From the airport (airport code ALB):
follow signs for I-87 North, take I-87 to exit 7, on
Route 7 toward Troy;
stay on route 7 for 4.8 miles. Then:
- For Best Western Franklin Square (1 4th St, 12180):
stay in the right lane of Route 7 and take the exit for downtown Troy;
this will take you to 6th Avenue. Follow 6th Avenue to Grand Street.
Turn right on Grand Street, and drive 4 short blocks to Franklin Square.
- For Polytechnic Residential Commons (386 Congress Street, 12180):
Continue on Route 7, staying in the right lane, to 8th Street.
Turn right on 8th Street, follow for .8 miles to Ferry Street.
Turn left on Ferry, merge onto Congress Street.
Polytechnic Residential Commons is .4 miles on right.
From the Amtrak train station (station code ALB):
Get on I-787 North, by driving north to Herrick St., left on Herrick Street,
left on Broadway. From there, follow signs for US-20 West/U.S. 9
North/Dunn Memorial Bridge towards I-787.
Follow I-787 North to Route 7 East.
Follow destination directions above.
Driving directions to Troy in general:
- From the south: I-87 (New York State Thruway) North, to
Exit 23. At Exit 23, get on I-787 North to Route 7 East.
- From the east: I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of
the Thruway) West, to Exit B1. Continue east (13.5 miles) to the
exit 6A for I-787. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East.
- From the north: I-87 (Adirondack Northway) South, to
Exit 7 East. Get on Route 7 eastbound.
- From the west: I-90 East, to Exit 24.
From Exit 24, continue onto I-87 North/I-90 East. Exit onto
Take I-787 North to Route 7 East.
In all cases, then follow destination directions above.
Central New York tourist activities
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
located in Troy, is the nation's oldest technical school.
- Downtown Troy is home to historic brownstones, shops and
restaurants. Troy Music
Hall is a renowned concert venue.
- Troy is also home to the Curtis
R. Priem Experimental Media and Performance Art Center (EMPAC).
We hope to arrange a tour of EMPAC for conference participants.
- Nearby Albany is the capital of New York state, home to the New York
State Capitol Building, the State Museum, the State Library, Empire
Plaza, and plenty more.
- A short drive north of Troy is Waterford, and Peebles Island State
Park. Waterford was the official beginning of the Erie
Canal, and the park is a good place to explore its history.
- An hour north of Troy is Lake George, a popular summer
destination, and the gateway to the Adirondacks.
- The adventurous can head further north on a day trip to Lake Placid,
NY (about a 2.5 hour drive). Lake Placid was the site of 2 Winter
Olympics. Visitors can take a bob sled ride, view ski jump practice
(yes, both in summer), or visit the John Brown farm.
- South of Troy are the historic towns of Hyde Park, with the FDR and
Vanderbilt estates, and Kingston,
NY (former state capital). Some of the other scenic Hudson Valley sites:
- New York City is approximately three hours south.
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