Area Attractions

The Hudson Valley is a national treasure — unsurpassed natural beauty, quaint villages, world-class rock climbing and hiking, and major art destinations. Designated a National Heritage Area by Congress in 1966, the valley has more major historic sites per square mile than any other area in the U.S. — to mention just a few, the home of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph (and one of the original Vassar trustees); Franklin D. Roosevelt's boyhood home; Olana, the home of Frederic Church, one of the principal painters of the Hudson River School. It's also, incidentally, the birthplace of the environmental movement and the home port of Pete Seeger's Sloop Clearwater.