Valley when — one by one — they were opened.
Since there are so many ways a travel guide of this vast and varied region could be divided and conquered, we thought it would be fun to look at some of its coolest destinations bridge by bridge — at least the ones between Bear Mountain and the Berkshire Spur — using each as a starting point for exploration. It’s from these spans that you can look east and west, north and south, and discover the countless treasures the Hudson Valley holds. We’re here to share a few with you. Hopefully, you will find a new one to explore.
Click on the links below to explore some of the areas surrounding the following bridges:
- Rip Van Winkle Bridge
- George Clinton Memorial Bridge
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Mid-Hudson Bridge)
- Hamilton Fish (Newburgh-Beacon Bridge)
If you’d like a tour of the river, you can see some of the sites dotting the shore. Or do what Eric Anderson did, and take a drive along Route 9.
Maybe you prefer a walk? If you’ve heard of the Walkway Over the Hudson, you’d probably enjoy this one in Catskill.
You may not know that the Hudson Valley is a star as a filming location for dozens of movies and television shows. Amy Biancolli tells us more.
If you’re traveling to the Hudson Valley, or even beyond, you’ll be interested to know about the evolution of the travel agent in the age of Expedia and Travelocity.
Want to get more Upstate? Visit upstatemag.com.