Have you ever wondered: How far is the Hudson Valley 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 in 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.
Where is the Hudson Valley Located Exactly?
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 the state capital region around 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 that make up the Hudson Valley:
- Westchester County
- Rockland County
- Orange County
- Putnam County
- Dutchess County
- Ulster County
- Columbia County
- Greene County
- Rensselaer County
- Albany County
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.
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 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 to explore, because there is so much to see and do that you may need more than a day or more than a weekend.
Some Highlights of the Hudson Valley
No matter what your interests are, the Hudson Valley offers so many things to so many people.
Click below to see some blog posts categorized within these points of interest.
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 preferred mode of transportation and start your adventures this weekend!
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