From the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, take an art-filled journey through this iconic river valley as colorful fall foliage begins to adorn the landscapes. Discover why the Hudson River School of artists, America's first major art movement, was drawn to this prodigiously beautiful region in the mid-19th century. Their paintings celebrated the vigor of the new nation with its promise of boundless possibilities and natural wonders. Marvel at the historic homes and estates that dot the hills overlooking the mighty Hudson, from the modest cottage beloved by Eleanor Roosevelt to the exotic Moorish home of Frederic Church. Though rich with history, this area has evolved into a showcase of contemporary American art. Tour Dia:Beacon, with its vast holdings of late 20th-century art, and visit the Rockefellers' stunning estate Kykuit, featuring Nelson Rockefeller's collection of modern sculptures by Louise Nevelson and Henry Moore.