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    Better weather and a less-expensive trip are Connecticut's strong points against an impressive arsenal put forth by New York, highlighted by monuments, landmarks and culture. Read full comparison


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Better weather and a less-expensive trip are Connecticut's strong points against an impressive arsenal put forth by New York, highlighted by monuments, landmarks and culture.. Connecticut gambles on two elite casinos and eclectic food choices in its matchup with New York – a gamble that simply doesn’t pay off.

The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos are the second and third largest casinos in the United States and provide visitors to Connecticut a sense of excitement and fun in a totally different venue than one may expect from Connecticut.[1]

A bigger gamble may be the backpacking, hiking and even horseback riding within the confines of the Sleeping Giant State Park. The unique name comes from the park itself as the 2-miles of mountaintop have jagged edges that are in shape of said “giant.”[2]

Connecticut’s pristine weather and aforementioned activities make it a winner as far as tourist attractions but this comparison belongs to New York.

The Sleeping Giant in Connecticut may be cowering in fear when faced with the notion of competing with Catskill Park and Adirondack Park in New York.

Catskill is 700,000 acres of camping and fishing, along with 300 miles of walking tracks. Adirondack is even larger – about the size of New Hampshire – and offers extensive areas for rock climbing.[3]

Connecticut’s casinos are nice but don’t offer the type of noteworthy or unforgettable fare that New York conjures up with The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

The former once was the tallest building in the world from 1931-1972 at 102-stories.[4] The Statue of Liberty is a destination that is defined by freedom and democracy in the United States.

Although not as outdoor-oriented in the same vein as Catskill or Adirondack, New York’s Niagara Falls and Brooklyn Bridge give visitors to “The Big Apple” plenty to take in. The latter provides a great view of Manhattan, while the former is a popular getaway.

Any New York discussion wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Broadway area. The 40 theaters in the district combined for 1 billion dollars in receipts in 2011.[5]

Connecticut performs admirably in the food and hotel fare, but still not to the extent of New York, which has enough five-star hotels to fill a few pages. The New York food is legendary simply due to the variety the state provides at every turn. The New Haven area of Connecticut mirrors New York in that it offers an array of food choices and was dubbed the food capital of the state.

The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut also is one of the finer hotels within the state, as well as the romantic Mayflower Inn and Spa.

Despite hotels, food and destinations that would rival any state, Connecticut simply can’t keep pace with the all-things to all-people New York.