Kingston, NY, USA

Kingston, NY, USA

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Kingston brims with history on the Hudson

Whether you opt for a timber-clad cabin on the banks of the wooded Ashokan Reservoir or go for charming Kingston vacation rentals in the heart of the painted Uptown Historic District, you can rest assured that a trip here will be one to remember. Days are spent strolling the banks of the Hudson River, riding bobbing boats up and down the streams to glare at New York State's verdant backcountry, unraveling histories of maritime trade and Civil War battles – the list goes on.

Get down to the riverside in Kingston

Much of Kingston's enjoyments center on the historic port sides of Rondout Landing, where the Hudson River meets the town. Search for Kingston vacation rentals in that area if you're looking to enjoy lazy boat cruises up the New York waterways, or eager to learn more about the state's long maritime past. Other travelers will prefer to base themselves at the top of Broadway, where old homes from the 1700s cluster on the leafy streets next to heritage railroads – expect regular walking tours and sightseeing aplenty.

Unravel New York history in Kingston

Kingston's attractions have done well to preserve the town's historic charm. The Uptown Historic District is the place to start, what with those elegant homes dating from the 18th century. Then, stroll down Broadway to the docklands of old Kingston and see where trading sloops would once have connected the town to NY, and to learn about conflicts with British naval frigates in the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Rides on the rumbling, steam-powered Catskill Mountain Railroad are another option. Those transport to you up to pretty Ashokan Reservoir, and reveal the old tourist transport system into New York's hills.

Enjoy the New York summer in Kingston

Between strolling the Uptown Historic District and wondering at the New York forests from the deck of old timber sailing ships, it's easy to see why folk prefer to book Kingston vacation rentals in the summer months. You'll not only be able to get the best sightseeing weather between June and August, but also fine conditions for heading out into the foothills of the Catskills and lazing on the banks of the Ashokan Reservoir.

Kingston clutches the Hudson

The Hudson Valley is one seriously handsome corner of New York State. Clusters of chestnut, oak, beech, and hemlock trees cascade down the soft slopes to meet the flowing water, and pretty clutches of timber cabins pepper the hills. However, it's to the west where the real natural wonders await. These come with the peaks of the Catskill Mountains, which are a mosaic of wooded valleys and whitewater rafting spots. The Wittenberg Mountain and the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area are must-visits – just be sure to watch out for black bears as you stroll the basswood and maple forests.