HUDSON VALLEY AND CATSKILLS

Best Time to Visit the Hudson Valley and the Catskills

The Hudson Valley and the Catskills mountains and forests region begins just some miles north of New York City. This quiet region is full of historic sites and outdoor opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, skiing or snowshoeing... Ski resorts offer entertainment all year round. 

It’s really a delightful vacation region, combining landmarks of history with beautiful valley and mountain sceneries and plenty of outdoor activities.


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Best time to visit the Hudson Valley and the Catskills
When not to go to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills


MAIN GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES
WHAT TO VISIT IN THE HUDSON VALLEY AND THE CATSKILLS?

The Hudson Valley
Small interesting towns, with several historic mansions, castles, resorts:
Tarrytown
Ossining
Croton-on-Hudson and Croton Point Park

Catskill Mountains and Hudson West Bank 
Small interesting towns, with several historic mansions, castles, resorts:
Kingston
Woodstock
West Point (military academy)

Hudson East Bank
Hyde Park
Rhinebeck and Olana
Albany

See: New York State Travel Destinations Map


BEST TIME TO VISIT THE HUDSON VALLEY AND THE CATSKILLS


Autumn is a very popular period: the foliage spectacle and agreeable temperatures bring many people to the region. Spring (in the case of the Hudson Valley) or summer (in the case of the Catskills) are also good periods for visits. 

Weather in these region isn’t very different from that of New York City. But there are differences due to the higher altitude influence (in the case of the Catskills Mountains) or to topology, in the case of more protected valleys. The winter colds that strike New York are also very present in the Catskills and in the Hudson Valley. As expected, summers in the Catskills are fresher than in New York.

As in New York, the weather is very changeable, and precipitation is significant though moderate all year long. Snow is concentrated in the November to March period and is more intense in the Catskills.


WHEN NOT TO GO TO HUDSON VALLEY AND THE CATSKILLS

Winter is the period you should avoid, unless you want to enjoy skiing or other winter outdoors sports in the Catskills. 

For those who want to avoid crowds, weekends are also a bad time.


Weather Table 
See New York Weather Table

 

 

 

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