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Old 10-22-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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Atlanta.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Downtown Lynchburg, The Hill City
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Though I have been to 22 states, I have only been to 10 state capital cities. For example, I have been to Pittsburgh and Philly, but not Harrisburg and I have been to Cincy and Cleveland, but not Columbus. I definitely need to see more capitals! I would say of the capitals I have been to, these are my favorite five:

1. Boston
2. Atlanta
3. Denver
4. Richmond
5. Nashville

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My top 5 to visit someday:
Madison
Santa Fe
Austin
Boise
Providence

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Old 10-22-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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Denver
SLC
Nashville
Austin
St. Paul

That is, assuming the OP is asking "what are the best cities to visit, only picking from cities that are state capitals," as opposed to "what cities are the best at being state capitals." I say that because there is a difference.
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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The same way everyone else does? Tourism tax data?

https://www.visitraleigh.com/media/p...n-wake-county/


Methods and data sources

Estimates of visitor expenditures in Wake County were
based on several sources:

Smith Travel Research (STR) data on hotel room
demand, supply and revenues.

County and City level tax data on sales and
hotel occupancy receipts.

Visitor profile and volume, and spending
estimates from D.K. Shiffllet & Associates,
a national tourism research firm.

Industry data on employment, wages and sales
from the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Economic
Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
I see. My cousin and his family were passing through, stayed the night, had breakfast, and went on. They were not "visitors" because they spent no money. I have had, over the years, numerous hitch-hikers and other stragglers stay at my house overnight, none were visitors. A real "visitor" is a guy from Powhatan who drives into Raleigh for a dental appointment.

Basing "favorite city" on number of "visitors" does not seem very realistic., especially when the capital gets "visitors" uniquely on capital business.
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Old 10-22-2019, 10:01 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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My favorite state capital is Charleston, West Virginia just because its such a pleasant city in such a beautiful environment and with such friendly, down to Earth people. I lived there for 4 years. I would probably be there if the economy was better - a lot of this due to Obama and the war on coal. I eventually returned home to Louisiana and have a great job here and a great life back in my native state. Baton Rouge is a great area though not too touristy though it has a nice small downtown plus the fun that goes with LSU football.

In terms of tourist value, Nashville is probably the best state capital to visit because of Music Row, the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, with Atlanta as a runner up with the Aquarium and Stone Mountain. Denver has a lot to do in the surroudning region but not much in the city itself.

I hear Austin is very hyped up but I've never been there.
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:00 AM
 
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My favorite state capital is Charleston, West Virginia just because its such a pleasant city in such a beautiful environment and with such friendly, down to Earth people. I lived there for 4 years. I would probably be there if the economy was better - a lot of this due to Obama and the war on coal. I eventually returned home to Louisiana and have a great job here and a great life back in my native state. Baton Rouge is a great area though not too touristy though it has a nice small downtown plus the fun that goes with LSU football.

In terms of tourist value, Nashville is probably the best state capital to visit because of Music Row, the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, with Atlanta as a runner up with the Aquarium and Stone Mountain. Denver has a lot to do in the surroudning region but not much in the city itself.

I hear Austin is very hyped up but I've never been there.
What else is there for a tourist in Nashville? I have zero interest in anything to do with Country Music.
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Old 10-23-2019, 06:53 AM
 
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Nashville, Boston, Denver, Honolulu, Atlanta, and Austin all come to mind.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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Atlanta
Nashville
Austin
Boston
Honolulu
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:15 AM
 
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What else is there for a tourist in Nashville? I have zero interest in anything to do with Country Music.
The zoo there is phenominal!
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Madison, NJ
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Well we all know Trenton isn't one of the best, which is too bad because of the important Revolutionary history there.

Of the ones I've been to, I'd say I like Boston for the larger one and Providence is cool for a smaller city.
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