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Least Visited Capital City Within Country/State

Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:55 pm

Which country's capital city has been visited by the smallest percentage of that country's adult population? A few possibilites which are all "new" capitals, geographically isolated from the major cities of that country, and have 2% or less of that country's total population:

Brasilia
Abuja, Nigeria
Dodoma, Tanzania

Also, if your country's capital city is not a dominant economic/cultural city within your country, do many people consider it a priority to visit that capital city at least once in their lifetime? As an American, I would say that most Americans aspire to visit Washington, D.C. at least once.

For U.S. states, which state capital city has been visited by the smallest percentage of that state's adult population? Perhaps Juneau due to its small population and its inability to be reached by land from the rest of Alaska? Maybe there are significant percentages of residents of southern Florida, New York City, southern Nevada, southern California, etc., that have never visited their state's capital city?
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:37 pm

I've lived in NH for almost 20 years now and have glanced at the capitol building in Concord numerous times from the highway and haven't been arsed to stop in and see it. As a school kid I was taken to the capitol building in Hartford CT. It too is visible from the interstate highway going through town.

Why is it that it seems US state capitol buildings have to have a gold dome?

Did West Germans feel the urge to go to Bonn back in the day?

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Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:59 pm

Canberra the most boring city in Australasia, I can't see why anyone would want to visit, although prostitution is legal and it's the home of the Aussie porn industry.
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:13 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 1):
I've lived in NH for almost 20 years now and have glanced at the capitol building in Concord numerous times from the highway and haven't been arsed to stop in and see it. As a school kid I was taken to the capitol building in Hartford CT. It too is visible from the interstate highway going through town.

Why is it that it seems US state capitol buildings have to have a gold dome?

Did West Germans feel the urge to go to Bonn back in the day?

Inquiring minds want to know...

It may be a bit OT, but where do you live in NH? South of Concord?

Hmm, how about the administrative capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya?
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:08 pm

Quoting BNAOWB (Thread starter):
As an American, I would say that most Americans aspire to visit Washington, D.C. at least once.

Meh.... I would like to go just to say "I've been" but it is not an aspiration of mine. If I go, I go, if not, so be it.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 1):
Why is it that it seems US state capitol buildings have to have a gold dome?

Look at the domes for AK, OR, WA, NV, ID, CA, and UT. None gold and, in the cases of NV and AK not a dome. The Nevada legislature does not meet in the origional capital building. The origional building actually has a small silver dome, but the legislature meets in a different building. Alaska has no dome. Oregon, IIRC, is marble and WA and ID are both granite, again, just going from memory.

But, this thread brings up another good point: Why do states/provinces/cantons/countries choose the place they did for their capital? I don't remember the reason for Salem becoming the capital of Oregon. I think Olympia was chosen because it was thought to be half way between the two major population centers of early Washington: Vancouver and Seattle. SMF was set up there because of the gold rush.

Back on topic: Olympia is right off the I-5, so it can be seen driving between Portland and Seattle. The city of Salem is split by the I-5, but the dome can only really be seen from the freeway if you know what you are looking for. BOI and SLC domes can be seen from the freeway if you look. Carson City NV is not really the first, second, or third place tourists go when in Nevada. I don't think many residents even go there, if given the choice. I think it is a very nice town. Much nicer than RNO.
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:14 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 1):
Did West Germans feel the urge to go to Bonn back in the day?

Lived in West-Berlin 1972-2003... Bonn? Does CGN airport (Koeln-Bonn) count? 
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Canberra the most boring city in Australasia, I can't see why anyone would want to visit...

If your alternative is Tumbarumba, you will gladly settle for a weekend in Canberra! (Happened to me Xmas 2000).
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:21 pm

Quoting BNAOWB (Thread starter):
A few possibilites which are all "new" capitals, geographically isolated from the major cities of that country, and have 2% or less of that country's total population:

It all begins and ends with Myanmar's new capital city Nay Pyi Taw (also spelled Naypyidaw). The secretive and paranoid military junta that rules Myanmar moved government functions to the new capital from Yangon in 2005. Myanmar citizens and foreigners alike are discouraged from visiting the new capital. My uncle was in Myanmar a couple of years ago and passed through Nay Pyi Taw because his flight to a neighboring city was diverted due to weather. He and his guide were followed by government agents as they left the city on the way to their intended destination to make sure they were not engaging in mischief.
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:23 pm

I would think that some people wouldn't need to go to the capital unless they have business there. When I lived in Missouri I knew a lot of people who had never been to Jefferson City, it isn't major tourist/business destination. I was only in the Capital building twice and that was because I had business in the area so I thought I would drop by. I used to live in Colorado too, in the Denver area. I would go past the capital building on a regular basis. I would think that a large percent of Colorado citizens would have gone to Denver because it is a major city and a economic/tourist destination within the state. I live in Michigan now and I have only gone to Lansing because I had state business there, some other people only go there because that is where Michigan State is. Lansing isn't the kind of city that people go to just for fun, unless it is during football/basketball season. To be technical MSU is really in East Lansing, so that really ins't the capital. I would think that if a capital city is a major city in a state I would think that a larger percent of the population has been there. I would bet that more Michigan citizens have been to Detroit or Grand Rapids than have been to Lansing.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 1):
Why is it that it seems US state capitol buildings have to have a gold dome?

I know Colorado does and it is to symbolize the Gold Rush there. You should see the New Mexico Capital building, it has no dome. I know Pennsylania and Wyoming have a gold dome too.

I have been to these state capital buildings: Missouri, Illinois, New Mexico, Michigan, Colorado, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. I have also been to the national capital building in Washington DC.
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:33 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 4):
Look at the domes for AK, OR, WA, NV, ID, CA, and UT. None gold and, in the cases of NV and AK not a dome.

There is no dome to speak of on the very modern capital building of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 4):
I don't remember the reason for Salem becoming the capital of Oregon.

The territorial capital of Oregon before it became a state was Oregon City (a suburb of Portland lying southeast of the city). Around the time statehood was achieved the capital was located in Salem which was formerly known as Chemeketa which in the Kalapuya language means "meeting place" or "place of peace" depending on one's translation. The name "Salem" derives from the semitic language group and means "peace," hence the synergy between the Native American and Westernized names of the city (note that the name "Jerusalem" means "city of peace").

Found the following at http://www.oregonlink.com/about_salem.html :

"The location of the Oregon capital caused a spirited contest that lasted nearly 15 years. By an act of 1851, the provisional government moved the capital to Salem from Oregon City; in 1855 it was moved to Corvallis, only to move back to Salem the same year. Destruction of the Capitol at Salem on December 31, 1855, was considered an incendiary part of this controversy."
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:38 pm

I was in Bonn once, but they didn't let me visit the Bundestag (I was too young then). The actual reason we went to Bonn was because my mother needed her passport extended. OTOH, I did visit Berlin at least twice, perhaps even three times IIRC (the first time was just a few months after the fall). As for other foreign capitals, of all countries I remember visiting, I never visited Washington DC, Bern and Wien.

In Costa Rica, the first capital after its independence was Cartago, but later, there was some chaos and for a time, the capital changed between the four major central valley cities (Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, San José) every few years but then they settled for San José.
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:49 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
I can't see why anyone would want to visit, although prostitution is legal and it's the home of the Aussie porn industry.

I think you answered your own question!  
Quoting Marsciguy (Reply 3):
It may be a bit OT, but where do you live in NH? South of Concord?

Yep.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 4):
Meh.... I would like to go just to say "I've been" but it is not an aspiration of mine. If I go, I go, if not, so be it.

If nothing else, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is worth the cost of the trip, and visiting the Udvar-Hazy annex near IAD is also highly recommended.
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:41 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 4):
I think it is a very nice town. Much nicer than RNO.

Here here...I've always been one to call out RNO for what it is... a shit hole that I'm not exactly proud to call home... but it is light years ahead of Carson City in every aspect. Carson City is a gang riddled dump with nothing to show for. Now, south of the city and maybe east...those are nice areas, but not Carson City proper.
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:44 pm

Quoting BNAOWB (Thread starter):
For U.S. states

SMF. Nothing special or touristy compared to all the other CA cities (SFO,SAN,LAX etc)
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:45 pm

Edmonton is the capital city of the Alberta, but not like a mega-draw for visitors.

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Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:00 pm

I think that Hobart, Tasmania, is the only state capital in Australia which is not 10 times larger (population) than the next largest city in that state. And Launceston, the next largest city, is only a couple of hours drive away. Which is a roundabout way of explaining that most of our population lives in the state capitals, so no need to travel to visit. (Sorry, Brisbane, Queensland is only 3.5 times larger than the Gold Coast, although they are pretty much contiguous anyway...)

Canberra is our outlier - our national capital is a single city in its own territory, surrounded by NSW. Many Sydneysiders and southern NSWelshpeople would visit, btu far fewer from other states. And it's not as boring as it seems. Really. Seriously. You can probabyl fill a good two days there at a time......

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 am

Taking this off on a slight slant, I think Edinburgh, Scotland must be the most slagged off capital city maybe in Europe. People who live elsewhere in Scotland but specifically in the areas surrounding Glasgow look at Edinburgh as a place where the middle class posh people live and believe that they are above everyone else whereas all the humble Scots live elsewhere. I know as someone from Edinburgh, if I ever travel the 1 hour along the M8 to Glasgow and say I am from Edinburgh many people will comment, "oh you must be a posh to$$er then"!! All in jokey banter I hasten to add!!

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:01 am

I have been in the capital cities of a number of countries, US States, Austraila States, Canada Provinces and in some of their capital/parlament-legisgative facilities.

I would suspect few Australians have been in Canberra or visited it's capital building. I am an American and have done so. I have also been in the capital facilites of the USA (several times), Germany (Berlin), Netherlands, NZ, Canada, as well as several USA States (NY, Indiana, Montana, Vermont), The Australian State of Victoria.

As to capital locations, often they are set in a cental location of a country/state, often near navigable rivers, along major rail lines or roads, river crossings. Some, like Australia, created Canberra so mid-way between Sidney and Melborne.
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:17 am

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 6):
It all begins and ends with Myanmar's new capital city Nay Pyi Taw (also spelled Naypyidaw). The secretive and paranoid military junta that rules Myanmar moved government functions to the new capital from Yangon in 2005. Myanmar citizens and foreigners alike are discouraged from visiting the new capital.

Ah, Myanmar! Very interesting. Only a tiny percentage of Myanmar's adult population could have possibly visited this new capital city (only built since 2002).
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:37 am

I'd say either India or China would hold the record. Massive populations each totalling more than a billion, but with capital cities of 'only' 14 million and 17 million respectively.


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Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:10 am

Countries that don´t have the largest city as a capital city:

USA
Canada
Belize
Brazil
Bolivia
South Africa
Malawi
Tanzania
Sudan
United Arab Emirates
Benin
Myanmar
Australia
China
India
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
Ecuador
Kazakhstan
Liechtenstein
Morocco
New Zealand
Cote d´Ivoire
Cameroon
San Marino
Switzerland
Israel
Trinidad and Tobago
Malta
Turkey
Vietnam
Philipinnes
Monaco
Micronesia
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:25 am

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 19):
USA

This is a bad example. Firstly, DC has a tourist draw all out of proportion to its size. Other capitols on your list (Ottawa, Pretoria, etc.), do not. Secondly, DC properly encompasses an MSA including much of Virginia and Maryland, much of which would not exist without DC.

Also, you listed the UAE, but really, what is the "capitol city" there? Sure, one is defined, but does it mean much?

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:34 am

Quoting BNAOWB (Thread starter):
Also, if your country's capital city is not a dominant economic/cultural city within your country, do many people consider it a priority to visit that capital city at least once in their lifetime?

More or less a priority, though most will opt for the coast as a travel destination any day. It might be more of a destination to those who live closer to the city especially given travel affordability issues.
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:44 am

I would think Augusta, Maine and Pierre, South Dakota would be high on the list in the U.S. Thimpu, Bhutan is probably high on the list internationally in terms of people visiting. In percentage of population of the country it would rank higher.

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:31 am

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 14):
You can probabyl fill a good two days there at a time......

That's a lot of hookers  
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:48 am

Quoting N328KF (Reply 20):
This is a bad example. Firstly, DC has a tourist draw all out of proportion to its size. Other capitols on your list (Ottawa, Pretoria, etc.), do not. Secondly, DC properly encompasses an MSA including much of Virginia and Maryland, much of which would not exist without DC.

I didn´t give example of USA, I listed all the countries of the world that don´t have the largest city as the capital city. And surely Washington D.C. is smaller then New York and some other cities too.

Quoting N328KF (Reply 20):
Also, you listed the UAE, but really, what is the "capitol city" there? Sure, one is defined, but does it mean much?

The capital is Abu Dhabi, while the largest city is Dubai   It means that most gov´t offices and embassies are in Abu Dhabi.
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 19):
Countries that don´t have the largest city as a capital city:

If you did indeed mean "a" capital city and not "the" capital city (i.e. the federal capital), then Canada should not be on the list. Toronto is the capital of Ontario.

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:03 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Canberra the most boring city in Australasia, I can't see why anyone would want to visit, although prostitution is legal and it's the home of the Aussie porn industry.

I think its reputation as the boring capital is somewhat undeserved. Not as exciting as, say, Sydney or Melbourne, sure, far from it. But horses for courses... I love my art and culture and museums and such and Canberra has some top notch facilities in that respect (although a couple could do with a facelift). It's a nice place for a weekend away when you don't want to be completely removed from civilisation, but also can't be bothered with the weekend crowds of Sydney/Circular Quay/Bondi, for example.

So at the risk of ruining whatever reputation I have, I'm going to admit to actually liking Canberra.   

Of course, there's always the porn.
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:17 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Canberra the most boring city in Australasia

Agreed. There is absolutely nothing to do there..one visit is all that is necessary. The ONLY thing I like about Canberra is the War Memorial. Not into hookers; and porn..meh.... who actually pays $$ to buy porn nowadays..isn't that why they invented the internet   ..so yeah..nothing exciting about Canberra.
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RE: Least Visited Capital City Within Country/State

Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:21 am

Quoting BNAOWB (Thread starter):
Which country's capital city has been visited by the smallest percentage of that country's adult population?

Exact number on this would be incredibly hard to find, methinks.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 19):
Monaco

Actually, the capital is simply Monaco. Monaco-ville and Monte Carlo are not separate cities, but rather parts of the city of Monaco itself. And the country of Monaco is only 1,95 square kilometers, you can't really fit more than one town in there.

Still, that's an interesting list.

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:22 am

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 8):
There is no dome to speak of on the very modern capital building of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Yeah, it was designed to resemble a volcanic island rising out of the sea, so we have a huge hole in the middle of the roof instead of a dome.
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:31 am

I´d have to say Ottawa. Or Planet Ottawa. Seems to exist only for government and bureaucrats. Never met a Canadian who actually wanted to go there.
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:49 am

I forgot to add Tanzania on my list, since Dodoma is the capital city, not Dar Es Salaam. Seems like a very boring place too!
Sri Lanka also has a new capital Kote, so it´s not Colombo anymore.

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 25):
If you did indeed mean "a" capital city and not "the" capital city (i.e. the federal capital), then Canada should not be on the list. Toronto is the capital of Ontario.

Ontario is not a country but a province  
Quoting Doona (Reply 28):
Actually, the capital is simply Monaco. Monaco-ville and Monte Carlo are not separate cities, but rather parts of the city of Monaco itself. And the country of Monaco is only 1,95 square kilometers, you can't really fit more than one town in there.

That´s right. So, we could say that Monaco, Vatican don´t have capital city since they are city-states. Another interesting example is Nauru, whose capital is Yaren, officially, although Yaren is sort of a village and municipality.

Malaysia´s capital is Kuala Lumpur, but the ´´federal capital´´ (capital for Malaysian states and territories) is Putrajaya.
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:14 pm

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 24):
I didn´t give example of USA, I listed all the countries of the world that don´t have the largest city as the capital city. And surely Washington D.C. is smaller then New York and some other cities too.

Sure, but it's nowhere as far down the list as some of the tiny capitols. And as I said, the tourist draw for DC is disproportionately high, not low, for its size.
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:18 pm

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 31):
Ontario is not a country but a province

Thanks for the tip...

Your list is "Countries that don´t have the largest city as a capital city".

Toronto is a capital city, the capital of the province of Ontario.

Quoting Offloaded (Reply 30):
I´d have to say Ottawa. Or Planet Ottawa. Seems to exist only for government and bureaucrats. Never met a Canadian who actually wanted to go there.

I'm going to have to disagree. Ottawa exists mostly because of government, but the city is a huge tourist draw (both summer and winter) and I think most Canadians would gladly visit given the chance.

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:51 pm

Dutch members, can you please confirm your capital city - is it Amsterdam or Den Haag?

South Africa officially has 3 capitals: Pretoria (executive capital), Cape Town (legislative capital) and Bloemfontein (judicial capital). This came about as on Union, each of the 4 colonies / republics got something. Capital of the Transvaal was Pretoria, capital of the Cape Colony was Cape Town, capital of the Orange Free State was Bloemfontein, and capital of Natal was Pietermaritzberg (which got, er, some cash).

Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, is much smaller than Glasgow, but it does welcome more visitors.

Wellington, capital of New Zealand, is far less visited than Auckland, the most populous city.

Hasn't the Burmese junta moved their capital from Rangoon to a small backwater in the jungle?

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:37 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 34):
Hasn't the Burmese junta moved their capital from Rangoon to a small backwater in the jungle

See my post at Reply # 6 which I shall re-post herein (with minor modifications):

Myanmar's new capital city is located at Nay Pyi Taw (also spelled Naypyidaw). The secretive and paranoid military junta that rules Myanmar moved government functions to the new capital from Yangon in 2005. Myanmar citizens and foreigners alike are discouraged from visiting the new capital. My uncle was in Myanmar a couple of years ago and passed through Nay Pyi Taw because his flight to a neighboring city was diverted due to weather. He and his guide were followed by government agents as they left the city on the way to their intended destination to make sure they were not engaging in mischief.
 
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:18 pm

Quoting Offloaded (Reply 30):
I´d have to say Ottawa. Or Planet Ottawa. Seems to exist only for government and bureaucrats. Never met a Canadian who actually wanted to go there.

Have you actually been here? Ottawa gets tonnes of tourist - probably misproportionate to its size. It's also known as quite a scenic city and very family friendly. I know lots of Canadians who have visited or want to visit Ottawa, not to mention foreigners as well.



Before I moved here I came here on vacation and the city itself greatly influenced me to go to university here.

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:58 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Canberra the most boring city in Australasia, I can't see why anyone would want to visit

I went for a day (more like 6 hours) on a super cheap Virgin Australia fare from Sydney and don't regret it. The war museum/memorial/tomb of the unknown soldier is incredible and in itself worth a visit. Parliament is also very nice.

Quoting Offloaded (Reply 30):
I´d have to say Ottawa. Or Planet Ottawa. Seems to exist only for government and bureaucrats. Never met a Canadian who actually wanted to go there.

With a statement like that you have obviously never visited Ottawa and know almost nothing about it. Either way, many millions of visitors every year from all over Canada, USA, and the World disagree with you.

Consider educating yourself by starting here: http://www.ottawatourism.ca/

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RE: Least Visited Capital City Within Country/State

Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:28 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 34):
Dutch members, can you please confirm your capital city - is it Amsterdam or Den Haag?

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. Amsterdam's only claims to fame are hookers and weed.

Of course The Hague, where I live, is infinately superior    being the seat of the government and parliament. The Dutch monarch resides here. The Hague is also the judicial capital of the UN and home to the company head quarters of Royal Duch-Shell, TNT, AEGON (insurance) to mention a few.
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:43 pm

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 11):
it is light years ahead of Carson City in every aspect. Carson City is a gang riddled dump with nothing to show for.

Uhhh... huh? I saw none of that. I was all over Carson City and saw nothing but good people. It was quiet and clean. Not like Reno where drug deals were going on out in the open right under the "Biggest Little City In The World" sign. I will only go back to Reno only if I have to fly in or out.

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 8):
The location of the Oregon capital caused a spirited contest that lasted nearly 15 years. By an act of 1851, the provisional government moved the capital to Salem from Oregon City

Since I grew up in Oregon (no place to put that on my profile), I knew the territorial capital was Oregon City. I just was not sure of the story of how the capital moved. I know the county seat in Morrow County moved from Lexington to Heppner because, back in the 1800s, townsfolk from Heppner went to Lexington during the night and burned down the town and stole the charter.

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 8):
There is no dome to speak of on the very modern capital building of Hawaii in Honolulu.

I had heard that about Hawaii, but I didn't say anything since I have never been there. Thanks!

Quoting texan (Reply 22):
Pierre, South Dakota

The wierd thing about that place is, driving on the interstate, there are all kinds of radio stations announcing all kinds of stuff happening in Pierre (pronounced "Pier") yet there is no town right on the interstate.
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:52 pm

Why in the world would anyone want to visit Edmonton?

Calgary should be the capital anyway.
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Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:47 am

Quoting A346DUde (Reply 33):
Thanks for the tip...

Your list is "Countries that don´t have the largest city as a capital city".

Toronto is a capital city, the capital of the province of Ontario.

I dont see a big issue here. Whats the difference between ´´the´´ and ´´a´´. If you say that Toronto is A capital city, we could say that every city in the world is a capital of one or another province. We are talking about independent countries here not provinces, states, counties or municipalities.
 
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Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:49 am

Quoting Offloaded (Reply 30):
I´d have to say Ottawa. Or Planet Ottawa. Seems to exist only for government and bureaucrats. Never met a Canadian who actually wanted to go there.

I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, and let me say, even though it was fun partying with other students, i would never live there as a professional.
 
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Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:24 am

Pierre, South Dakota has to be #1.
Otherwise, Helena, Montana
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Bismark, North Dakota
Charleston, West Virginia
and Montpelier, Vermont, in that order, are my choices.

Pierre has only 14,000 people with a micropolitan area that only adds another 5,000. The Boston suburb I grew up in has more people than that! The airport has service two four destinations and I-90 is 34 miles to the south. The Wikipedia article says it is most famous for its memorial hall, which hall that is is beyond me. I think we have a winner here!
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RE: Least Visited Capital City Within Country/State

Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:55 am

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 35):
See my post at Reply # 6 which I shall re-post herein (with minor modifications):

My apologies, I must have missed your post.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 39):
The Hague, where I live, is infinately superior being the seat of the government and parliament. The Dutch monarch resides here

So what defines the capital? The seat of government, location of the national parliament, and even residence of the monarch, all sound like elements of "Capital" to me!

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Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:42 pm

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 44):
Pierre has only 14,000 people with a micropolitan area that only adds another 5,000. The Boston suburb I grew up in has more people than that! The airport has service two four destinations and I-90 is 34 miles to the south. The Wikipedia article says it is most famous for its memorial hall, which hall that is is beyond me. I think we have a winner here!

So, comparing Pierre (2.5% of South Dakota's population) with Juneau (4% of Alaska's population), Pierre is reachable by car in 3.25 hours or less from South Dakota's 2 largest cities: Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Juneau is only reachable by air from Alaska's 2 largest cities: ANC (around 3 AS daily nonstops - from $350) and FAI (2 flight segments required - from $480). So, are South Dakotans more likely to drive to Pierre than Alaskans are to fly to Juneau?
 
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:03 am

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 46):
So, comparing Pierre (2.5% of South Dakota's population) with Juneau (4% of Alaska's population), Pierre is reachable by car in 3.25 hours or less from South Dakota's 2 largest cities: Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Juneau is only reachable by air from Alaska's 2 largest cities: ANC (around 3 AS daily nonstops - from $350) and FAI (2 flight segments required - from $480). So, are South Dakotans more likely to drive to Pierre than Alaskans are to fly to Juneau?

I think Juneau is a popular cruise destination. I actually know someone from Juneau so maybe he can give me some insight on how many people travel there. Juneau's airport has service to a dozen smaller destinations as well as SEA while Pierre has service to Alliance, Denver, and Minneapolis via Watertown. Juneau is isolated but the area has a lot more people. South Dakota does not.
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RE: Least Visited Capital City Within Country/State

Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:54 pm

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 47):
I think Juneau is a popular cruise destination. I actually know someone from Juneau so maybe he can give me some insight on how many people travel there. Juneau's airport has service to a dozen smaller destinations as well as SEA while Pierre has service to Alliance, Denver, and Minneapolis via Watertown. Juneau is isolated but the area has a lot more people. South Dakota does not.

It would be interesting to hear what your friend from Juneau says. If we are measuring which state capital has been visited by the smallest percentage of that state's adult population, perhaps Juneau would be the "winner" due to its isolation from the rest of Alaska? If we are measuring which state capital has been visited by the fewest visitors (regardless of where they are from), perhaps Pierre will be the "winner" (since Juneau is a popular cruise destination for non-Alaskans)?
 
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Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:39 am

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 48):
It would be interesting to hear what your friend from Juneau says. If we are measuring which state capital has been visited by the smallest percentage of that state's adult population, perhaps Juneau would be the "winner" due to its isolation from the rest of Alaska? If we are measuring which state capital has been visited by the fewest visitors (regardless of where they are from), perhaps Pierre will be the "winner" (since Juneau is a popular cruise destination for non-Alaskans)?

I talked to him and he said that Juneau gets over a million vistors from cruise traffic a year. He says that very few people from Alaska visit Juneau due to its isolation, but he thinks it would be more than Pierre. He thought Montpelier might be the least visited, but at least it has a Greyhound station and highway access. I just don't see Juneau as being less visited than Pierre. I wonder where the numbers would be to back it up.
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