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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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