In New York for a few days the weather was beautiful used Reward Points to stay at Grand Hyatt which is next to Grand Central Station and then stayed at the Intercontinental near Broadway.
By using Rewards points from Hyatt and IHG I paid for one night so the total for 4 nights cost me less then 500 USD
New York City is expensive so you need to learn about the various Rewards programs if you wish to visit without hurting your wallet.
I booked the Grand Hyatt so I could just walk out of the Hotel and grab a train on the Metro North to the Hudson Valley.I went to Beacon to visit the various Art Galleries in the area.
It is not a expensive trip for a journey of about 100 minutes it varies in price based on what time of day you travel.The price is between 23 to 45 USD
The trip alone is worthwhile since almost the entire journey is along the Hudson.
After I arrived back in New York I visited the High line and then Hudson Yards.
The High line is about 1 1/2 miles long and more then 30 feet above the sidewalk and is a fun experience.You can either visit downtown or visit Hudson Yards.
You heard it right the largest Canyon on the East coast it is called
Ausable Chasm and it is a fun visit.
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I came from Burlington Vermont with a local Ferry which takes about 1 hour.
You call the great people at the Park and they send a free Shuttle to pick you up about 10-15 minutes later.
After you arrive you decide what route you want to take and if you want to include the raft tour.Yup a raft tour which in my view is the best part of the adventure.
The various trips through the park take an average of 2-3 hours so you can arrange to take the Shuttle back if you are coming from Burlington.
As usual the Pics are the best way to get a feel for the experience.
So if you are in the area check it out.