I don't need to bring a book or have to be entertained by an on-board entertainment centre, I can just sit back, relax and spend the full 2-3 hours watching the changing landscapes pass by my window while the train meanders along the east bank of the Hudson, through the Hudson valley. Whatever the season, whatever the time of day and no matter how many times I've seen it, it still keeps taking my breath away. The rippling water of the river, the bobbing boats and of course the mesmerising backdrop of the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley.
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The train passes by several historical sites: Across the river you can spot the famous West Point military academy, you whizz by islands and national parks with intriguing names like Bear Mountain State Park and Storm King State Park. The villages and towns perched on the banks of the river bear names that the Dutch settlers left behind a long long time ago. Places like Stuyvesant, Cortlandt, Dutchmans Landing Park.
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Just before the train reaches the Big Apple you can see the skyline of NYC popping in and out of view while the train moves around the corners of the bays and coves. The tunnels lined with rubbish thrown down from the streets in the Bronx, Harlem and Manhattan are a bit of an anti-climax and have their way of abruptly dragging you back into reality again, but they're also my cue that we're about to roll into Penn Station, the end of the line.
|Photo by JMS2 off Flickr|