West Virginia

New York

This one is a bit of a yawner: New York easily tops West Virginia in nearly every category.. West Virginia can’t offer the same type of parks, monuments or overall excitement exuded by New York, which ultimately leaves the “Mountaineer State” with a sizeable uphill battle to fight.

West Virginia isn’t without its drawing power whether it be a beautiful state park that include a plethora of outdoor activities or some distinct culture within the state.

The Blackwater Falls State Park boasts a unique black water that flows throughout and the site remains the most visited and photographed area in the state.[1] One of West Virginia’s most preferred activities is white water rafting.

Culturally, West Virginia hitches it wagon to the Hatfield and McCoy feud. This battle is showcased with a trail visitors can walk that is rich with history and information about the famous fighting families.

At no fault of its own, West Virginia just isn’t equipped to compete with a state like New York, which surprisingly offers its own array of outdoor fare.

Catskill Park is an immense area that is rich with fishing and camping that sits on 700,000 acres. The park also promotes 300 different walking tracks. If that’s not enough, Adirondack Park is about equal to New Hampshire in size and draws rock climbers from afar.[2]

The landmarks and monuments comparison between both states is a landslide winner for New York. Going one step further, New York is absolutely littered with historic, memorable and famous places to go.

Those in love with outdoor, picturesque settings without actually incorporating activity would be wise to visit Niagara Falls or simply stop on the Brooklyn Bridge for a gorgeous view of Manhattan.

Entertainment is a key component of New York’s tourist attraction and Broadway is at the heart of that. The 40 theaters that comprise this area drew more than 1 billion dollars in 2011.[3]

Two poignant sites within New York that are must-sees are The Statue of Liberty and World Trade Center Memorial. The former is symbolic of freedom, while the latter is a tribute to those affected in the tragic events of September 11.

One of the more impressive sites in New York is the Empire State Building. Standing at 102-stories tall, it ranked as the highest building in the world from 1931-1972 and still maintains plenty of interest from visitors.[4]

New York finishes strong with great variety in food choices, along with more than enough five-star hotels – led by the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons.

West Virginia does itself a few favors with terrific southern-style cooking, although the state is most known for their signature pepperoni rolls, which have been a mainstay since 1937.[5]

West Virginia’s hotels are a bit scarce but The Greenbrier is a five-star selection within the state and easily the best choice.[6]

From top to bottom, New York is littered with plenty of sounds, sites and to-do activities to quell even the most disgruntled traveler. West Virginia just doesn’t have that type of mass appeal.