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?

How far is the Hudson Valley from NYC? Take a look at the counties that make up the Hudson Valley, the towns that make up each county and the distance each county is from NYC.


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.

Dutchess County Fair Rides and fun
Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY
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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. ūüėģ It also estimates the trip from Midtown Manhattan to the "Hudson Valley" at about 2 hours and 15 minutes¬†by car. Yikes!!!

Google Maps of where the Hudson Valley Is

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.

Newburgh Illuminated Festival is a free event that happens yearly. It brings together the community of Orange County, NY and beyond to enjoy food & the arts.
Newburgh Illuminated Festival
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Here is a list of the counties that make up the Hudson Valley. Click below to read some quick guides:

National Geographic has named the Hudson Valley as one of the Top 20 places to visit in the world.
Bannerman Castle, Hudson River
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Westchester 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.

Stuart's Fruit Farm is a wonderful family-owned Orchard, Country Store and Bakery in Westchester County, NY
Stuart's Fruit Farm, Granite Springs, NY
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Rockland County

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.

On the top of your list of free things to do in the Hudson Valley should be the Rockland Center for the Arts. With both an indoor Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Park, this makes RoCA a unique place to visit year round.
Rockland Center for the Arts
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Orange County

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.

Have you ever walked amongst enormous sculptures? Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY is a wonderful place to visit during warm days and offers the opportunity to roam and explore wonderful sculptures.
Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY
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Putnam County

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

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.

Want to spend an afternoon with your loved one or friends learning about the process of making spirits? Then, a trip to Denning's Point Distillery should be on your list of things to do in Dutchess County.
Dennings Point Distillery, Beacon, NY
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Ulster County

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.

Benmarl Winery in Ulster County becomes a special place to all that visit. The view of the Hudson Valley is stunning and the wine is superb. When looking for thisngs to do in Ulster County, this is the place to go to.
Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY
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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.

How far is the Hudson Valley from NYC? It all depends on how you get there and when you're going.

Each Metro North 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.
Such as:

  • Art & Culture
  • Nature
  • History
  • Food & Drinks
  • Museums¬†
  • Music

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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The Hudson Valley is not as far as you think. With it's closest cities and towns bordering NYC, its no wonder why so many people add this to their vacation itinerary.

Until the Next Adventure...

 

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