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Old 07-21-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Maryland is another scenic east coast state, which wasn't mentioned. Mountains, rolling hills, farms, historic towns, the Chesapeake Bay, salt marshes and beaches on the Atlantic Ocean can all be had in Maryland.

Here are some pics of the state for your viewing pleasure:

pics of "favorite places" in folks' towns- i.e. a favorite cafe, coffeshop, park, etc.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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This: Chimney Bluffs State Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is next to this: Your Four Seasons Getaway! : The Great Sodus Bay Association

There are some nice sunsets over Lake Ontario too: SUNY Oswego Sunset - YouTube
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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Great pics, MN is a beautiful state! As an FYI, some of these Driftless photos are from Wisconsin (#2 is Lodi near Lake Wisconsin, pretty sure #3 is a WI Driftless aerial, etc.) I consider MN/WI/MI to be the same contiguous region anyway, honestly


Yeah I think all of them are from WI, I probably should have said that. Either way the landscape is pretty much continuous through out the whole area.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Yeah I think all of them are from WI, I probably should have said that. Either way the landscape is pretty much continuous through out the whole area.
Agreed
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:41 AM
 
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Blue Mounds State Park, MN:

Sioux Quartzite Bluffs, Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota | John Gotz Photography
Southwest MN – #4 Blue Mound State Park | Outdoor Guy Photography
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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It seems as though NY State and maybe Vermont are the winners in the NE and Minnesota is the winner in the midwest?
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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It seems as though NY State and maybe Vermont are the winners in the NE and Minnesota is the winner in the midwest?
I'll take Wisconsin (85% of the Driftless, the most beautiful region of the Midwest, 2 Great Lakes, top 1/3 of the state is all Canadian Shield northwoods), but MN has the most wild northwoods & part of the Driftless along the Mississippi; Michigan's UP is beautiful throughout and Michigan in general has the most Great Lakes footage. I believe it's splitting hairs amongst MN/WI/MN in terms of Midwestern scenery.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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Red Wing, MN. I have never seen an aerial view of it and thought it was pretty cool.

http://content.clickbooq.com/2520/photos/9564708316.jpg
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Since I've been virtually everywhere in the eastern U.S., I would say the most visually appealing areas are:
  • Shenandoah Valley (along I-81 in Virginia)
  • Interstate 79 through West Virginia (seriously high elevation on the Appalachian Mountains)
  • The Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY
  • Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine
  • The Berkshire Mountains in western MA
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (23-mile long bridge in Virginia)
  • Driving through local/state roads within Connecticut, you will see one quaint town center after another; there's nothing out west like this, on this kind of scale (169 towns in a tiny state, one after another)
  • Any of the Great Lakes in the Midwest
  • Cape Cod (along U.S. 6 in MA)
  • White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire
  • Hudson River Valley in NY (20-60 miles north of NYC)
  • Niagra Falls (just north of Buffalo, NY)
The Midwest is pretty neat looking with its wide open plains, so pretty much anywhere out there will suffice. But the best of the best is in my list above.
This. I would also recommend Assateague Island in Maryland and Virginia (there's also wild ponies that congregate near the undeveloped beaches there ), St. Simon Island in Georgia, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland (it goes through Virginia as well), the Florida Keys, the Appalachian Trail, and Maine's beautiful rocky shorelines and sea cliffs complimented with its iconic lighthouses.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Red Wing, MN. I have never seen an aerial view of it and thought it was pretty cool.

http://content.clickbooq.com/2520/photos/9564708316.jpg
Wow! To be a bird, huh?
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