Albany, the capital of New York, is located on the Hudson River and lies close to the scenic country of the Catskills and Adirondacks. The settlement was founded by Dutch fur-trappers who named the area Fort Nassau. When it was taken by the British it was renamed Albany for the future King James II (then known as the Duke of Albany). Albany was also a terminus on the early railroad, the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad.
When to visit AlbanyTemperatures in July average around 82ºF; January temperatures are much lower, averaging 31ºF. As befitting a city with Dutch origins, one of the city's biggest festivals is the Tulip Festival (TulipFest), held in the spring and is a special time to travel to Albany. The foliage in the fall is no less attractive.
How to get to AlbanyAlbany International Airport (ALB) lies about 6 miles north of Albany where there are a range of budget hotels. There are bus services and an Amtrak service.
Albany attractionsAlbany is well endowed with historic architecture. One of the city's oldest residences is Schuyler Mansion, a pre-Revolutionary house near the river and Lincoln Park. If you chose to stay in an Albany hotel downtown you are centrally based to make the most of Nelson Rockefeller's Empire State Plaza, a complex of public buildings that dominates central Albany. Part of the complex is an iconic performing arts venue, the The Egg, which in truth is a rather flattened egg that more resembles a flying saucer. Also centrally located is the grand, French-styled State Capitol. Washington Park has many attractions to while away an afternoon. Crowne Plaza Hotel is in an excellent location a few blocks from these sights and Hampton Inn and Suites a popular choice close to the downtown.
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