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Albany is the capital of New York, located in the eastern part of the state on the high west bank of the Hudson River, approximately 145 miles north of New York City. It also serves as the county seat for Albany County. This very historic area was first visited by Henry Hudson in 1609 and first settled in 1614. Albany was built on the site of the Dutch Fort Orange and its surrounding community of Beyerwyck. The city of Albany was incorporated in 1686, making it the fourth oldest continually inhabited city and the second oldest chartered city in the U.S. The town's nickname, "Cradle of the Union," resulted from the meeting here in 1754 of the Albany Congress, which adopted Benjamin Franklin's Plan of Union, which was the first formal proposal to unite the colonies. Today, the city of Albany remains a center of government and education. It's a good idea to stop at the Visitor's Center, located at 25 Quackenbush Square on Broadway in Albany, for information on the attractions in the area. You can take a walking tour of Albany or a guided tour on board one of the city's trolleys. Some of the things to see include the historic home of American soldier Philip Schuyler (1762,) the Albany Institute of History and Art and the massive State Capitol (1867-1899.) Albany also offers year round special events, concerts, cultural festivals, extraordinary museums and historic sites, restaurants, shopping malls and theater.

Surrounding areas: Kinderhook Lake, New York (15.3 mi), Valatie, New York (17.0 mi), West Coxsackie, New York (20.4 mi), Stephentown, New York (20.7 mi), Chatham, New York (21.6 mi), Lebanon Springs, New York (22.8 mi), Canaan, New York (22.9 mi)

Albany Vacation Rentals

Albany Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Albany Courtyard By Marriott168 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 482-8800
Albany Marriott89 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 458-8444
Best Value Inn1941 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 464-6051
Best Western Albany Airport Inn200 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 458-1000
Best Western Sovereign1228 Western AveAlbany, NY (518) 489-2981
Clarion Hotel Of Albany3 Watervliet Ave ExtAlbany, NY (518) 438-8431
Clarion Hotel3 Watervliet AveAlbany, NY (518) 438-8431
Comfort Inn & Suites1606 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 869-5327
Courtyard By Marriott Albany Thruway1455 Washington AveAlbany, NY (518) 482-8110
Cresthill Suites Albany1415 Washington AveAlbany, NY (518) 454-0007
Crowne Plaza-albanyState St & LDG StAlbany, NY (518) 462-6611
Days Inn Albany1230 Western AveAlbany, NY (518) 489-4423
Days Inn-albany Airport16 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 459-3600
Econo Lodge44 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 459-5670
Extended Stay America1395 Washington AveAlbany, NY (518) 446-0680
Fairfield Inn By Marriott1383 Washington AveAlbany, NY (518) 435-1800
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown25 Chapel StAlbany, NY (518) 432-7000
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center62 New Scoltand AveAlbany, NY (518) 396-3500
Hilton Garden Inn1381 Washington AveAlbany, NY (518) 453-1300
Hilton800 Albany Shaker RdAlbany, NY (518) 464-3300
Holiday Inn Albany On Wolf Road205 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 458-7250
Holiday Inn Express Albany Downtown300 BroadwayAlbany, NY (518) 434-4111
Holiday Inn Express Turf On Western Avenue1442 Western AveAlbany, NY (518) 438-0001
Homewood Suites By Hilton216 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 438-4300
Howard Johnson Inn1614 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 869-0281
Mansion Hill & Restaurant115 Philp St @ Park AveAlbany, NY (888) 299-0455
Motel 6 (#1227)100 Watervliet AveAlbany, NY (518) 438-7447
Northway Inn1517 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 869-0277
Omni Albany HotelState And LDG STSAlbany, NY (518) 462-6611
Quality Inn Albany Airport1632 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 456-8811
Red Carpet Inn500 Northern BlvdAlbany, NY (518) 462-5562
Red Roof #112188 Wolf RdAlbany, NY (518) 459-1971
Regency Hotel & Suites416 Southern BlvdAlbany, NY (518) 462-6555
Rodeway Inn1600 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 456-8982
Rodeway Inn1630 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 456-0222
Scottish Inns1384 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 435-1260
Steuben Athletic Club1 Steuben PLAlbany, NY (518) 434-6116
Super 8 Motel-albany1579 Central AveAlbany, NY (518) 869-8471
The Desmond660 Albany Shaker RdAlbany, NY (518) 869-8100
Towneplace Suites By Marriott1379 Washington AveAlbany, NY (518) 435-1900
Bed & Breakfast
Brunswick Bed & Breakfast143 Un AveSaratoga Springs, NY29.8 mi.(800) 585-6751

Albany Weather & Climate

Western New York, including The Berkshires, has a moderate four-season climate. The first significant snowfall usually occurs in December, but it varies from year to year. Some years there is no snow or ice until after the first of the new year, and the temperatures near The Hudson River stay quite mild. March is the month to look for the first signs of spring, although cool temps can linger throughout the month. Summers are hazy, warm and humid. September can be mixed with either clear, cool Canadian air or humid, warm air with intense downpours. October is possibly the most beautiful month in the Berkshires with warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. Perfect weather for enjoying the foliage. Typically, colors peak the first three weeks of October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 13°F 2.71 in. -
February 34°F 15°F 2.27 in. -
March 44°F 25°F 3.17 in. -
April 57°F 35°F 3.25 in. -
May 69°F 46°F 3.67 in. -
June 77°F 55°F 3.74 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 3.50 in. -
August 79°F 58°F 3.68 in. -
September 71°F 49°F 3.31 in. -
October 59°F 38°F 3.23 in. -
November 47°F 30°F 3.31 in. -
December 36°F 20°F 2.76 in. -

Albany Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Albany International airport (ALB) located about 7 miles northwest of Albany, the Schenectady County airport (SCH) located approximately 16 miles northwest of Albany in Schenectady, New York, the Barnes Municipal airport (BAF) located roughly 63 miles southeast of Albany in Westfield, Massachusetts, and finally the Bradley International airport (BDL) located around 73 miles southeast of Albany in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Albany Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Hoffman's PlaylandLathamNY6.5 mi.
Sherman's Amusement ParkCaroga LakeNY51.0 mi.
Great EscapeLake GeorgeNY53.5 mi.
Magic Forest ParkLake GeorgeNY53.5 mi.
High Hopes OrchardWestmorelandNH70.2 mi.
Six Flags New EnglandAgawamMA70.8 mi.
Lake CompounceBristolCT79.4 mi.
Quassy Amusement ParkMiddleburyCT84.1 mi.
Water Parks
Zoom Flume Water ParkDurhamNY27.5 mi.
Water Slide WorldLake GeorgeNY53.5 mi.
Splash Down ParkFishkillNY77.5 mi.
Enchanted Forest/Water SafariOld ForgeNY95.4 mi.
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA101.8 mi.
Song Mountain Alpine SlideTullyNY119.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Capital Hills at AlbanyAlbanyNY 
Colonial Acres Golf CourseGlenmontNY3.7 mi.
Mill Road Acres Golf CourseLathamNY6.1 mi.
Hiawatha TrailsGuilderlandNY8.4 mi.
Western Turnpike Golf CourseGuilderlandNY8.4 mi.
Burden Lake Country ClubAverill ParkNY10.6 mi.
Frenchs Hollow FairwaysGuilderland CenterNY10.8 mi.
Brunswick GreensBrunswickNY11.3 mi.
Sycamore Country ClubRavenaNY13.6 mi.
Colonie Golf CourseSchenectadyNY14.3 mi.
Orchard Creek Golf ClubAltamontNY14.3 mi.
Schenectady Municipal Golf CourseSchenectadyNY14.3 mi.
Stadium Golf ClubSchenectadyNY14.3 mi.
Whispering Pines Golf ClubSchenectadyNY14.3 mi.
Clifton Knolls Executive Golf CourseClifton ParkNY14.4 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubClifton ParkNY14.4 mi.
Van Patten Golf CourseClifton ParkNY14.4 mi.
Mohawk River Country ClubRexfordNY15.0 mi.
Winding Brook Country ClubValatieNY17.0 mi.
Briar Creek Golf CoursePrincetownNY17.4 mi.
Hillcrest Golf & Country ClubPrincetownNY17.4 mi.
Mechanicville Golf ClubMechanicvilleNY17.5 mi.
Meadowgreens Golf CourseGhentNY23.4 mi.
Ballston Spa Country ClubBallston SpaNY25.0 mi.
Pioneer Hills Golf CourseBallston SpaNY25.0 mi.
Thunderhart Golf CourseFreeholdNY25.7 mi.
Hoosick Falls Country ClubHoosick FallsNY26.8 mi.
Saratoga Spa State ParkSaratoga SpringsNY27.4 mi.
Galway Golf CourseGalwayNY28.3 mi.
Taconic Golf ClubWilliamstownMA28.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Brodie MountainNew AshfordMA26.5 mi.
Willard MountainGreenwichNY33.0 mi.
CatamountHillsdaleNY34.8 mi.
Ski WindhamWindhamNY34.8 mi.
Butternut Ski AreaGreat BarringtonMA37.4 mi.
Hunter MountainHunterNY38.4 mi.
Berkshire EastCharlemontMA45.1 mi.
West MountainGlens FallsNY45.8 mi.
Otis RidgeOtisMA46.4 mi.
Scotch ValleyStamfordNY46.9 mi.
Ski PlattekillRoxburyNY48.5 mi.
BromleyManchester CenterVT50.6 mi.
Belleayre MoutainHighmountNY51.3 mi.
StrattonStratton MountainVT53.7 mi.
Mohawk MountainCornwallCT60.0 mi.
Shu-maker MountainLittle FallsNY62.1 mi.
Mount SnowBrattleboroVT62.7 mi.
Haystack at Mount SnowBrattleboroVT62.7 mi.
Mount TomHolyokeMA65.9 mi.
Gore MountainNorth CreekNY67.5 mi.
State Parks
Peebles Island State ParkNY9.6 mi. 
Thacher State ParkNY12.4 mi. 
Taconic Trail State ParkMA25.5 mi. 
Bates Memorial State ParkMA25.8 mi. 
Balance Rock State ParkMA26.9 mi. 
Saratoga Spa State ParkNY26.9 mi. 
Catskill State ParkNY31.4 mi. 
Natural Bridge State ParkMA34.0 mi. 
Max V Shaul State ParkNY34.1 mi. 
Clarksburg State ParkMA34.9 mi. 
Wahconah Falls State ParkMA35.0 mi. 
Woodford State ParkVT38.2 mi. 
Shaftsburg State ParkVT38.3 mi. 
Shaftsbury State ParkVT38.7 mi. 
Lake Taghkanic State ParkNY39.0 mi. 
Windsor James State ParkMA39.6 mi. 
Woodford State ParkVT39.6 mi. 
Sir William Johnson State ParkNY39.7 mi. 
Moreau Lake State ParkNY40.0 mi. 
Irish American Heritage MuseumAlbanyNY(History)
Albany Institute of History & ArtAlbanyNY(Multidisciplinary)
New York State MuseumAlbanyNY(Science)
University Art MuseumAlbanyNY(Art)
Rensselaer County Historical Society at the Hart-Cluett MansionTroyNY6.2 mi.(History)
Troy's RiverSpark Visitor CenterTroyNY6.2 mi.(History)
National Bottle MuseumBallston SpaNY24.5 mi.(Technology)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art InstituteWilliamstownMA28.4 mi.(Art)
Hancock Shaker VillagePittsfieldMA29.5 mi.(History)
National Museum of DanceSaratoga SpringsNY29.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of FameSaratoga SpringsNY29.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Tang Teaching Museum and Art GallerySaratoga SpringsNY29.8 mi.(Art)
Caverns Creek Grist Mill MuseumHowes CaveNY31.9 mi.(Technology)
Norman Rockwell Museum at StockbridgeStockbridgeMA33.6 mi.(Art)
Eagle Mills Cider Co.BroadalbinNY35.9 mi.(Technology)
Clermont (State Historic Site)ClermontNY39.4 mi.(History)
Old Fort House MuseumFort EdwardNY43.3 mi.(History)
Canajoharie Library and Art GalleryCanajoharieNY44.9 mi.(Art)
Chapman Historical MuseumGlens FallsNY45.8 mi.(Children's)
HildeneManchesterVT49.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Trevor ZooMillbrookNY60.0 mi.
Utica ZooUticaNY80.9 mi.
Beardsley Zoological GardensBridgeportCT106.5 mi.
Ross Park ZooBinghamtonNY116.8 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ119.2 mi.

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