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Old 10-26-2019, 10:17 PM
 
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A couple others that I think are underrated and worth noting.

Harrisburg, PA. Beautiful cityscape. Historic, walkable (esp. given size), and probably the largest city in the US that also happens to have the Appalachian Trail running through it (really-it's close enough to trail to be a "trail town" almost)

Skyline: https://www.google.com/search?q=Harr...agjpVvjebmMU4M

Attractions include National Civil War Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, etc. And, Hershey, PA (Hersey Park, etc.) is right there also... well Amish Country and Gettysburg right there too along with other stuff.. not a bad weekend spot.

Columbus I think is overlooked even within the Midwest. It offers Ohio State and the cultural/entertainment/sporting amenities that offers... High Street, which has a stretch of continuous urbanity/activity for 4 miles through core... interesting museums that are near best in class (COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Zoo), nice suburbs, nice shopping complexes, and bucolic suburbs and countryside south outside the city easily within an hour.
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Old 10-26-2019, 11:09 PM
 
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Boston.

There's so much to do there and it's the hub of an entire region. Off the top of my head, it's the only "super-regional" capital city that's also a mega city. Denver might come close.
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Old 10-26-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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Boston.

There's so much to do there and it's the hub of an entire region. Off the top of my head, it's the only "super-regional" capital city that's also a mega city. Denver might come close.
I'd say Atlanta fits the bill.
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Old 10-27-2019, 04:26 AM
 
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I'd say Atlanta fits the bill.
The problem is that Atlanta has that “Anywhere USA” sprawl and the downtown is kind of soulless. The northern end of the city extending into the northern ‘burbs is a massively affluent place but that’s for residents, not visitors.
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:12 AM
 
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The problem is that Atlanta has that “Anywhere USA” sprawl and the downtown is kind of soulless. The northern end of the city extending into the northern ‘burbs is a massively affluent place but that’s for residents, not visitors.
Downtown Atlanta is underutilized, but "soulless" is not an accurate descriptor for the entire area IMO. And all sizable metros are going to have their fair share of "Anywhere USA" sprawl; yet there will still be things to do and see amongst that sprawl. While Atlanta is not the Southern version of Boston, I'd say that both are "super-regional" capital cities that are also megacities.
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:04 AM
 
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I would tend to agree. Atlanta has a hub status for the Southeast/South, specifically that no other southern city does. Miami doesn't because it's reach takes hold on peninsular Florida and Latin America mainly. Houston's really effectively along the Gulf Coast, and Dallas likewise only a few hours out in the plains which it's stopped by on either end. Atlanta has one of the larger spheres of influence as a hub city in the US.. perhaps a larger one than Boston even though it's not quite as important or as much of a destination city. I for instance, consider Atlanta as much a magnet/destination city for me (and for Tampa Bay in general) as Miami is, even with Miami being significantly closer.
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:26 PM
 
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Good ones:
Atlanta
Austin
Boston
Denver
Honolulu
Nashville
Phoenix
Providence
Raleigh
Richmond
Sacramento

Some others are also nice: Boise, Madison, St. Paul, Santa Fe
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Old 10-28-2019, 08:16 PM
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Probably Phoenix, to be honest. The only really nice part of Nevada is Clark County, and the best part of California is the coast.

However, I must say numerous other Sun Belt capitals are pretty nice. I go to Nashville frequently and enjoy every time I do more than my dreadful county seat. I probably would've enjoyed Atlanta too if only I hadn't been irrationally afraid of leaving the state as a kid. I'd probably like Austin and Tallahassee too if I ever visited.
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Old 10-28-2019, 10:14 PM
 
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1.Austin - Best city in the nation. That's why I live there.

2. Indianapolis - lived in Muncie for about 15 years. About 60 miles to Downtown Indianapolis. Had Indy TV channels.

3. Nashville - Have deep family roots in Cannon and Rutherford County.

4. Baton Rouge - It's an SEC and HBCU college town. Centrally located between Southern metros, such as New Orleans, Mobile, Tallahassee, Jackson, Houston, Lake Charles and LaFayette.

5. Denver - for it's close proximity to the Rocky Mountains.

I had Tallahasse at #5 until I remembered Denver. So I edited out Tallahassee, which would have been my # 6. Because it's an SEC and HBCU college town, and also because it's in Florida.

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Old 10-29-2019, 01:09 AM
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Probably Phoenix, to be honest. The only really nice part of Nevada is Clark County, and the best part of California is the coast.
Sounds like someone needs to go to Tahoe.

(As a city to visit, though, and certainly as an employment center, Reno is meh indeed)
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