15 Miles of History Hudson, Olana, Clermont

This driving or biking journey on Route 9G is highlighted by orchards, horse farms & fantastic vistas of the Catskill Mountains. Above all else, Hudson is known for its unique and varied architecture and antique dealers. The “Main Street USA” ambiance of this city harkens a simpler time and way of life. (Note: In Hudson, Route 9G connects with 3rd Street) Farther south, you’ll encounter the crown jewel of the Hudson Valley: Frederic Church’s Olana. With the look of a Persian palace, this magnificent mansion overflows with Victorian elegance, fabulous furnishings…and breathtaking paintings by the famous landscapist of the Hudson River School.

Olana is situated four miles south of Hudson atop a huge hill affording some of the Hudson River Valley’s most spectacular scenery. Treat yourself to a guided tour of the villa, or a leisurely picnic, or a stroll down Olana’s lovely trails, yielding unforgettable views up and down the Hudson Valley.

Drink in the elegance of a golden age…and the history of a courageous few. At the Clermont State Historic Site (off Rt. 9G in Clermont), you’ll tour the grand 500-acre Hudson River estate, former home to seven generations of the distinguished Livingston family—including its patriarch, Robert Livingston. Take in the stately beauty of family heirlooms…and admire the formal gardens and the lush views of the Hudson as you enjoy a picnic on the grounds along the river.