Whether you’re just headed to the Hudson Valley for the day, or for a longer trip, you’ll need to do some planning. Longer trips will also involve booking transport if you don’t have a car, finding somewhere to stay, and getting the most out of your trip by doing some awesome activities.
I have compiled all of the recommended planning resources I use when I travel so that you can access them easily to plan your trip.
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TO BOOK YOUR HUDSON VALLEY TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
There are plenty of awesome activities you can do in and around the Valley. From kayaking and river cruising, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, guided tours or hikes, and even helicopter rides, there are so many things that will really make your trip extra special.
Viator is one of the leading travel sites and has a huge selection of tours and activities. I have had great experiences with around the country.
Check out different experiences available with Viator here.
My other main go-to booking site is Get Your Guide. They have some of the same tours as Viator, but also have different activities available.
Many people think that booking through a company like Get Your Guide is more expensive than booking directly – it is not. They are the same price or cheaper. Plus, because they are worldwide, they have a reputation to maintain, so you know that the experiences you book are pre-vetted to include the best tours and travel. They also make it easy to book activities online.
Book tours and travel activities with Get Your Guide here.
TO BOOK YOUR HUDSON VALLEY ACCOMMODATION
Staying in a house or apartment or a cabin in the woods or small town can be a wonderful part of your Hudson Valley vacation.
It’s easy to set up an account and then filter by location, type, amenities, etc. Enhanced cleaning is a priority.
Search for a place to stay on VRBO here.
This is the first place I look for accommodations.
Booking.com is really easy to use with different filters based on price, location, quality and type. They have a huge selection and they have free cancellation and price guarantees. You can communicate directly with a property through the Booking.com system, which I have done many times and found it very helpful.
Check prices and availability on Booking.com here.
TO GET GEAR AND CLOTHING FOR YOUR HUDSON VALLEY ADVENTURE
I use Amazon a lot because of the incredible range of things they sell, as well as the ease.
TO GET THERE AND GET AROUND
Although you can take a train to some parts, you really need a car to get around most of Hudson Valley. If you don’t have your own car, renting a car for your trip is easy.
Prices for car rental can vary widely, so I like to use rentalcars.com because it shows me prices for all of the companies together. That way, I can easily rent a car at the cheapest price available.
If you’re flying in, you’ll want to get a great deal on your flight. It’s very easy to add a trip to Hudson Valley on to a trip to NYC (or make it your sole destination).
Like most aggregate booking sites, Skyscanner searches thousands of flights and airlines, including budget airlines for cheap flights. I have checked prices on Skyscanner against more well-known sites like Expedia, and it consistently has the cheapest airline fares for the exact same flights.
TO GET THOSE ESSENTIAL EXTRAS
Travel insurance covers all sorts of things that you may not think about until you need it, like trip cancellation, medical repatriation, property loss or damage, etc.
World Nomads is a flexible travel insurance option that you can add to and claim online and it covers a huge range of adventure activities, including any hiking you’ll do in Hudson Valley.
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