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Two Hudson Valley towns named among top U.S. travel destinations

What do Lowell Observatory in Arizona, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo in Wyoming, Woodstock, the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, a floating taco bar in the US Virgin Islands and Hudson have in common?

They are all on Travel Lemming’s list of the 150 best things to do in the United States this summer. On the travel publications list, 12 attractions are in New York State, with Woodstock ranking third for the state and 47th overall. Hudson came in last for the state and 145th overall.

Industry experts predict this summer will be the country’s biggest travel season yet, with airlines expected to return to historic levels by August after two years of pent-up travel demand.

The list recommends visitors explore Woodstock on a summer afternoon or expand it into a weekend getaway weather permitting. “In a way, it’s the perfect place to do a million things or absolutely nothing. When visiting, please respect the locals and their community,” the listing reads. To really get a taste of the region’s musical influence, spend a night where Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes were recorded, just minutes from Woodstock in West Saugerties.

Hudson is designed as a place to eat and shop, “perfect for foodies and nature lovers” looking for a long weekend. The list recommends browsing the antique shops on Warren Street or taking a ferry across the river to the craft breweries in Greene County. Visitors might also enjoy going just north of Hudson to Kinderhook, a small town full of history, creative shops and cafes.

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The Best of USA list was created by Travel Lemming’s team of two dozen writers and editors, who reviewed hundreds of nominations. They describe Woodstock as “a hippie paradise” that “lives up to its iconic namesake”.

Other New York destinations include Smorgasburg, the High Line, Montauk, and the Governors Ball Music Festival, among others. At the top of the list of 150 destinations are the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona; the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado; and the Fremont Solstice Parade in Seattle.

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