DISCOVER ONE OF THE OLDEST CITIES IN AMERICA

Albany, NY may be the seat of state government, but it’s also at the centre of a regional resurgence. This 400-year old city beside the Hudson River is reclaiming its riverfront and getting back to its historic roots.

At the same time, it is bringing new life into its downtown by transform- ing old office buildings and warehouses into modern apartments and cool brew pubs that appeal to millennials and Baby Boomers alike, and all this, just a stone’s throw from gorgeous parks and cute family-owned farms.

The new Albany Capital Center, which opened last year, and the recently remodeled Times Union Center arena, are bringing in a host of new events and visitors — and those visitors are finding a vibrant and dynamic city to greet them. This year, the city welcomed three new tour companies and important landmarks like the New York State Capitol and New York State Education Building expanded their tour offerings.

Explore Albany with Taste of Troy’s “Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour.” This walking tour through Albany’s busy downtown is punctuated by five tastes from local restaurants and includes a great introduction to Albany’s local lore. If craft beverages are more your speed, travel the city’s Capital Craft Beverage Trail with Capital City Cycle Tours, a 14-person “party” bicycle that stops at some of the city’s most popular craft beverage producers. If you like the outdoors, grab one of the city’s shareable bikes and hit the trails that criss-cross the city or rent a kayak from the new self- serve rental hub and paddle the Hudson River.

You can also learn about the city’s uniquely American stories at any of the area’s heritage sites — visit the oldest private wine cellar in the country at Ten Broeck Mansion, visit Schuyler Mansion where Alexander Hamilton was married, watch the restoration of the Myers Residence — once a stop on the Underground Railroad — or visit Historic Cherry Hill, where a scan- dalous murder took place in the early 19th Century. A trip to Albany wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the New York State Museum, where large- scale exhibits detail the complete social and natural history of New York State — from ice age to present.

“Albany has so many great American stories to tell. We are one of the oldest cities in America, and we have beautifully preserved homes and amazing museums that bring to life stories from nearly every major his- torical movement in America,” says Jill Delaney, President and CEO of Discover Albany.

Want to get outside the city? Make a b-line for John Boyd Thacher State Park. Each year, this famous park welcomes 400,000 visitors to its cliffs for panoramic views of the Catskills and new visitor centre. The Albany Pine Bush is another favourite nature preserve nearby. It was here that author Vladimir Nabokov first discovered the Karner blue butterfly, an en- dangered species indigenous to the type of fire-dependent pine barrens that surround the city.

Albany offers so much to visitors. Plan your visit with help from Discover Albany. Learn more at albany.org.