Imagine driving along a winding road carved out of the side of a mountain, where there’s something new to see behind each and every bend. Imagine glancing to the right (while keeping your eyes on the road, of course) and seeing a mountain lightly covered with ice from the remnants of the snowfall the night before. To your left you see the Hudson river seemingly flowing infinitely, and on the other side of the river you see more mountains lightly dusted with snow. Well, you don’t have to imagine this if you visit the Hudson Valley- Storm King State Park in particular- and gaze out at this awe-inspiring view.
When you think of New York, you generally think of the city. But when you minimize New York to just New York City, suddenly the entire rest of the state goes invisibly unnoticed. Now, I’m not saying that the city isn’t all it’s hyped up to be, but you can’t see a view like this among the streets of Manhattan.
Located only twenty minutes from the teeny-tiny town of Highland Mills, (my hometown) Storm King State Park definitely ranks high on my list of alternative must-see places in the Hudson Valley.