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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 05-06-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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For relaxation and natural beauty, my favorite states are:
1. Hawaii: stunning water, volcanoes, lush plant life
2. California: The rugged beauty along the coast plus the Yosemite
3. Florida: Gulf coast beaches and the keys
4. Utah: Fantastic collection of National Parks
5. North Carolina: nice beaches and scenic mountains are both within easy driving distance

That doesn't count states that contain major cities I enjoy visiting (NYC, Chicago, New Orleans, DC).
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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Are the people voting for North Dakota high, joking, or accidentally meaning to click North Carolina??? There is a reason that it is the least visited state in the US. I mean after all, the state tree of North Dakota is the Telephone Pole

Anyways, out of the states I've visted, I like to visit Texas the most. I just love the culture there (besides the word "y'all"). I love the amount of state pride that they have too. It is truly cool to see.

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Old 05-06-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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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.
Is Northern Michigan worth checking out? I want to see Detroit and Grand Rapids for sure.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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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
Haha well said, The Jersey beaches have got to be the most underrated in the country. When did they get such a bad reputation?
I remember when my cousins visited Sea Isle, NJ from the Boston area they kept asking "this is the Jersey Shore?!? It's so...nice"


My Top 5-where I would love to own a vacation home

Puerto Rico (doesn't count?)
Hawaii
California
North Carolina
Florida
New Jersey
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Haha well said, The Jersey beaches have got to be the most underrated in the country. When did they get such a bad reputation?
I remember when my cousins visited Sea Isle, NJ from the Boston area they kept asking "this is the Jersey Shore?!? It's so...nice"


My Top 5-where I would love to own a vacation home

Puerto Rico (doesn't count?)
Hawaii
California
North Carolina
Florida
New Jersey
We vacationed with my wife's family from Philly at the Jersey shore 10 years ago. I was the same way - didn't want to do it but had to - then really liked it.

We haven't been back, but it's just because of the distance.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Haha well said, The Jersey beaches have got to be the most underrated in the country. When did they get such a bad reputation?
I remember when my cousins visited Sea Isle, NJ from the Boston area they kept asking "this is the Jersey Shore?!? It's so...nice"


My Top 5-where I would love to own a vacation home

Puerto Rico (doesn't count?)
Hawaii
California
North Carolina
Florida
New Jersey
same thing with my boston friends. they also couldn't get over how warm the water was.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: The City
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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1) Hawaii
2) California
3) Alaska
4) Utah
5) Oregon

Throw in Colorado and New Mexico for honorable mention!

"The west is the best, get here, we'll do the rest"-Jim Morrison.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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Is Northern Michigan worth checking out? I want to see Detroit and Grand Rapids for sure.
Not sure, never been to Michigan. But Detroit isn't exactly a great city from what I hear. It's pretty rundown and empty in places, the industry's left it and the economy isn't doing it too well.

I'm sure Michigan is beautiful, though. The Great Lakes are like oceans, but still aren't oceans if ya know what I mean
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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Haha well said, The Jersey beaches have got to be the most underrated in the country. When did they get such a bad reputation?
I remember when my cousins visited Sea Isle, NJ from the Boston area they kept asking "this is the Jersey Shore?!? It's so...nice"
The whole state of NJ is underrated! People seriously think we're a bunch of jerkoffs living in an industrial smelly wasteland in the shadow of the NYC skyline. Some people are shocked to hear NJ has trees. Seriously.

The syringe tide of the 1980s sure didn't help the Jersey Shore's cause, though. But that wonderful little event was 100% Staten Island's fault. Nothing like dumping medical and other wastes from your borough dump into the ocean so it can float down in the current and wind up on NJ beaches

I can assure all of you, our beaches are clean (syringe free and all) and beautiful and yes our water is WARM! Not FLorida warm, but warmer than you'd think. Another CA friend thought that our water would be freezing. She was shocked when I told her it ranges from 70-75, usually around 73. In SoCal where she lives, I think the water's in the high 60s. Kind of like Maine.
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