Explore Scenic Routes, Culture & More with Three Scenic Driving Tours
Greene County, N.Y. - This summer, explore Greene County with three distinct scenic diving tours and experience the region's diverse mix of arts and culture, rivers and mountains, markets and music.
New York State's Catskill Mountains were included in a recent list of "The Best States for Summer Road Trips" from WalletHub.com. Just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston, the Catskills offer an affordable getaway close to home.
Mountain Driving Tour
Along this route, you will experience the adventure and breathtaking beauty of the Catskill Park; a New York State designated wilderness area spanning more than 700,000 acres. Relax in the sun at North-South Lake, swing by Hunter Mountain for a ride on the longest, fastest and highest zipline canopy tour in North America, or take a quiet chairlift to the summit and hike to a larger-than-life size carving of Rip Van Winkle, the main character in Washington Irving's classic tale.
Additional stops include:
- St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church & Grazhda is a wood-carved
basilica crafted entirely without the use of nails, featuring hand-carved,
gold-covered interiors. Visit for a concert, Ukrainian craft workshop or one of
many special events.
- New York's Mount Rushmore, or Pratt Rock, is regarded as one of the earliest
Civil War monuments in the nation. This stone tapestry carved into a cliffside
in Prattsville details the life of one of the town's founding members, Zadock
Pratt. Discover his story at the Zadock Pratt Museum dedicated to preserving
- Catskills' Golf Resorts offer some of the Catskill Region's most scenic courses at
three destinations: Christman's Windham
House, Windham Country Club and the Rip Van Winkle Country Club.
- Five State Lookout on Route 23 in East Windham offers a panoramic view of the
White Mountains in New Hampshire, Green Mountains in Vermont, the Berkshires of
Massachusetts and the Helerberg Mountains of New York and the Connecticut
Valley, a perfect place to end your tour!
River Driving Tour
The River Driving Tour explores Greene County's artistic heritage and historic sites to create a leisurely drive full of delightful surprises. Begin at the Historic CatskillPoint & Frieghtmasters Building to enjoy views of the Hudson River, and then drive to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, just five minutes away. Here, you will discover the home, studio and grounds of one of America's most influential artists, and the father of the Hudson River School of Art, Thomas
Additional stops include:
- Nature Preserves, including the Cohotate Preserve and Four Mile Point Preserve,
offer nature trails and observation platforms for guests to watch for a variety
of wildlife and waterfowl.
- The Bronck Museum is home to the oldest surviving Dutch House in the Hudson Valley,
and touring the grounds is like stepping into the pages of Sleepy Hollow. The Museum's buildings date back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and include a unique 13-sided
barn housing a collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Museum staff provides
atmospheric stories along with a guided tour of the property.
- Farmers' Stands from East Durham Farms to Black Horse Farms, offer fresh, seasonal produce, savory and sweet baked goods, as well as a variety of Catskills specialties like
sweet cider and apples.
Valley Driving Tour
The Valley Driving Tour winds around the Hudson River Valley, stopping to explore a Buddhist center and Irish cultural sites before cooling down at New York's #1 family
water park. Begin at the Mahayana Buddhist Temple in South Cairo, a spiritual retreat offering weekly services, public tours and special events. From the temple, head to the Altamura Center for Arts and Culture, for music festivals
and live performances.
Additional stops include:
- Irish Cultural Centers in the Great Northern Catskills are home to a rich,
multi-generational tradition of music, dance and sport. Visit Our Lady of Knock
Shrine dedicated to apparition of the Lady of Knock in County Mayo, Ireland,
and swing by Guaranteed Irish, America's largest Irish import store in Each
Durham. Round out your Emerald Isle experience at the Michael J. Quill Cultural
& Sports Centre for one of the Catskills' annual Irish festivals and events.
- Zoom Flume Water Park is New York's #1 Family Water Park, offering an excellent
place to cool off on a hot summer day. Enjoy water rides for all ages in a
beautiful natural setting.
For more information about Greene County's scenic driving
tours, visit: www.greatnortherncatskills.com/driving-tours
About Greene County:
Greene County is the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism.