25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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1. Visit the Walkway Over the Hudson
After nearly 20 years of planning, fund-raising, legal wrangling — not to mention manual labor — the world’s longest elevated park opened amid much fanfare in October 2009. As of last April, more than half a million pedestrians — twice as many as originally estimated — have walked, run, cycled, roller-bladed, or otherwise traversed the one-and-a-quarter-mile span, which links Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie with the Ulster County village of Highland (where, incidentally, construction is currently underway on a spur trail which will connect the Walkway to the two-and-a-half-mile Highland Rail Trail).
Rising more than 200 feet above the river, the concrete-paved Walkway offers virtually unobstructed views of the Hudson Highlands (Storm King, Mount Taurus) to the south; on a clear day, you can spy the distant Catskills to the north. But a peek over the railing also reveals the swirling river currents, tree-lined shoreline (Highland side), and the rooftops of a number of homes and businesses in Po-town. While there are still a few bugs to work out (parking at the entrances being the most vexing), this clean and well-maintained skyway is sure to thrill even the most jaded Valleyite.