Being across the Hudson river from the Culinary Institute of America means that New Paltz has a wealth of unique restaurants from which to choose. The question is, how to work off all of those calories and build an appetite for the next restaurant! This is where Minnewaska State Park fits perfectly into the equation.
Built on the grounds of the old Minnewaska Mountain House and Wildmere hotels, (built by the twin brother who built Mohonk Mountain House), the area is now a refugre for people for miles around looking for a picnic spot, a place to go hiking, or a chance to bike over miles of carriage trails. Just be sure to be back at the cliffs to watch the sunset, then back to New Paltz to fuel up for the next visit.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.