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The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spans the Hudson (Credit: AP)

The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spans the Hudson River in Greenport, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2010)

Hudson Valley

Take a quick getaway to the mountain-flanked Hudson Valley, which offers lots to do in addition to amazing views.

Shops along the main street of Woodstock, N.Y.,
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Shops along the main street of Woodstock, N.Y., sell tie-dye clothes, groovy candles and Jimi Hendrix posters as well as fashionable shoes and pricey clothes.

A bike rider takes a break along the
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A bike rider takes a break along the Hudson River in the Corning Preserve, which a fitness trail that runs along the river, in Albany, N.Y. (March 22, 2012)

A barge cruises under the Walkway over the
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A barge cruises under the Walkway over the Hudson bridge in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Some of the best views of the Hudson River are from a rail bridge-turned-pedestrian walkway 212 feet above the water. Sept. 25, 2009)

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A visitor on top of the 260 foot
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A visitor on top of the 260 foot high Kaaterskill Falls outside Catskill, N.Y., looking toward the Catskill Mountains. The Catskill Mountains, rising up west of the river, offer dozens of trails though pretty woods that lead to great views. (Sept. 30, 2005)

The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spans the Hudson
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The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spans the Hudson River in Greenport, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2010)

People walk along East Market Street in Rhinebeck,
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People walk along East Market Street in Rhinebeck, N.Y., a one-stoplight town with a concentration of stores and restaurants packed around the intersection. (July 28, 2010)

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