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Albany Vacations

New York isn’t all bustling boroughs and Broadway lights. Sidled up to the west bank of the Hudson River, the state capital dances to its own beat about 150 miles north of New York City. Like the current lapping against the shore, Albany is awash in historic sites, avant-garde art venues, and gorgeous parks and gardens. Whether you’re taking a break from the Big Apple or craving a getaway on the riverfront, a trip to Albany is in order. Learn more about our Albany vacation deals and the Cradle of the Union, then steal away to the Empire State.

Top Hotels in Albany

An amazing Albany vacation starts with convenient flights and a hotel that’s practically begging you to put up your feet and savor the moment. Consider these guest favorites as you book your grand getaway.

  • Best Western Sovereign Hotel - Albany: Start your day with complimentary breakfast, a refreshing dip in the indoor pool, and a peaceful walk through the campus at University of Albany SUNY. You’ll be a short drive from all the attractions of downtown Albany and even closer to Albany Institute of History Art and Westgate Plaza—the perfect balance of hideaway and hub.
  • Red Roof Inn Albany Airport : Located just south of Albany International Airport, this Red Roof Inn boasts an incredibly convenient location—made all the easier with a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Discover new insights about the region’s heritage at the nearby Watervliet Shaker National Historic Site and Pruyn House, where nostalgia hangs on the breeze like sunbeams.
  • Hilton Albany: When you want to be within steps of Albany’s most beloved entertainment and arts venues, check in at the Hilton, located very close to The Egg, Albany Berkshire Ballet, and Capital Repertory Theater. Pair your evening with dinner at one of the hotel’s two restaurants and unwind with a swim in the indoor pool.
  • Best Western Albany Airport Inn: Also close to the airport, as well as the Shaker Heritage Society and Pruyn House, this Best Western delivers all the comfort and service you expect from the beloved hospitality brand. Catch a ride to the airport and nearby attractions with the complimentary shuttle or stay in to take advantage of the indoor pool and the 24-hour fitness center.

Major Attractions

While you're on vacation in Albany, tour the palace-like state capitol building and the surrounding grounds graced with ponds and flower gardens. The opulent Gilded Age architecture is the perfect backdrop for the numerous paintings on display. The Erastus Corning Tower stands nearby, and it’s the tallest building in the state outside of New York City. You don’t have to walk far down the streets of Albany to step through several decades. For example, you can tour the USS Slater downtown, still afloat since WWII, or wander among centuries of estates in Cherry Hill.

Although it may look like an elegant deviled delight, The Egg is a hub of culture and the arts in Albany, and its highly unusual architecture only adds to the experience of attending a play or concert. After a busy day of sightseeing, explore downtown's Pearl Street entertainment district. You'll also find restaurants and clubs concentrated in the Madison Avenue, Lark Street, and Delaware Avenue areas.

Recurring Festivals and Events

In true New York fashion, local events tend to celebrate the state’s multi-cultural heritages. Albany's Dutch heritage is celebrated in May at the Tulip Festival, which woos visitors each spring with thousands of vibrant tulips blooming in historic Washington Park. The New York State Fourth of July Celebration at Empire State Plaza features the largest fireworks display in the region—a must-see for any Albany family vacation. A day in the life in Albany includes live music and a naturalization ceremony, where “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are welcomed to their new home sweet home.

The Hudson River won’t wait for you, traveler. Book your vacation package in Albany to save on airfare and accommodation with Travelocity and go with the flow.

Tours and Activities in Albany

Whether or not you want your travel adventure to be hair-raising and exhilarating or more peaceful and relaxing, there's one thing for sure — you'll have a bucketload of stories to share when you arrive back home!

Planning a visit to Albany? Why not treat yourself to a Day Trip to New York City? After all, vacations are all about impromptu decisions!

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