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Old 01-04-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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DC area people definitely consider the Shenandoah mountains to be an amenity that's basically in their "backyard." The same feeling holds towards Baltimore, Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay beaches in Maryland as well.

Think of it this way: if a friend or relative were visiting you from out of town for a few days, then what nearby places would you probably take them to show them around? For DC area folks, the places I mentioned above definitely fit.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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There is definitely more stuff to do in DC because it's the nation's capital. Plus we have the beaches which are 2 1/2 hours away.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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There is definitely more stuff to do in DC because it's the nation's capital. Plus we have the beaches which are 2 1/2 hours away.
You mean stuff like go to the White House?
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Well what does Chicago have outside the metro except for a few nice lakes for skiing where people have second homes? I guess Milwaukee is nearby...

For tourists and visitors, DC has way way way more to do than Chicago, and perhaps even LA and NYC. For residents, "amenities" between the two metros/CSAs are very comparable. This thread is turning ridiculous.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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For tourists and visitors, DC has way way way more to do than Chicago, and perhaps even LA and NYC. For residents, "amenities" between the two metros/CSAs are very comparable. This thread is turning ridiculous.
Chicago gets significantly more overnight visitors than Washington DC. DC may or may not have more to do but Chicago has more people coming to find out.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
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For tourists and visitors, DC has way way way more to do than Chicago, and perhaps even LA and NYC. For residents, "amenities" between the two metros/CSAs are very comparable. This thread is turning ridiculous.
The Washington, D.C. national capital region has more things for tourists to do than any other city or msa in the country, yea even more than the big bad apple 225 miles north of it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Almost 40 million people visitied Chicago in 2009:

Visitor Impact | Choose Chicago

How many went to see DC?
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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The Washington, D.C. national capital region has more things for tourists to do than any other city or msa in the country, yea even more than the big bad apple 225 miles north of it.
Ironicaly, New York is another city that gets way more visitors than DC.

NYC Is Top 2009 U.S. Tourist Draw, Bloomberg Says (Update1) - BusinessWeek
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Ironicaly, New York is another city that gets way more visitors than DC.

NYC Is Top 2009 U.S. Tourist Draw, Bloomberg Says (Update1) - BusinessWeek
The only reason why NYC, LA, Orlando,and Chicago gets more people is because of what people see in movies and on TV. D.C. doesn't get any media coverage besides that national mall. Theres plenty of stuff to do in this area that most don't know about.

I'll say it again, NYC, LA, and Chicago are postcard cities.
If you wan't real American History you gotta come to D.C., the state of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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The Washington, D.C. national capital region has more things for tourists to do than any other city or msa in the country, yea even more than the big bad apple 225 miles north of it.
I love DC and am as big a champion of it as anyone, but this is nuts. The only thing DC compares favorably with NYC on is museums. NYC is head-and-shoulders above every other U.S. city when it comes to amenities, tourist and residential. There's a reason it is routinely considered one of the--if not THE--best city in the world.
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