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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.

Accommodation in Albany

Albany, the state capital of New York, has 102 accommodations to select from. Go to Albany lodging guide and find one that's right for you.

You could start by investigating the style and sophistication of the Residence Inn Albany Washington Avenue and the VanWinkle Inn. If those don't suit your tastes or budget, maybe you'll prefer the Hampton Inn Schenectady, at 450 State St, or the Hilton Albany, at 40 Lodge Street.

Want to save time on commuting? Stay nearby the Egg at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center or the Holiday Inn Express Albany Downtown.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown

25 Chapel St, Albany
2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Located in Downtown Albany, this hotel is steps from Albany Berkshire Ballet and Palace Theater. New York State Capitol Building and Times Union Center are also ...

$104

$104
Imperial Motel

Imperial Motel

927 State Street, Schenectady
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Schenectady, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Proctors Theater, Museum of Innovation and Science, and Schenectady Civic Playhouse. Schenectady ...

$65

$65
Ramada Plaza Albany

Ramada Plaza Albany

3 Watervliet Avenue Ext, Albany
3.0 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (42 reviews)

Albany International Airport

$77

$77
Best Western Albany Airport Inn

Best Western Albany Airport Inn

200 Wolf Rd, Albany
3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Colonie Center Mall, Northway Mall, and Watervliet Shaker National Historic Site. Pruyn House ...

$77

$77
Red Roof Inn Albany Airport

Red Roof Inn Albany Airport

188 Wolf Rd, Albany
2.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Colonie Center Mall, Northway Mall, and Watervliet Shaker National Historic Site. Pruyn House ...

$54

$54
The Alpaca Carriage House

The Alpaca Carriage House

18 Shultes Road, Greenville
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Greenville, this cabin is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Thunderhart Golf Course and 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from Zoom Flume. Thacher State Park and Windham Country ...

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area

1389 Washington Ave, Albany
3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in McKownville, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University at Albany SUNY, Albany NanoTech Complex, and Westland Hills Park. Westgate Plaza and Northway ...

$109

$109
La Quinta Inn & Suites Clifton Park

La Quinta Inn & Suites Clifton Park

1749 Route 9, Clifton Park
2.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in the heart of Clifton Park, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Common, and Clifton Park Ice Arena. Round Lake and Falls ...

$92

$92
Hilton Albany

Hilton Albany

40 Lodge Street, Albany
3.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Located in the heart of Albany, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Albany City Hall and New York State Capitol Building. The Egg and Times Union Center ...

$125

$125
Best Western Sovereign Hotel - Albany

Best Western Sovereign Hotel - Albany

1228 Western Ave, Albany
3.0 out of 5.0
3.0 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in McKownville, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Albany NanoTech Complex, University at Albany SUNY, and Crossgates Mall. Westgate Plaza and Westland ...

$86

$86