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    Best Attractions In The Hudson Valley

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    Painters, authors, and presidents have all been drawn to New York’s Hudson Valley for many years. Located just under two hours north of Manhattan, the Hudson Valley continues to captivate travelers with its beautiful four seasons, rich historical landmarks, and charming small towns. Here is a list of the top attractions and activities to experience in the Hudson Valley.

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum was the first of its kind in the United States and sets the standard for preserving presidential legacies. This museum covers FDR’s entire presidency, from the start of the Great Depression in 1933 until his passing in 1945.

    The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site is more than just a residence. As the wife of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt was an influential activist during his administration and later served on the United Nations General Assembly. This 181-acre site in Hyde Park was her primary home until 1962, and visitors can explore the place where she received notable guests such as Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.

    The Culinary Institute of America

    The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is a food lover’s paradise. This prestigious culinary school boasts four world-class restaurants managed by students, offering their own interpretations of famous cuisines from around the world.

    The New York State Museum

    Visit the oldest and largest state museum in the country, the New York State Museum. Marvel at the impressive tusks of a 13,000-year-old Ice Age Mastodon skeleton. Afterwards, take a ride on the Herschell-Spillman Company’s century-old merry-go-round featuring 40 beautifully carved carousel horses, donkeys, and deer.

    Bear Mountain State Park

    Located just seven miles from the United States Military Academy, Bear Mountain State Park offers nearly 6000 acres of natural beauty in the rugged highlands. Explore various hiking trails, including a six-mile section of the famous Appalachian Trail, and enjoy the breathtaking views.

    The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

    Experience the thrill of a barnstorming mission and feel the wind in your hair with an open-air biplane flight at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. This unique attraction houses one of the nation’s most significant collections of vintage planes, allowing visitors to step back in time to the era of Flying Ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the Red Baron.

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