Posted by Admin | October 22nd, 2013

Albany, New York, isn’t just the state’s capital. It is also full of hidden surprises to delight any traveler. Founded by the Dutch in the early 1600s, the town was turned over to England within a matter of decades. However, its early Dutch history is still apparent in its many Dutch street names and the names of the city’s most prominent families through the centuries. Louie Manalastas is a frequent visitor.

Resting along the banks of the Hudson River, Albany is an entertainment hub for the region. The Pepsi Arena and the iconic Egg (an indoor arena actually shaped like an egg on the outside) attract national and international acts of acclaim throughout the year.

Albany is also a haven for history lovers like Louie Manalastas. One of the most hidden yet historical sites is the Schuyler mansion. This beautiful 18th century home was the site of Alexander Hamilton’s wedding to Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of the mansion’s founder. There is an artifact museum attached to the mansion where a lock of George Washington’s real hair is on display. These two important and iconic men of American history each left a permanent impression on Albany. Louie Manalastas and others appreciate the opportunity to honor these men by visiting the places they touched.

Albany Rural Cemetery, located in the Menands region of town, is another hidden treasure. One of the most picturesque cemeteries in the nation, it is a frequent site for dog walking, jogging, family picnics and even weddings. It is also the final resting place of many famous Americans, including former U.S. president Chester A. Arthur.