The Hudson River is 510km long. It rises in the Lake Tear of the Clouds, and flows to the Upper New York Bay at New York City. The tributary of the Hudson River is the Mohawk River. Ocean vessels travel on the Hudson River to Albany and smaller vessels are used to travel to Troy. The Hudson River is connected with the Great Lakes and with Lake Chaplain and the St. Lawrence River by the divisions of the New York State Canal System.
The Hudson River was first sighted in 1524 by Verrazano and it was explored in 1609 by Henry Hudson. For the Native Americans' it was a major route, which later also became a major route of the Dutch and English traders and settlers. Both sides were fighting for control of the Hudson during the American Revolution. The Erie Canal, in 1825, linked the Hudson with the Great Lakes providing the Appalachian route. In the 1900s, pollution by raw sewage and industrial wastes was a serious problem due to industries which are located at the banks of the Hudson. Throughout the 1970s and 80s pollution continued increasing, thereby the state and municipal governments together with environmental groups contributed a notable clean-up effort, completed with an antipollution regulation.
Visiting New York City? Then visiting the Hudson River is definitely something to do! You can start on the Highline which is the meatpacking tour, running every day at 9:30am. You can also visit the Whitney Museum of American Art, and if you head north you can go on the Liberty Helicopter Tours or for a relaxing cruise with Circle Line Sightseeing if you go further north. If you have got enough time left, 3 blocks north, you’ll find the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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