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Vibrant Poughkeepsie straddles the eastern shores of the gleaming Hudson River. A vibrant upbeat town, Poughkeepsie’s brimming with historic sites and community parks, and is home to 2 major colleges. Whether you’re in town for business or leisure there’s plenty to keep you occupied from leafy campus tours to galleries and tempting bistros. If recreation’s more your bag, golf courses and provincial parks are just a short drive away, while the city’s top draw attraction, Walkway Over The Hudson, offers up far-reaching river views.

Things to see

Transformed into a pedestrian park in 2009, Walkway Over The Hudson’s a 1.28-mile abandoned railroad bridge, which offers an impressive vantage point of the river. Watch as boats chug towards New York, and leafy trees are reflected in the rippling waters for as far as the eye can see. In fall, the orange, red and yellow leaves flutter down to the river below – a stunning sight. For something more cultural, head over to cutesy Arlington, where vintage red brick storefronts pull you in to quirky specialty stores, pavement cafés, and tempting bistros. Nearby Vassar College has free lectures, concerts, and athletics events open to the public. Even if you can’t find something you’re interested in, the stately campus of this prestigious arts college is a don’t-miss-stop on a trip to Poughkeepsie. When you fancy a bit more fresh air, avid golfers will relish a round on nearby Vassar Golf Course.

Hotels in Poughkeepsie

Most Poughkeepsie hotels are 2-star motels and inns where you’ll find simple good value rooms without many frills. They’re handy places to spend a night or two when needing a base in the area. A few standout 3 and 4-star hotels are much more comfortable if you can stretch to the price tag. Relax among glorious period charm in majestic guesthouses with gleaming wooden floors, 4-poster beds, and character features like sash windows and impressive fireplaces. For something more modern, chain hotels and B&Bs in contemporary villas are the best choice.

Where to stay

Poughkeepsie’s really divided in two. Arlington’s the historic soul of the city where artsy college students dash to class, locals shop in the vibrant Central Business District, and leafy college campuses create a serene backdrop to the workaday humdrum. This cutesy bit skirts the edge of Vassar College campus around Collegeview Avenue. Another top spot to base yourself is around Poughkeepsie Station where you’ll find plenty of amenities including cafés and stores. It’s also a short stroll to the Walkway. You’ll also find lots of good value hotels along route 9 to the south of the city center.

How to get to Poughkeepsie

New York’s 3 major airports – La Guardia, Newark, and John F. Kennedy – are the closest major airports to Poughkeepsie. Both are approximately a 1 hour 30-minute drive away. You can rent a car at either airport. Take a train to Grand Central Station to hop on the Metro-North Hudson Line commuter trains out of the city. Poughkeepsie’s the last stop, and the journey takes about 1 hour 20-minutes. If you need to rent a car to travel to Poughkeepsie, you can do this at the airport or from most towns and cities. To get around town it’s best to have a vehicle, though the area around the station’s small enough to walk about.