Travel Picks: Top 10 big cities that are not capitals

Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:45am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - What's the capital of Australia? If you answered Sydney, you're wrong but in good company, with travel website ( coming up with a list of the 10 most surprising non-capital cities in the world.

"We've been conditioned to think that because a certain city is the biggest or most popular in its state or country it must be the capital, but that's often not the case. I think some of the cities named on this list might really shock people," general manager Giampiero Ambrosi said.

This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. New York City, New York

It may be king of the hill and the top of the heap, but only figuratively. NYC is not the state capital, an honor given to the upstate town of Albany, which is also the birthplace of perforated toilet paper.

2. Sydney, Australia

Iconic though its harbor and opera house may be, it doesn't get star billing. Canberra, which is just a few years away from its centennial celebration, is actually capital of the land "Down Under."

3. Chicago, Illinois

They may have the market cornered on deep dish pizza and football, but the Windy City is the only state title this big city has. Springfield, home to Abraham Lincoln and the annual state fair, is actually the Midwestern state's capital.   Continued...

<p>The Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan is seen in New York City, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Jamie Fine</p>