New York/Massachusetts
On the Road: Autumn in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley
Treat your senses to an exploration of classic New England as you discover vibrant foliage, picturesque towns, the Norman Rockwell Museum and historic Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.
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Program No. 21402RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Embark on a journey of discovery through the Berkshire Hills and the Hudson River Valley. Meander through the Connecticut River Valley past mountains, meadows and idyllic villages to Stockbridge, one of the oldest settlements in the Berkshires. Experience natural beauty that inspired Melville, Wharton and Rockwell, and examine how the utopian ideals of the Shakers shaped the community. Then, like the early settlers, turn westward along the Hudson River to learn this route’s role in the history of the nation and New York City. Absorb the mood of the river valley that inspired the first regional art movement in America and examine the historic and cultural treasures that line its banks.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles, standing up to two hours at a time on walking explorations and in museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum to see the largest collection of the artist’s original pieces and learn how Rockwell reflected American culture in his work.
  • A lecture on Shaker settlements explains what sets them apart from traditional New England settlements.
  • Enjoy expert-led visits to President Franklin Roosevelt’s home, Val-Kill and artist Frederic Church’s home.
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Sue Maloof
As a former flight attendant and Group Leader for numerous Road Scholar programs, Sue is no stranger to educational travel. Her experience leading groups throughout New England combined with her gregarious personality and attention to detail make her a great addition to any Road Scholar adventure.
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