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Scenic Drives

Published: Feb 27, 2014

New York State is home to some of the countries most incredible scenic driving routes and byways. Just outside New York City, in the Hudson Valley and LI regions is where some of the magic begins. Immerse yourself in the history of the state, experience top regional wines and ascend into the mountains, where commanding views of the Hudson River Valley await you.

Below are a few suggestions of the many scenic routes within 60-miles from New York City:

Hudson Valley, Nyack

Only  35-minutes outside Manhattan, the Hudson River Village of Nyack retains a small-town charm with elegant mansions mixed with modest homes, delightful shops and fine restaurants. Your scenic drive draws you into the Hudson River at Hook Mountain State Park connecting to Nyack Beach State Park.  From start parks to art, Nyack offers a piece of the great outdoors to it cultural roots. Art has always played an important role in Nyack, as the birthplace of realist painter Edward Hopper. Today Hopper's house is a community cultural center and exhibit space that visits can see ongoing and special exhibits, participate in workshops, enjoy jazz concerts and more. End your drive in downtown Nyack, where the longtime home of stage actress Helen Hayes, and namesake of the thriving local youth theatre is open for camp, classes and productions.

Hudson Valley, Bear Mountain

Head north on U.S. 9W along rolling hills and forested mountains, you'll reach Bear Mountain State Park, where you'll discover expansive views of the Hudson River Valley. Continue your drive to Revolutionary War Grounds, where American troops fought for and took control of two forts. If historic sites aren't for you, the park also offers a wildlife center, camping, golf, boating, and the Bear Mountain Inn and restaurant.  Drive deep into the history and beauty of Bear Mountain and hop out of the car to stretch your legs along miles of scenic hiking trails.  

Hudson Valley, Sleep Hollow

New York State is rich with history from agriculture to urban legends along U.S. 9 to Sleepy Hollow where you'll find Philipsburg Manor, a landmark of the Underground Railroad and an 18th century working farm. A shuttle leaves from the Philipsburg Manor to Kykuit, a country home of the Rockefellers and the crown jewel of Hudson Valley's Mansions. Also, who could forget the site of the storied Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Old Dutch Church, where the headless horseman's tale began next door to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the burial site of the story's writer Washington Irving.  

Hudson Valley, Shawangunk Wine Trail

For wine lovers, the Hudson Valley is America's most historic wine making region.  Just over an hour from the enrichments of the city, lay the most hospitable wine tasting rooms with award-winning wines made from varietals grown from all over the world.  This beautiful drive indulges your senses with the best food and wine the Hudson Valley has to offer. With nine wineries in a scenic 30-mile loop and festivals including, ‘Bounty of the Hudson Food & Wine Festival' and ‘Wreath Fineries at Nine Wineries' this drive couldn't possibly steer you wrong.

Suffolk County, North Folk

Suffolk County's North Fork Trail carries visitors from Southold to Orient Point through a series of charming hamlets, renowned wine tours, expansive farms and wild wetlands. This gorgeous driving route mingles intermittent glimpses of the ocean and incredible beaches, concluding with an uninterrupted view of the Atlantic Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see.

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