Whether you’re seeking the majestic beauty of the Hudson River, gentle rolling hills, quaint villages, or the bucolic tranquility of farm life, Putnam County has a wealth of offerings for visitors seeking the best of the Hudson Valley.
Conveniently located and easily accessible to and from New York City, Putnam offers unexpected year-round attractions just an hour’s drive north of midtown Manhattan. Looking for outdoor recreational activities? Putnam has a range of possibilities – from swimming, hiking, and golf on elite courses in the warmer months, to snowboarding and skiing each winter.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll be thrilled at how our innovative chefs transform fresh, local ingredients into superb artisanal dining offerings. Arts lovers will be drawn to Putnam’s numerous festivals, theaters, galleries, museums, and music venues. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll find significant historical sites and well-preserved, elegant 19th-century estates.
Children will always find something fun to do, with countless educational programs and the annual Putnam County Fair. And given the diverse options in lodging, including inns and B&B’s, families will always find a welcoming home away from home.
So, come join us! Explore some of the hidden gems of the Hudson Valley by spending a day, a weekend, or even your next vacation in Putnam County, where there’s something for everyone, no matter what you may be looking for.
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Travel just a little north of the Capital Region for some fresh mountain air and pristine waterways. Saranac Lake makes the perfect basecamp for all your Adirondack adventures. With more than 30,000 miles of streams and brooks, 2,300 ponds and lakes, and 1,500 miles of rivers in the six million acre wilderness you will not grow bored with options to swim, paddle, or boat. Around town, you will find plenty of gear shops providing all you need for the perfect paddle, including guided tours. Spend time exploring one of the three major Saranac Lakes. Get lost in the St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area. Exploration under a moonlit and starry sky encouraged! Hear the wild call of the loons and soak in the views of mountains and wildlife all around.
To combine your paddling with more outdoor fun, hit the trails biking or hiking. Saranac Lake is becoming a premier destination for mountain biking in the Northeast, and hiking has always been our tradition. Hike all six nearby peaks to earn a Saranac Lake 6er patch. The famed Mt. Baker still remains one of the most popular hikes in the Adirondacks.
At the end of one adventure, you will arrive at another…to a downtown bustling with live music, art, and innovative restaurants. The village is still alive with its rich eclectic history that brought people from all over the world to our mountain village. Come see why Saranac Lake is the decidedly different mountain village with the most to offer.
See New York and save 15%. Travel through New York in comfort, not traffic. Enjoy miles of legroom and extra-wide seats while you explore New York on Amtrak.
Enjoy nature’s kaleidoscope of colors on the Adirondack, rated a “Top 10 Most Scenic Train Ride in the World” as you discover why hikers, leaf-peepers and snow-lovers make annual pilgrimages to Lake Champlain’s shores. Along the way, history comes alive in places like Saratoga Springs and Ticonderoga.
Ride the Empire Service train to New York City. The city that never sleeps invites you to catch a show, walk the High Line’s elevated urban oasis or stroll the Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Central Park on bike or marvel at the metropolis from the top of the Empire State Building. Catch a ferry to Lady Liberty and then explore your roots at Ellis Island.
Pack your passport and explore the international energy of New York and Toronto on the Maple Leaf. Bring your appetite and grab some wings in Buffalo and some poutine on Parliament Street. Admire the power of Niagara Falls and the perseverance of those who traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom. Celebrate the history, heroes, cuisine and culture of two great nations on one great journey.
The Ethan Allen travels east to Vermont. Once you step off the train, there’s easy access to Vermont’s downtown hotels, B&B’s and inns. Vermont’s downtowns are home to unique local businesses, locavore restaurants, historic architecture, as well as rich cultural and social activities. Book your unforgettable excursion on Amtrak today.