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You're Going to Love Albany

The capital of New York State is a world away from the Big Apple, and it is sometimes overlooked by tourists, but bypassing Albany is becoming less and less popular all the time.

An up-and-coming tourist center, the city offers fine dining, cultural attractions, and is right on the doorstep of the Adirondack Mountains. If you want to hike in the summer or ski in the winter, Albany can serve as the perfect base.

The town itself always rewards those who visit, with the stunning New York State Capitol building, the elegant storefronts of Main Street (which is busily reinventing itself), a lively arts scene associated with the State University of New York, and historical sights like Herman Melville's home.

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When to Visit Albany

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Albany is definitely at its best during the summer months, from around June through to late August, when you can make the most of the warm weather to cruise the river and see the sights. Then again, the fall sees the local countryside erupt into color, while winter is a great time for skiers to head to the nearby slopes.

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Where to Stay in Albany

Albany has some stunning historic hotels, and many of them are surprisingly affordable at most times of year. Some of the finest options include the Morgan State House, which is next to Washington Park and Pearl Street's Crowne Plaza, but there are also hotels closer to the airport like the Desmond and the Hilton that may be more convenient. Check out options in Troy as well, like the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Shopping Streets

Albany isn't one of America's greatest shopping destinations, but it is improving all the time. For starters, there are a couple of excellent malls - Crossgates and the Colonie Center - where you'll find major brands. But Downtown Albany has plenty of stores to explore as well. Lark Street is a particularly good street to visit, with jewelers like Elissa Halloran and the Upstate Artists Guild selling works by local artists.

Groceries and Other

Downtown Albany doesn't have a huge range of supermarkets, but the metropolitan area has plenty of options, including budgets stores like Market 32 and Hannaford Supermarkets, along with upscale stores like Whole Foods. Expect to pay just over $3 for a gallon of milk or about $2.80 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Albany

Albany caters for a demanding dining crowd, with state politicians and their staff always looking for food that competes with the Big Apple, so there are plenty of places to eat well. Koto cooks excellent teppanyaki meat, the Blu Stone Bistro serves sophisticated European fare, Gandhi does a great-value Indian lunch buffet, while Paesan's is an excellent family-run pizza parlor. Costs vary by the type of establishment, but expect a good meal to come to around $20-25.

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