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Old 07-18-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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El Paso is on the border with one of the most dangerous cities in the world(Ciudad Juarez Mexico). That area of Mexico is very dangerous and there isnt anything to do in that area of Mexico. That is the most boring and dangerous area of Mexico. Its not like El Paso is near the fun and more safe areas of Mexico like Yucatan Peninsula, Baja California, and Mexico City area. I really do feel like El Paso is the 10th most boring major city in America, but Im sure someone can find fun things to do there.

How do you feel about the other things I said in my two recent posts in this thread before this one?
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Old 07-18-2010, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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El Paso is on the border with one of the most dangerous cities in the world(Ciudad Juarez Mexico). That area of Mexico is very dangerous and there isnt anything to do in that area of Mexico. That is the most boring and dangerous area of Mexico. Its not like El Paso is near the fun and more safe areas of Mexico like Yucatan Peninsula, Baja California, and Mexico City area. I really do feel like El Paso is the 10th most boring major city in America, but Im sure someone can find fun things to do there.

How do you feel about the other things I said in my two recent posts in this thread before this one
Just read it, nice listing. And I like the order of those cities too. Haha, I'm guessing Seattle because of Vancouver and proximity to Canada? It's got a lot of great nature aspects to it too, some of the best in the country.

But yes, it doesn't have to be a big city for it to be near a plethora of things to do. Flagstaff, Arizona & Aspen, Colorado (two of my top non-big city places) have plenty to do during winter time, and plenty to see also.
Then again, it's because I actually do like snowboarding for recreation during winter. Bring on the snow!

Ironic how it borders the second most dangerous city in the world right now, but El Paso is considered one of the safest cities in America. Border security there is no joke. I have been, and I have felt the urge to leave because of how strict it can feel there.

Plus I'm not a hippie or anything but I am very much into nature and surroundings. El Paso is great for kayaking upstream in the river (never tried it there) or hiking in the mountains, or something like that. And it's Mexican food option is awesome too. (that is to be expected from it's location though- only if you like Mexican food/multi-cultural, I am South Asian and I still like it better than Indian food!)
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:07 AM
 
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I agree that a place doesnt have to be a big city to have a lot of things to do in it and nearby and to be a great place. Flaggstaff and Aspen are good examples as well as Burlington, Vermont, Boulder, Colorado, Bellingham, Washington, Ashville, North Carolina etc.

Its so great to see people like us that are from bigger cities like New York City and Chicago and being able to appreciate and enjoy other places just as much! Actually, there are a lot of people that live in places like NYC and Chicago, and are like us.

I cant stand the close-minded urban snobby types that can be found in those cities! I think those people are 5-10% of the population in those two cities, so thats not bad. Do you know which type of people and attitudes Im talking about? NYC and Chicago needs to have people like us.

After college, I MIGHT move back to New York City and be an architect there but I will never have close-minded urban snobby attitudes and still have the same attitudes I have now about places in general. Im in Seattle for college right now and am enjoying my time here a lot.

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I agree with what you say about El Paso. I wonder how it ends up being so safe near such a dangerous city.

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Im also into nature like I am into cities and city stuff. We said stuff related to that in the urban and nature landscapes thread.

I am Eastern European(Romanian/Russian) but I love Indian, and Mexican food much much more than Eastern European food! Wow, you dont like Indian food? I dont know anybody that tried Indian food and didnt like it. lol My family members that tried Indian also like it more than Eastern European food. Indian and Thai are my favorites cuisines by far, and I have it everyday, 1,2, or 3 meals a day.

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Old 07-18-2010, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I agree that a place doesnt have to be a big city to have a lot of things to do in it and nearby and to be a great place. Flaggstaff and Aspen are good examples as well as Burlington, Vermont, Boulder, Colorado, Bellingham, Washington, Ashville, North Carolina etc.

Its so great to see people like us that are from bigger cities like New York City and Chicago and being able to appreciate and enjoy other places just as much! Actually, there are a lot of people that live in places like NYC and Chicago, and are like us.

I cant stand the close-minded urban snobby types that can be found in those cities! I think those people are 5-10% of the population in those two cities, so thats not bad. Do you know which type of people and attitudes Im talking about? NYC and Chicago needs to have people like us.

After college, I MIGHT move back to New York City and be an architect there but I will never have close-minded urban snobby attitudes and still have the same attitudes I have now about places in general. Im in Seattle for college right now and am enjoying my time here a lot.

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I agree with what you say about El Paso. I wonder how it ends up being so safe near such a dangerous city.

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Im also into nature like I am into cities and city stuff. We said stuff related to that in the urban and nature landscapes thread.

I am Eastern European(Romanian/Russian) but I love Indian, and Mexican food much much more than Eastern European food! Wow, you dont like Indian food? I dont know anybody that tried Indian food and didnt like it. lol Indian and Thai are my favorites cuisines by far, and I have it everyday, 1-3 meals a day.
Lol, people on this board probably know my obsession with Thai food. I have it everyday, whether I am in Chicago or when I am back in Houston, or when I am at school in Austin. I always have to have Thai food everyday for lunch.

Haha, I am Indian, so the taste wears off, when I am in Houston and with my parents, I normally leave the Indian food for then, like I am right now. I still get Thai everyday though for a second lunch.

I like a lot of Indian restaurants but to me it's not out of the ordinary due to my culture I suppose.

I have to admit, going to school in Austin has really made me like Tex-Mex way more than I had in Houston (because Houston has other cultural foods that distracted me from Tex-Mex). That is one of the best things I like about Austin. But I don't like to gain weight, so normally I burn everything I eat off... which is kind of annoying but it's worth it.

I know right! I think I like Mid-Sized cities more than big cities now, I see myself liking smaller cities than Chicago more each day. Denver, Tucson, Seattle, San Diego are all pretty cities and Mid-Sized at that.

Ah yes, I think from now on, I am sitting all those "big boy" density and urban life threads out, frankly, they are starting to annoy me how people can debate and bash to no end, it's like at the end of the day, that same cities success kind of contributes to our countries success too. It's a component in the larger variable. People do not understand that, and I am taking the backseat and leaving that to the "pros" to argue it out from now on. A city with great setting like Denver can be as good as any city.

Normally, the thing I cannot stand is that arrogant "greater than thou" personality, and how everyone is so "well informed and greatly traveled" to the point where they feel they can dictate how certain cities are inferior because it was not "walkable" to them and the culture was "different".

Oh another good example of a smaller city with a lot of things to do is Santa Fe. Phoenix also has a lot of good things to see for a large city, like Montazuma's Castle and other native American settlements, they look really cool.

I'm sure the border security via federal funding gets El Paso rolling on the safe side.

I agree, there are times where I like a city with nature more, then times where I like a spread out city more, and times where I like city life styled city more. I like all three, just depends on my mood actually.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Now I will create a list for top 10 major cities and regions in America that probably has "the least to do" within a 100 mile radius.

Top 10 cities from "most boring" to 10th most "boring."

No offense to the people that live in those places because Im sure there are things to do and see even in the places for this list:

1. Lubbock, Texas

2. Little Rock, Arkansas

3. Jacksonville, Florida

4. Memphis, Tennessee

5. Kansas City, Kansas

6. Omaha, Nebraska

7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

8. Indianapolis, Indiana

9. Des Moines, Iowa

10. Sious Falls, South Dakota/El Paso, Texas
I think it's funny that you listed cities with metros over 500K except for Lubbock and Sioux Falls, which are half that.

I guess I can see where people might think Lubbock is boring, but being a college town, it's actually much more interesting than most towns its size. Outside of the city is mostly farmland, but two of the largest canyons in the US and some nice lakes are within a 100 mile radius.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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For example take Philadelphia. To the east of the city is the Jersey Shore and the many casinos of Atlantic City. To the west is Valley Forge and Gettysburg National Battlefield. There is nothing even remotely close to the Gettysburg experience near Seattle.
True, both cities offer things the other cannot. For example, there is nothing in the Delaware Valley that remotely compares to Mt. St. Helens national park.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:54 PM
 
Location: The City
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True, both cities offer things the other cannot. For example, there is nothing in the Delaware Valley that remotely compares to Mt. St. Helens national park.

Not even close - the tallest mountain within 100 miles is less than 5,000 feet tall, and not a volcano, very large mountains and a desert are porbably the only features not available
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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NYC & LA come to mind first.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Sort of off subject, but is there any city in the US, other than Moab, Utah that is within 35 miles of TWO National Parks?
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: The City
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Sort of off subject, but is there any city in the US, other than Moab, Utah that is within 35 miles of TWO National Parks?

Yes - there are I believe 5 National Parks within the philly metro, probably close to 20 within a 100 miles - most are historic parks, two I can think of off my head are National parks in the non-historic sense
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