5. Best for culture vultures - Albany, capital of Saratoga Region
New York State's capital offers plenty of rich cultural heritage and is steeped in tradition. Old meets new and stately 19th-century architecture blends dramatically with the modern Empire State Plaza, while Schenectady's Stockade preserves the era of the Dutch settlement. Enjoy the eclectic mix this city has to offer - from World-class museums, unique galleries and stunning architecture to gourmet restaurants. There are also plenty of fairs, concerts and festivals throughout the year to keep everyone amused. www.albany.org for more information and accommodation options.