- Albany County - The state's capital city and its suburbs in the east; still rural in its west
- Montgomery County
- Rensselaer County - Little suburban sprawl in this direction as you head from Troy and Rensselaer to the Berkshires.
- Saratoga County - Development in the Albany area has made this the fastest-growing county in the state; still, the northern regions remain largely untouched, especially within the Adirondack Park.
- Schenectady County - A city with a few suburbs and some country towns
- Schoharie County
- Washington County - Feels like a little piece of neighboring Vermont that somehow New York got.
- Albany - The state capital, with many attendant sights and attractions.
- Glens Falls -
- Saratoga Springs - A grand old dowager of a resort town on the edge of the Adirondacks, this city comes alive when the thundering hooves of three-year-old thoroughbreds hit the track every August for a month of racing culminating in the Travers Stakes
- Schenectady - The stamp of General Electric, which still operates its landmark research facility near downtown, remains on the Capital District's second city, also home to Union College.
- Sharon Springs — a rejuvenated former spa town made semi-famous by its connection to the 'Fabulous Beekman Boys'.
- Troy - The combination of a well-preserved and restored downtown and tech startups feeding off of nearby Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has led to the nickname "Silicon Valley of the 19th century."
- Greyhound, . Stops in most of the major cities as well as some small towns.