The capital of New York State, Albany is at the heart of the Capital Region - a rare blend of urban, suburban, and rural areas that are home to nearly one million residents. The Region's reputation for community spirit and special quality of life was enhanced recently when Albany was named one of the nation's "All-American Cities."
Throughout Albany and the Capital Region, you'll find a wide range of affordable, safe, and comfortable neighborhoods. The Region boasts an excellent variety of museums, galleries, restaurants, theaters, clubs, parks, golf courses, and malls.
The College campus is just minutes away from the 15,000-seat Pepsi Arena. It's the site of Division I basketball and hockey, and the home of minor league hockey and arena football, a spectacle that has to be seen and heard to be believed. "The Pepsi" also attracts popular artists such as Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith and LL Cool J.
Twenty area colleges and universities - including Albany Law School, Albany College of Pharmacy, Union College, the University at Albany, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - offer a multitude of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Albany Medical College's membership in the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities enables you to cross-register for classes at virtually all local institutions.
In less than two hours you can drive to world renown venues for skiing, skating, hiking, biking, and camping in the Catskills, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, or the Green Mountains.
Just 30 minutes north of Albany, you'll find the charming community of Saratoga Springs. Strolling through downtown shops is a year-round treat. In the summer, you can add an afternoon trip to the track for some of the best thoroughbred racing in the world. Then, on a blanket under the stars, relax at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. There is always an eclectic lineup: the Newport Jazz Festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Opera and Ballet, as well as the Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones, Sting and The Dead.
Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a host of popular entertainers, is a short and beautiful drive through the Berkshires.
Albany is easily accessible by car, train, or plane. A few hours on the interstate or Amtrak will bring you to New York City, Boston, and Montreal. Albany International Airport, a state-of-the-art facility opened in June 1998, is serviced by eight airlines.