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Old 11-02-2011, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I just felt like kicking up a cheerful conversation.

What are your top three favorite states, and why?

Mine are, in no order, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

All three have beautiful mountains, friendly rural cultures, rich histories, and I always considered those hills my home.

New York has gorgeous winters with sparkling pure white snow. The state offers a culture for anybody from the bustling NYC downstate to the quiet life in the hills or on the plains. It also happens to be my home state, I was born and raised in wooded Allegheny hills of the southern tier.

Pennsylvania has the most fascinating history and harbors my personal favorite city, Philadelphia. The deep valleys region has some stunning views. And the state's name has a ring to it don't you think?

West Virginia has a unique range of beauty in it's nature and it's people are so kind. It also sits at a cultural crossroads, making it a joyous state to explore and study for nerds like me. The heart of Appalachia stole my Appalachian heart.

So tell me, what are yours?
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:49 AM
 
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In order:


1) Colorado
2) Oregon
3) Indiana
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:57 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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1-New Mexico: palpable pre-Columbian & Native American history, beautiful & colorful landscapes (high desert, red rocks, canyons, mountains, rivers, and lakes), near perfect four sesons climates, has its own brand of original architecture, awesome food, lots of artistry everywhere, looks and feels a lot different than any other state.

2-Massachusetts: specificially I love the coastline with a combination of rocky shores and harbors and sandy beaches, lighthouses, and seaports. Cape Cod National Seashore, Marthas Vineyard, the kettle ponds to swim in the summer, the colors of Fall and bucolic charm of the Berkshire Hills, Halloween in Salem, the North End/Little Italy in Boston.

3-California: Offers more in terms of scenic and urban variety than any other state, the setting, architecture, and food in San Francisco, the laid back vibe and beautiful beaches in San Diego, Lake Tahoe (the most beautiful lake I've laid eyes on), desert oaosis and resorts like Palm Springs, the Redwoods, and Mount Shasta.

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Old 11-02-2011, 06:50 AM
 
Location: The City
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Purely from a landscape with a personal slant

CA - Huge and so much diversity
NC - Mountains and OBX
NJ - My summer retreat at the beach
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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California-all different climates and scenery, great cities, great agriculture
Hawaii- unmatched beauty, variety of climates
Utah- some parts look like another planet
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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1.New York
2.New Jersey
3.California

Honorable Mention: Maryland
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Louisiana-the food, the people, the swamps, the music, and the women!
Florida-I love looking at the ocean, beautiful and humbling.

I don't have a third yet.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Republic of New England
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Pretty much southern New England

1.Connecticut
2.Mass
3.RI

(Although I have more, I think 3 is too small because New York would of been in, and some other states LOL)
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: New York
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In no particular order:

1. New York
2. Massachusetts- I recently started discovering MA. It's a great state with a lot to do.
3. Pennsylvania

Honorable mention: New Jersey
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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It's pretty much the order which grew up.

Massachusetts
Indiana
Colorado
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