202x Hudson River Fall Foliage
Hudson River Fall Foliage: Experience brilliant fall foliage with American Cruise Lines' Fall Cruises as we cruise the Hudson River. Autumn is a beautiful time of year and we offer several opportunities to see the colorful red, orange, and yellow leaves during this season of transformation. Your tours along famous waterways include stops in intriguing ports-of-call with guided shore excursions that take you to prime foliage viewing locations.
Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains on the western shore and the Taconic and Berkshire Hills to the east, the Hudson River is rich in both history and beauty. The cities and towns along the river date back to Dutch and English rule and feature some of the most magnificent architecture in America. Our expert guides will lead you through these grand and historic sites including the Vanderbilt Mansion, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Clermont Estate, once home to Robert R. Livingston, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase. At West Point Military Academy, you’ll walk on the hallowed grounds traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals, and later visit the riverside town of Sleepy Hollow made famous by the great American writer Washington Irving.
(Will I need to book an extra pre-night in order to a) get there in time to board, and maybe b) take the NYC City tour.)
Day 1 - New York, NY
After boarding your ship in New York City, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from the metropolitan area to the Hudson River region.
** Signature New York City Tour
This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. Experience New York City and learn about the history of major landmarks from your tour guide. This tour will make a special stop at Ground Zero as well. *This is a Signature Shore Tour.
Day 2 - Troy / Albany, NY
The city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find an expedited passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today, the capital city of New York welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800s.
* Historic Troy Walking Tour
Enjoy a 1-hour walking tour where you will view the fabulous architecture of the area and hear how such remarkable structures are preserved over time. See where the Age of Innocence was filmed, while learning about the history of the town. After the tour, feel free to stop into the Visitor’s Center and view the award winning slideshow, about the history of the RiverSpark area or visit their gift shop.
Troy Lock & Dam Cruise
Enjoy a day learning about the lock and dam system used on the Erie Canal which was originally built to help create a water route from New York City to the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes to help increase trade and populate the region. Ground was broken on July 4, 1817 to begin construction of this canal, making 2017 the bicentennial of this historic event. While on tour, you will learn about locks, trade season, ecology, steamboats and much more.
Day 3 - Kingston, NY
When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row" - which is replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen who bought the property for summer retreats.
Narrated Kingston Exploration
Take a narrated tour of Kingston and learn about the history of this charming town. You will enjoy stops at Old Dutch Church and the Senate House, where New York's first Senate met in 1777 amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion. Now a museum, the home showcases 18th- and 19th-century artwork by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston.
*** Hudson River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion
Founded in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum focuses on preserving, researching and collecting artifacts directly related to the Hudson River. Exhibits include historic vessels, art, and materials from the transportation industry. Explore this museum on your own and learn about the maritime heritage of the region.
Day 4 - Hyde Park, NY
Due to Hyde Park’s natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Springwood estate is now the site of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.
* Walkway over the Hudson
Enjoy breathtaking views while taking this narrated walk over the Hudson River beginning at the dock and continuing to the covered bridge overlooking the river. Standing at 212 feet tall and approximately 1.5 miles long, this bridge was once the railroad path for trains and has since been transformed into the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. You won’t be able to see these majestic views anywhere else.
Day 5 - Catskill, NY
In Catskill, visit the Clermont State Historic Site, home to Robert Livingston Jr., the first minister of foreign affairs who negotiated the Louisiana Purchase and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. You will also have the chance to visit Olana, home of artist Frederick Church.
Olana State Historic Site
Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederick Church. Church designed his home and the surrounding landscape to take full advantage of the magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Today, you can tour the house and take a stroll of the grounds, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates.
Day 6 - West Point, NY
The United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel, while viewing magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.
** Guided West Point Tour
Take a tour of America’s most notable military academy. You will see the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. West Point is home to one of the most breathtaking vistas in the world with magnificent sights of the Hudson Valley. Due to security regulations, all passengers must present a Photo ID when boarding the bus at West Point.
Day 7 - Sleepy Hollow, NY
The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.
Gothic Lyndhurst Mansion Tour - doubtful
Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Join us on a guided tour of this remarkable example of the Hudson River’s grand and historic estates and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River.
* Washington Irving's Sunnyside
A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape. This much-loved riverside home has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington Irving’s storied past and how he came to be America’s first internationally famous author, best remembered now for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and other short stories.
Day 8 - New York, NY
Cap off your trip with a day in the Big Apple. No thanks. Just head for the airport to escape.
The Barge: Independence
The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. With the latest in navigation and safety technology, the Independence is fully stabilized, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort. The Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Single (Private Balcony) - Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. Our Single suites feature twin sized beds, spacious bathrooms, and your very own private balcony. 4 in purple