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    Against any other opponent, Georgia easily would be better. But New York is too much of a force in landmarks, travel and monuments. Read full comparison

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Against any other opponent, Georgia easily would be better. But New York is too much of a force in landmarks, travel and monuments.. Georgia gives New York a run for its money as more a contender than a pretender to the throne of “The Big Apple.” In the end, however, New York is just too formidable in the home stretch.

New York isn’t just the glitz and glamour of downtown Manhattan, which can be seen perfectly from the Brooklyn Bridge. New York also promotes a plethora of parks that dabble in traditional outdoor fare.

The 700,000-acre Catskill Park is fishing and camping galore, not to mention 300 miles of walking trails. Adirondack Park takes that mentality a few steps further with hiking and rock climbing.[1]

Georgia matches New York trail-for-trail, however, with its Appalachian Trail. This 2,184 miles of orgasmic hiking begins in the Spring Mountain area and heads all the way through Maine.[2]

Sites that are rich in history and culture are certainly a Georgia staple. The state is home to the Centennial Olympic Park, which held the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest of its kind in the world, holding 8 million gallons of water.[3]

The Georgia culture resonates with those interested in learning more about Martin Luther King and the Civil War. The former is honored as part of the aptly titled Martin Luther King Historic Site, home to King’s grave and several of his key speeches. The Andersonville National Historic Park is a ranked as one of the 10 best Civil War sites in the United States.[4]

Georgia’s tale-of-the-tape is impressive, especially culturally. But no one does sight-seeing, culture and poignancy better than New York.

Let’s start first with the Statue of Liberty, a sign of ever-lasting freedom for United States citizens or the World Trade Center Memorial. All Americans should visit both of those in their lifetime. The same can be said for The Empire State Building, a 102-story site that once ranked as the tallest building in the world from 1931-1972.[5]

As an example, the Georgia Aquarium is a tremendous, eye-popping location but consider New York’s Times Square as an alternative that is a must-see.

Furthermore, the Broadway area in New York is a cash cow for the state and with good reason. The 40 theaters put forth some of the best shows in the United States and the receipts are proof: more than 1 billion dollars in ticket sales in 2011. [6]

Coca-Cola was created in Georgia and the factory is still there and toured extensively by the general public. Southern style cuisine is Georgia’s specialty.

New York doesn’t have a “specialty” per say, as essentially any type of food for even the pickiest palate can be found within the state.

Picky certainly won’t define the mindset of visitors to either Georgia or New York in terms of finding a hotel. Georgia has 10 hotels that are five-star selections.[7] New York, again, goes more than just one better. The state is filled with five star hotels, almost too many to mention specifically.

Georgia is a fierce competitor in its tooth-and-nail battle with New York but ultimately comes up short.