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Old 04-21-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Use whatever criteria you want but please explain it, don't just list the cities.

Here are a few of mine:

Palm Springs - beautiful modern city in the desert of California with convienences of pools and great accomodations and dining, as well as a relaxed nightlife which offers options. Dates are grown nearby and Date shakes are the ambrosia of this Desert paradise. Also, one can easily get out of the developed areas and into the mountains or canyons (Taquitz) or into the desert. Nearby Desert Hot Springs adds natural hot springs to the equation, too. Oh, and it's a very peaceful and quiet little city. Even the buses are quiet and clean, running on alternate fuels or hybrid. And Los Angeles, a world class city, is only about 1.5 hours away. Palm Springs is one of my favorites.

Miami (or Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beaches) - modern and developed cities and towns but right on beautiful beaches with caribbean-warm water and nice sand

Tampa - Similar reasons to Miami

Las Vegas - a vertiable oasis in the desert, every modern convenience surrounded by raw natural desert beauty; palm trees, pools, opulate hotels and casinos, anything you want available virtually 24/7/365

Lake Tahoe - A mountain paradise in all seasons, with great skiing in winters

Adirondacks - 100's of acres of wilderness with awe-inspiring natural beauty from lakes to mountains to trees and pleasant little towns and communities

Rockies - Rugged and steep and again awe-inspiring, and they butt up against desert areas as well as the plains, so the contrast makes their majesty even greater. Clean air, water, and thousands of acres of wilderness to roam.

The Deserts of NM thru Arizona - beautiful desert that goes from the tail of the rockies into the Sonoran desert for some of the most unique and breathtaking blue-skied scenery in the nation

Jersey Shore - within an easy drive of home, or the Big Apple, or Philly, the Jersey Shore from top to bottom is a bit of paradise in a very populated state. The various beaches and communities along the shore offer something for everyone, from Atlantic City's casinos to Ocean City's "dry" family-friendly atmosphere to Seaside and Belmar's guido meccas to pristine beaches like those on LBI or Island Beach State Park, and every gradient in between these. The beaches are clean, some are crowded and some are not - it depends what you prefer. The waters do get rather warm in late summer and into September, hitting 70+ degrees. The fishing and crabbing and seafood is fantastic, and there are thousands of restaurants, bars, activities, accommodations, etc. to satisfy everyone who wishes to visit. The Jersey Shore has a special place in my heart for sure. I can quickly escape to there and when I am there my health - physically, mentally, and spiritually - improves instantly.

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Old 04-21-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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Santa Barbara-Beautiful city with an amazing natural location and architecture that brings it all together to create a very unique feel.
Lihue or anywhere on the N'Pali coast-Not much to say this is "paradise" to me.
Hana-Again pretty self explanatory,some of the best natural scenery in the country.
Pa'ia-It's more of a "country" town but with the best sushi in the world but I can't help but feel like I'm in paradise there.
Lake Tahoe-Much for the same reasons you listed.
Some other places around the country that might not have the typical "Paradise" feel work for me also but this is the basics when I think about it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:36 PM
 
Location: SF and Atlanta
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Big Sur, CA
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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NYC during the Christmas season is #1 to me. Really grateful I can see it every year.

Not in the US, but I'll be staying at a luxury hotel in Santorini, Greece this July with my soon-to-be husband I'm sure that will be equivalent to heaven on earth based on the pictures I've seen.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Santa Barbara-Beautiful city with an amazing natural location and architecture that brings it all together to create a very unique feel.
Lihue or anywhere on the N'Pali coast-Not much to say this is "paradise" to me.
Hana-Again pretty self explanatory,some of the best natural scenery in the country.
Pa'ia-It's more of a "country" town but with the best sushi in the world but I can't help but feel like I'm in paradise there.
Lake Tahoe-Much for the same reasons you listed.
Some other places around the country that might not have the typical "Paradise" feel work for me also but this is the basics when I think about it.
I can imagine that Hawaii has lots of paradises and is probably one big paradise itself! I wish I had the chance to go, and I hope to go someday in the near future.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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I can imagine that Hawaii has lots of paradises and is probably one big paradise itself! I wish I had the chance to go, and I hope to go someday in the near future.
It certainly has it's share of them,I hope you can go also,each island is pretty unique and it's definitely a place to experience at least once.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Honolulu - tropical with amazing climate, scenery, and beaches. Warm water, great snorkeling/diving, good for boating, friendly locals, laid back island lifestyle. Warm all the time and lush and green with tropical forests nearby. Pretty much as close as you can get to a tropical paradise in the US.

Pretty much anywhere in Hawaii works for me except for some of the towns in the higher elevations on the Big Island, too cold and too far inland. I've gone to Hawaii every year to two years since I was five and I never get tired of it, the place is freaking amazing imo. I'll be there in one week!

San Diego - amazing climate, nice scenery and beaches. Very laid back for being such a large city, nice landscaping and palm trees everywhere. Friendly people and a great lifestyle. Other coastal cities/towns along the SoCal coast have many of these characteristics too like Laguna Beach, Malibu, Santa Barbara, etc..

Never been to South Florida or the Keys but it seems like parts of those areas would be paradise like to me as well. Basically places with nice warm weather, beaches, scenery, and laid back fit the definition of "paradise" for me.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Honolulu - tropical with amazing climate, scenery, and beaches. Warm water, great snorkeling/diving, good for boating, friendly locals, laid back island lifestyle. Warm all the time and lush and green with tropical forests nearby. Pretty much as close as you can get to a tropical paradise in the US.

Pretty much anywhere in Hawaii works for me except for some of the towns in the higher elevations on the Big Island, too cold and too far inland. I've gone to Hawaii every year to two years since I was five and I never get tired of it, the place is freaking amazing imo. I'll be there in one week!

San Diego - amazing climate, nice scenery and beaches. Very laid back for being such a large city, nice landscaping and palm trees everywhere. Friendly people and a great lifestyle. Other coastal cities/towns along the SoCal coast have many of these characteristics too like Laguna Beach, Malibu, Santa Barbara, etc..

Never been to South Florida or the Keys but it seems like parts of those areas would be paradise like to me as well. Basically places with nice warm weather, beaches, scenery, and laid back fit the definition of "paradise" for me.
I would add San Diego to my list, as well, it is beautiful. When I am in Balboa Park it really does feel like paradise, and even better when they play the organ in that huge Organ pavilion.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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New York City is my paradise

* Times Square

* Central park..... the most famous park in the world. There are other great parks too

* Brooklyn Bridge - Amazing to walk or go for a run

* Skyline - Excellent views of the second best skyline in the world from the Staten Island ferry, Brooklyn Bridge or rooftop bars.

* Statue of Liberty

* Best italian food in the U.S.

* Madison Square Garden

* Architecture of buildings - ESB, St Patricks Cathedral, etc

* The excellent museums/art

* Unique neighborhoods such as Little Italy and Chinatown

* Rockefeller Center - Lighting of the XMAS tree

* Great nightlife

* The Bronx Zoo

* Ellis Island

* National Baseball Hall of Fame

* Parades/Festivals

* NYC sports teams - Mets, Yankees, Knicks, Nets, Islanders, Devils, Rangers, Giants and Jets.

* Wall Street

* United Nations

* Broadway shows

* Grand Central Terminal/Penn Station

* Best public transportation in the U.S.

* Fashion capital of the world

* Best shopping in the U.S.

* Quick access to Philly, Boston, The Hamptons and Atlantic City

* Beaches such as coney island, etc

* The list goes on....................

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Old 04-21-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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^^Have you seen it during the Christmas time? In my opinion, no other place can compare.
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