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    New Hampshire's weather is the only salvation the state has in comparison to New York, which boasts better monuments, landmarks and overall destinations. Read full comparison


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New Hampshire's weather is the only salvation the state has in comparison to New York, which boasts better monuments, landmarks and overall destinations.. Going toe-to-toe with New York, New Hampshire does little to stand out against one of the most visited states in the country. Other than New Hampshire being a hub of outdoor activities, the eastern state earns small marks against “The Big Apple.”

Climbers and hikers galore congregate to two distinct areas in New Hampshire to satiate their activity needs. Mt. Washington State Park is the tallest mountain in the entire northeast standing at 6,288 feet.[1]

Not surprisingly, New Hampshire’s most notably landmark also is a mountain: Mt. Monadnock. At 3,165 feet, it is the second-most climbed mountain, second only to Japan’s Mt. Fuji.[2]

Despite New Hampshire’s impressive climbing and hiking spots, New York also has those same types of locations, not to mention a plethora of history, culture and sites that are mind-blowing.

The latter characteristic could be used to describe The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls or Times Square. All three locations are distinct to New York. The Empire State Building especially, at 102-stories high, ranked at the tallest building in the world from 1931-1972.[3] Niagara Falls is a popular getaway for romantic occasions and honeymoons, while Times Square is likely where New York got its “bright lights, big city moniker” from given its immense billboards and bustling traffic.

Even New York chimes in with hiking and climbing destinations that rival that of New Hampshire. Catskill Park is a 700,000-acre area that is all about promoting camping and fishing, while the Adirondack Park is huge – about the size of New Hampshire – and offers rock climbing as its main draw.[4]

And perhaps the most defining monument in the United States and certainly in New York is the Statue of Liberty. A gift from France turned into a symbolism of freedom and democracy for United States citizens.

The great aspect of New York is that if you’re not interested in sightseeing or outdoor fare, the Broadway area might be the best destination. The 40 theaters that comprise this section are not only legendary but lucrative. In 2011, they combined to sell 1 billion dollars in tickets.[5]

New Hampshire quickly falls behind in the aforementioned categories and doesn’t gain little if any ground in food, hotels or weather. New Hampshire just barely beats New York in the weather, with just a tad less humidity during peak travel months.

New York’s hotels and foods are defining characteristics of the state. New York has too many five-star hotels to even begin listing and the food is so diverse and unique that truly all taste buds leave the state more than satisfied.

As for New Hampshire, the state is littered with self-described “quaint” roadside diners and equally mundane hotels (other than the Wentworth by the Sea). The only saving grace for New Hampshire is the Portsmouth Brewery, a mainstay and original brewpub since 1991.[6]

Certainly, New Hampshire does well for itself as a sole entity. But when paired against New York, New Hampshire barely hits the radar.