The Capital Region of New York State is an eight county area with unique sights and opportunities. The Capital District includes three cities Albany, Schenectady and Troy - with a combined population of over 700,000. The area provides access to many universities, major cities, and the great outdoors. It is only a 2.5, 3, and 4 hour drive, respectively, to New York City, Boston, and Montreal.
- Albany is located near the intersection of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, approximately 2.5 hours north of New York City. It is the oldest continuous settlement of the nation's original 13 colonies. The introduction of Europeans to the area occurred when Henry Hudson sailed his ship the "Half Moon" up the river.
- Local theater, music and sporting events include the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Empire Center for the Performing Arts, Glimmerglass Opera, Capital Repertory Company, Troy Music Hall, the Lake George Opera Festival, Proctor's Theater, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Tanglewood.
- Albany is the summer residence of the NY Giants Football team.
- Albany and the surrounding areas are home to many fine museums and galleries including the Iroquois Indian History at the New York State Museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, and the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA.
- The Saratoga State Park, known for European-style mineral baths, is located just 45 minutes north of Albany. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, located within the park, is summer home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, and the Newport Jazz Festival concert.
- The Adirondack Park, a 6 million acre natural sanctuary of public and private land, encompasses a third of New York State and is the largest wilderness preserve in the continental United States. The park consists of approximately 2,500 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams.