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Welcome to Hudson Valley and the Catskills

Hudson Valley and the Catskills

Just north of New York City, the Hudson Valley is surprisingly rural and is littered with charming towns, picturesque farms and old mansions. Many New Yorkers head this way at the weekend attracted by the slower pace of life and the scenic drives. The region's capital, Albany, was founded by Dutch fur trappers in the 17th century and made its money by controlling trade along the Erie Canal. There is not a great deal to do or see in Albany, but sights include the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art, which has a good collection of Hudson River School paintings.

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English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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