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Albany Cruises

Albany lies at the head of the Hudson River, 143 miles (230 km) north of New York City. It is the capital of New York State and serves as a gateway to resort areas in the nearby Catskill, Adirondack, and Berkshire mountains. Among Albany's points of interest are the Schuyler Mansion (1762), Historic Cherry Hill (the 1787 Georgian-style Cherry Hill Mansion where five generations of the Van Rensselaer-Rankin family lived), the State Bank of Albany (1803), the Old Dutch Church (1799), City Hall (1883), the state capitol (1899) in "French Chateau" style and the Joseph Henry Memorial (1817). Visit St. Peter's Church, established in 1715 by Queen Anne of England, viewing its beautiful Queen Anne silver collection and marveling at the magnificent Tiffany Rose Window and mosaic Pavement of the Nave. The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza (completed 1978), includes government, cultural, and convention facilities including the New York State Museum.

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