Albany, the state capital of New York, is nestled between the Catskill and the Adirondack Mountains, 152 miles north of New York City. Take a trip back in time on some of the same rails built over 100 years ago to help people escape to the wilderness of the New York mountains from the hustle and bustle of industrial cities. Considered the birthplace of the American vacation, travelers flocked to the region armed with one of the first wilderness guidebooks, “Adventures in the Wilderness; Or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks,” published by William H.H. Murray in 1869. Trains were soon built to transport wealthy vacationers to the Adirondack Mountains.