Located about 140 miles from New York City, on the west bank of the Hudson River, lies Albany, the capital of New York state. This historic city was inhabited by Dutch settlers as early as the 17th century. It is this rich past that makes Albany an excellent destination for those interested in the early history of the United States. Travelers may enjoy a visit to one of the city’s many museums such as the Albany Institute of History and Art or the USS Slater exhibit. Plan your trip during the early part of May to experience the Tulip Festival, held annually to celebrate the city’s Dutch heritage.