The capital of New York offers some unique historical perspectives but also has a vibrant downtown scene currently under construction. Albany was important both during the early American history and during Prohibition era.
What to do
Depending on where you stay and what you want to do, you can get around Albany without the use of a car or public transport. The downtown sites are all within walking distance of each other.
One of the most visited sites is New York State Capitol; travelers can visit it for free (even the audio tours are free). The Empire State Plaza is located between the Capitol and New York State Museum; the plaza is beautiful and during the summer there are free concerts held here. Make sure to be here on Fourth of July for a spectacular fireworks show.
Go up on the Corning Tower Observation Deck and watch fantastic views of Albany and the surrounding areas. Take a stroll in Washington Park and if you visit the city in May there's the Tulip Festival taking place in the park. Also in the park, you can watch free plays at Park Playhouse during the entire summer.
Albany is served by Albany International Airport, but this is not an international airport, except some flights from Canada. The majority of tourists will most likely arrive via John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). New York is served by many airports and that means finding a cheap flight into the area is quite easy.
You you have decided to use Albany International Airport, it's important to know that you can book and pay in advance for your Albany Airport Parking. Or you can choose the Albany Airport Shuttle for a quick and cheap ride to the airport and back.
Where to stay
You will find nice places to stay in Albany, but unfortunately the prices aren't exactly low. There are low-budget places to choose from, however, a real hostel doesn't exist here.