If busy downtown environments intimidate you or give you, I would encourage you to visit one in the early morning hours.
There is something so calming about the stillness and near silence of place that in just a few short hours will be clogged with commotion.
I had that opportunity this morning in Downtown Albany.
Reminded me of an early morning visit to Mid Town Manhattan quite a few years ago.
Can you imagine Time Square nearly empty? I would never have thought it could happen with how much of a cluster fuck it is all day and all night. But strolling down 7th Avenue around 545 AM into that historic patch of real estate , I found next to nobody. It was like something out I AM Legend. I felt like I could appreciate it more.