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View Poll Results: I pick
Split 19 57.58%
Seattle 14 42.42%
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Clearly they're not in the same population range but so what? That's not a point to detract someone from choosing one over the other either which way. Split is more dense and urban as well as more walkable, I'm nearly positive it probably (at street level) feels just as large if not larger and more vibrant than Seattle.

Seattle however is a very nice city as well.

Let's compare these cities on:
- Dining
- Climate
- Outdoor activity
- Quality of life
- Sites to see for tourism
- Culture
- Museums
- Public transportation

Whatever else you can come up with, feel free to compare them on it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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There's no way you could meaningfully compare the two. I find Split more interesting, though.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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There's no way you could meaningfully compare the two. I find Split more interesting, though.
From a tourists perspective you could.

Say someone from Kuala Lumpur has an interest in these two specific cities, what he'll get from both is splendor of natural scenery, a coastline, American culture versus Croatian culture, seafood and Asian food versus Croatian dishes, the history and cultural institution in both, the different music scenes.

I think it's viable, only because the comparison is nothing like "which is more important" or something but a genuine travel interest. In which, I suppose any two handsomely packed cities could compare.

I was in Seattle last weekend for the first time, it was cool but I was expecting more because I've hyped up my supposed first visit to the place since I was 7. Ehh. I'm inclined to agree, Split looks both more stunning and interesting.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:10 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Well as tourist destinations, they're very different. Split seems more a tourist show-piece in itself, although it's a fully-functioning city, whereas Seattle itself just seems like another city, important but not a tourist destination in itself, but more for it's surrounding scenery, like the Olympic peninsula, Mt. Rainier, Puget sound. It does have a few attractions like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market. Since I'm a fan of historic architecture, I'd much rather see Split than Seattle before I die.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Seattle probably Americas most interesting city to me, but you've picked one of my favourite cities - Split!
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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Dining: Seattle. Split has some good restaurants, though Croatian food often isn't best found dining out(decent street food though) Seattle has a larger range of types of food including excellent Asian food. The best thing to do in Croatia is to stick to seafood--though the food in Split is better than some of the islands. There's a lot of mediocre to decent Italian food in Croatia.

Climate: Split--it's on the Adriatic obviously. Nice Mediterranean climate.

Outdoor activity: Depends what you're looking for. Split is a gateway to the Dalmatian islands. Seattle is a gateway to the Cascades. Both are nice, but it depends if you're a beach and snorkel type or a ski and hiking type.

Quality of life: Probably Seattle. Croatia is a country that's done well in progressing past it's communist-era past, but it's still a step below most of Western Europe. Split probably has a decent standard of living however driving past the outer areas it's full of sort of dour-looking apartment complexes. Seattle has a nice range of neighborhoods.

Sites to see for tourism: The center of Split is built around an ancient Roman palace--that and in itself is pretty cool. The main city center is small and packed with interesting historic sites including converted Roman temples, old churches, medieval alley ways. Seattle is basically similar to other US cities on a different scale--there's plenty to do in the main downtown core for a day or two for a tourist. Split is more interesting for a foreign tourist however.

Culture: Seattle has a larger range of culture. How much you like Split's culture depends on how much you enjoy Croatian culture--there's some interesting local art, there's music in some bars, but you'd have to spend more time to really get a sense of how the local scene is.

Museums: Split has some good small ones--a great art museum, but Seattle has much larger museums as far as size.

Public transportation: I don't know as everything a tourist will want to see in Split is right near the small central core--it's not a massive city where you need to take a subway or buses across town. Both cities have very nice ferry connections to the outlying region however.

All in all, I'm not going to pick one over the other, because in honesty I can't see anyone having to ever make a choice between going to Seattle or going to Split. Split is a nice place to stop in Croatia--it's a good place to have a more urban city experience if you're going from to or from the islands. I enjoyed staying there, the Roman ruins were interesting and the central core is great to just stroll around eating gelato or shopping. But it is a fairly small seaside city--it's not a place I'd spend more than a few days in most likely as there's so much to see in the rest of the region. And as beautiful as Split is--Dubrovnik is arguably prettier--which isn't a knock on Split, it's just that Dubrovnik is overwhelming in how scenic it is. Though Split has a more interesting and less touristy mix in it's oldest area. If anything I'd compare Split to going to small Italian coastal town--which is what Dalmatia feels like--it's Italy populated by Slavs. Seattle on the other hand is simply an American city with a great location--I go there every month so I don't really look at it as a real vacation location for myself.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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I could easily spend the rest of my life in Split. I'm going back this year to watch Croatia v Scotland.

Good weather
Great supported football team
Beautiful architecture
Nice museums
Lovely festivals
Near great towns and islands

Everything I want.

Seattle is probably in my top 3 American cities.

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Old 02-17-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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Seattle for transportation HANDS DOWN
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Seattle for transportation HANDS DOWN
Yea and Split for everything else
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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Split is more dense and urban as well as more walkable, I'm nearly positive it probably (at street level) feels just as large if not larger and more vibrant than Seattle.
No, not really so much... Outside of a small central area, Split is a fairly small and quiet city...

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