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View Poll Results: Your Favorite Vacation States
Alabama 0 0%
Alaska 2 1.47%
Arizona 3 2.21%
Arkansas 0 0%
California 19 13.97%
Colorado 4 2.94%
Connecticut 0 0%
Delaware 0 0%
Florida 20 14.71%
Georgia 6 4.41%
Hawaii 9 6.62%
Idaho 1 0.74%
Illinois 2 1.47%
Indiana 0 0%
Iowa 0 0%
Kansas 0 0%
Kentucky 0 0%
Lousiana 0 0%
Maine 3 2.21%
Maryland 0 0%
Massachusetts 0 0%
Michigan 5 3.68%
Minnesota 3 2.21%
Mississippi 0 0%
Missouri 0 0%
Montana 1 0.74%
Nebraska 0 0%
Nevada 1 0.74%
New Hampshire 1 0.74%
New Jersey 4 2.94%
New Mexico 6 4.41%
New York 3 2.21%
North Carolina 5 3.68%
North Dakota 3 2.21%
Ohio 1 0.74%
Oklahoma 0 0%
Oregon 1 0.74%
Pennsylvania 0 0%
Rhode Island 1 0.74%
South Carolina 4 2.94%
South Dakota 0 0%
Tennessee 7 5.15%
Texas 5 3.68%
Utah 8 5.88%
Vermont 1 0.74%
Virginia 1 0.74%
Washington 1 0.74%
West Virginia 1 0.74%
Wisconsin 3 2.21%
Wyoming 1 0.74%
Voters: 136. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-04-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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California, Washington, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and New Hampshire
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal & Mid-TN
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California. No contest. Mountains and more mountains (I love mountains!), over 800 miles of coastline, deserts (some beautiful part of the Mojave), giant redwoods and sequoias, etc. Amazing natural beauty. If you want cities, SF is amazing, SD is also wonderful, LA/Anaheim you have Hollywood and Disneyland and other theme parks if that's your thing. Something for everybody.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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California. No contest. Mountains and more mountains (I love mountains!), over 800 miles of coastline, deserts (some beautiful part of the Mojave), giant redwoods and sequoias, etc. Amazing natural beauty. If you want cities, SF is amazing, SD is also wonderful, LA/Anaheim you have Hollywood and Disneyland and other theme parks if that's your thing. Something for everybody.
It's North Carolina on a larger scale.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:00 AM
 
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Only city-data can make me feel surprised and shocked that Florida would be winning a poll like this.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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States in order i want to visit them (not including New York and Florida, already been there):

1.California, Nevada, Arizona
2.Hawaii
3.Illinois
4.Washington, Oregon
5.Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
6.New Jersey, Pennsylvania
7.Texas
8.Ohio, Indiana
9.Georgia, Alabama
10.Utah, Colorado, New Mexico

11.Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia
12.North Carolina, South Carolina
13.Kentucky, Tennessee
14.Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma
15.Wisconsin, Minnesota
16.Lousiana, Mississippi, Arkansas
17.Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
18.Alaska
19.Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan
20.Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota

Every number = 1 entry into the USA.

Which States should be higher/lower on my list?
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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States in order i want to visit them (not including New York and Florida, already been there):

1.California, Nevada, Arizona
2.Hawaii
3.Illinois
4.Washington, Oregon
5.Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
6.New Jersey, Pennsylvania
7.Texas
8.Ohio, Indiana
9.Georgia, Alabama
10.Utah, Colorado, New Mexico

11.Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia
12.North Carolina, South Carolina
13.Kentucky, Tennessee
14.Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma
15.Wisconsin, Minnesota
16.Lousiana, Mississippi, Arkansas
17.Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
18.Alaska
19.Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan
20.Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota

Every number = 1 entry into the USA.

Which States should be higher/lower on my list?
It depends on your personal preferences. Obviously, everyone here is biased because they pick what they like. What natural beauty, scenery, climate, weather patterns do you like? Do you prefer coastal or inland areas? Big cities or smaller cities? There is no right or wrong answer that WE can give you, you have to come up with what you like.

But I will say that geographically, going to Michigan from New England states in the same trip makes little sense. You may want to reconfigure when you would see Michigan. Maybe in with Wisconsin and Minnesota. I'd also recommend New England in the same trip rather than splitting it up.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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New Jersey. Go ahead, laugh. But there's nothing like the Jersey Shore and its diversity from untouched state parks with natural dunes and wildlife to towns like Seaside Heights, Pt. Pleasant Beach, Wildwood and Ocean City with boardwalks that are more fun and family centric. The water's between 70 and 75 for most of the summer, which is wonderful to cool off in as it gets hot and sometimes even humid at the beach though the breeze tends to break that up. And NJ has Cape May, my personal favorite place in the world and the country's oldest seaside resort at over 400 years old with stunning Victorian architecture everywhere you turn.

I've been to Florida, Maine, Maryland, Illinois (Chicago), and pretty much every other East Coast state and I loved them all but I still have to pick my home state where I grew up with great memories in a great area.

For those laughing at me right now or even doubting me, go google Cape May, NJ please, especially under images.

Don't out-of-staters need to buy a permit to use many Jersey beaches?
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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Don't out-of-staters need to buy a permit to use many Jersey beaches?
No, most beaches charge anyone to use them, doesn't matter if you're a resident or not. You can buy daily badges or seasonal passes, weekend badges, etc. Yes, our beaches cost money but we also have some of the cleanest beaches and water in the country. The money collected from beach passes is used to maintain the beach and probably pay the lifeguards, though that may come from the town budgets themselves.

And some beaches, like those in Wildwood, NJ, are free. It's not all of them. And those that charge only charge from Memorial Day to Labor Day, our summer season. All other times of the year, the beach is free. Hot days in April and May, September and October, and any other time you want to go to the beach are free. You get what you pay for. And in NJ you get quality. I had a friend from CA who now lives in New York come to the Jersey Shore with me late last spring, I took her to Lavallette, NJ. We walked onto the beach and she looked around in surprise and said, "Wow… it's so clean!" Don't know if she was expecting it to be dirty, or if it was clean in contrast to CA beaches she's used to, but either way, she called it clean

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: NJ
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My top 5 states

Hawaii
My all time favorite and seriously most beautiful state I've ever been to. I love mountains and ocean and the striking juxtaposition of both on the islands are incredible. The snorkeling, lush tropical landscape, volcanic black rocks, blue/green water and waves, and the laid back Aloha spirit are captivating. Hawaii has a soul stirring kind of beauty. My favorite town is Kailua-Kona. I can't wait to get there again.

Arizona
I have a hobby with scenic photography and this is my favorite state to photograph. The colors of this state and unusual terrain look totally surreal in certain spots. Hiking the Grand Canyon and red rocks of Sedona is unforgettable. A lot of regions in the U have very continuous similar terrain and scenery for very long distances. However driving through Arizona the scenery constantly changes from low desert valleys, saguaro cactus covered hills, piñon pine covered high desert, high alpine peaks and ponderosa pines, to the red rocks of the Colorado Plateau. Arizona is my favorite road trip state. My favorite city is Tucson.

Colorado
Colorado is my favorite mountain state. Seeing the Rockies in the SW part of the state in the fall with golden aspens and bald granite covered peaks are stunning. One of the best things I've ever done was hiking a 14'er (14,000 foot + peak), it was exhilarating to be up at that summit. I dig Denver, it's one of those places I end up making new friends each time I visit. My favorite city/town is Durango, very cool historic Victorian mining town with a cool atmosphere and close to some of the awesome mountain scenery this country has to offer.

Vermont
I really dig Vermont, it just feels peaceful and I swear there isn't a single ugly town there that I know of. Most of the state has really quaint small towns with lush green rolling mountains and awesome fall color and decent skiing for the East. Vermont also has some excellent lakes to swim in during the summer. Lake Champlain and Lake Willoughby with the sandy beaches and rolling hillside slopes are very scenic. My favorite city is Burlington pretty much because it has a very active and vibrant downtown with a gorgeous setting on the lake, and really pretty sunsets.

Rhode Island
My favorite ocean beaches are in New England are in Rhode Island, the water temps in the summer are nice (too cold in Maine/NH/Mass), Block Island is very charming and relaxing with really pretty sandy shores and lighthouses. I enjoy dining in the Little Italy part of Providence, the architecture is very cool especially in Newport which is my favorite city in the state with the gilded age mansions and classic colonial New England seaport ambiance.
I always say this about Vermont. It is, to me, the most beautiful state in the US due to the fact there are not any blighted areas that I'm aware of.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Florida - Disney.
Vermont - just beautiful (see post above)
Arizona (desert-y parts) - just such entirely different topology from where I live, it fascinates me.
Jersey Shore - 'cause I'm so close, and I'm down there all the time.
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