New York

Autumn in the Historic Hudson River Valley

Get a real feel for fall in the Hudson River Valley as you discover brilliant landscapes and fascinating history at the homes and headquarters of famous Americans.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 21068RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Hudson River Valley in autumn is rich in vibrant color and nation-changing history. An exceptional learning adventure brings the valley to life as you explore rolling farmland and discover the homes and headquarters of famous Americans, from Washington and Thomas Paine to four generations of Rockefellers. And cap off a memorable week with a study cruise on the spectacular waters of the Hudson, taking in views of the valley and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the Hudson Valley Region's rich, natural soil and Indulge your senses with scenic views of farmland at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Visit the Union Church of Pocantico Hills and Kykuit, the Rockefellers Estate, to see the region's opulent art scene from works by Matisse and exquisite examples of early 20th-century architecture
  • Stop in Sleepy Hollow to explore the quaint Hudson Valley village that inspired Washington Irving’s famous legend.

General Notes

Peak fall foliage in the Hudson Valley is traditionally Mid-October.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow
by Edgar Mayhew Bacon (foreword by Jonathan Kruk)
Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has forever made the locale immortal in American history. In Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleep Hollow, historian Edgar Mayhew Bacon brings the world of early America to life with true tales about The Old Dutch Church (the setting for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Sunnyside, and the area’s role in the American Revolution. Also included is a chapter of Myths and Legends and the story of The Headless Hessian.
First Manhattans: A History of the Indians of Greater New York
by Robert S Grumet
First Manhattans, a concise and lively distillation of the author's comprehensive The Munsee Indians, resurrects the lost history of this forgotten people, from their earliest contacts with Europeans to their final expulsion just before the American Revolution. Anthropologist Robert S. Grumet rescues from obscurity Mattano, Tackapousha, Mamanuchqua, and other Munsee sachems whose influence on Dutch and British settlers helped shape the course of early American history in the mid-Atlantic heartland.
Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909
by David Schuyler
Richly illustrated and compellingly written, Sanctified Landscape makes for rewarding reading. Schuyler expertly ties local history to national developments, revealing why the Hudson River Valley was so important to nineteenth-century Americans-and why it is still beloved today.
The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times
by Vernon Benjamin
Called “thoroughly informative and approachable” by The New York Times, Vernon Benjamin’s The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War presented nearly 250 years of the Hudson River Valley’s dynamic past with unmatched richness and detail. And now with The History of the Hudson River Valley: from the Civil War to Modern Times, Benjamin completes his historical account of the region by taking readers from the post-Civil War period into the present day.
Titan: The Life of John D Rockefeller, Sr
by Ron Chernow
John D. Rockefeller's story captures a pivotal moment in American history, documenting the dramatic post-Civil War shift from small business to the rise of giant corporations that irrevocably transformed the nation. With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. Pierpont Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller's life into a vivid tapestry of American society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War
by Vernon Benjamin
Sailing down the river that would later bear his captain's name, explorer Robert Juet described the Hudson River Valley in 1609 as a “drowned land” submerged by a “great lake of water.” Over the next two centuries, this drowned landscape would be the site of a truly historic flowering of art, literature, architecture, innovation, and revolutionary fervor, drawing comparisons to another fertile cultural haven built around a might mighty river in Western Europe.

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