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Old 03-25-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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For me, a native Californian, this is it. The Florida Panhandle's Gulf beaches. Sure, the national parks are stunning, but what I am going to do with the peaks at Glacier National Park. I never get tired of this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pe...White_Sand.jpg

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Old 03-25-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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the third pic down is Arizona, no cactuses like that in New Mexico.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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IMO no beach or lake qualifies as intensely beautiful...I like all of the pics people are posting but I wouldn't say any of that stuff is sweeping, breathtaking beauty. I feel that intense, jaw-dropping beauty can only be found in the mountains...stuff like Mt Rainier, Yosemite, Western CO & Utah etc.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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I feel that intense, jaw-dropping beauty can only be found in the mountains...stuff like Mt Rainier, Yosemite, Western CO & Utah etc.
Well, this is otherworldly and among the most beautiful places in the US, but one can't surround themselves in this kind of beauty on an almost daily basis.

Glacier National Park:



Or Acadia National Park, in Maine:

Granted, the WOW factor is much larger for these places. But, they are also seasonal.

However, proximity to a warm turquoise-colored body of water is almost therapeutic. One can always go to Glacier or Acadia on a trip.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:52 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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IMO no beach or lake qualifies as intensely beautiful...I like all of the pics people are posting but I wouldn't say any of that stuff is sweeping, breathtaking beauty. I feel that intense, jaw-dropping beauty can only be found in the mountains...stuff like Mt Rainier, Yosemite, Western CO & Utah etc.
That is unless you have a lake surrounded by stunning mountain peaks (ex: Lake Tahoe)

or... a seacoast with rugged mountain and rising shoreline (British Columbia, Alaska, Big Sur). If you don't think Big Sur and Lake Tahoe are jaw dropping then you are damn hard to please, just sayin.....
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:04 PM
 
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I grew up next to turquoise water, on the beach... yes it is nice.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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That is unless you have a lake surrounded by stunning mountain peaks (ex: Lake Tahoe)

or... a seacoast with rugged mountain and rising shoreline (British Columbia, Alaska, Big Sur). If you don't think Big Sur and Lake Tahoe are jaw dropping then you are damn hard to please, just sayin.....
I definitely would consider those places intensely beautiful, but not by merit of the water alone. I was referring mainly to pics I've seen so far on this thread, but maybe I missed some.
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Well, this is otherworldly and among the most beautiful places in the US, but one can't surround themselves in this kind of beauty on an almost daily basis.

Glacier National Park:



Or Acadia National Park, in Maine:

Granted, the WOW factor is much larger for these places. But, they are also seasonal.

However, proximity to a warm turquoise-colored body of water is almost therapeutic. One can always go to Glacier or Acadia on a trip.
NOW we're talking! IMHO though nowhere in FL qualifies as intensely beautiful. I grew up at the foot of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods- that's jaw dropping, not the beach....I do dearly love the beach and the ocean is indeed therapeutic, but I don't think that's the same thing as intense beauty.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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I definitely would consider those places intensely beautiful, but not by merit of the water alone. I was referring mainly to pics I've seen so far on this thread, but maybe I missed some.


NOW we're talking! IMHO though nowhere in FL qualifies as intensely beautiful. I grew up at the foot of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods- that's jaw dropping, not the beach....I do dearly love the beach and the ocean is indeed therapeutic, but I don't think that's the same thing as intense beauty.
That is your opinion and we respect it. I thinks the ocean is prettier than the highest mountain.


Florida Keys Overseas Highway is named All-American Road - YouTube
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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For me, a native Californian, this is it. The Florida Panhandle's Gulf beaches. Sure, the national parks are stunning, but what I am going to do with the peaks at Glacier National Park. I never get tired of this.

File:Pensacola Beach 1957 White Sand.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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You should check out Siesta Key sometime
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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the third pic down is Arizona, no cactuses like that in New Mexico.
Could be the case. Regardless, it beats Seattle, IMHO.
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