Located in the southwest corner of Rockland County, the Hudson River town of Nyack is a gateway town for the Hudson Valley. It’s just a 19 minute drive from Manhattan, which makes it the perfect choice for a quick getaway and has that blend of small-town charm and gorgeous scenery our region is known for.
Looking to get out of town and make the most of these bracing, end-of-autumn days? We’ve rounded up a few of our must-visit stops for a day trip to Nyack.
Visit the Edward Hopper House
Calling all art history aficionados—a little piece of living art history is located in Nyack on North Broadway. The Edward Hopper House is a nonprofit art center and museum, preserving the legacy and birthplace of the renowned artist Edward Hopper, who is best known for his wistful, isolated portraits of American life. On Saturdays and Sundays you can take a tour of the c.1858 house and grab directions for the self-guided "Hopper’s Nyack," a tour that takes you to around the city to landmarks of the artist's life and work.
Hike Hook Mountain
Part of the 676-acre undeveloped park that stretches almost seven miles of waterfront and cliffs on the western side of the Hudson River, Hook Mountain’s 730-foot summit offers spectacular views of Rockland Lake and the Hudson River valley. It's also an Audubon Society-recommended spot for bird-watching thanks to its diverse population of hawks and was designated a New York State Important Bird Area in 1997.
Scour Broadway Shops for Holiday Gifts
Like the rest of the Hudson Valley, Nyack has its fair share of independent businesses. From the clocks and collectibles at Hickory Dickory Dock to the seemingly endless stacks at Pickwick Bookshop, mesmerizing minerals at Crystals on the Rocks, and the Midcentury housewares at Hudson River Mercantile, there’s bound to be something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Cross the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
The impressive, three-mile-long bridge spans the Hudson River at one of its widest points, connecting Rockland and Westchester counties. The bridge's 12-foot wide Bridge Path just opened this year, and is the longest shared bicycle/pedestrian bridge path in the nation. It has six different overlook points with panoramic views of the Hudson River, making a sunset stroll across the perfect way to cap off your day.
For more ideas about how best to enjoy your trip to Nyack, head to VisitNyack.org.