The Hudson Valley is a community of small towns, creative makers, and buzzing neighborhoods. It’s a dream for day trips along the Hudson River, for outdoor adventures, and for cozy escapes. It’s a little slice of paradise, and we love it more each day.
Turns out, BuzzFeed loves it too.
In a recent article on the 26 best small towns in America, BuzzFeed compiled the top travel recommendations from its online community. The resulting list ranges in geography from Ogunquit, Maine to Jefferson, Texas, all the way to Solvang, California. That’s all well and good, of course. Yet the most exciting number on the lineup is undoubtedly number three, the spot where one very special Hudson Valley town appears.
Can you guess which locale made the cut?
A picture of the Pond at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY. Photo by crz4mets2 / Wikimedia Commons
SPOILER ALERT: It’s New Paltz!
Chosen for its prime mountainside location and incredible local views, New Paltz is a dream for artists, hikers, and college students alike. The town is home to SUNY New Paltz, which means that it’s forever abuzz with community happenings, restaurant openings, and quirky shops. In other words, it’s a perfect little corner in Ulster County.
Ready to fall in love with New Paltz? Follow along with our day trip guide for an action-packed 24 hours in the quaint college town.
Do you think New Paltz is one of the best small towns in America? Let us know which Hudson Valley spots deserve a place on this list in the comments!
Breakfast at Mexican Kitchen is just one delicious, affordable reason to spend the day in New Paltz. Photo by Sabrina Sucato