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Such Great Heights

Take a glass elevator up from the Hudson Riverfront, and in just 90 seconds, you’ll be strolling across the Walkway Over the Hudson. The world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge and part of a state historic park, it also connects to the Dutchess Rail Trail’s 21 kilometers. Hike through the highlands, or to take in the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains beyond from atop three fire towers on Mount Beacon, Stissing Mountain and Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck. While in Rhinebeck, check out the area’s Aerodrome Museum, where antique planes fly in air shows every weekend.

 

Gilded History

See where 400 years of U.S. history happened. Choose an era to explore, from Colonial to Quaker to the Gilded Age. Learn about presidential history at the inspiring Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Tour Springwood, FDR’s lifelong home. Experience the Great Estates, the gracious homes of the well-heeled magnates who helped build the USA. Visit Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Staatsburgh State Historic Site, both Gilded Age palaces built for entertaining as well as museums that preserve the era’s way of life. Crown Maple Estate’s namesake treasure maple trees produce high-quality syrup, which you can sample at brunch or learn about on a tour. For a surprising twist on the area’s history, discover Bannerman Castle, once a 19th century military surplus on Pollepel Island with a curious reputation.

 

Culinary and Artistic Delights

Have a memorable meal at The Culinary Institute of America’s four student-staffed restaurants, and visit farms and markets to taste fresh produce and ingredients (tour and taste at wineries, breweries and distilleries while you’re at it). In Rhinebeck, enjoy charming shops, antiques, galleries and fine dining. Whatever your tastes in the arts, you'll find a museum to match your mood. How about an 18th century oil painting by Hudson River School master Frederic Church? Or a giant modern sculpture by visionary artist Richard Serra? Browse the modern collections at Dia:Beacon and Vassar’s Loeb Art Center, then explore hip and happening Beacon and hear live music in the clubs. Get inspired at a performance or show at Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Fun Fact

A fall view of the Culinary Institute of America
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Hyde Park is home to The Culinary Institute of America, the USA’s premier culinary school.

On the green at McCann Golf Course
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Among the area’s many golf courses, Dutcher Golf Course is the country’s oldest public course, established in 1890.

The circa 1766 Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn
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Dutchess County is home to more than 50 bed-and-breakfast inns, including Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn, which has operated continuously since 1766.

Aerial view of Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie
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A spectacular cliffside double waterfall
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Destination

Kauai