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Old 06-02-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Big Island of Hawaii has many superlatives for landscape diversity with lava rock covered desert, lush tropical rain forests, volcanic craters, and high mountain peaks that catch snow in the winter. It has 11 of the world's 13 climate zones all on a single island the size of Connecticut.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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Texas' landscape is extremely "varied" but it is not as drastic and spectacular as the western states. It's also covered by vast expanses of "sameness" that you have to traverse to get to the next "varied" region.
Texas has a lot of different landscapes but the variety is over a huge distance. Big Bend National Park ant the pine woods of East Texas are very disparate regions but you're driving along way to see that variety.

In Western states though things change much more quickly. In Oregon or Washington or California you can go from and see everything lush coastal forests to flat interior farmland valleys to alpine meadows to dry-as-a-bone desert in the course of a 4 hour drive. Many of the other Southwestern states are pretty diverse as well though they lack the coastal elements.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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Big Island of Hawaii has many superlatives for landscape diversity with lava rock covered desert, lush tropical rain forests, volcanic craters, and high mountain peaks that catch snow in the winter. It has 11 of the world's 13 climate zones all on a single island the size of Connecticut.
Yeah, there's parts of the Big Island that could pass for Nevada and there's parts that could pass for Southeast Asia in terms of appearance. The first time I ever flew to Kona I was surprised how dry everything looked in that part of the island.
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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I think Washington State definitely qualifies. It has just about everything from the rainy coastal rainforests, to the saltwater seas and ports in the Puget Sound region, the Cascade mountains, the farmland, and the arid region in Eastern Washington where there is less than 8 inches of rain. Many people don't think of a desert when they think of Washington-they think of thick evergreen forests, rain, Puget Sound, Seattle, and mountains. But there is large area with dry and hot temperatures, sagebrush, tumbleweeds, golden hills, and rattlesnakes.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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I was going to say Hawaii also. California and Alaska are up there too.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Battle Creek, MI
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CA is probably at the top. Desert, beach, mountains, Forest, etc.. Keep in mind you can also see a ton of snow in the higher elevations.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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I think it's pretty obvious that California and Texas are towards the top on the list when it comes to having a diverse/varied landscape. However, I think you could make a case for any state. Feel free to post pictures showcasing your states diversity if you can!


Kansas and Nebraska.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Missouri. Rolling hills and farmland along and North of the Missouri River. The Southern half of the state is the Osage Plains, the Ozarks, and the Missouri Delta.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Battle Creek, MI
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Michigan is very diverse ( flat/hills/water-beaches with some sandy others rocky etc ) but lacks a desert.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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New Mexico has mountains that resemble Colorado, red rocks and canyons than appear like Arizona or Utah, and high plains that could be in Oklahoma or Texas. New Mexico is pretty much the meeting point of the desert, mesas and plateaus, Rocky mountains, and high plains. Heading out of ABQ in any direction traverses some very different topography.



I'm certainly not a Texas booster but this statement couldn't be more untrue. I'll name off five cities -

El Paso - High Desert and mountains
Austin - Green hill country
Dallas - Plains
Corpus Christi - shores of the Gulf
Houston - Bayous and piney woods to the north

I'd say that certainly defines variation.
Wow. Five different terrains. You win. That's real variation, there.
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