Is that a castle in the middle of the river? If you’re asking this question on the train in the vicinity of Beacon, then the answer is “yes”. It’s Bannerman Castle, one of many intriguing sites you’ll see along from the train between New York City and Albany. You’ll also notice a number of bridges, lighthouses, estates and picturesque landscapes.
Now, there’s a new mobile app that identifies these rail-side wonders and much more. The free Hudson River Train Tour app is part travel guide and part audio tour. It helps you plan visits to the historic, natural and cultural attractions located near Hudson Valley train stations.
Using location services, the app will tell you about the sites you’re approaching in real time. Another entertaining feature is the “Voices of the Hudson” audio series. Listen to stories about each place as you watch from the train’s window.
One more thing about Bannerman Castle: The island where it’s located is said to be haunted by Native Americans and Dutch colonial settlers. You can take a guided ghost tour to learn more!