Albany is the state capital of New York and a city with around 100 thousand residents. Located on the western bank of the Hudson River, Albany is about 140 miles north of New York City. Alongside neighboring cities Sarasota Springs, Schenectady and Troy, Albany is the heart of what locals call “the Capital District”, which has close to 900 thousand people living in it. Albany is one of the oldest cities in the United States (settled by the Dutch in 1614 and granted an English city charter in 1686), and will celebrate its 400th anniversary on November 2, 2014.
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When you compare rates and book a cheap car rental at VroomVroomVroom, be sure to take into account the time of year you will be in Albany. This city has a humid continental climate, meaning its summers are usually hot and wet while its winters are cold and snowy. Temperatures vary from 0 degrees Fahrenheit on some winter nights to 90 degrees on summer afternoons! In the summer, you might want to pick out a convertible car rental and put the top down. But while less snow falls in Albany than in the Great Lakes area to its northwest, Albany receives about 60-65 inches of snowfall each year. So if you're unused to driving in snowstorms, in winter you might want to choose a pickup truck or SUV for an Albany car rental. Whatever you need is available – and at very affordable rates – thanks to price comparison here at VroomVroomVroom!
The car rental that you book with VroomVroomVroom will also allow you to head out on the highways whenever you have a free day. You really need a car to experience most of what the sprawling Albany area has to offer, and driving enthusiasts may even want to take a road trip to Boston (2-and-a-half hours east) or Buffalo (4-and-a-half hours west) in their car rental.
If it's summertime when you're in Albany, your car rental will give you the freedom to zip downtown for the gigantic Independence Day fireworks, or for one of the free, weekly “Alive at 5” concerts that also take place in downtown Albany!Drive your rental car over to the TU Center and attend a huge show like a concert or sporting event. The Egg and the Palace Theatre are other top-rated venue for music and theater in Albany. Or drive your car rental over to Madison Avenue, Pearl Street, Lark Street or Delaware Avenue and check out the many bars, nightclubs and nice restaurants that have livened up Albany's nightlife in the past 10-15 years.
The airport most used by travelers to the area is Albany International Airport, which is actually located in suburban Colonie, New York. Albany International boasts the title of the first municipal airport in the country, and Albany has been a destination for famous early aviators like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.At Albany International Airport, you can find the Rental Car Reservation Counters near baggage claim in the terminal building. The car rental fleets are housed inside the airport's parking garage. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are on-site for your convenience at this airport.