Located two hours north of Manhattan, Albany is New York’s capital and a very exciting destination for everyone in the family. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States with lots of culture and history and a classy turn-of-the-century vibe to it. Book now at an Albany hotel and discover exciting neighborhoods, unique shopping experiences and fine dining. Here is a list of the attractions you will want to visit:
A great way to start off your trip is to visit one of the focal points of the city, Albany’s Lark Street. This is a charming destination full of brick brownstones and cobblestone intersections revealing the history of this old neighborhood. Appealing to all visitors, Lark Street is chock-full of specialty shops, entertainment venues, restaurants and trendy nightclubs.
Only a few minutes away you can visit the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1930, it has been bringing live music and entertainment to the city ever since. The symphony’s combination of time-honored classical music and contemporary programming draws visitors from every corner of the musical world. Make sure to get your tickets in advance for any of their shows.
The Empire State Plaza is a 98-acre complex featuring government office buildings, sculptures, modern art, fountains and an ice-skating rink in downtown Albany. The plaza’s Corning Tower has an observation deck on the 42nd floor, offering spectacular views of the city, the Hudson River and the surrounding areas. Go get some food from the local vendors and enjoy a picnic with your family.
Also located at the Empire State Plaza is The Egg performing arts venue, home to a variety of music, dance and traditional stage presentations. Featuring an unusual shape and central location, The Egg has become an icon of the city since it was hatched in 1978. They offer concerts for many genres and it is advised to get your ticket in advance.
For an inspirational visit, go to The New York State Museum, it contains a diverse selection of artifacts and exhibits representing many facets of the wonderful state of New York. You will find exhibitions from the Civil War, a memorial of 9-11, archaeological collections and lots of history. Admission is free and there is a gift shop with a restaurant on the premises.
The city’s educational crown jewel, the University at Albany has been ranked in the top 25 colleges in the United States for excellence in academics and affordability. The campus is within five miles of an Amtrak rail station, bus depots and Albany International Airport. You will be able to visit places like the New York State Capitol or enjoy a nice walk around the Riverfront Park.
Offering something for everyone, New York’s capital is the perfect destination for your next trip. Stay with Choice Hotels in Albany, NY and discover a wonderful city for the outdoors enthusiast during warm weather and a very nice destination for winter sports during the cold weather.
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