Where is the Hudson Valley NY located?: The Ultimate Guide

Home to the Hudson River, historic locations, amazing views, and a TON of art & culture, the Hudson Valley NY is one of the most interesting and iconic locations in the United States.

But on the other hand, Hudson Valley NY is overlooked because New York City is usually the place where people want to visit when visiting New York State.

I bet you’re probably wondering,
“How far is the Hudson Valley NY from NYC?”
And “Where EXACTLY is the Hudson Valley NY?”

As a native New Yorker, my answer is always, “It all depends on how you plan to get there and what time and what day are you planning to travel.”
And
“Are you taking the train or are you driving?” lol…

Sounds complicated, right?

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The Bear Mountain bridge and mountains of the Hudson Valley

SOME TIPS & PRACTICAL ADVICE ABOUT VISITING THE HUDSON VALLEY:
> I personally think the best time to visit the Hudson Valley during the Autumn/Fall Season. The cooler temperatures and the beautiful Autumn foliage makes every outing extra special.

> The Hudson Valley offers some options for getting around. Bigger cities offer bus service and the Metro-North train runs from NYC to several areas within the Hudson Valley. (see below)

> There are several airport options in the Hudson Valley. Depending on where you plan to stay, the options can range anyway from the airport in Albany International Airport to Newburgh International Airport or the Westchester County Airport.

> When making a visit, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Many places require a lot of walking and the weather can also change drastically.

> Looking for Things to do in the Hudson Valley? Download my EPIC list of Things to do in the HV for $10 or less by filling out the form below.

Is the Hudson Valley NY considered “Upstate New York”?

The Hudson Valley NY – unofficially known as ‘Upstate New York”, or is it?

I know for a fact that many people believe that the Hudson Valley NY is far away from New York City.

The people who think this are not only tourists. People who LIVE within the 5 boroughs that make up NYC also believe that the Hudson Valley NY is “Upstate New York”.

What they do not realize is that the Hudson Valley is actually made up of THREE areas and that part of the Hudson Valley NY is actually CLOSE to NYC.

Don’t get me wrong, some parts of the Hudson Valley are quite a trek from NYC, but there are some beautiful and interesting places that DO NOT require an overnight stay or hours upon hours on the road in order to enjoy them.

The Hudson Valley, NY is divided into three regions:

  • Lower Hudson Valley NY
  • Mid-Hudson Valley NY
  • Upper Hudson Valley NY

Each region is unique and beautiful, breathtaking and exciting and so much more.

Where exactly is ‘Upstate’ & ‘Downstate’ New York?

According to Wikipedia:
“Major cities in Upstate New York include Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and Syracuse.”

Then, Albany (New York State’s Capital) seems to fall under both umbrellas (Hudson Valley & Upstate).

But that’s a debate for another day…

Wikipedia also tries to clarify the division of Downstate, NY by saying:

“The Downstate region, like Upstate New York, is divided into several subregions, such as New York City, the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island.”

Did that make it clearer or confuse you more????

The Ferris Wheel is a popular ride at the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.
Ferris Wheel at the Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY

How Far us the Hudson Valley NY from NYC?

If you type “Hudson Valley” into Google Maps, it actually shows that the Hudson Valley is by Kingston, NY and the pin is IN the Hudson River. ?

It also estimates the trip from Midtown Manhattan to the “Hudson Valley” at about 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.

Hudson Valley Map as provided by Google Maps
Hudson Valley Map courtesy of Google Maps

Don’t get me wrong, that may be true but let me let you in on a little secret:

Lower Hudson Valley NY actually begins down by Yonkers, NY and stretches across to Mount Vernon and Pelham/Pelham Manor, NY. 

That being said, that makes it approximately a 30-40 minute drive from Midtown Manhattan.

And that fact actually shocks some people because that is a big HUGE difference from what Google Maps says.

What Counties Make up the Hudson Valley NY?

Dancer at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. This yearly festival takes place in the Hudson Valley in Orange County, NY
Dance performance at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival, Newburgh, NY

Below is a list of the 10 counties that make up the Hudson River Valley Region.

If you’re looking for more information about each county, Click Below to read my helpful Guides

Listed in each County’s Guide are many popular Hudson Valley Things To Do within that County.

Photo of Bannerman Castle on the Hudson | Hudson Valley Tourism
Bannerman Castle in the Hudson River, near Dutchess & Orange Counties, NY

What Towns Make Up the Hudson Valley NY?

Westchester County

Westchester County is a large county and has 6 cities, 19 towns, and 23 villages.

  • Ardsley
  • Bedford
  • Briarcliff Manor
  • Bronxville
  • Buchanan
  • Cortlandt
  • Croton-on-Hudson
  • Dobbs Ferry
  • Eastchester
  • Elmsford
  • Greenburgh
  • Harrison
  • Hastings-on-Hudson
  • Irvington
  • Larchmont
  • Lewisboro
  • Mamroneck
  • Mount Kisco
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Mount Vernon
  • New Castle
  • New Rochelle
  • North Castle
  • North Salem
  • Ossining
  • Peekskill
  • Pelham
  • Pelham Manor
  • Pleasantville
  • Port Chester
  • Pound Ridge
  • Rye
  • Rye Brook
  • Scarsdale
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Somers
  • Tayytown
  • Tuckahoe
  • White Plains
  • Yonkers
  • Yorktown

Check out posts all about: Westchester County, NY

The Stuart Fruit Farm in Westchester County, NY is the oldest working farm left in the county. It's part of Hudson Valley New York history.
Stuarts Farm is the Oldest Working farm in Westchester County, NY

Rockland County

Rockland County is approximately 15 miles from NYC at its closest point.

  • Airmont
  • Chestnut Ridge
  • Clarkstown
  • Grand View-on-Hudson
  • Haverstraw
  • Hillburn
  • Kaser
  • Montebello
  • New Hempstead
  • New Square
  • Nyack
  • Orangetown
  • Piermont
  • Pomona
  • Ramapo
  • Sloatsburg
  • South Nyack
  • Spring Valley
  • Stony Point
  • Suffern
  • Upper Nyack
  • Wesley Hills
  • West Haverstraw

Check out posts all about: Rockland County, NY

A Sculpture from the outside sculpture garden at the Rockland Center for the Arts
Outside Exhibit at the Rockland Center for the Arts

Orange County

Orange County is approximately 50 miles from NYC.

  • Blooming Grove
  • Chester
  • Cornwall
  • Cornwall-on-Hudson
  • Crawford
  • Deer Park
  • Florida
  • Goshen
  • Greenville
  • Greenwood Lake
  • Hamptonburg
  • Harriman
  • Highland Falls
  • Highlands
  • Kiryas Joel
  • Maybrook
  • Middletown
  • Minisink
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Mount Hope
  • New Windsor
  • Newburgh
  • Otisville
  • Port Jervis
  • South Blooming Grove
  • Tuxedo
  • Tuxedo Park
  • Unionville
  • Walden
  • Walkill
  • Warwick
  • Washingtonville
  • Wawayanda
  • Woodbury

Check out posts all about: Orange County, NY

Sculpture at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY
Sculpture at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY

Putnam County

Putnam County is a distance of 45 to 65 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Putnam County.

  • Brewster
  • Carmel
  • Cold Spring
  • Kent
  • Nelsonville
  • Patterson
  • Philipstown
  • Putnam Valley
  • Southeast

Check out posts all about: Putnam County, NY

Chuang Yen Monastery in Putnam County is home to the largest indoor statue of Buddha in the Western Hemisphere
Statue at Chuang Yen Monastery, Putnam County, NY

Dutchess County

Dutchess County is a distance of 58 to 110 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Dutchess County.

  • Amenia
  • Beacon
  • Beekman
  • Clinton
  • Dover
  • East Fishkill
  • Fishkill
  • Hyde Park
  • LaGrange
  • Milan
  • Millbrook
  • Millerton
  • North East
  • Pawling
  • Pine Plains
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Red Hook
  • Rhinebeck
  • Smithfield
  • Stanford
  • Trivoli
  • Union Vale
  • Wappinger
  • Wappingers Falls
  • Washington

Check out posts all about: Dutchess County, NY

Visitors admiring the art of DIA:Beacon
DIA:Beacon in Dutchess County

Ulster County

Ulster County is a distance of approximately 107 – 112 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Ulster County.

  • Denning
  • Esopus
  • Gardiner
  • Hardenburgh
  • Hurley
  • Kingston
  • Lloyd
  • Marbletown
  • Marlborough
  • New Paltz
  • Olive
  • Plattekill
  • Rochester
  • Saugerties
  • Shandaken
  • Shawangunk
  • Ulster
  • Wawarsing
  • Woodstock
  • Ellenville

Check out posts all about: Ulster County, NY

View from Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY in Ulster County.
Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY

Columbia County

Columbia County is a distance of approximately 130 – 140 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Columbia County.

  • Hudson
  • Ancram
  • Austerlitz
  • Canaan
  • Chatham
  • Claverack
  • Clermont
  • Copake
  • Gallatin
  • Germantown
  • Ghent
  • Greenport
  • Hillsdale
  • Kinderhook
  • Livingston
  • New Lebanon
  • Stockport
  • Stuyvesant
  • Taghkanic
  • Philmont
  • Valatie
Olana State Historic Site
Olana State Historic Site – Courtesy of Wikipedia

Greene County

Greene County is a distance of approximately 135 – 150 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Greene County.

  • Ashland
  • Athens
  • Cairo
  • Catskill
  • Coxsackie
  • Durham
  • Greenville
  • Halcott
  • Hunter
  • Jewett
  • Lexington
  • New Baltimore
  • Prattsville
  • Windham
  • Tannersville

Rensselaer County

Rensselaer County is a distance of approximately 160 – 170 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Rensselaer County.

  • Rensselaer
  • Troy
  • Berlin
  • Brunswick
  • East Greenbush
  • Grafton
  • Hoosick
  • Nassau
  • North Greenbush
  • Petersburgh
  • Oittstown
  • Poetenkill
  • Sand Lake
  • Schaghticoke
  • Schodack
  • Stephentown
  • Castleton-on-Hudson
  • East Nassau
  • Hoosick Falls
  • Valley Falls

Albany County

Albany County is a distance of approximately 150 – 190 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Albany County.

  • Albany
  • Cohoes
  • Watervliet
  • Berne
  • Bethlehem
  • Coeymans
  • Colonie
  • Green Island
  • Guilderland
  • Knox
  • New Scotland
  • Rensselaerville
  • Westerlo
  • Altamont
  • Menands
  • Ravena
  • Voorheesville
Albany Institute of Arts & History
Albany Institute of Art & History – Courtesy of Wikipedia

Hudson Valley Map

As you can see from this Hudson Valley map below, the Hudson Valley stretches across the lower portion of New York State.

Where is Hudson Valley New York | Hudson Valley Tourism
Image: Wikipedia

How can you get to the Hudson Valley, NY Region without a car?

Did you know that you can easily and quickly reach many parts of the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley region without having a car?

Well, it’s true…

The MTA Metro-North Railroad has five Railway lines that take you into the Hudson Valley:

  • Hudson Line
  • Harlem Line
  • New Haven Line
  • Port Jervis Line
  • Pascack Line
Metro North Hudson Line Train heading North | Hudson Valley Tourism

Metro-North Hudson Line

The following stops can be found on the Hudson Line:

  • Ludlow
  • Yonkers
  • Glenwood
  • Greystone
  • Hastings-on-Hudson
  • Dobbs Ferry
  • Ardsley-on-Hudson
  • Irvington
  • Tarrytown
  • Philpse Manor
  • Scarborough
  • Ossining
  • Croton-Harmon
  • Cortlandt
  • Peekskill
  • Manitou
  • Garrison
  • Cold Spring
  • Breakneck Ridge
  • Beacon
  • New Hamburg
  • Poughkeepsie

Metro-North Harlem Line

The following stops can be found on the Harlem Line:

  • Mount Vernon West
  • Fleetwood
  • Bronxville
  • Tuckahoe
  • Crestwood
  • Scarsdale
  • Hartsdale
  • White Plains
  • North White Plains
  • Valhalla
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Hawthorne
  • Pleasantville
  • Chappaqua
  • Mount Kisco
  • Bedford Hills
  • Katonah
  • Golden Bridge
  • Purdys
  • Croton Falls
  • Brewster
  • Southeast
  • Patterson
  • Pawling
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Harlem Valley – Wingdale
  • Dover Plains
  • Tenmile River
  • Wassaic

Metro-North New Haven Line

The following stops can be found on the New Haven Line:

  • Mount Vernon East
  • Pelham
  • New Rochelle
  • Larchmont
  • Mamaroneck
  • Harrison
  • Rye
  • Port Chester

Metro-North Port Jervis Line

The following stops can be found on the Port Jervis Line:

  • Suffern
  • Tuxedo
  • Harriman
  • Salisbury Mills – Cornwall
  • Campbell Hall
  • Middletown – Town of Wallkill
  • Otisville
  • Port Jervis

Metro-North Pascack Line

The following stops can be found on the Pascack Line:

  • Pearl River
  • Nanuet
  • Spring Valley.

As you can see, each Metro North Line takes you to a different area of the Hudson Valley and can lead you to some wonderful places.

Whichever way you use to arrive and explore the Hudson Valley, make sure you give yourself enough time to explore before having to get back home.

There is so much to see and do that you may need more than a day and more in the lines of a weekend to see and enjoy it all!

Taking the train is a good way of spending Valentine's Day in the Hudson Valley

What is the Hudson Valley NY known for?

No matter what your interests are, the Hudson Valley NY offers so many things for so many people.

Hudson Valley Tourism is very important to the local economy. It’s also important in educating others about this grand region of New York that is rich in:

  • Art & Culture
  • Nature & Outdoors
  • History
  • Food & Drinks
  • Museums 
  • Music
  • and so much more… 

Now that you know where the Hudson Valley is located, let’s dive in and explore all there is to do in this Extraordinary region of the United States.

HERE’S A TIP YOU CAN USE RIGHT AWAY –
You’ll have a vastly better time on your visit by following these two simple steps:

#1: Check out the Guides of each county and see if there is anything that may interest you.

#2: Get access to the Complete Hudson Valley Directory, where you can see Locations to visit in each of the Hudson Valley 10 Counties.

MORE INFO ABOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY:

WHERE TO NEXT?

Now that you have a sense of where the Hudson Valley is, let’s see where you should go next…

Map Key for the Hudson Valley Exploring Map

Until the Next Adventure…

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I am a Native New Yorker who moved to the Hudson Valley for college and fell in love instantly. I believe that you don’t have to travel far in order to have an Amazing Adventure. I’m here to help you find your Next HV Adventure and to see the HV through the lens of my camera. Come Join Me!