Although Albany is the official capital of the state of New York, I've never really felt the influence of this remote upstate city. I live in New York City, and for me Manhattan has always been the unofficial capital of the state. In the summer of 2005, I've finally made my first trip to Albany. The ride from NYC to Albany along Interstate 87 took about 2 and a half hours.
It wasn't my curiosity that brought me to this city, but rather the city's reputation of great higher education. Many of my high school classmates considered attending University At Albany - SUNY and Excelsior College, and so did I. I decided to tour the campus of SUNY Albany, which was the less expensive choice. Affordable tuition is what attracted more than 18,000 students to this school. I was quite impressed by the University's modern campus that features multiple science and research facilities such as the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
The SUNY Albany campus is located only a few miles from the downtown Albany area. I drove along Washington Avenue straight into the heart of the city, and stopped by Washington Park, one of Albany's finest attractions, with green areas that is full of interesting monuments and sculptures. I then left the park and walked a few blocks to explore The Empire State Plaza, which is a government building complex that dominates Albany's skyline with its white modern towers. Of course, there is much more to the city of Albany and a single page isn't enough to describe it all.