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Albany is a city in the state of New York and the seat of Albany County. The area around Albany was settled by the Dutch who built Fort Nassau in 1614 and Fort Orange in 1624; these settlements were taken over by the British in 1664, who collectively renamed them Albany (after the Duke of Albany). It was a center for trade and transportation in the 18th and 19th centuries, due to its status as the original eastern terminus of the Erie Canal and it being home to many railroad systems, some of the earliest in the world.
Today, Albany is New York State's center for culture and the economy; it is famous for its culture, architecture and higher learning institutions. It is home to Empire State Plaza, a series of buildings occupied by state agencies; one of these institutions is the New York State Capitol (which includes the New York State Legislature seat and the Governor's Office). Its architecture has Dutch influences, one example being Quackenbush House, built around 1736, as well as British and late American modern influences.
Book an RV in Albany County and you are ready to take a trip through the quintessential heart of America's history and culture. Other cities nearby that are worth visiting include Troy, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Greenwich, and Woodstock. Schenectady is a good city in which to experience theater and opera, while Greenwich offers cross-country skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer. Your Albany travel trailer rental can take you there and back, and ferry your souvenirs wherever you may choose to go.
Albany County (and New York State) has four distinct seasons, with cold and snowy winters, and warm, humid summers. This makes the area an attractive destination at any time of the year and your Albany camper rental the perfect refuge providing warmth or a cool retreat, depending on your needs.
Ferris Lake Wild Forest is a state forest preserve at the edge of the Adirondack Mountains, managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation. It is characterized by old growth spruce forests, ponds, lakes, and streams. Visitors to the preserve can fish for trout, bass, pickerel, and other varieties, on many different lakes. Ice fishing is also permitted during the winter, making it a year-round activity. In the summer, the area is open to mountain biking and horseback riding; in winter, allowable activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Paddling and boating on the lakes are also allowed.
Big Indian Wilderness is another state forest preserve, open all year round to the public and located more generally in the Catskills. Guests visiting this forest have access to miles of trails and numerous peaks and mountains. Hiking and snowshoeing are permitted activities, as are fishing and hunting in certain seasons. Hikers and photographers will have a chance to observe both large and small wildlife, such as deer and bobcat, and porcupine.
There are numerous RV campgrounds near Albany and many of them have restrooms and allow some tent camping. Most of the campgrounds are child and pet-friendly and have lots of trees providing shade to the sites. Most of the campgrounds have or have access to recreational trails for hiking and biking, and allow boating and kayaking.
Schodack Island State Park has an RV campground with paved roads, showers, and big rig access. Most of the sites have electricity and some have pull-through access. Available activities include a playground for the children and fishing on the Hudson River.
In Thacher State Park, Thompson's Lake Campground has picnic sites, a nature center, and beach access. It also has basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, and a horseshoe pit. The sites have picnic tables and fire pits.
Arrowhead Marina & RV Park has big rig and pull-through access, Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities. The sites have full hookups, gravel pads, and grassy areas. Fishing is allowed nearby.
There are more than 60 public parks and recreation areas in Albany; one of the first parks was opened to the public in 1871. It had previously been a cemetery but the graves were moved to a rural cemetery in order to provide more public access, and it is now a popular location for sports and attending summer plays at the amphitheater. It might even be an ideal choice for celebrating Halloween if you are brave enough. Those who aren't can always hide in their Albany motorhome rental and watch from a safe distance.
Some other parks also have summer concerts and there are numerous golf courses in and around Albany, some public, some private (but open to the public). Walking and cycling around the city are popular activities, allowing you to check out multiple parks and even follow the path of the Hudson River. A self-guided tour of the city will allow you to check out and photograph the diverse architectural styles of the city if you are so inclined. Don't forget to include your Albany RV rental in your photos as you wind your way through the city.
After a day of exploring and trying new challenges and experiences, there is no better reward than a good meal. Albany has an unlimited selection of world-class restaurants, offering local and international cuisines. Diners can choose between eating out on a patio or enjoying large servings of pub-style happy hour specials. One such pub, serving Belgian ales, has on its menu Prince Edward Island mussels and pecan-crusted trout.
Or pop back to your Albany luxury RV rental for a nice, quiet home-cooked meal. There are numerous grocery stores in the area, selling both standard western and specialty food items. Albany can do no wrong when it comes to eating out, but at times nothing can compare to a meal you have carefully prepared yourself.