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Old 10-22-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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It is way off the beaten path, but some places in northern Michigan are worth seeing.

You mentioned that you liked New England because you can get great views of the ocean from up high.

Well... the nice thing about Michigan is that we have places where you can get amazing views of the Great Lakes from up high. On Lake Michigan, you can get good views from the large coastal sand dunes (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the most impressive, but there are sand dunes all along the lake in MI).

Up on Lake Superior, you can get great views from lakeside cliffs, bluffs, and there are even some large hills/small mountains that have nice views of the lake. Marquette, MI and the surrounding area would definitely be worth a visit. It is a nice town, situated right on Superior.

I took these pics about 10 minutes from Marquette:







I took this one an hour southeast of Marquette, at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (another must-see):

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I agree you should see the west coast and the Rocky mountain states too. California is like a whole different US, just very different there. Other areas you have not mentioned seeing but really are must see areas are the Mississippi valley and the western Great Lakes area. I know you said the central areas are on hold until you see the west, but if you havent seen the big muddy or visited a Lake Michigan beach you have missed out on seeing a very important part of this nation. The Mississippi is so important to this nations history, and the bluffs along the river are quite scenic. Lots of interesting river towns to explore. Michigan and Wisconsin are undiscoved tourism gems, the lakes and woods are the best in the lower 48. The Great Lakes are one of North Americas geologic wonders and they are truly a must see. Ive been to 46 of the 50 states, never seen Alaska Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. My goal is to see all 50, and then with Puerto Rican statehood on the horizon that needs to be seen as well.

I was taking photos in the upper Mississippi Valley a couple weeks ago. These are the best ones I got, they are from near Wabasha, Minnesota. Most people don't realize the upper Mississippi looks like this:


mnoct201213 by afsmps, on Flickr


mnoct201218 by afsmps, on Flickr
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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I am from Puerto Rico, which as you know is part of the U.S. but not a state. I have lived here in the U.S. since 2006 and since then, I have travelled all across the eastern seaboard with the exception of Maine (I entered once but only a very small part near the border with NH; I have gone to all states in the coast, plus Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois (Chicago area only), West Virginia (north only), Alabama (Mobile), Mississippi (Pascagoula and Biloxi areas) and Louisiana (NOLA and Baton Rouge only).

States that I have travelled all across meaning great extents of the states: Florida (all except Panama City area), Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Ohio and Indiana.

My next objectives in order are obviously in the west coast: SF, San Diego, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Denver. I am still not in the mood of interest to visit Texas although Austin is kind of attracting me lately. Of course there is also Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and the Cascades range in the NW.

So basically I have gone to different areas in the East, with Florida and the Appalachian range being my favorite areas. I still have to to the Smoky Mountains, but I have gone to the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah, as well as parts of the Adirondacks.

The Eastern is dintinguished by having a lot of flat terrain and even most cities in spite of some of them being located near the mountains, keep the same "grid" with the extreme exception of Pittsburgh. I have gone to "unique" areas in the US like Morgantown, WV; Cumberland, MD and Wheeling, WV, but the city of Pittsburgh is by far the most unique city in the east on terms lf its natural beauty. I still didn't like the southern part of the metro with the old and dirty-looking buildings in the hills that much, but the eastern part and the northern part are very nice, as well as the city, being just as big as any other regular city but surrounded by mountains and the hundreds of bridges. Naturally speaking, Pittsburgh is my favorite city.

Yet, my most favorite metro area overall is Tampa Bay, where I currently reside. The area is pretty much sprawled but there are a lot of nice features here. There aint mountains here, but there are some nice views in the eastern parts lf Pasco, although it is indeed a very small part of it. Clermont, FL is a little more impressive but that is basically Orlando, and the rest lf the metro area in Orlando is not really that amazing to me. Tampa is located in a very privileged region in the state, where nice sunsets can be seen both in the bay and the Gulf. It is basically always fresh air and is pretty much a living city but not to the point of creating rush and stress like in other bigger metro areas.

Another area I lived that is really nice is Northern Virginia. The area is kind of unique in that it offers a lot of culture and variety, albeit the area is expensive and there is a not so nice rat race mentality going on there. But it has a lot of good scenary, and it is really close to pretty much everything; the mountains in less than an hour, the beach in about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, NYC in 5 hours, and it is not that far from other metro areas like Philly, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Charlotte, Norfolk and lf course Baltimore which is the closest large city. Other cities that are reachable in less than one day driving time allowing are Chicago(11 hours), Boston (9 hours), Jacksonville (10 hours), Atlanta (9 hours), Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Columbus, so it is basically kind of geocentric in the east coast, with Miami, Tampa, Orlando, New Orleans, Memphis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis the only eastern cities that may be considered far by the aspect of not being reachable in one day unless taking a flight.

Other areas I found nice when visited: Baton Rouge, Pensacola, Chicago (i was really impressed with the city, except for its flatness), Raleigh and Atlanta.

I am not sure now different it would be in the west but for what I have seen, the western cities are much more harmonic with nature than eastern cities are, meaning offering great views from high points and a great diversity in the different geographic sections. As I said, only Pittsburgh has been different for me in this aspect. They say Cincinnati is similar but I have not gone.

Other cities are pretty much alike between themselves. Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York are all similar except for the latter being a lot bigger. Cleveland, Charlotte, Buffalo, Columbus, Raleigh, very similar. Richmond and Jacksonville are like twins, separated by a long boring I-95 with nothing amazing between the cities. (Savannah is off I-95).

Florida, surprisingly enough considering its ridiculous flatness (cant believe how close to Cuba it is and Cuba has stunning mountains while FL has NONE) still have some fine hilly areas in the central peninsula and the panhandle. The best are in Clermont, Polk and parts of Pasco and Hernando, there are also some west of Ocala and in parts of Gainesville. Lake Placid, in US-27 close to Hendry is the most southern area that offers some rolling hills but they are already low. There is nothing beyond Highlands County south that can be geographically amazing (unless you consider a swamp being scenic, for some reason the state of Florida thinks it is) until you hit the Keys.

Although my visits to New England have been minor, the area also offers so nice views, especially when it is the only area in the eastern seaboard that has some high spots directly in front of the ocean, that is, you can see the ocean from high above. This is what makes Puerto Rico special to me, Puerto Rico has better views than anywhere in the east for the sightings of valley and the ocean (for me); in the eastern US you have to go to Maine for that. I still have to check the western part, Hartford and Springfield.

Another beautiful state I have gone is Pennsylvania. I already described Pittsburgh, but nonetheless the entire state offers great views: Harrisburg, Allentown, Western Philly Area, York, Lancaster, Gettysburg... The parts where the turnpike go, wow... US 15 crom Gettysburg has some nice hills surrounded by beautiful mountains. I have to say that beauty is equally shared with north and west Maryland and North W. Virginia. Western Viriginia along I 81 is really nice. Roanoke is a pretty nice town very close to the Blue Ridge. And people are really nice and polite.

Another area I found really beautiful is the eastern part of Ohio along I-70.

Now share what is what you find the most beautiful areas, including Hawaii and Alaska if you have gone lr live there.

Go west. It's the most beautiful part of this country.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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Try the ozarks in missouri and arkansas
http://www.cabinrentalsite.com/cabin...ins-autumn.jpg
http://photos.igougo.com/images/p117...-Elk_River.jpg
http://www.ozarkmountains.org/images/Nar1.jpg

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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Yeah, I totally forgot the northern Michigan and Minnesota areas. I would really love to explore those areas, but not in winter It is impressive how landscape can change in the U.S. considering how flat it is south of the lakes, especially in Chicago and Indiana. Then you got the northern peninsula of Michigan and Minnesota which are quite hilly and mountainous. Nice pictures!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I've driven across the country many times and have lived in many places.

M favorite place include the lower tier of NYS, New England, West Virginia, Colorado and California. Love Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, DC, Savannah, San Diego

We live in such a cool country.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:16 PM
 
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Yeah, I totally forgot the northern Michigan and Minnesota areas. I would really love to explore those areas, but not in winter It is impressive how landscape can change in the U.S. considering how flat it is south of the lakes, especially in Chicago and Indiana. Then you got the northern peninsula of Michigan and Minnesota which are quite hilly and mountainous. Nice pictures!
Oh, they're not that bad in the winter. Lake Superior is pretty amazing when frozen.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Oh, they're not that bad in the winter. Lake Superior is pretty amazing when frozen.


Winter can be one of the best times to visit the upper midwest. Snowmobiles, ice fishing and the pure beauty of winter is on display in Mi, Wi and Mn every year. It is not the nightmare some make it out to be, many LOVE winter. The only time of year not to visit that area is spring, that is a lousy time. Slush, melting snow and ice, mud and dampness reign supreme. I hate early spring here, other than that our seasons are enjoyable here.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I love Utah, both the Salt Lake City area with the mountains and southern Utah with the desert. Around Moab, Utah is some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks will take your breath away! Arches NP has the highest concentration of natural stone arches than anywhere else on Earth. And Canyonlands, practically across the street, has canyons within canyons as far as the eye can see (which can be over 50 miles or more) in the northern part of the park while the southern park has rock spires called needles penetrating the sky everywhere.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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Winter can be one of the best times to visit the upper midwest. Snowmobiles, ice fishing and the pure beauty of winter is on display in Mi, Wi and Mn every year. It is not the nightmare some make it out to be, many LOVE winter. The only time of year not to visit that area is spring, that is a lousy time. Slush, melting snow and ice, mud and dampness reign supreme. I hate early spring here, other than that our seasons are enjoyable here.

And the fact that the major cities are pretty awesome during the winter also. Minneapolis - St. Paul during the holidays? It doesn't get much better.
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