8. New Paltz
New Paltz is a college town, and because of that, there’s always plenty to do. Between the student population, an amazingly moderate year round climate, it’s close proximity to both New York City and Albany, and the historic district, New Paltz has become an energetic cultural centre of the state.
In the 17th century, 12 Huguenots settled on 40,000 acres near Wallkill River. They and their descendants built what is now the Huguenot Street Historic District – which is listed on the National Historic Registry. It’s no surprise why the original settlers stopped here – some of the most amazing views of the Hudson are found in New Paltz.
Enjoy fine dining, boutique shops, fabulous wine, and a vibrant local scene.