As the capital of New York, Albany houses an incredible mix of architectural styles and cultures. The state sits on the west bank of the Hudson River and is one of the oldest surviving European settlements. Albany is a destination of amazing discovery – the Downtown Albany Skyline marks the fast-paced cosmopolitan location it is; and the historic homes in Albany are the perfect contrast. If you’re really looking to uncover the state’s exciting history, then hire a car in Albany and visit Schuyler Mansion – an important part of Albany’s history, this is one of the most stunning examples of pre-war architecture.