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Stretching along New York’s eastern border, the Hudson Valley is a land of many facets. From historical landmarks to outdoor adventures, you won’t get bored here. Whether you’re visiting in the refreshing summer or the bone-chilling winter, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are our picks of the five best things to do in the Hudson Valley:
1. Climb the Catskills. A nature enthusiast’s paradise, the Catskill Mountains provide unlimited options for adventure during both the summer and winter months. When the weather is warm, hiking and waterskiing abound, while the frosty months provide the perfect opportunity to dust off those skis.
2. Visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Celebrate America’s favorite pastime at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The museum is home to a staggering number of artifacts — 38,000 pieces in all — honoring the game’s greatest players.
3. Take a walk around Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. There’s no denying these 90 acres are full of legends. A number of historical figures are buried here, including Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler and Washington Irving, whose short story inspired the village to change its name from North Tarrytown to Sleepy Hollow.
4. Explore Storm King Art Center. Considered one of the preeminent sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center’s 500 acres are home to more than 100 pieces by renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Mark di Suvero. Located in Mountainville, Storm King’s collection focuses on large-scale abstract sculpture.
5. Trek over the Hudson. A once-abandoned railroad bridge, the scenic Walkway Over the Hudson claims to be the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, measuring 1.28 miles long. Open for biking, rollerblading, jogging and leisurely strolling, the walkway also has a number of picnic tables, so pack a lunch and make an afternoon of it.