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Albany, the capital of New York state, is a large, friendly city steeped in US heritage. As one of the oldest official cities and settlements in Northern America, Albany is rich with riveting museums and historic sites. The city also boasts a proud artistic scene, being home to plenty of galleries, festivals, and an electrifying nightlife of live music and theater. If you want to take a breather from all the urban hype, take a stroll in one of Albany’s lush parks.

Things to see

Begin your enriching Albany day by immersing yourself in the city’s fascinating heritage - The New York State Museum is a great place to start. This museum, set in a huge Romanesque-style building, houses thousands of artworks and artifacts that reflect the state’s history. Learn about prehistoric New York through billion year-old fossils, see looming mastodon skeletons, and find out about the state’s Native Americans. After, art-fiends should head to the Albany Institute of History and Art, a small museum showcasing hand-carved African sculptures and inspirational modern American works. As the afternoon rolls around, take a guided tour through the New York State Capitol, an enormous Neo-Romanesque building with pointy-red turrets and flower-flecked grounds. Finish off your day with a slice of military history at the USS Slater, a retired, sleek-grey Cannon-class destroyer used in WW2, which currently floats - as a National Historic Landmark - on Albany’s stretch of the shimmering Hudson.

Hotels in Albany

Albany offers a wide range of accommodation suited to those traveling on a slighter tighter budget. The cheap 2-star motels and hotels in Albany offer spacious air-conditioned rooms - sometimes with convenient kitchenettes - and free WiFi. Many of these bargain hotels will also have a refreshing indoor pools, a perfect way to cool off after a long day’s sightseeing. For something slightly more upscale, stay in one of the 3-star hotels in Albany. In the evenings, grab a bite at the in-house restaurants, or take it easy at the stylish bar lounges.

Where to stay

Most folks will want to stay centrally, near the Empire State Plaza. In this area you’ll be within walking distance of top Albany museums and historic sites, and you’ll be surrounded by buzzing bars and eclectic restaurants. Lovers of cultured nightlife will be happy too, as The Egg - Albany’s premier performing arts center - is nearby. If you prefer a peaceful vibe with a youthful, academic edge, stay near the grassy grounds of The University of Albany, northwest of the center. For convenience, business travelers should stay near Albany Airport, where you can also take hikes around the adjacent nature preserve.

How to get to Albany

Albany is easily reached by plane, the city’s airport based just 8 miles from the center. Albany International Airport serves plenty of year-round domestic flights to and from top destinations like Boston, Chicago, and Washington. If you’re traveling from overseas, you’ll likely catch a direct flight to Washington Dulles and transfer to Albany, which will take 1 hour 30 minutes. From the airport, jump in a taxi, take the 610 public bus, or hire your own car onsite and drive to the center. In the city driving is a decent option, but if you take taxis, remember that they go by zone fare, not meter.