Albany, NY

Travel Guide
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza featuring modern architecture, a pond and a high rise building
Come to New York’s capital to marvel at architectural achievements, shop in funky stores or enjoy fine parks and museums.

As the legislative capital of New York, Albany instantly demands respect. However, the city offers more than simply politics. It also has a thriving arts scene, an eclectic mix of restaurants and several historical gems.

Visit Empire State Plaza to admire strikingly modern government buildings and see politics in action, with occasional peaceful demonstrations by concerned citizens. In summer enjoy free concerts or the spectacular July 4th fireworks.

Look beyond the square in any direction to notice how the architecture takes on an older style. Albany was first settled by the Dutch in 1614 and is one of the oldest continually chartered cities in the United States. Walk to State Street to admire 19th-century homes or pay a visit to City Hall, a fine example of Romanesque architecture.

Summer is the best time to enjoy Albany’s well-kept green spaces. Visit Corning Preserve and stroll along the Hudson River or head to Washington State Park. A playhouse within this park holds regular free concerts and theater productions.

When winter cold arrives, explore the city’s museums. New York State Museum features varied exhibitions including Birds of New York and the floating Day Peckinpaugh canal boat. Albany Institute of History and Art also has excellent exhibits, such as the Hudson River school paintings.

For shopping, head to Lark Street, known as "Albany’s Greenwich Village," where you’ll find alternative, boutique stores with one-of-a-kind jewelry and contemporary art. This popular student area has many good restaurants and bars. Finish off a day’s shopping with Buffalo wings and a variety of local craft beer.

Visit in June for the week-long Capital Pride LGBT festival or September for the larkFEST, New York’s largest one-day street festival.

Most of Albany’s major sights are within easy walking distance. Public buses serve a broad area throughout the city and beyond.

Fly to Albany International Airport or drive 2.5 hours north from New York City. Albany offers access to the four seasons in New York’s upstate area, with Adirondack Mountain skiing and summer hiking just two hours away.

Where to stay in Albany

New York State Capitol Building featuring heritage architecture and a pond

Downtown Albany

4/5(445 area reviews)

Downtown Albany is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to MVP Arena and Hudson River Way while you're in town.

Downtown Albany
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Mansion Area

1/5(1 area review)

Mansion Area might not have many top sights, but New York State Museum and MVP Arena are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Mansion Area
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Dunes

5/5(4 area reviews)

Dunes might not have many top sights, but Crossgates Mall and Albany Pine Bush Preserve are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Dunes
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South End

While visiting South End, you might make a stop by sights like Mount Zion Baptist Church and Schuyler Mansion.

South End
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Buckingham Lake - Crestwood

When in Buckingham Lake - Crestwood, you can plan a visit to Westgate Shopping Center and Washington Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Buckingham Lake - Crestwood
New York State Police Headquarters - August 2018

Melrose

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Melrose and surrounding area, you can visit Westgate Shopping Center and Washington Park.

Melrose
Hyatt Place Albany
Hyatt Place Albany
3 out of 5
82 MONTGOMERY STREET, Albany, NY
The price is $130 per night from May 26 to May 27
$130
$148 total
includes taxes & fees
May 26 - May 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Albany. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions MVP Arena and Colonie Center ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (385 reviews)
"The staff was phenomenal. Special shout out to Sammy, our chef and bartender. We were up for a graduation, my husband had just had knee surgery and couldn’t make it. They were able to very graciously give us late checkout so that he didn’t have to sit in the car. Thank you.everyone"

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Hyatt Place Albany
Hilton Albany
Hilton Albany
3.5 out of 5
40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY
The price is $144 per night from May 26 to May 27
$144
$164 total
includes taxes & fees
May 26 - May 27
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Albany. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
6.8/10 (1,004 reviews)
Surprised
"There was drops of urine and water with what looks like paper in it, on the left side of the toilet. My friend said the tub in her room was dirty and had to wear slippers. i've heard on unpleasant experiences, but this is my 1st encounter. Very surprised"

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Hilton Albany
Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY
The price is $131 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
$131
$150 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 16 - Jun 17
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Albany. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Happy with the stay"

Reviewed on May 11, 2024

Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mini Mansion newly furnished with Italian furniture 8kslim televisions all rooms
Mini Mansion newly furnished with Italian furniture 8kslim televisions all rooms
Albany
Stay at this vacation home in Albany. Enjoy a fitness center, in-room jetted tubs, and an in-room coffeemaker. Popular attractions Crossgates Mall and MVP Arena ...
9.6/10 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
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