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"The Core Of The Empire State"

Albany Tourism

The capital city of New York state, Albany boasts of a reputation as the cultural and economic core. Its landscape is decidedly urban and spotted by remnants of its history as a Dutch and British settlement. Albany’s land is tempered with the waters of the famous Hudson River, making it a long operated port defined by an ever-present view of the river.

Banked by the famous Hudson River, Albany is the gatekeeper to New York’s natural haven- the Adirondacks nature preserve and the Hudson river valley. As a result, Albany is frequented by travellers and hitchhikers making a pit stop on their travels. The Hudson lends Albany much of its character and has transformed it into an important transportation hub, aiding its reputation as a buffer state for tourists. 

A stroll down the streets of Albany reveals several boundless gardens and architecture that is distinct by way of Dutch influences. The Capitol district of Albany has been used as the backdrop for several films and serves as the inspiration for several popular media due to its intact 19th-century architecture. There can be no mention of Albany's architecture without notice of the Empire State Plaza- a collection of politically and historically significant buildings that dominate the city skyline. The buildings include the state legislature and other state department headquarters, making the city a perfect destination for any history buff. 

Albany features several museums and is known for its appreciation of the arts. Albany's ideal location makes it a convenient stop for more than just travellers- several artists and acts present shows in its numerous public forums and theatres. Albany has weekly festivals celebrating all forms of expression, from music to dance. The city is also home to several museums and historic sites, all contributing to Albany's image as a record keeper to American history and culture. 

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Albany’s location and history give any tourist an expansive range of activities to do. Nature buffs have several scenic locations available to them at free or nominal costs. Several tours of the water and land wildlife run throughout the year and tourists frequent the several natural wonders of Albany such as The Gap stone formation, the Emu Point beach or the Pine Bush Reserve. Albany has a lot of outdoor adventures available to tourists ranging from extreme sport to leisure viewing. Art and history enthusiasts can visit the New York State Museum or take a tour of the Capitol building free of cost. The best view of the city is from the top of the Erastus Corning Tower, the tallest building in the state outside of New York City. Albany has cemented itself as a classical city with historical sites like the Schuyler Museum, Historic Cherry Hill and Oakwood Cemetery. Washington Park is a perfect leisure spot that transforms into the Park Playhouse during the summer to host a theatre production. Albany hosts a weekly music festival - Alive at 5 - every summer that draws large crowds of people for its live music. Additionally, Albany is famous for its exuberant nightlife and sprawling grounds and plazas to walk and cycle through. Its entertainment sector draws a record number of people every year - each of them seeking all that Albany’s numerous taverns, pubs, breweries and orchards have to offer.

Getting Around in Albany

Albany occupies a unique geographical space and is well connected to its neighbouring metropolitan cities. Several prominent highways and expressways run through the city and connect it to Perth, New York, Buffalo and Boston, among other popular destinations for tourists. This makes Albany an ideal destination for travellers looking to road trip or view the state by car. Within city bounds, most residents and visitors make use of car or rental taxis to get around. Albany has an impressive range of connectivity through its roadwork and traffic congestions are rare and concentrated in few locations. The city has a public bus service that connects to all popular attractions in the city as well as numerous waterways through the Hudson River. However, for the observation of Albany’s natural and cultural beauty, an allowance has been made by way of passageways and cloisters that are ideal for walking. Albany also has a popular bicycle hire service to enjoy its rich landscape.

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