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Old 03-24-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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What are the most stunning and beautiful places that you have seen? Places that stir the soul, tug your heartstrings, make your jaw drop, say Oh my God that is gorgeous. I'm a hopeless romantic for scenic beauty and we've been blessed with an astonishing amount of beauty in the US and Canada. Discuss...

What makes it beautiful?
Did it have a lasting imprint on you?
What is the topography like?
What kind of activities did you do?

Elaborate on the most strikingly beautiful places that you've been fortunate enough to experience in the US or Canada, not just pretty but intense and beautiful.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:19 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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The Grand Canyon is one of the most severely beautiful places in the world.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Monument Valley, Arizona. Even though my home areas in AZ were quite different from that, there's still something about pictures of that land which capture the essence of the whole state and make me nostalgic to the point of a tear or two.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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The Grand Tetons from the Wyoming side driving south from Yellowstone National Park into Jackson.

Second place, Seattle on a crystal clear day with two mountain ranges to the west and east, water to the west and east (Puget Sound and Lake Washington), and to top it off Mt. Rainier shining to the south. Not sure this combination of scenery exists in many other places in North America.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Second place, Seattle on a crystal clear day with two mountain ranges to the west and east, water to the west and east (Puget Sound and Lake Washington), and to top it off Mt. Rainier shining to the south. Not sure this combination of scenery exists in many other places in North America.
From certain locations you can also see Mt. Baker to the north, but it doesn't stand out nearly as prominently as Mt. Rainier.

Most of Washington State is downright gorgeous. It is so incredibly diverse in terrain and climate that no two areas are quite alike. The same can be said for Alaska. Such beauty all over!
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Colorado in the winter.
Hawaii...almost any time.
Sunset over the desert in El Paso.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Big Sur.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:43 PM
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Many, many spots in Alaska- especially Denali National Park.

And Hope, Idaho in the panhandle! Amazing area throughout the mountains along Lake Pend Oreille! Actually see many Alaskan plates on the road in that area as well!!
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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From certain locations you can also see Mt. Baker to the north, but it doesn't stand out nearly as prominently as Mt. Rainier.

Most of Washington State is downright gorgeous. It is so incredibly diverse in terrain and climate that no two areas are quite alike. The same can be said for Alaska. Such beauty all over!
Washington and California, both are just packed with gorgeous places.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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Intensely beautiful?

From my home state of CO, I'd say the view west from the summit of Pikes Peak, The Maroon Bells, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, pretty much the entire view from the Million Dollar Highway....are a few of the many, many places in the state that are intensely beautiful. Pretty much any view west of the Front Range is at least moderately beautiful

In TX, I'm going to have to go with nothing, there are many beautiful places (Big Bend, Hamilton Pool, Lost Maples, etc) but nothing IMO that's just jaw dropping, the closest would probably be Big Bend or maybe Palo Duro Canyon.
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