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    Missouri's famous BBQ food is a winner, but the rest of this challenge belongs to New York, especially the landmarks and monuments. Read full comparison

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Missouri's famous BBQ food is a winner, but the rest of this challenge belongs to New York, especially the landmarks and monuments.. Missouri’s moniker as the “Show Me State” would suggest that the state packs the kind of punch that could level even New York. Other than an impressive landmark, Missouri isn’t quite ready to run with New York.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis earned National Historic Landmark honors in 1987 and is visited by nearly four million people each year. The Arch is the tallest monument in the United States at 630 feet.[1]

Missouri has no shortage of outdoor activities, either. The “Little Grand Canyon” comes up big as a former cave system that is was transformed into a mile-long stretch of hiking and camping. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is canoeing and rafting – two Missouri staples.[2]

Surprisingly, New York isn’t devoid of outdoor fare, even though the state is mostly associated with city life and subsequent activities in that vein.

The Catskill Park is more than enough to compete with an overtake Missouri’s offerings. The 700,000-acre park also boats 300 miles of walking trails, not to mention fishing and camping.[3]

The St. Louis Arch is formidable competition most times would easily be enough to topple just about any state. Unfortunately for Missouri, New York isn’t one of them.

Let’s start with the two landmarks that make New York an easy winner. The Statue of Liberty is a site that all Americans should see at some point as it is the epitome of freedom and democracy in the United States. The World Trade Center Memorial (landmark) is a poignant display that pays tribute to the heroes of 9/11.

New York doesn’t slow with the noteworthy destinations, including the sights and sounds of Times Square, not to mention a simple picturesque view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge or standing in awe of Niagara Falls.

The Empire State Building is a quality competitor in sheer size and brilliance to the Arch as well. Visitors flock to see the building, a sign of strength, which between 1931 and 1972 was the tallest building in the world.[4]

Culturally, Missouri puts forth a tremendous effort with Civil War and World War I sites. The Liberty Memorial in Missouri is the official World War I museum and the second major Civil War battle in 1861 took place in Missouri. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek is on display at the Wilson’s Creek National battlefield.[5]

Food is a toss-up as the Kansas City area is rich with barbeque that is world-renowned. But New York answers with not just one but a plethora of choices. The food choices in New York are as eclectic as the people who live there. Even certain specialties are on display in cities such as Buffalo – famous for its wings.

The remaining categories reside with New York: hotels and weather. New York is seasonal compared to the rainy Missouri, while the “Big Apple” has enough five-star choices to accommodate the abundance of visitors to the state.

Missouri’s delectable BBQ menu aside, it is New York that serves up enough selections to satiate any and all types of potential tourists.