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Old 07-14-2014, 11:16 AM   #1
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Route 9 along the Hudson - best side?

Heading up to Vermont in about 5 weeks - no rush. I'd like to cruise north along the Hudson as much as feasible, to just south of Albany where I'll head east on I-90 to Springfield MA to pick up I-91 north into VT. Just wondering which Route 9 variation gives the best scenic run up from say, Tarrytown to Albany. I see that US 9 and 9W both seem to parallel the river pretty much, but I'm wondering if one side or the other is more scenic/less congested - keeping the traffic lights to a minimum would be ideal. I'm budgeting a full day to go from the Tappan Zee to Vershire, up near Hanover in Vermont.

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I'd take the east side route. Goes thru many historic towns, including
Hyde Park and Rhinebeck. You could easily spend days seeing all
that is along the way. There are several historic mansions from
the late 1800's and early 1900's that were owned by the wealthiest
shipping, oil, and railroad magnates. Rhinebeck Aerodome is
awesome. The Culinary Institute of America in near Hyde Park.
Much less congested than the west side of the Hudson.
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X2 for the east side. If in Rhinebeck on the weekend, the airshow is a must. You don't see airplanes of this vintage fly too often.

CIA is great food but can be expensive. The wait staff is the students.

Watch out for the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow.
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Both are great; East has more historic towns, but West Point is a place to see. You also have higher elevations on 9W which could give you a better view. You won't go wrong either way.
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OK cool thanks a bunch guys - with a DW and nine-year old granddaughter, West Point is probably towards the bottom of the MUST SEE list... but Sleepy Hollow and the rest of the road up along the east bank looked like it held more promise. Will send pix..
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If you are not in a hurry go north on 9 then take 22 into Bennington and go from there. Once you get on 91 it all looks the same. Rt 7 or 100 or 5 north are a lot more interesting though slower.
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