New York

New York vanquishes Wyoming with relative ease, especially in nightlife, culture and noteworthy landmarks.. Wyoming is in over its head when paired against New York. Wyoming presents a fantastic outdoor fare in the form of a world-renowned park, but New York’s list of favorable sites is too long and potent.

The majority of Yellowstone Park resides in Wyoming – roughly 96% to be exact. As part of the draw of Yellowstone is Old Faithful, the famous geyser that is located within the park.[1]

Thrill-seekers that deem Yellowstone to be a bit dull need not worry as Wyoming also is home to Devils Tower, all 5,112 feet of it. The “tower” offers 150 different routes to the top for even the most astute climber. Devils Tower has some historical significance as well as the first U.S. Monument in 1906.[2]

Although not as famous as Yellowstone, Catskill Park in New York is impressive at 700,000 acres dedicated to fishing and camping. Also part of the park is 300 miles of walking trails.[3]

Once Wyoming’s well runs relatively dry, New York pours it on with destinations that are both historically and culturally specific – more so than Wyoming’s Devils Tower.

First and foremost would have to be the Statue of Liberty, a sign of freedom underscored with democracy and rights within the country. More recent, the World Trade Center Memorial is a heart-felt, surreal site that pays respect to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2011.

If those monuments aren’t enough, New York has sights and sounds that are hard to surpass, starting with Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, the latter of course gives a perfect view of Manhattan. And who can ignore the gigantic Empire State Building at 102 stories, was the tallest building in the world from 1931-1972.[4]

Wyoming simply doesn’t have answers for all that New York brings to the table, including the Broadway area and its 40 theaters that sold more than 1 billion dollars in tickets in 2011.[5]

Culturally, Wyoming quickly points to the Buffalo Bill Cody Center, located in Cody, which aptly pays homage to Buffalo Bill Cody.

Wyoming also puts forth an admirable food contender with its locally raised bison and subsequent steaks. The Proud Cut Cody Saloon is perhaps the best place to visit for said steaks. But New York has steaks, not to mention any type of ethnicity within the food realm. From street-side carts, fine dining or famous deli sandwiches, New York has something for everyone.

Hotels is more of the same for New York – a huge selection of choices that rank as five stars or better, led by The Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. Wyoming is more quaint and cozy with roadside hotels that are devoid of the allure in New York.

New York stakes its claim as the king of all tourist attractions with enough fanfare and destinations to last a lifetime. Wyoming simply can’t say the same thing.