- For other places with the same name, see Capital Region (disambiguation).
The region covers the following counties
- 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 and much rural land and small towns in this direction as you head from Troy and Rensselaer to the Berkshires and Vermont
- 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 — A rural county that features natural attactions, especially Howe Caverns
- Washington County - Feels like a little piece of neighboring Vermont that is still part of New York
- Albany - The state capital, with many attendant sights and attractions.
- Ballston Spa
- Clifton Park
- Hudson 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."
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Get in[edit source]
By air[edit source]
- 1 Albany International Airport (ALB IATA), 737 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, ☎ . is technically an international airport due to a handful of flights from Canada. Several expansion projects since 1995 have transformed this formerly spartan little airport into a very attractive port of departure/arrival. Airlines that operate are American, Delta, Southwest, United, Air Canada, and Cape Air.
- 2 Stewart International Airport, 1180 First St, New Windsor, ☎ .
By train[edit source]
- Amtrak. Stations in Rensselaer and Schenectady. Trains serving the stations include the Maple Leaf (New York-Toronto), the Adirondack (New York-Montreal), Empire Service (New York-Niagara Falls), the Ethan Allen Express (Rutland-New York), and the Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-Buffalo-New York/Boston).
By bus[edit source]
- Greyhound. Stops in most of the major cities as well as some small towns.
- Megabus. Connects Rensselaer and Saratoga Springs with New York City.
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Get around[edit source]
- 1 Thacher State Park. is a nearly 2,000-acre park located about a 25 minute drive southwest of Albany. It's located on the Helderberg Escarpment (an escarpment is a cliff or steep slope, and the Helderbergs are a group of mountains/hills west of Albany) and has some lovely trails, an Olympic-sized pool, playgrounds, lots of areas for picnics (including reservable outdoor pavilions) and great views of Albany and the Hudson-Mohawk valleys.
- Capital District Scottish Games: 2–3 September 2017 , Altamont Fairgrounds (20-30 minutes West of Albany). Labor Day Weekend. Scottish culture get showcased this time of year from pipes and drum bands to feasting and drinking over Scottish delights or just viewing an exhibition of horses, going back to your routes through genealogy information or maybe getting fashionable through tradition Scottish clothing. Though far from Scotland, this festival might give you an introduction to what your next destination may like be. (date needs updating)