NYS Region: NYS Capital & Saratoga Region
Distance: NYC: 3hrs - Hartford: 2hrs - Philly: 4hrs - Boston: 2.75hrs
Famous for: NYS Capitol, Craft Brews, History
Not to miss: New York State Capitol Building and Albany Institute of History and Art.
Perfect for: Couples, Families, History Buffs
- Publish Date: May 04, 2017
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Why It's Famous
Albany is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original 13 colonies. It’s also home to NYS’s capitol building, historic sites, and a growing craft beverage industry.
- Into local craft beer? Visit the Albany Beverage Trail, promoting local craft and farm-based beverage facilities throughout downtown Albany.
- Visit the New York State Museum, Albany Institute of History & Art, the Irish American Heritage Museum and the plethora of other museums Albany has to offer.
- Explore dozens of restaurants and fine dining experiences, great mom-and-pop shopping and catch an Albany Devils hockey game in Downtown Albany.
- Visit Washington Park in May for Albany’s famous Tulip Festival—worth the trip.
The NY Sherpa Recommends
Founded in 1791, this institute is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. It’s famous for its Hudson River School paintings and educational outreach programs that serve 10,000 students and families every year.
One of the region’s most revered musical and cultural institutions, the Albany Symphony is the only professional symphony orchestra based in the Capital Region and engages over 150,000 people each year.
Grab some friends and head down to Albany’s Warehouse District on Broadway to taste the farm-based beverages of Albany County. Try Albany Distilling Company, C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station, Nine Pin Cider Works and Druthers Brewing Company.
Situated along the Helderberg Escarpment—one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world, Thatcher safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields and a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains.
Atop Albany’s State Street hill is the NYS Capitol, the seat of government for New York since the late 19th century. Take tours of this architectural marvel that was hand-built of solid masonry over a 25-year period.
Established in 1836, the NYS Museum is a center of art, science and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. It’s the oldest and largest state museum in the country with more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.
A cozy 80-seat gastro pub created by Ric Orlando, with farm-fresh and creative eats, regional beers that fill out a global menu and a mahogany bar from ‘39 World’s Fair—all in the heart of Albany’s newly revitalized Delaware Avenue Neighborhood. Try the meatloaf, it’ll change your life. #FatSherpa
This upscale inn offers NYC-style accommodations in New York’s capital. The inn is situated near Washington Park and offers guests access to beautiful English gardens. Their breakfast each morning will get you started off right.