New York By Rail Top 20: The Views

(More than) 20 attractions to make every stop on your trip unforgettable. From Munson in Utica to the Hudson Basilica, get ready to be wowed.

By John Barry
Rip Van Winkle Bridge

1. George Washington Bridge, between Moynihan Train Hall and Yonkers.

2. Yonkers Power Station. North of Yonkers, Amtrak passes the tall smokestacks and massive brick buildings of the Yonkers Power Station. Built in 1902 to provide electric power for the New York Central Railroad tracks, it provided a safe alternative to the dangerous conditions caused by steam engines. The Power Station was abandoned in the 1960s in favor of more efficient power sources.

3. The Palisades, on the west side of the Hudson River, north from Manhattan to the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

4. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge at Tarrytown.

5. Sing Sing Correctional Facility, north of Tarrytown. Look for the foreboding walls along the tracks.

6. Haverstraw Bay, the widest section of the Hudson River.

7. Bear Mountain Bridge.

8. US Military Academy at West Point, on the western shore.

9. Storm King Mountain, on the western shore.

10. Bannerman’s Castle on Pollepel Island. The structure is named for Francis Bannerman VI, a munitions dealer who bought the rocky island in 1900 as a storage facility.

Bannerman's CastleBannerman’s Castle

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, due north of Beacon.

12. Mid-Hudson Bridge & Walkway Over the Hudson at Poughkeepsie. The former railroad bridge is now a state park and, at 212 feet above the river with a span that stretches 1.28 miles, it’s the longest elevated pedestrian walkway in the world.

Walkway over the Hudson

Walkway Over the Hudson

Rondout Lighthouse on the western shore, across from the Rhinecliff Amtrak station.

Rondout Lighthouse

Rondout Lighthouse

Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, due north of Rhinecliff.

15. Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area, north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

16. Saugerties Lighthouse, on the western shore.

Saugerties Lighthouse

Saugerties Lighthouse

Rip Van Winkle Bridge, due south of Hudson.

18. Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, in the river off the City of Hudson.

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse

Castleton-On-Hudson Bridge, north of Hudson.

20. Albany skyline, upon leaving the Amtrak stop at the Albany-Rensselaer Station.

One more…

*21. In recent years, the stretch of the Hudson River from Kingston to Croton-on-Hudson has been increasingly popular with bald eagles. Amtrak riders have an excellent vantage point from the river side of any train between Albany and Croton-on-Hudson.