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Albany
A rich 300-year history, a thriving arts community and seemingly endless wilderness make this New York capital city on the Hudson River a great weekend getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts come here to ski, hike, canoe and fish; trout and small-mouth bass fishing is among the best in the U.S. Mountains surround the city, and the tapestry of golds and reds on an autumn day is breathtaking. The city is dominated by an elaborate 10-building complex that includes the State Capitol; the New York State Museum, with life-like dioramas such as American Indian life and an Adirondack logging operation; and the oval-shaped Empire State Performing Arts Center, nicknamed "The Egg." History buffs will enjoy the colonial homes, historic... more A rich 300-year history, a thriving arts community and seemingly endless wilderness make this New York capital city on the Hudson River a great weekend getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts come here to ski, hike, canoe and fish; trout and small-mouth bass fishing is among the best in the U.S. Mountains surround the city, and the tapestry of golds and reds on an autumn day is breathtaking. The city is dominated by an elaborate 10-building complex that includes the State Capitol; the New York State Museum, with life-like dioramas such as American Indian life and an Adirondack logging operation; and the oval-shaped Empire State Performing Arts Center, nicknamed "The Egg." History buffs will enjoy the colonial homes, historic churches and museums, and can tour 18th-century mansions, like the Schuyler, a superb example of pre-Revolutionary War architecture. Whether nature or history is your passion, you'll find an abundance of both in this upstate New York gem. less

All things to do » Things to do

New York State Capitol
New York State Capitol
New York's Capitol building took four decades to build, from 1867 to 1899, and is considered a magnificent example of 19th-century architecture.
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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New York State Museum
New York State Museum
Owner description: Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this museum and research center preserves New York State's artistic, social, historical and environmental legacies... more Owner description: Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this museum and research center preserves New York State's artistic, social, historical and environmental legacies through such exhibits as "Native Peoples of New York," "The Cohoes Mastodont" and "Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s." less
Attraction type: History Museums; Natural History Museums; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
Attraction type: Theaters
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USS Slater
USS Slater
Attraction type: Ships
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The Egg
The Egg
Hovering dramatically over Empire State Plaza, The Egg is a world-class performing arts complex.
Attraction type: Theaters
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil
Ranked #1 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
Athos Restaurant
Athos Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
New World Bistro Bar
New World Bistro Bar
Ranked #3 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Yono's Restaurant
Yono's Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Price: $16 - $43
Cuisines: American, Indonesian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Mingle
Mingle
Ranked #5 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Korean, Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
$75 - $108
Ranked #21 of 49 hotels in Albany
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Olde Judge Mansion
2.0 of 5
Olde Judge Mansion
$70 - $104
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Troy
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Chamber Lane Motel
Chamber Lane Motel
$79 - $129
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Round Lake
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express Albany-Western Ave University
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Albany-Western Ave University
$125 - $191
Ranked #2 of 49 hotels in Albany
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Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport
$131 - $260
Ranked #3 of 49 hotels in Albany
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Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center
$110 - $236
Ranked #4 of 49 hotels in Albany
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