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Albany, New York Travel Guide


Albany is the capitol of New York and is located in Albany county. It sits on the center eastern part of New York state. This is a large city with many museums, historic buildings, and entertainment.


Albany was discovered in 1609 by Henry Hudson. The place, then called Fort Orange, was soon after settled by Dutch merchants apart of the East India Company as a place to ship furs to Europe. In 1664, it was taken over by the English and named after the Duke of Albany. It was made the state capitol in 1777. This city has been the site of many battles from wars such as the French Indian War and the American Revolution. Since its settlement, it has been the center of industrial growth due to its position along the Hudson River and the completion of the Eerie Canal in 1825 as well as The New York Central Railroad. This is the fourth oldest city in the United States.


Empire State Plaza
Washington Park


There are a few nice hotels to stay in during your visit to Albany.

The Wolf Road Holiday Inn (near the airport)is very nice and clean, with recently upgraded rooms. The hotel has a full service restaurant that has nightly specials. You can usually get a full size appetizer, entree, and dessert for under $20.00! One of them is usually a small filet. Seafood and chicken dishes are also available.

The Holiday Inn Express in Latham on Rt. 9 North near the Rt 7 interchange is also north of the airport off of I-87 North bound. The staff here is really friendly, and they have a daily happy hour from 5 - 7 PM with beer, soft drinks, chips, dip, salsa and tortilla chips. It also has the standard free breakfast buffet in the morning (sometimes there is biscuits and gravy) with miniature omelets with cheese, bacon and sausage in addition to the usual cereal, doughnuts and those wonderful cinnamon rolls! It's all free. However, the rooms could use upgrading with the exception of the executive rooms. Cost is around $100 per night.

The Hampton Inn just about 300 yards further north has fresh, clean rooms, great beds - just what you'd expect at Hampton Inns.


The nightlife in Albany is mostly centered around a row of a half dozen bars on North Pearl Street. If you are interested in playing a round of pool try Jillian's Restaurant. For live music and dancing go to the Bayou Cafe.

Check out nearby Troy New York for more local sites and events.

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