Car Rental at Albany Airport, New York
Rising on the western banks of the Hudson River, Albany is the capital of the state of New York and anchors a valley renowned for its pastoral charm. While just three hours north of the bustling melting pot that is New York City, Albany seems a world away from the Big Apple that never sleeps. Here, you can rent a car in Albany Airport as you are within striking distance of the Adirondacks where the headwaters of the Hudson River are found, and the lush Catskill Mountains that inspired countless artists of the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Albany, and the rest of the Capital District cities of Troy opposite the Hudson River, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs to the west and north, is served by Albany International Airport located 11 kilometers northwest of downtown. One way car rental at Albany Airport can also be arranged if you want to follow the course of the Hudson River as it empties into the Atlantic Ocean via New York and New Jersey.
Unlike Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle, travelers using Albany Airport car hire would find it hard to sleep through the drive down from Albany to New York City via Hudson Valley. Interstate 87 cuts through this swath of upstate New York known for its bucolic scenery filled with artsy communities like Woodstock, historic sites (Vanderbilt mansion and FDR’s estate in Hyde Park), and American institutions (West Point). Three hours out and you will find yourself looking up at the all-too-familiar skyline of Manhattan. There’s a cornucopia of sights and activities to be done in the Big Apple, and most can be done on foot (on account of NYC’s notorious traffic congestion). You can then fly out of JFK or La Guardia International Airport where you can also drop off one way rental cars from Albany Airport.
Buffalo to Boston via I-90
Albany is much closer to Boston, MA, on the Atlantic coast than it is to Buffalo, NY, on the north shore of Lake Erie. This ‘coast to coast’ destination is connected by Interstate 90 and Albany sits right along the route. By getting a rental car at Albany Airport, you will have a choice whether to go west for misty encounters with Niagara Falls, or east for a tour of Ivy League campuses starting at Cambridge’s Harvard University just 30 minutes inland from Boston. From Beantown, you can further extend the trip down New England’s coast renowned for its marine bounty and autumn foliage. If you are pushed for time, you can just make the three-hour trip to Boston by car rental from Albany Airport and leave your one way car hire at Logan International Airport.
The six-hour drive to Buffalo by car hire in Albany Airport will be rewarded with the thunderous panorama of Niagara Falls just 30 minutes north of Buffalo Niagara International Airport where you can leave behind your one way car rental. Buffalo also happens to be between Lakes Erie and Ontario, so you can point your car southwest for a cruise along the
southern shores of Lake Erie after which you can deposit your rental car at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Alternatively, from Buffalo, you can head northeast via the Great Lakes Seaway Trail that skirts the southern shores of Lake Ontario before meeting the St. Lawrence River where the trail ends. You can then drop off your one way car hire from Albany Airport at Ottawa International Airport about an hour and a half across the Canadian border.