Whether it's your very first trip to the Hudson Valley or you're a returning visitor, there are a couple of common mistakes people tend to make when they come to visit.

While I've been a resident in the Hudson Valley for 7 years now, my first memories of the area are from long weekend vacations in the Hudson Valley. So yes, I've made a couple of these mistakes myself.

Tourism in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley has so much to offer, it's no wonder so many people come to visit each year. Between 2010 and 2022, the Mid-Hudson Valley saw a whopping 63% increase in tourism revenue according to Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles.

In 2022 alone, tourists who came to visit the Hudson Valley contributed roughly $4.2 billion to the Hudson Valley economy. This is huge when we talk about our great local businesses and how to support them.

Popular Tourist Activities in the Hudson Valley

One of the biggest reasons our area draws tourists from all over is because of the stunning views and natural landscape.

View from Lake Minnewaska in Ulster County, NY
A. Rogers


There are a lot of different ways to enjoy the views in the area ranging from taking on some of New York's best hiking trails to lounging at one (or a few) of the Hudson Valley's award-winning breweries or wineries.

Read More: 5 Wineries with the Best Views in the Hudson Valley

Beyond just the one-of-a-kind views, the Hudson Valley has become something of a food-lovers mecca. There's more and more diversity of restaurants and food options popping up all around the area. Some parts of the Hudson Valley have fully embraced inclusive dining options like gluten-free menus and vegan options.

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Common Tourist Mistakes in the Hudson Valley

There are a few things that visitors often either don't know about or don't realize they need to consider when they plan a trip to the Hudson Valley. So, we'll help you. Here are 7 of the most common mistakes below:

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Tourists Make When Coming to the Hudson Valley

If you're coming to visit the Hudson Valley, try not to fall for these common mistakes.

Gallery Credit: Arianne Rogers

Where to Grab a Brew with a View in the Hudson Valley

What better way to enjoy the sweeping Hudson Valley's views than with a locally brewed beverage? Here are 16 places to hit if you're in search of a fun day in the Hudson Valley.

Gallery Credit: Arianne Rogers