VACATION IDEAS

50 cities every American should see (yup, one in every state!)

We can pretty much guarantee that at least one of these beautiful American cities is just a road trip or weekend escape away from where you live. America's surprising state capitals are a truly varied bunch of burghs, but they have a few awesome things in common, including great cuisine, art, history, and four seasons of outdoor activities.

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello, Friday, Aug 22, 2014, 12:00 PM

Source Article: 50 cities every American should see (yup, one in every state!)

Salem Oregon

Salem, Oregon, is one of the most beautiful state capitals in America. Here, its cherry blossoms in spring rival those of D.C.

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Salem Oregon

One of Salem's lovely garden paths in spring.

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Boston Massachusetts

Few state capitals can match Boston, Massachusetts, for historical pedigree. Here, the city's North End includes the Freedom Trail and Old North Church.

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Boston Massachusetts

A charming row of classic brick houses in Boston's historical North End.

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Oklahoma City Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, may not bring to mind cruising for those who haven't visited the lovely city, but boats are abundant.

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Oklahoma City Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a moving tribute to the lives lost in 1995

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Montpelier Vermont

In a state renowned for its natural beauty, Montpelier, Vermont, boasts a vibrant downtown.

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Montpelier Vermont

East Montpelier and one of the rustic sights along the road.

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Madison Wisconsin

The Madison, Wisconsin, skyline at dusk, reflected in Lake Menona.

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Madison Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin's Bascom Hall on a summer day demonstrates what we love about Madison.

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Columbus Ohio

The Scioto River is one of the beautiful natural wonders you can enjoy in Columbus, Ohio.

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Columbus Ohio

A stunning view of Columbus's beautiful glass conservatory and its grounds.

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Salt Lake City Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah, is a must-visit for winter sports enthusiasts, though the city is beautiful and welcoming all year round.

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is definitely worth a stay if you're in Utah to explore the state's five National Parks.

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Olympia Washington

Cherry blossoms adorn the other Washington: Olympia, Washington.

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Olympia Washington

Olympia is near Washington State's beautiful National Park and other bragworthy nature sites.

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Honolulu Hawaii

The classic panoramic view from the top of the Diamond Head trail suggests that Honolulu, Hawaii, may be the ultimate in beautiful state capitals.

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Honolulu Hawaii

Gorgeous Waikiki Beach is actually a neighborhood in Honolulu.

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Santa Fe New Mexico

Opened in 2008, the Railyard District of Sante Fe, New Mexico, is now home to 11 contemporary galleries, a 10-acre park, and a farmers market.

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Santa Fe New Mexico

Visitors drop by the Native American market in Santa Fe.

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Raleigh North Carolina

The skyline of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Raleigh North Carolina

Downtown Raleigh invites visitors with great food and a bustling, forward-looking vibe.

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Denver Colorado

Denver, Colorado, is home to the Denver Performing Arts Center with its landmark sculpture, Dancers, by Jonathan Borofsky.

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Denver Colorado

Denver's skyline as seen from the west side of town.

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Juneau Alaska

Juneau, Alaska, surprises visitors with its mellow climate and small-town feel.

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Juneau Alaska

Juneau may be the northernmost U.S. state capital, but its flavor feels distinctly like the Pacific Northwest.

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Atlanta Georgia

Centennial Olympic Park was built for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Atlanta Georgia

A stirring cityscape with skyscrapers and a colorful Atlanta ferris wheel.

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Helena Montana

Helena, Montana, is not just a beautiful state capital in the heart of the Rockies, but also a center for fine arts.

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Montana Helena

Helena's State Capitol Building is located near the prestigious Holter Art Gallery.

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Nashville Tennessee

The skyline of Nashville, Tennessee, at sunset, reflected in the Cumberland River.

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Nashville Tennessee

Nashville boasts an endless array of up-and-coming music artists—and such culinary delights as Nashville hot chicken.

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Providence Rhode Island

A view of the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island, from the far side of the Providence River.

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Providence Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in geographical size, but Providence is a major hub for the visual and culinary arts.

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St. Paul Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota, allows visitors to tour the rooftop sculpture of its state capitol building.

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St. Paul Minnesota

Beautiful Como Park, St. Paul.

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Des Moines Iowa

The morning skyline greets the day in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Des Moines Iowa

The Iowa Sate Capitol Building, Des Moines.

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Annapolis Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland, is a major maritime city, not to mention home to the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Annapolis Maryland

Aerial view of beautiful Annapolis.

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Lincoln Nebraska

The State Capitol Building in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Lincoln Nebraska

A train in the historic Haymarket district of Lincoln.

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Tallahassee Florida

Historic Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Florida, with the new Capitol Building in the background.

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Tallahassee Florida

State Capitol Building in Tallahassee.

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Boise Idaho

Boise, Idaho, in the gorgeous early morning before sunrise.


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Boise Idaho

Idaho State Capitol, Boise, in autumn.

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Augusta Maine

Augusta, Maine, is in the heart of New England's "leaf peeping" scene.

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Augusta Maine

Maine State House, in Augusta.

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Cheyenne Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming, is the host to a fabulous (and sometimes painful) Frontier Days rodeo.

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Cheyenne Wyoming

Wyoming State Capitol located in Cheyenne.

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Lansing Michigan

The State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan, in the setting sun.

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Lansing Michigan

Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.

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Little Rock Arkansas

Rock Island Wetland Reserve, with a nice view of the downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, skyline.

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Little Rock Arkansas

Old State House building in Little Rock.

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Topeka Kansas

A view of downtown Topeka, Kansas, with its impressive State Capitol Building.

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Topeka Kansas

The Great Overland Railway Depot, in Topeka, has been preserved and restored.

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Sacramento California

Tower Bridge in Sacramento, California, with the city's skyline in the background.

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Sacramento California

The bright California sun on the fields of Sacramento.

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Indianapolis Indiana

Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, is a gorgeous sight in autumn—or any time of year.

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Indianapolis Indiana

The Indianapolis skyline on the way into Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Columbia South Carolina

Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, on Main Street.

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Columbia South Carolina

Beautifully landscaped grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol Building, Columbia.

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Albany New York

Albany, New York, is centrally located between the state's northern mountains and the Hudson River Valley to the south.

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Albany New York

A historic cemetery in Albany, reminiscent of the one that opens William Kenneday's novel Ironweed, which is part of a cycle of books set in the upstate New York city.

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Austin Texas

The amazing view from Mount Bonnell in Austin, Texas.

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Austin Texas

Austin is a hotbed of alternative music and the arts.

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Dover Delaware

The state legislative hall in Dover, Delaware.

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Dover Delaware

State Street, Dover.

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Phoenix Arizona

Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, reminds visitors that the mountains aren't far away.

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Phoenix Arizona

A beautiful garden and stream in Phoenix.

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Springfield Illinois

Springfield, Illinois, best known as the home of Abraham Lincoln, boasts a variety of historically important buildings and parks.

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Springfield Illinois

Abraham Lincoln's home, Springfield.

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Montgomery Alabama

State Capitol Building, Montgomery, Alabama.

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Montgomery Alabama

Montgomery's zoo, with its adorable elephants, is a must-see for those in the area.

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Trenton New Jersey

The State House and Capitol complex in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Trenton New Jersey

Trenton at sunset.

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Frankfort Kentucky

The State Capitol Building in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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Frankfort Kentucky

A banjo player prepares for a performance in Frankfort, in the heart of bluegrass country.

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Richmond Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, is home to great restaurants and the truly exceptional Richmond Symphony.

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Richmond Virginia

Though we typically associate Edgar Allen Poe with Baltimore and New York, Richmond is  home to the noteworthy Edgar Allen Poe Museum.

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Jackson Mississippi

Downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

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Jackson Mississippi

State Capitol of Mississippi, Jackson.

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Nevada Carson City

The State Capitol Building, Carson City, Nevada.

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Carson City Nevada

Carson City is in the heart of Nevada's extraordinarily wild landscape.

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Pierre South Dakota

Pierre, South Dakota, was built between 1905 and 1911.

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Pierre South Dakota

The Chicago and North Eastern Railroad Bridge in Pierre.

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Harrisburg Pennsylvania

A lovely autumn day in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Cathedral of St. Patrick in Harrisburg.

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Charleston West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia, skyline on a peaceful autumn afternoon.

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Charleston West Virginia

Charleston is on the Kanawha River.

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Concord New Hampshire

Concord, New Hampshire, with its State House dome in the distance.

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Concord New Hampshire

The State House and Capitol Building in Concord.

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Hartford Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut, is home to colleges, art museums, and, of course, the insurnace industry.

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Hartford Connecticut

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, Hartford.

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Bismarck North Dakota

House of Representatives chamber in the State Capitol Building in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Bismarck North Dakota

A playful river otter at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck.

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Baton Rouge Louisiana

The Old State Capitol Building In Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Baton Rouge Louisiana

The noteworthy stained glass rotunda in the Old State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge.

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Jefferson City Missouri

State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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Jefferson City Missouri

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

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