Fall brings out the beautiful colors of autumn, especially in the northeast of our country. One such place is the Hudson River, rich in both history and beautiful scenery. The towns along it’s banks are renowned for their architecture, museums, famous landmarks and where palatial estates and grand mansions can still be seen.
American Cruise Line has a 8 day/7 night cruise along the Hudson River that visits many of these historic towns – the capital of New York State, Albany; West Point renowned for it’s famous students – Patton, Eisenhower, and MacArthur; Sleepy Hollow made immortal by Washington Irving who got his inspirtion for it and many other works from the Hudson Valley; Kingston and the Catskills where the Maritime Heritage is still alive along with the palatial estates and grand mansions that date back to the 1800’s; Poughkeepsie once home to the Astors and Vanderbilts who used it for weekend get-a-ways, Hyde Park the birthplace of President Franklin D Roosevelt whose estate ‘Springwood’ is now a historic site; and finally the last stop, New York City one of the world’s most exciting cities, where a ride through Central Park ends the cruise in a blaze of color.
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A stop at the Catskill affords passengers the opportunity to visit the magnificent Persian-style home of Frederick Church, a famous local painter, who designed the house himself to take advantage of the magnificient views of the Catskill Mountains. Another place to visit is the Clermont State Historic Site once home to Robert Livingston Jr who negotiated the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ and helped draft the Declaration of Independence
This picturesque region of the city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 while he was trying to find an expedited passage to China for the Dutch India Company. Now the Capital of New York State it’s majestic architecture, views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley, newly Renovated State Capitol building and the New York State Museum, are just a few of the reasons for passengers to explore.
The invention of the steamboat in 1807 made it easy to explore the picturesque Hudson River, In Kingston, where the maritime heritage has been preserved, one can see the palatial estates and grand mansions that New York’s wealthy business men built for their summer retreats. The town also has many reminders of our past – the Senate House where the Senate first met in 1779, is now a museum showcasing 18th and 19th century artwork by John Vanderlyn and the Old Dutch Church which was built in 1852.
This was once the Capital of New York State, due to it’s nearness to New York City and the beautifl surroundings, promient famiulies such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes here. Hyde Park, which is a little north,was the birthplace of President Franklin D Roosevelt, and his Springwood estate now a National Historic Site is filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family.
West Point Military Academy
West Point Military Academy is well known to everyone and famous for it’s greatest generals, Patton, Eisenhower and MacArthur, who once studied here. The Military Academy was founded in 1802 by an act of Congress and has been of significant military importance since the Revolutionary days. Visitors can tour the grounds, visit the West Point Museum opened since 1854, and Cadet Chapel completed in 1910, as well as view the vista of the magnificent Hudson Valley.
Most of us have read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving, now they can visit his charming river-side home ‘Sunnyside’, now a historic site, and be shown about the house and grounds by a guide dressed in elegant period clothing. Visits can also be made to Lyndurst a Gothic Revival Mansion with 19th century architecture, and to the 17th century Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow and it’s famous graveyard which is featured in the ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
N Y Central Park
This is not your usual ‘walk-in-the-park’ but a time to be entertained and amazed by the famous Central Park, which is said to be the most famous park in the world. Consisting of over 840 acres in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities, the park during autumn is filled with the stunning red, gold, orange and brown colors of the 20,000 trees. Attractions in the park include, horse and carriage rides, bike rides and tours, green meadows and sprawling gardens, educational and performance areas, unique bridges and classical architecture.