Poughkeepsie is located in Dutchess County, about midway between New York City and the state capitol of Albany, on the east side of the Hudson River. You can do some research before leaving home, by contacting the Dutchess County Tourism Promotion Agency, at 3 Neptune Road, Suite 17 M, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; (845) 463-4000. From the website you can download five different travel guides, including the general travel guide, the special events guide, all drive tours, bike tours, and the arts & crafts trail guide. You can also request that a publication be mailed to you directly. If you prefer, stop by the office once you arrive in town to pick up maps, and get answers to questions regarding accommodations, transportation, activities, events, and much more.

There are also some online resources worth checking out. The City of Poughkeepsie has plenty of information on the area’s history, museums, parks, theaters, and annual events. You will also find detailed directions, maps, and information on transportation. And the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce site features a special tourism section, with a vacation planner and a bed & breakfast directory.