Kingston is a city in New York's Hudson Valley, 91 miles north of New York City and 50 miles south of Albany. It is the county seat of Ulster County and was the first capital of New York state. It was ransacked and burned by the British during the American Revolution but has preserved its historical buildings very well from then on. Due to the size and beauty of its historic zones, Kingston is probably one of the best cities in the state for a 1-to-2-day trip if you are a fan of 18th- and 19th-century American architecture.
Kingston is rather extensive but only moderately built up, so its feel is of a medium-sized city as compared to much smaller Rhinebeck across the Hudson but quite different from the impressive though compact historic urban downtown of Troy further north.
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