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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!

Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Albany?
Epic adventures await in Albany, with Travelocity vacation packages starting as low as . Offering both hotels and flights, these great deals are an easy way to see more of our wonderful planet.
How long should my Albany vacation be?
There are no rules when it comes to how long your vacation in Albany should be, but most people opt to stay around 2 nights. Got some wiggle room in your travel dates? Extend your trip by a few extra nights. Then you’ll have sufficient time to explore the nearby areas too.
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Albany?
You’ll come across a terrific range of Albany package deals on Travelocity. With 400 air carriers and 665,000 properties across the globe, putting together your ultimate escape will be simple.
Why should I purchase my Albany vacation package via Travelocity?
With superb service, customer support available 24/7 and some of the most idyllic getaways imaginable, you’ll never wander alone. And if you find a lower price, we’ll match it. That’s our Price Match Guarantee.
Can I save money on my Albany car rental if I combine it with hotels and flights?
With an Albany vacation package, you can combine your flight, hotel and car bookings and save loads. If you’re in the mood to discover the best of this wonderful area, why not check out Roberson Museum and Science Center? This top attraction is 118 mi from Albany. With your own set of wheels, you’ll be there in no time.
What is the best time of year to go to Albany?
If a tight budget is what’s driving your travel decisions, you’ll score the best deals in January. October is typically the dearest month. Most tourists come to this destination around July, August, June. If you want to avoid peak time, you’ll find it quieter in October, December, November.
Which airport is best for Albany?
That would be Albany, NY (ALB-Albany Intl.), which is 7 mi northwest of inner Albany.
What is there to do in Albany?
You’ll sense a particular magic in the air as you stroll through the streets of Albany. The Egg and New York State Museum are just a couple of highlights that entice visitors to this wonderful city, so put them at the top of your itinerary.
Where should I stay when visiting Albany?
You’ll hear travelers recommending Latham. If you decide to kick off your Albany adventures here, check out the services and amenities at the Albany Airport Inn and Suites (3.0 stars) and the Super 8 by Wyndham Latham/Albany Troy Area (2.0 stars). Another awesome area to base yourself in is McKownville. Highly rated hotels here include the Days Inn by Wyndham Albany SUNY (2.0 stars) and the Hampton Inn Albany-Western Ave/University Area (2.5 stars).

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