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Old 03-14-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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What do we all think the most naturally beautiful mid-sized cities are? I'm not talking about skyline here (although you can factor that it in, if you wish, but please keep it as merely one factor and do not base your entire opinion on that one element), but more along the lines of natural setting. Mountains, hills, plains, ocean, lakes, none of the above, all of the above, whatever you like; just give us the city and why you think its the most naturally beautiful. Oh I'm inclined to think that 'mid-sized' falls somewhere in the 100,000-300,00 metropolitan population range, yeah? I understand that some mid-sized cities can have quite sizable outlying urban areas, bringing the statistical population up way high (in some cases over a million), but I'm talking about the city proper.

Anyway, I think my vote goes to Salt Lake. Those damn mountains just seem to get me every time...gorgeous. The city itself, not half bad, quite a few pretty lovely parts and some not so pretty lovely parts. But the Wasatch Range is always beautiful.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Rapid City South Dakota
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Default i have to agree with you

on Salt Lake City, not only do you get the Mountains, but theres the Salt Lake to for boating and alot of places for hiking and biking, Moab isnt too far away either!
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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What do we all think the most naturally beautiful mid-sized cities are? I'm not talking about skyline here (although you can factor that it in, if you wish, but please keep it as merely one factor and do not base your entire opinion on that one element), but more along the lines of natural setting. Mountains, hills, plains, ocean, lakes, none of the above, all of the above, whatever you like; just give us the city and why you think its the most naturally beautiful. Oh I'm inclined to think that 'mid-sized' falls somewhere in the 100,000-300,00 metropolitan population range, yeah? I understand that some mid-sized cities can have quite sizable outlying urban areas, bringing the statistical population up way high (in some cases over a million), but I'm talking about the city proper.

Anyway, I think my vote goes to Salt Lake. Those damn mountains just seem to get me every time...gorgeous. The city itself, not half bad, quite a few pretty lovely parts and some not so pretty lovely parts. But the Wasatch Range is always beautiful.

I nominate my hometown of Waco,Texas!

The downtown area is situated along the Brazos river on small rolling hills; also located near one of the most underrated parks in the country (Cameron Park).


YouTube - Images of Waco Snow (producer Blake Powell).mpg

This is a video of the recent snow event in Waco, Texas.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Santa Barbara is amazing:


YouTube - Downtown Santa Barbara
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:27 PM
 
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Santa Barbara is up there..
Bellevue,WA too.


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Old 03-14-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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Santa Barbara
Juneau Alaska
Corvallis OR
Coure de Alene ID
Boise
Asheville
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Santa Barbara is amazing:


YouTube - Downtown Santa Barbara
That was to be my absolute first choice as well.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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Duluth, MN has an amazing setting overlooking Lake Superior. (the city itself has a population less than 100k, but it's close enough). The skyline itself isn't all that spectacular, but coming around the bend and seeing the city unfold with a rather nice (although small) aerial lift bridge, cargo ships in the lake, all framed by the steep hills in the background is an impressive sight.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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How about Anchorage?
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Some good ones listed already.

I'll add Fort Collins, Colorado.
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