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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15. Follow the Hudson River School Art Trail

The Hudson River School was America’s first homegrown art movement; Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, and other 19th-century painters depicted dramatic views of the Hudson and Catskills in their works, which helped our fledgling country establish its unique identity. The Hudson River School Art Trail takes you to seven spots — such as Olana (see above), North-South Lake, and Kaaterskill Falls — where the surrounding landscape has been forever immortalized on canvas by one or more of these artist icons. Choose a crisp autumn afternoon, follow the trail from beginning to end, and combine a cultural adventure with some world-class leaf-peeping.

Hudson River School Art Trail

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