Have you ever wondered how far the Hudson Valley really is from NYC? As a native New Yorker, my answer will always be, “It all depends on how you plan to get there and what time and what day are you planning to head up.” And “Are you taking the train or are you driving?” lol… Sounds complicated, right?
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. Some people who live within the 5 boroughs that make up NYC also believe that the Hudson Valley is ‘Upstate New York‘. I’m here to tell you, from personal experience, and basic knowledge that the Hudson Valley is not as far as you may think. So, how far is the Hudson Valley from NYC?
Where is the Hudson Valley Exactly Located?
Contrary to the truth, according to Google Maps, if you type in “Hudson Valley”, it actually shows that the Hudson Valley is all the way up by Kingston, NY and the pin is in the water. 😮 It also estimates the trip from Midtown Manhattan to the “Hudson Valley” at about 2 hours and 15 minutes by car. Yikes!!!
But in actuality, the beginning of the Hudson Valley stretches from the Yonkers, NY area, 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 make up the Hudson Valley?
Several counties make up the Hudson Valley Region. If we’re getting technical the Hudson Valley runs all the way up to Albany. There is a Lower Hudson Valley Region, a Middle Hudson Valley Region and an Upper Hudson Valley Region.
Here is a list of the counties in order from closest to and farthest from NYC:
- Westchester County
- Rockland County
- Orange County
- Putnam County
- Dutchess County
- Ulster County
- Columbia County
- Greene County
- Rensselaer County
- Albany County
Each county is unique in its makeup and epitomize the uniqueness of this region of New York State.
Westchester County is a large county that 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. It’s located 15 miles Northwest of Manhattan.
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 44 cities and towns.
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.
Dutchess 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.
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 two specific Railway lines: The Hudson Line (along the Hudson River), Port Jervis Line and the Harlem Line.
Each Line takes you to a different area of the Hudson Valley and can lead you to some wonderful places.
Whatever means you use to arrive and explore the Hudson Valley, make sure you give yourself enough time, because there is so much to see and do that you may need more than a day or even more than a weekend.
Some Highlights of the Hudson Valley
No matter what interests you, the Hudson Valley offers so many things to so many people.
Click below to see some blog posts categorized within these points of interest.
Below are some highlights of places I’ve been and things that I’ve done in the Hudson Valley:
Now that you have an idea of how far the Hudson Valley is from NYC and some blog posts to reference to, are you ready to take the dive and explore the Hudson Valley? Choose your mode of transportation and start your adventures this weekend!
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