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Arts & Culture

With New York City as its centrepiece, a vibrant arts scene stretches right across the state. New York’s artists, writers, musicians and dancers have helped shape and define American culture of today. 

As you explore the ‘American Culture’ Path; you will discover how the beauty of New York State’s landscape stirred the heart of many artists and writers over the centuries. With penned classics such as the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ by James Fenimore Cooper and the famous poetry of Walt Whitman both originating in New York State.

From the early 19th century when painters like Thomas Cole were being inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley, to the 1960’s where the peace and love of Woodstock music festival came to the Catskills region – taking a path through the history of art and culture will be inspiring and captivating.

Discover:  A melting pot of art, culture and creativity.

Understand: How the arts have shaped American culture as it is known today

Experience:  America’s vibrant arts scene through the years.

If you like American Culture, then you will love...

  • The museum at Bethel Woods, The Catskills - Is located on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival and explores the social, political, and cultural history of the 1960's and its transformative impact on the world. www.bethelwoodscenter.org 
  • The Amish Trail, Chautauqua-Allegheny - Provides visitors and opportunity to experience the culture of this traditional living community through its farming and handcrafted products - guided tours are available.www.amishtrail.com
  • Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Park, Finger Lakes - Is one of the nation's largest preserved country estates from the Victorian era, with nine themed formal gardens and a 40-room Queen Anne-style mansion.www.nysparks.com
  • Dia:Beacon, The Hudson Valley - A huge breathtaking musuem space housed in a former box-printing plant on the banks of the Hudson River, is home to a collection of important late-20th-century art. www.nysparks.com
  • John Lennon Memorial, Strawberry Fields in Central Park - A living memorial to the world famous singer, song-writer and peace activist. Along the park near the memorial you will find a bronze plaque that lists the 121 countries that endorse Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace. www.centralparknyc.org

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