U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: Pika State!
Alaska 51 50.50%
California 31 30.69%
Omg I can't choose so everyone's a winner! 19 18.81%
Voters: 101. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-24-2010, 01:18 AM
 
1,684 posts, read 2,580,097 times
Reputation: 1473

Advertisements

Which state do you think is more beautiful naturally?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-24-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
18,356 posts, read 20,414,997 times
Reputation: 14335
Alaska, by a mile (or a thousand).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
2,685 posts, read 6,473,389 times
Reputation: 2361
I think they're inherently incomparable.

The thing about nature, at least in my opinion, is that there is so much variety that all natural landscapes are beautiful in their own way. I can see why someone would choose Alaska over California, since there is way more natural beauty unspoiled by man up in those parts due to the sheer geographic isolation of the area compared to the comparatively crowded California (even in California's rural regions does it seem more crowded because you can go to Alaska and not see a soul for hundreds and hundreds of miles), but California could be chosen just based on sheer variety alone, with not one dominant feature of the landscape that's apparent.

In other words, I think its impossible to assign a normative value to natural beauty. We should all collectively enjoy it while its still there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
299 posts, read 810,178 times
Reputation: 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adric View Post
Which state do you think is more beautiful naturally?
IMO, Alaska has the best and most underrated natural beauty of any place in the US. I'll dig up some pictures later, but again, I think it's easily the best out of any place in the US. California is up there with the best, but Alaska trumps everything in terms of natural beauty. If only it was actually a desirable place to live.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
18,356 posts, read 20,414,997 times
Reputation: 14335
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lifeshadower View Post
I think they're inherently incomparable.
LOL, that might work well for a stand-up comedy routine. Alaska has much higher mountains, much more coastline, lush forests, lakes, glaciers, islands, wildlife and of course the northern lights. California is impressive in comparison to much of the lower 48. But Alaska blows California out of the water in terms of natural scenery and beauty.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 12:59 PM
 
1,684 posts, read 2,580,097 times
Reputation: 1473
I think Alaska get's overlooked here (understandably, this is an urban-themed message board and Alaska is anything but urban) but people here in the lower 48 forget what a rare gem we have up north.

Alaska:
http://www.insidesocal.com/bargain/Alaska.jpg (broken link)
http://www.insidesocal.com/bargain/Alaska.jpg (broken link)


http://www.alaskawildernesstrails.co..._Lake___Mt.JPG

Check out Anchorage!

http://alaskabackpackers.com/images/anchorage.jpg


California:


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/236/5...e7659d13c7.jpg

http://www.fineartathome.com/images/califdesert-2.jpg (broken link)
http://www.fineartathome.com/images/califdesert-2.jpg (broken link)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
12,391 posts, read 25,013,123 times
Reputation: 5707
alaska, california is too populated to beat it out just for that alone. alaska is untouched wilderness, california is resorts and national parks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
5,990 posts, read 11,772,495 times
Reputation: 3251
Alaska is the most beautiful place on Earth. Period.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 03:00 PM
 
1,489 posts, read 2,376,011 times
Reputation: 906
They are so diferent and both beautiful but I voted Cali because it's natural beauty is very diverse. From deserts to snowcaped mountain tops and sunny beaches, one can have it all. I love Alaskas beauty also. I stayed there for 3 weeks in Dec 08 and the mountains were breathtaking to me (i'm from a flat state) and it's beauty is pure and hasn't been tampered with. The air was so clean and clear there too.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
299 posts, read 810,178 times
Reputation: 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingwriter View Post
Alaska is the most beautiful place on Earth. Period.
I agree with that 100%.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top