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    Utah has a great choice of hotels and is less expensive but New York's sights, sound and destinations all-around are much better. Read full comparison

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Utah has a great choice of hotels and is less expensive but New York's sights, sound and destinations all-around are much better.. An impressive reservoir plus a dinosaur monument equals not quite enough drawing power from Utah to displace New York as the better of the two states for visitors.

The two premiere sites in Utah are Lake Power in Glen Canyon, a 2,000-mile reservoir that promotes hiking and boating and ranks as the second largest of its kind in North America.[1]

Monument-wise, Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument is 200,000 acres of pristine prehistoric history, filled with fossils and other paraphernalia that is certain to incite the dinosaur lover.[2]

While the reservoir and monument may be good enough to topple most state, it can’t stand toe-to-toe with New York. For outdoor fare, New York surprisingly comes to play with two fantastic parks.

The Catskill Parks rests on 700,000 acres but they’ll be no resting for anyone visiting this area. There are 300 miles of trails as part of the park, not to mention fishing and camping.[3]

Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument isn’t quite colossal enough when compared to New York’s Statue of Liberty (Monument) or the World Trade Center Memorial. The former is the epitome of freedom, while the latter is a tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

New York continues to rack up the good-will in the eyes of potential visitors with a plethora of selections that range from the bright lights and commercialism of Time Square to a simple view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge.

One of the key draws for New York, however, is Broadway and The Empire State Building. Broadway is comprised by 40 theaters that in 2011 took in more than a billion dollars in ticket sales.[4]

The Empire State building ranked as the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1972 and still is an impressive site and tour at 102 stories tall.[5]

Utah has three first-rate hotel choices. Those are the Stein Eriksen Lodge, Grand America Hotel and St. Regis Deer Valley. But New York rebounds in a big way with a tremendous helping of five-star hotels, led by The Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton.

Speaking of heaping helpings, New York’s selection of food is deliciously diverse. Any type of food literally is available within the state. Certain cities such as Buffalo specialize in wings, of course.

Utah’s food of choice comes in the form of a condiment: The Fry Sauce, a Utah staple since 1950s as a compliment to French fries.[6]

Utah puts forth as much jazz and spectacle as possible, but even that effort falls flat in comparison to New York. The “Big Apple” gives Utah little room for fault and easily trumps its western counterpart.