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Old 03-19-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Aren't we forgetting Honolulu?


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Old 03-19-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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My favorite capitol cities are 1) Annapolis, 3) Boston and 3) Honolulu

Charleston, West Virginia ranks 4th and is a pretty awesome city that blows away most other state capitals such including Albany, NY and Sacramento, CA
Charleston, while it may be charming, is a small town. I like bigger state capitals like Boston, Atlanta, and Denver. I also like Sacramento, a city I was born and raised. Sacramento's urban core, downtown, midtown, and east Sacramento are beautiful neighborhoods whose tree-lined streets make it a nice characteristic of the city.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Charleston, while it may be charming, is a small town. I like bigger state capitals like Boston, Atlanta, and Denver. I also like Sacramento, a city I was born and raised. Sacramento's urban core, downtown, midtown, and east Sacramento are beautiful neighborhoods whose tree-lined streets make it a nice characteristic of the city.
Have you ever been to Charleston? The place is pretty awesome for a small town. I visit Sacramento pretty frequently and I find Charleston far exceeds anything Sacramento has to offer (except for the NBA).
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Well Atlanta and Boston are two of America's top cities. They are capitals of their states and I'd also say they serve as capitals of their regions. To me, they almost don't seem like state capitals b/c they are cities of national importance.

Phoenix and Denver are also pretty big cities, though IMO not quite national players on the same level as Atlanta and Boston.

To me, the quintessential state capitals are Nashville and Austin. Both are places that are big (but not huge) where the state government is a very important part of the city's economy and culture. Both also have excellent universities (U of Texas and Vanderbilt) and great music scenes.

Annapolis is quite nice, although pretty small.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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Of the larger capitals (that still feel like a capital, sorry Atlanta & Boston) is Austin.

My favorite overall is Olympia, which has the most beautiful setting. It is located between two great cities (Seattle, Portland) and two great Natl. Parks (Olympic, Mt. Rainier). Has saltwater, lakes, waterfalls, whitewater, beaches, boardwalks. One of the best outdoor cities in the country.





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Old 03-19-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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Most vanilla and boring state capital I've been to is Salem, OR. Even the state house is dull looking.


One state capital that has tons of untapped potential is Albany. Approximately 3 hours to either Boston, NYC, or Montreal, near tons of lakes, the Berkshires and the Adirondacks, nice architecture and parks with good urban bones, it's a city that I'd like to see thrive and grow but its under the radar for now.
Sadly Albany is totally wrecked by that gigantic, ugly, awful, city dividing monstrosity known as the mall. What a massive mistake that was.


I totally agree about Salem. A ho hum state capital in such a beautiful state. Best thing about Salem is the Pinot Noir from the nearby vineyards.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I think I could get inline with Olympia. Looks awesome
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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In order IMO

Honolulu
Boston
Atlanta
Denver
Sacramento
Austin
Columbus
Phoenix
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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My favorite overall is Olympia, which has the most beautiful setting. It is located between two great cities (Seattle, Portland) and two great Natl. Parks (Olympic, Mt. Rainier). Has saltwater, lakes, waterfalls, whitewater, beaches, boardwalks. One of the best outdoor cities in the country.
I'll give you that Olympia WA has some charm, but you have to drive a ways to get to those natural spots, since it lies at sea level. Certainly better than Salem OR. However, if you ever pull off I-5 and go downtown to get a bite to eat in the evening, you will be surrounded by granolas, hipsters and/or Evergreen State College students (the and/or is for any combo of these 3, obviously). I don't think Olympia is for conventional people.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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Aren't we forgetting Honolulu?
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Yes, I forgot it. It fulfills my criteria of the capital AND the state's big city; however, it's too touristy and they don't like "haoles," at least historically.

Same goes for SLC - the capital AND the state's big city; but it's too isolated and living there as a non-Mormon isn't easy from the way too many people that have told me this.

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