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Old 11-07-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Makes sense. I suggest buying a speed bag and taking your personal issues out on that instead of a giant region of the country with millions of inhabitants.
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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I lived in Chicago and suburbs for 25+ years, exploring the midwest as a photographer on the weekends. Im not sure what midwestern region you are talking about, but OVERALL id give it a general score of meh.
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I lived in Chicago and suburbs for 25+ years, exploring the midwest as a photographer on the weekends. Im not sure what midwestern region you are talking about, but OVERALL id give it a general score of meh.
Where did you go, specifically?
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:15 PM
 
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The upper midwest sucks with the exception of Minneapolis
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Milwaukee/Chicago/Detroit/central iowa/Kansas city area/downstate illinois/northern wisconsin. I think just about the only place i didnt explore was the UP which ive heard is pretty, but nothing like what you would see in the top national parks in our beautiful country.
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I lived in Chicago and suburbs for 25+ years, exploring the midwest as a photographer on the weekends. Im not sure what midwestern region you are talking about, but OVERALL id give it a general score of meh.
Sounds like you didnt get your butt out of the suburbs. Did you ever get up to WI? Devils Lake? Rib Mountain? Fish Creek, WI? Maybe the MI UP, places like Mackinac Island, Tahquahmenon Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore? Then down the coast to places like Holland, MI, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Warren Dunes, Silver Lake Dunes? How about Traverse City? Then you could continue back to IL, ride up River Road, along the towering bluffs, ride it into picturesque Galena, nestled in the Driftless Zone. Continue up into WI, head towards LaCrosse, then west into Red Wing, MN. Continue north up to the Lutsen Mountains, then up to the Sawtooth Mountains, and Duluth, MN. You could always hit up the Loess Hills in IA, as well as the Garden of the Gods in IL, and Starved Rock/Matthiessen State Parks, too. There is also the gorgeous Ozarks, and if you consider the Dakota's the Midwest (as many do), you have Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, Badlands, etc. Indiana has scenic Brown County and Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, and covered bridges nestled deep in the woods.

Thats just scratching the surface. Theres plenty of areas in the Midwest that are absolutely beautiful! Shame you didnt get to see them.
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Sounds like you didnt get your butt out of the suburbs. Did you ever get up to WI? Devils Lake? Rib Mountain? Fish Creek, WI? Maybe the MI UP, places like Mackinac Island, Tahquahmenon Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore? Then down the coast to places like Holland, MI, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Warren Dunes, Silver Lake Dunes? How about Traverse City? Then you could continue back to IL, ride up River Road, along the towering bluffs, ride it into picturesque Galena, nestled in the Driftless Zone. Continue up into WI, head towards LaCrosse, then west into Red Wing, MN. Continue north up to the Lutsen Mountains, then up to the Sawtooth Mountains, and Duluth, MN. You could always hit up the Loess Hills in IA, as well as the Garden of the Gods in IL, and Starved Rock/Matthiessen State Parks, too. There is also the gorgeous Ozarks, and if you consider the Dakota's the Midwest (as many do), you have Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, Badlands, etc. Indiana has scenic Brown County and Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, and covered bridges nestled deep in the woods.

Thats just scratching the surface. Theres plenty of areas in the Midwest that are absolutely beautiful! Shame you didnt get to see them.
Please read before posting. I am a nature/landscape photographer which required me to 'get off my butt'. As i said the places are nice, but nothing to write home about. My favorite spot in the midwest would probably be devils lake (minus the crowds). Southern Indiana is cool with its number of caves to explore. Ive only driven through MN, so i cant speak to that point. Id say Wisconsin is my favorite state out of the midwest, if I had to live there again.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Please read before posting. I am a nature/landscape photographer which required me to 'get off my butt'. As i said the places are nice, but nothing to write home about. My favorite spot in the midwest would probably be devils lake (minus the crowds)
How in the world could Devils Lake compare to Pictured Rocks or the Porcupine Mountains in MI? Dont get me wrong, Devils Lake is ok, but the big rock formations along Lake Superior, coupled with Caribbean-clear water, and waterfalls plummeting hundreds of feet from the bluffs into the lake at Pictured Rocks is far more breathtaking than Devils Lake. I dont think you got out too much if you rave about Devils Lake. Thats like living in AZ and bragging about Sqauw Peak in a state with the Grand Canyon, etc.

I know its your opinion about Devils Lake and all, but to me that just screams "I didnt explore much of hte Midwest."
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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How in the world could Devils Lake compare to Pictured Rocks or the Porcupine Mountains in MI? Dont get me wrong, Devils Lake is ok, but the big rock formations along Lake Superior, coupled with Caribbean-clear water, and waterfalls plummeting hundreds of feet from the bluffs into the lake at Pictured Rocks is far more breathtaking than Devils Lake. I dont think you got out too much if you rave about Devils Lake. Thats like living in AZ and bragging about Sqauw Peak in a state with the Grand Canyon, etc.

I know its your opinion about Devils Lake and all, but to me that just screams "I didnt explore much of hte Midwest."
Im not raving about anything in the midwest actually. Devils lake is nice. NICE. Thats it. I lived there for most of my life...roadtrips, camping, festivals, museums. If there is a zion or bryce hidden somewhere in the 'backcountry', I didnt see it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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One of my chief problems being in the Midwest is that it's often quite a hike from the large cities to areas that have average to above average outdoor recreation.
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