Between the Big Apple and Albany lies a landscape of red, white and blue. The red grapes of America's oldest vineyard. The white limestone mansions of "Millionaire's Row." The blue Hudson River, your constant companion on this vibrantly colored journey into the heart of the Empire State, one of the country's most historic and captivating regions.
1 Discover quaint towns and beautiful summer homes along the Hudson Valley | See how maple syrup is made—and enjoy a tasting!—at a family-owned farm | Ride past acres of farmland, horses, green pastures and white church steeples to Beacon, the town named after mountaintop fires set to warn General George Washington that the British were coming.
2 Ride past farmland and local orchards to Dubois Farms—sample fresh apple cider or craft beer from their tavern | Pedal rolling hills sprinkled with apple trees, vineyards, flower gardens and posh homes | Stop in Marlboro for a wine tasting overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley.
3 Follow a section of the Dutchess Rail Trail—the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world and rising 200 feet above the Hudson | In Hyde Park, stop by the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America | Pay a visit to the FDR Museum to look at artifacts conveying the story of the Roosevelt era | Spin past the beautiful Vanderbilt gardens | Enjoy a coffee in charming Rhinebeck.
4-5 Take in views of the Catskill Mountains as you bike around Ashokan Reservoir | Linger over lunch in legendary Woodstock | Explore the town's galleries, shops and cafés | On foot, follow a secluded path to the picturesque Saugerties Lighthouse, built in 1869.