You may be surprised to hear not New York City but Albany is the capital of the state of New York. As such, it has a lot on offer for visitors. Comfortably arrive at Albany’s airport for your next visit or business trip, pick up your rental car and start exploring the Capital Region right away.
The Albany area has played a crucial role in American history from the very beginning, marking the first European settlement in what was to become New York state. Albany’s location on the Hudson River made it a prime setting for trade, security, and government. Up to this day, this still characterizes the city.
Start your exploration of New York’s capital at the Empire State Plaza, where you can wander the grounds and explore monuments and memorials commemorating both New York and American history. The New York State Museum, Library, and Archives are a great place to start, but don’t forget about the smaller attractions in Albany. The Underground Railroad History Project, for example, runs the fantastic Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence. It is a standing monument and museum to the Underground Railroad movement. Being New York’s oldest museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art is a must-see, housing artifacts and interpreting the regional history and art of the upper Hudson region.
Once you’re well versed in the area’s history, go for a cruise down the Hudson with a riverboat company to catch a glimpse of modern Albany from an entirely different perspective. Since you’re outside, immerse yourself in the great outdoors of the many parks and recreation activities of the region. Surrounded by countless state parks in the summer, you can hit the Albany trails in your hiking boots or on your mountain bike. For winter, stay warm with cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and other sporty activities.
After all that activity, take a big sip while checking out the booming craft beverage industry of Albany. An ever-growing list of wineries, distilleries, and breweries is at your disposal! Nine Pin Cedarworks is right in the city and is highly recommended since it was New York’s first farm cidery and sources all its apples from the Albany area.
Lastly, if you’re looking to be entertained, Albany is the place. Due to its location between New York City, Montreal, Buffalo, and Boston, major international stars frequently pass through the city playing at venues like the TU Centre, the Egg, and the Palace Theatre. Make sure you look up what’s going on in Albany in advance since you may just catch a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Renting a car from the Albany airport has never been easier, whether you’re arriving for business, to catch a game, or simply to enjoy some sightseeing. Pre-book one of our reasonably priced family friendly SUVs or zippy business ready sedans at Orbitz to make sure you experience everything Albany has to offer.