Albany and Central New York: Places to Explore


  • Albany

    Since 1797 Albany has served as the capital of the state. You could say that the city, thanks to its role in state politics and to its location—about 150 mi north of New York City and roughly the same distance... Read more

  • Amsterdam

    In its heyday, this Erie Canal town bustled with mills and factories churning out manufactured goods, from carpets and curtains to carriage springs. Amsterdam was once the nation's biggest producer of... Read more

  • Canajoharie

    Canajoharie is on Route 5S, on the south bank of the Mohawk River. Founded in 1730, the village is now home to a large Beech-Nut food-processing plant. The wealth of its industrial past is evident in the... Read more

  • Cooperstown

    The village was founded in 1786 by William Cooper on the southern shore of Otsego Lake, also known as Lake Glimmerglass. William was the father of novelist James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), who set some... Read more

  • Herkimer

    The village, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, takes its name from a Revolutionary War general whose home, now a state historic site, was several miles east, near Little Falls. The first road through... Read more

  • Howes Cave

    Howes Cave is such a small community that you could easily miss it as you motor down Route 7. But looks can be deceiving. The small town attracts thousands of visitors each year because of its underground... Read more

  • John Boyd Thacher State Park

  • Oneida

    This small city off Route 5 and the thruway was settled in 1834. It's home to the Mansion House estate, where the former Oneida Community, a utopian religious sect, lived in the mid-19th century. The group... Read more

  • Rome

    The Mohawk River courses through Rome, about 10 mi north of Interstate 90, and the route linking the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes cuts through the area. The Oneida were the first to live in this... Read more

  • Saratoga Springs

    Mineral-water springs first brought American Indians and, later, American settlers to this area just south of the Adirondack foothills. Gideon Putnam opened the first inn and commercial bathhouse here... Read more

  • Schenectady

    Founded by Dutch traders in 1661, Schenectady is one of the oldest cities in the country. Both General Electric Co. and the now-defunct American Locomotive Co. had their headquarters here in the early... Read more

  • Troy

    At the juncture of the Hudson River and the Erie Canal and just a few miles north of Albany, Troy was an important commercial city in the early 1800s. Although the development of the railroads curtailed... Read more

  • Utica

    Utica, near the exact geographic center of New York State, has been a magnet for immigrants since Erie Canal days. Thousands of Irish workers came here to dig the big ditch in the early 1800s; after the... Read more