The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure

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The Hudson River presents this national treasure as never before, showcasing the dramatic terrain of bordering mountain ranges, verdant pastures, and rambling estates that overlook its waters. The Hudson remains a gateway destination for millions of vacationers who flock to its scenic valley and charming villages. The region’s most notable attractions are pictured in panoramic shots from all four seasons—among them Storm King, Bear Mountain, Rhinebeck, Nyack, Saratoga Springs, and New York City.

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Four hundred years ago, when the explorer Henry Hudson first came upon this great river, what he discovered was a land of almost unimaginable natural splendor. Over the centuries, industry and development have taken their toll, but today much of the region's beauty remains intact. This book is a testament to that beauty and the importance of preserving it for future generations. Covering the river's entire length of 315 miles, from Lake Tear of the Clouds to the New Jersey Palisades, these images showcase the dramatic terrain of bordering mountain ranges--the Adirondacks, Catskills, Hudson Highlands, and Shawangunks--as well as the verdant pastures and rambling estates that overlook its waters. These are some of the same vistas that inspired the great Hudson River School painters like Thomas Cole and Asher Durand. The region's most notable attractions are pictured as well-- among them Beacon, Storm King, West Point, Bear Mountain, Rhinebeck, Cold Spring, Nyack, Saugerties, and New York City. Featuring more than 150 large-format photographs that track the valley in all seasons and times of day, this volume presents the glory of the Hudson River as you've never seen it before.

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"For those of us who have been lucky enough to live by this river, the great river of the American east, our duty is clear: to ask no more of it than it can easily give, and to protect all that lets it live."
--Bill McKibben, from the foreword

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