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Old 06-27-2015, 11:06 PM
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I have always loved Albany, NY. Beautiful city and its Downtown is gorgeous. Kind of like a mini-NYC. I'm moving to Raleigh soon and someone on here noted that it's like a bigger Albany, as usually all the Capitals form the same characteristics...a good Downtown area which is also where the state's Capital buildings are, and then usually mostly suburban in the rest of the city.

So, what are your favorites? Or what are some that are underrated? For the record, I'd like to exclude the big cities that are also Capitals. So this leaves out places like Phoenix, Denver, Atlanta, Boston, etc.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:24 PM
 
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Atlanta: Historic Fairlie-Poplar and Centennial Park area
Indianapolis: Monument Circle
Raleigh: Fayetteville Street
Annapolis: Harbor
Columbus: German Village
Nashville: Broadway and 2nd
Richmond: The Fan
Columbia: The Vista
Harrisburg: Downtown Commercial Historic District
Boston: Cambridge/Harvard Campus
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:49 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Providence: Riverwalk, ice skating at Kennedy Plaza, Federal Hill (Little Italy), College Hill, and a beautiful ornate state house.

Santa Fe: It feels more touristy and charming with lots of artistry, and less like a state capital, though its the oldest capital in the US.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Charleston, West Virginia has a cute downtown. I don't think it has a fancy name, though.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Madison: basically the entire square around the capitol
Springfield: the Capitol building and the Lincoln-era village near 7th st.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Sacramento CA
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If you're looking to venture west, Sacramento CA has a lovely downtown. Easy to walk, tons of great food, beautiful river walk/bridge area, basketball stadium (well in October, it's not done), and a gorgeous park surrounding the Capitol building with plants from all over the state. We also have Old Sacramento which is a park of 19th century (many originals!) buildings. It's very similar to Colonial Williamsburg VA in feeling if you've been there. Downtown is also right next to the Midtown area (easily walkable) which has tons of little local shops and more food.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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DC: Chinatown/Gallery Place (very busy, always something going on, interesting characters), DuPont Circle (more MidCity or "Midtown" DC but it does blend well into Downtown, Kramerbooks & Afterwords, gorgeous architecture, Embassy Row, DuPont Circle Park itself, hear different languages around you at times, busy as hell, interesting characters), and Mount Vernon Square (one of the few DTDC neighborhoods left that still has a decent number of rowhouses and townhouses).

Philly: Market Street (felt like Midtown Manhattan meets DTDC to me), Chinatown (gritty, diverse restaurants, apothecaries and underground massage parlors, sidewalk markets, some old school grime), Rittenhouse (it was like the Upper West Side meets SoHo, beautiful crowd, grand dame architecture, HipVegCity, Rittenhouse Square, regal hotels and elegant apartments, highly vibrant, shopper/foodie haven), and Old City (reminded me of Georgetown, quaint cobblestone streets, The Book Trader, Revolutionary War Era reenactors, pubs and bars galore, intimate vibe).

New York: Union Square (had a Center of the Universe vibe going on), Flatiron District (pretty fashionable crowd, nice old school architecture, Flatiron Building), World Trade Center (HUGE!!!), East Village (St. Mark's/Astor Place, still has some grunge in its soul), and the LES (gritty in parts, interesting types, tattoo/piercing city, Katz's, Ludlow/Orchard Street)

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Old 06-28-2015, 01:34 PM
 
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Forgot about DC...Dupont Circle
And London...Earl's Court
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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DC: Chinatown/Gallery Place (very busy, always something going on, interesting characters), DuPont Circle (more MidCity or "Midtown" DC but it does blend well into Downtown, Kramerbooks & Afterwords, gorgeous architecture, Embassy Row, DuPont Circle Park itself, hear different languages around you at times, busy as hell, interesting characters), and Mount Vernon Square (one of the few DTDC neighborhoods left that still has a decent number of rowhouses and townhouses).

Philly: Market Street (felt like Midtown Manhattan meets DTDC to me), Chinatown (gritty, diverse restaurants, apothecaries and underground massage parlors, sidewalk markets, some old school grime), Rittenhouse (it was like the Upper West Side meets SoHo, beautiful crowd, grand dame architecture, HipVegCity, regal hotels and elegant apartments, highly vibrant, shopper/foodie haven), and Old City (reminded me of Georgetown, quaint cobblestone streets, The Book Trader, Revolutionary War Era reenactors, pubs and bars galore, intimate vibe).

New York: Union Square (had a Center of the Universe vibe going on), Flatiron District (pretty fashionable crowd, nice old school architecture, Flatiron Building), World Trade Center (HUGE!!!), East Village (St. Mark's/Astor Place, still has some grunge in its soul), and the LES (gritty in parts, interesting types, tattoo/piercing city, Katz's, Ludlow/Orchard Street)
FYI, New York and Philadelphia are not capital cities.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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FYI, New York and Philadelphia are not capital cities.
Oops, I forgot about the thread premise. My mistake lol.

Could let those two slide since they used to be the capital of the country but I think that might have some unintended consequences for this thread.
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