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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is a symbol of the elite upper-class society that has existed in America for many years; more commonly known as Hyde Park, it has been a gathering place for New Yorker socialites for almost 200 years. The estate consists of historic buildings and a landscape that is part manicured lawns and formal gardens, and part natural, undisturbed woodlands. Many of the original furnishings can still be seen in the buildings which have been faithfully maintained. The mansion is the centerpiece of the site. RV camping near Vanderbilt Mansion NHS will allow you to enjoy the grandeur of this landmark site.
There is a visitor center on the grounds where you can ask questions, browse through displays, and purchase gifts and souvenirs. The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk; the visitors\ center is open daily during regular business hours, except for certain holidays. The mansion is open to the public year-round and seven days a week, but access is only granted for guided tours.
Vanderbilt Mansion NHS has dozens of miles of trails for you to enjoy; these trails include sections that pass through or are a part of other towns and state and national parks. You'll find kiosks on many of the trails with important information. It's also a spectacular destination for bird and wildlife observation and nature photography. While you explore the grounds, be sure to take a stroll along the riverbank and admire the views of the Hudson River as it flows past. Park your Hyde Park camper rental nearby, and you can finish your visit with a coffee and a snack.
The site is just one of many landmark areas within the region. While you're renting an RV near here, consider also checking out several sites that are associated with President Roosevelt and his wife: the FDR Presidential Library & Museum; the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site; and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. All of these are just a few miles away, and there are many more nationally historic sites within a few minutes' traveling time from Vanderbilt Mansion NHS. Book an RV rental near Hyde Park, and all of these attractions will be comfortably within your reach.
Should you want to see something more undisturbed and natural, Minnewaska State Park Preserve is just across the Hudson River. The park has a distinct and diverse terrain, including thick hardwood forests, valleys interlaced with clear streams, sheer cliffs, waterfalls, and sparkling sky lakes. The park's elevation reaches several thousand feet, and it has roadways and walking paths where you can enjoy hiking and mountain biking. Other activities that are popular within the park are rock climbing, bouldering, boating, swimming, and scuba diving, to name a few. Camp in an RV near Accord and you can enjoy all of these activities at your leisure.
There isn't any on-site camping at Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, but you still have numerous options nearby. Rondout Valley RV Campground, near the town of Accord, is located in an idyllic setting in the Catskill Mountains. You can rent campsites here by the day, week, or month, and spend your downtime enjoying the campground's amenities such as basketball courts, a swimming pool, miniature golf, and much more. The campground has restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a camp store.
Interlake RV Park, near Rhinebeck, is a full-service RV campground with a swimming pool and kiddie pool, hi-definition cable TV channels, WiFi, and a camp store and snack bar. Guests who stay here can make use of the on-site laundromat while kids can make use of the playground. When you're ready to head out and begin, Interlake RV park is close to numerous attractions, one of which is the Dutchess County Wine Trail.
Poughkeepsie is a part of the greater New York metropolitan area and was the state's second capital city for a time just after the American Revolutionary War. Perhaps the best place to begin experiencing this city is by taking a stroll on an elevated walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park. The walkway is one of the longest elevated pedestrian bridges in the world. It offers panoramic views of the Hudson River. There are several colleges in Poughkeepsie, and one of them is home to a wonderful art center that showcases paintings and other art forms. There are working farms that are open to the public, and the city has some amazing architecture, such as Vassar College, the Adriance Memorial Library, and the Dutchess County Courthouse. If your appetite is nudging you in a certain direction, Poughkeepsie has an established restaurant scene with German and French restaurants, cafes and steakhouses, and more; prices are reasonable, and there should be something to satisfy everyone.
Millbrook is a small village with a surprising number of attractions. There is a natural garden and a zoo, a dairy farm, and several vineyards, and numerous opportunities to shop for gifts and souvenirs. One of Millbrook's more interesting attractions is a local castle; the structure was constructed from cast-off rubble and is open to the public during limited hours (you should call ahead if you plan to visit). Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds during operating hours or take a guided tour of the castle.