Have you ever wondered: ‘How far is the Hudson Valley from NYC?’ And ‘Where is Hudson Valley, New York?’
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?
Is Hudson Valley Upstate New York?
I know for a fact that many people believe that the Hudson Valley is quite a distance away from Midtown New York City.
I’m not only talking about tourists. Because people who live in the 5 boroughs that make up NYC also believe that the Hudson Valley is ‘Upstate New York‘.
What they do not realize is that the Hudson Valley is made up of three distinctive areas and that each one is distinct and unique from the other:
The Hudson Valley is divided into:
- Lower Hudson Valley Region
- Mid-Hudson Valley Region
- Upper Hudson Valley Region
So, What is Upstate New York & Downstate New York?
According to Wikipedia:
“Major cities in Upstate New York include Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse.”
Albany, New York State’s Capital, then falls under both umbrellas (Hudson Valley & Upstate).
Wikipedia also clarifies 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.”
Where is the Hudson Valley Located?
What is Considered Hudson Valley NY?
According to Google Maps, if you type in “Hudson Valley”, 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.
But, the Lower Hudson Valley actually begins down by the Yonkers, NY area, stretching through Mount Vernon and Pelham Manor, NY. It is 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 are in the Hudson Valley?
Several counties make up the Hudson Valley Region that runs all the way up to Albany.
Here is a list of the 10 counties that make up the Hudson River Valley Region.
Click below to read Guides that I have complied for each county.
Listed in each County’s Guide are popular Hudson Valley Things To Do.
- Westchester County
- Rockland County
- Orange County
- Putnam County
- Dutchess County
- Ulster County
- Columbia County
- Greene County
- Rensselaer County
- Albany County
What towns are in each County of Hudson Valley, NY?
Westchester County is a large county and has 6 cities, 19 towns, and 23 villages.
These include: Ardsley, Bedford, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Larchmont, Lewisboro, Mamaroneck, 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, Tarrytown, Tuckahoe, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights.
Rockland County has 5 towns, 19 villages, but no cities. It is the smallest county in the state and is approximately 15 miles from NYC at its closest point.
These include: 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.
Orange County has 3 cities and 40 towns. It is approximately 50 miles from NYC.
These include: 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.
Putnam County is a distance of 45 to 65 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Putnam County. There are 6 towns and 3 villages in Putnam County, but no cities.
These include: Brewster, Carmel, Cold Spring, Kent, Nelsonville, Patterson, Philipstown, Putnam Valley, Southeast.
Dutchess County is a distance of 58 to 110 miles from New York City, depending on where you are visiting in Putnam County. There are 21 towns, 8 villages and 2 cities in Dutchess County.
These include: 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.
Ulster County has 1 city, 20 towns, and 3 villages.
These include: Denning, Esopus, Gardiner, Hardenburgh, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Marbletown, Marlborough, New Paltz, Olive, Plattekill, Rochester, Rosendale, Saugerties, Shandaken, Shawangunk, Ulster, Wawarsing, Woodstock, Ellenville, New Paltz, Saugerties.
Columbia County has 1 city, 18 towns, and 3 villages.
These include: Hudson, Ancram, Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Claverack, Clermont, Copake, Gallatin, Germantown, Ghent, Greenport, Hillsdale, Kinderhook, Livingston, New Lebanon, Stockport, Stuyvesant, Taghkanic, Philmont, & Valatie.
Greene County has 14 towns, and 5 villages.
These include: Ashland, Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, Durham, Greenville, Halcott, Hunter, Jewett, Lexington, New Baltimore, Prattsville, Windham and Tannersville.
Rensselaer County has 2 cities, 14 towns, and 6 villages.
These include: Rensselaer, Troy, Berlin, Brunswick, East Greenbush, Grafton, Hoosick, Nassau, North Greenbush, Petersburgh, Pittstown, Poestenkill, Sand Lake, Schaghticoke, Schodack, Stephentown, Castleton-on-Hudson, East Nassau, Hoosick Falls, and Valley Falls.
Albany County has 3 cities, 10 towns, and 6 villages.
These include: Albany, Cohoes, Watervliet, Berne, Bethlehem, Coeymans, Colonie, Green Island, Guilderland, Knox, New Scotland, Rensselaerville, Westerlo, Altamont, Menands, Ravena, and Voorheesville.
Hudson Valley NY Map
How can you get to the Hudson Valley Region?
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 three Railway lines: The Hudson Line (along the Hudson River), Port Jervis Line and the Harlem Line.
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. There is so much to see and do that you may need more than a day or more than a weekend to see and enjoy it all.
Hudson Valley Tourism
No matter what your interests are, the Hudson Valley offers so many things to do.
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 abundantly rich in:
- Art & Culture
- Food & Drinks
- and so much more..
Now that you know where the Hudson Valley is located, let’s dive in and explore the Hudson River Valley Region of New York State.
Choose your preferred mode of transportation and start your adventures this weekend!