Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question.
Using the tool provided by ?HOW FAR IS IT?? that calculates distances
between two points in nautical miles and other measurements I
determined that the shortest distance between State Capitals is the
distance between Philadelphia, PA and Trenton, NJ. The distance
between them is 25 miles (40 km) or 21 nautical miles.
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On a technicality, the second closest is the distance between
Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC. That distance is 28 miles (45 km) or
24 nautical miles.
As for the second closest distance between ?formal? State Capitals,
the nod goes to the distance between Providence, Rhode Island and
Boston, Massachusetts. The distance between them is 41 miles (66 km)
or 36 nautical miles.
In case you are interested, it appears that the FARTHEST distance
between two ADJOINING state?s Capitals is the distance between
Sacramento, California and Phoenix, Arizona. That distance is 629
miles (1013 km) or 547 nautical miles.
This map, courtesy of the University of Arizona may help you visualize
the distances between US State Capitals.
I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher
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None. I utilized a known online tool to help calculate the distances.