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Albany

Albany is located on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 240 km north of New York City.

The capital of New York State is one of the most European cities in the United States; the building of the state capital was designed to look like a French castle.

The Capitol Building is linked to the New York State Museum and the Congress Center by the Empire State Plaza, a modern, government-owned complex that took 16 years to build. The Congress Center houses an excellent collection of American modern art, while the State Museum is dedicated to illustrating life in New York State and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Much of the massive and robust architecture of the 19th and early 20th centuries built at the time when Albany started to become an industrial center is well preserved, giving the city a very interesting pedestrian landscape. The best way to visit Albany is to start with the visitor center of the city’s heritage area located in Quakenbush Square. There is a great orientation and information show on almost all the interesting attractions in the region.

The city of Albany combines all the delights of cuisine with magnificent dishes from international cuisine. You will find charming restaurants for couple or family dinners with dishes of different choices for adults and children.

This city also offers the best in comfort and hospitality, with a wide variety of hotels, motels and bed and breakfast.

Below is a list of some of the attractions you should visit:

New York State Capitol: Located on State Street and Washington Avenue, the New York State Capitol houses the New York State Legislative Assembly and is part of the Empire State Plaza at Capitol Park. Built between 1867 and 1899 under several governors, the ground floor is in classical Romanesque style, the second and third floors in classical Renaissance style and the fourth and fifth floors in Victorian Romanesque style.

The Egg Performing Arts Center: One of Albany’s best attractions. It owes its name to its unusual shape and has become an icon of the New York City capital district.

Washington Park, Albany: one of the most beautiful and well-kept parks in the region. More than 100 species of trees such as giant oaks and miniature bonsai trees create a picturesque space for various activities such as walking, picnicking, jogging, cycling, bird watching and fishing.