Many of the city’s top sights can be found downtown within walking distance of each other, so get ready for a back-to-back itinerary. Start your tour of Albany’s multicultural history at the Irish American Heritage Museum on the waterfront. From there, skip on over to the State Capitol and New York State Museum for all things New York, all the time. When you need a break from gallery halls, stop for a picnic at Washington Park or sightsee and window-shop your way down lively Lark Street. The latter is lined with independent shops and cafes and transforms into a major hotspot during the evening. You could also spend the night at a show, but good luck choosing a venue from among The Egg (a concert hall), Palace Theatre and several more. Just don’t go to bed early, no matter how cosy your Albany hotel happens to be—there’s too much to do.
Fly to Albany International Airport (ALB), just 12 km northwest of downtown. Bus services and taxis are quite efficient. Residents usually drive, since traffic is mild, so check out Wotif’s car hire deals to do as the locals do.
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