"Afternoon sun on sunset rock in the Autumn, overlooking North-South Lake in the Catskills Mountains of New York. (HDR)."

Getty Images/iStockphoto


This beautiful mountainous region west of the Hudson Valley has been a popular getaway since the 19th century. The romantic image of mossy gorges and rounded peaks, as popularized by Hudson River School painters, encouraged a preservation movement: in 1894 the state constitution was amended so that thousands of acres are 'forever kept as wild forest lands.'


Must-see attractions


Top picks from our travel experts

Planning Tools

Expert guidance to help you plan your trip

Spending Diaries

What a Lonely Planet colleague spent on a weekend of art, rustic-chic lodging and eating out in New York State’s Catskills.

Read article

Best Road Trips

Drive along scenic byways to see the natural wonders and charming towns that make the Catskills worthy of wanderlust.

Read article


Latest stories from Catskills

Filter by interest:

Olana, the estate of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church, is located in the Catskills overlooking the Hudson River in New York. In spring coreopsis bloom in the meadows surrounding it.


Total Trip: A quick, affordable Catskills getaway for two

Sep 6, 2023 • 5 min read


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of Catskills with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.