Since it had been the capitol of New York for over three hundred years, Albany has a lot of to offer for the curious visitor. Settle into your comfortable boutique hotel and then head out to enjoy its rich history, beautiful upstate views, and stunning architecture.
To learn more about New York’s history, check out any one of the many museums or buildings dedicated to it. For instance, the Albany Institute of History and Art has been around since the late 1700s. Many of its collections spotlight life in Hudson Valley and regional history throughout the centuries. Also, do not miss the Hudson River School paintings. Next, the New York State Museum hosts collections dedicated to all aspects of NY life, from its culture and art to geography and nature. You can even take a ride on its 1916 carousel. Then, there also is City Hall, which has a gorgeous Romanesque-revival style to its façade.
Be sure to pay a visit to the New York State Capitol in the Empire State Plaza as well. Built in the late 1800s, it is architecturally stunning. If you take a tour, you can see the famous Million Dollar Staircase. While in the plaza, head to the observation deck in Corning Tower. At nearly 600 feet above the ground, you will marvel at views of the Adirondack, Berkshire, and Catskill mountains.
For even more beautiful houses, check out the many mansions and estates in Albany. The Greek-Revival Ten Broeck Mansion housed the former Albany mayor. The Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site was home to the Revolutionary War general and US senator, Philip J. Schuyler, while Georgian-style Historic Cherry Hill once belonged to Philip Van Rensselaer, one of the original Dutch settlers in New York.