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Vanderbilt Mansion, Mohonk Mountain House & Kaaterskill Falls in Hudson Valley, New York

Best things to do in Hudson Valley NY - Amanda Dana - Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

I’m really excited to interview Amanda Dana of Hudson Valley Tourism about Hudson Valley, New York. Amanda’s tips for the best things to do in Hudson Valley are awesome because she came here for family. She loves experiencing all four seasons and being able to walk in nature in the surrounding Catskill Mountains.

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Best things to do in Hudson Valley NY - Amanda Dana - Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House.

Hudson Valley, New York

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Hudson Valley, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Hudson Valley NY - Amanda Dana - LEGOLAND New York roller coaster

LEGOLAND New York roller coaster.

Getting around Hudson Valley

Albany International Airport (ALB) is about an hour from Hudson Valley, and New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) is around 50 minutes away. The best airport for your trip depends on which cities in the valley you plan on visiting.

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Amanda says that when visiting Hudson Valley, you really need to rent a car since it stretches for 150 miles from top to bottom. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Hudson Valley NY - Amanda Dana - United States Military Academy at West Point

United States Military Academy at West Point.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Amanda Dana about Hudson Valley, New York. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Hudson Valley, New York
  • Green dots = best things to do in Hudson Valley, New York
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Hudson Valley, New York

Who is Amanda Dana?

In 2018, Amanda Dana became an integral part of the County of Orange’s Leadership team as she enthusiastically assumed the role of Tourism Director. Amanda has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the Hudson Valley region, with 18 years in executive recruiting/talent management and 10 years focused on real estate and economic development. During that time, she has grown and cultivated many working relationships with individuals and organizations and has immersed herself in being tremendously involved with her community.

Because of her strong alliances, she has developed a very successful skill set of connecting people and organizations with valuable resources. The Orange County Tourism Department expanded and acquired the Orange County Film Office, and Amanda assumed the role of Executive Director.

In 2020, Amanda Dana was selected by the Board of Directors of Hudson Valley
Tourism Inc. to be the President of the 10-County regional destination marketing organization. Amanda joined the team of the highly recognized Orange County Partnership in 2013, heading up their Business Retention & Expansion division. In this role, she was responsible for fostering the growth of Orange County companies.

Prior to joining the Partnership team, Amanda ran a successful real estate practice in Orange County, New York.

Amanda Dana headshot

Here are a few articles about Amanda and this area of New York:

You can connect with Amanda on her website and on Facebook and Instagram.

We Travel There - Hudson Valley New York - Amanda Dana - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Amanda’s tips for Hudson Valley.

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Best things to do in Hudson Valley NY - Amanda Dana - Culinary Institute of America meal at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici

Culinary Institute of America meal at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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