The 50 destinations that serve as state capitals in the USA represent an incredibly diverse assortment of cities – everything from huge metropolises to tiny towns. We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to vote for their favorite from a list of 20 nominees, and the winners might surprise you!
Winning by a sizable margin was Carson City, Nevada, a small town of about 50,000 with some excellent historical attractions and a location convenient for exploring nearby Lake Tahoe and Reno.
Runner-up Juneau proves that bigger isn't always better; the Alaskan capital city doesn't even have a road leading in or out, but it does have a glacier within its city limits (and not many cities can claim that!).
Little Rock, Boise and Sacramento also finished in the top five ahead of some pretty heavy hitters – certainly an honor to be proud of.
The winners of 'Best State Capital' category in our USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice contest are as follows:
- Carson City, Nevada
- Juneau, Alaska
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- Boise, Idaho
- Sacramento, California
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Springfield, Illinois
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Helena, Montana
A big congratulations to all the winners (and keep this list handy for planning your next vacation).
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