travel-hudson-valley.JPGHudson Valley, N.Y. - Lonely Planet, a leading travel web site, has named the Hudson Valley as the #2 pick for the top ten places to visit in the United States. Editors at the site annually "carve out a list of what's new, interesting, and in some cases likely to be overlooked by travelers both domestic and international." Mary Kay Vrba, president of Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. stated, "We're honored that Lonely Planet chose our region as a hot spot destination in the United States. They've provided us with a new audience, and we're ready to welcome them to the valley." The region has been a major tourism destination in New York State for many years. With its canvas-worthy landscape, history, wineries and culinary restaurants, the Hudson Valley attracts increasing numbers of visitors every year. The editors note the following: It should be a given that any visitor to New York City breaks for a day or two 'upstate' in the Hudson River Valley, a slice of rural Americana just north. It's a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options that draw even spoiled-for-choice Manhattanites away from the city. The Hudson Valley is said to be "buzzing for travelers in the coming year," and Lonely Planet's editors note that it should be on a traveler's radar in 2012. With new museums, restaurants, wineries, and hotels opening every year, even those who have visited before can take a fresh look at one of New York's most beautiful destinations. The article can be found at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/76941 Additional information can be obtained from the Hudson Valley Tourism web site at www.travelhudsonvalley.com. Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website, www.travelhudsonvalley.com, or by calling 845-615-3860.

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Contact: Susan Hawvermale Hudson Valley Tourism 845-615-3863 shawvermale@orangecountygov.com