Hudson Valley

Located in the famous state of New York, Hudson Valley is an area rich in history, fertile land, tourist attractions, and fascinating towns. The region is known to be the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Vanderbilt Mansion. A prominent aspect of the area is the gastronomic experience, with wineries and restaurants being a crucial part of the region. Hudson Valley contains the Culinary Institute of America, making the food scene more diverse and exciting. 

Geography Of Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is the valley of the Hudson River that runs through the state of New York. It is located around 121 miles away from new york city. The region borders New York City from the south and reaches north to the Capital District, including the cities of Albany and Troy. It is divided into three areas, Upper Hudson Valley, Middle Hudson Valley, and Lower Hudson Valley.

The Upper Hudson Valley area includes the four counties of Greene, Albany, Columbia, and Rensselaer, known for the beautiful hills, farms, rivers, and mountains. The Hudson River reaches its endpoint in Troy. The Hudson River continues its flow as a tiny river to Mt. Marcy, New York's highest mountain. 

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Hudson Valley and Fort Montgomery, New York, viewed from Bear Mountain on a sunny autumn afternoon.

The Middle Hudson Valley includes Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster counties. It is known for the famous Shawangunk and the Catskill Mountains, beautiful nature, and history. The Hudson River narrows down in this area, and the Hudson Highlands dominate the scenery. The Hudson Highlands hold historical significance due to the events that occurred in them during the Revolutionary War.

The Lower Hudson Valley includes the two counties of Westchester and Rockland. This valley area is rural and famous for its many historical sites. Most of the historic sites in the area were open to the public and preserved through funding from the Rockefeller family, who owned property in the area. 

The valley has several rock formations, including Triassic sandstones and redbeds in the south and the Palisades Sill. In addition, it has Precambrian gneiss in the north and east. 

Hudson Valley's Biodiversity 

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Canadian geese swimming in Hudson River. Editorial credit: Rob Crandall /

The region is characterized by a very diverse ecosystem of animals and plants, including hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, reptiles, and mammals. Some birds commonly found in the region include Blackbirds, Mimics, Crows, Woodpeckers, and Grackles. Some butterfly species local to the area include the Ailanthus Webworm Moth, American Copper, American Snout, and the Crossline Skipper. Some local animals include the American Beaver, Eastern Grey Squirrel, White-Tailed Deer, and the Groundhog.

The valley is home to fantastic tree species such as the Deodar Cedar, Donald Wyman, and Prairifire Crabapple Trees, Honey Locust, London Plane Tree, and Star Magnolia tree. 

Pollution in the Hudson River caused by industrial waste and sewage has been a significant problem affecting the region's ecological system. Efforts by some conservation groups have been helpful but are not a solution for this rising issue. 

The Climate Of Hudson Valley

Similar to the weather in New York, Hudson Valley witnesses much rainfall during most months of the year. The region averages around 42 inches of rain and 43 inches of snow annually, exceeding the national average. It is sunny for an average of 181 days per year which is lower than the national average. 

June, July, and August have the best weather, while January is the least comfortable month due to the extreme cold. July is the hottest month, with temperatures soaring to 83.7°F, making the area one of the hottest areas in New York. On the other hand, January is the coldest month, and October is the month with the most rainfall at 4.2 inches.

Demographics Of Hudson Valley

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View of Poughkeepsie from Walk Over The Hudson

The population of Hudson Valley is 2,063,311 residents, 49.08% are males, and 50.92% are female. The median age is 42 years. 32.89% of the population has never been married before, while 51.65% are married. Around 9% of the population is either separated or divorced. Regarding educational attainment, 28.78% of Hudson Valley's population holds a high school degree, 20.5% have a college certificate, and 20.99% hold a bachelor's degree.

History Of Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley is a National Heritage Area due to its rich history, beauty, and culture. Before European settler Henry Hudson claimed to discover Hudson Valley in 1609, Native American tribes like the Mohican and Munsee tribes lived in the region. The Mohicans lived in the northern valley, while the Munsee tribe lived in the northeastern valley region. They depended on agriculture and hunting to survive. European, specifically dutch, settlement of the area started in 1629.

In 1775, and with the beginning of the American Revolution, Hudson valley witnessed several battles, conflicts, and political events. Some of the most notable events were boycotts, rallies, and riots where locals threw British tea into the Harbour. Hudson Valley also witnessed battles like the American Victory at Saratoga and the battle of Tappan Zee. 

Hudson Valley was George Washington's headquarters when he disbanded the American Army from there. It was also the place of residence of President Franklin Roosevelt. 

Hudson Valley also played a significant role during the Civil Rights Movement, and statues of its people who played substantial roles can be seen all over the region, like the statue of Ella Fitzgerald outside of the Yonkers' Metro-North station.

Tourism In Hudson Valley

The New York State Capitol Building in Albany
The New York State Capitol Building in Albany. Editorial credit: Felix Lipov /

The Hudson Valley is rich in historic sites, attractions, agritourism, and a fantastic food scene. Some of the best historical places to visit in the region include the New York State Capitol, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, Library and Museum, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site among many others. 

For outdoor and agriculture lovers, visiting the Indian Ladder Farms, Empire State Plaza Farmers Market, Love Apple Farms – Ghent, and the Blooming Hill Organic Farm is a must. 

For the ultimate entertainment, Hudson Valley has endless attractions for everyone. Some attractions include the Catamount Adventure Park, Lebanon Valley Speedway, SplashDown Beach, Motorcyclepedia Museum, Perkins Memorial Tower, and Hudson River Cruises. 

Hudson Valley is one of the wealthiest and most diverse regions in the United States. It has a glorious history, culture, incredible biodiversity, and breathtaking towns and streets. With spectacular natural scenery and fascinating culture, Hudson Valley is one of the best places to explore.