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Old 10-06-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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The upper Midwest is very different from the lower Midwest/plains as well. Most of Illinois, Iowa, Kamsas and Nebraska, and a 1/3 of Minnesota are flat farmland. Wisconsin, 2/3 Minnesota and the driftless region of IA/IL have varied landscapes. SD has rolling hills.
Minnesota is flatter than Kansas (by a fairly significant margin) to say nothing of Nebraska, which is more topographically varied than South Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, etc. In fact the only states less flat than Nebraska in the Midwest are Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Sweet burn, bro.


Maybe as a Texas resident who "gets out" so widely you have noticed in your impossibly rich and certainly extensive travels that there is no section of the Midwest the size of Texas which is anywhere near as flat as Texas...or as boorish and dull as Texans.
Big Bend National Park blows away anything in the Midwest, sorry

Even Palo Duro Canyon blows away anything in the Midwest. In fact, my experience there was more pleasurable than the Grand Canyon. Less crowds, easier to book a campsite, and almost as high cliffs. Oh wait, now the word will get out...
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:04 AM
 
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I've been to both and they are beautiful. I also think the stretches of the Llano are quite striking, I think the piney woods are fascinating. I'll cop to finding the Hill Country a little less interesting than it's cracked up to be, especially with the proliferation of scrubby cedar trees that's happened there.

But internet-cliche canards like "blows away anything in..." just lets everybody know you don't know much about the Midwest. Don't feel bad though, bloviating and over-compensation are long-standing Texas traditions.

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Old 10-07-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I've been to both and they are beautiful. I also think the stretches of the Llano are quite striking, I think the piney woods are fascinating. I'll cop to finding the Hill Country a little less interesting than it's cracked up to be, especially with the proliferation of scrubby cedar trees that's happened there.

But internet-cliche canards like "blows away anything in..." just let's everybody know you don't know much about the Midwest. Don't feel bad though, bloviating and over-compensation are long-standing Texas traditions.
Challenge: Name one "natural" thing in the Midwest that stands up to Big Bend. We are talking natural scenery here.

By the way, I lived in California for a while and yes California blows Texas away in everything natural scenery wise I can admit. So don't think this is just Texas bravado. I try to tell it like it is.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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Challenge: Name one "natural" thing in the Midwest that stands up to Big Bend. We are talking natural scenery here.

By the way, I lived in California for a while and yes California blows Texas away in everything natural scenery wise I can admit. So don't think this is just Texas bravado. I try to tell it like it is.
The Great Lakes
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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Challenge: Name one "natural" thing in the Midwest that stands up to Big Bend. We are talking natural scenery here.

By the way, I lived in California for a while and yes California blows Texas away in everything natural scenery wise I can admit. So don't think this is just Texas bravado. I try to tell it like it is.
Just googled the big bend - I must say I had no idea that place existed. Absolutely gorgeous!

There are some stunning shorelines in the upper Midwest on the Great Lakes. Northern MN, UP of Michigan, Door County WI.

The Driftless Region in MN/WI is in some places reminiscent of the smoky mountains.

BWCA in Northern MN is an incredible unspoiled northern forest/lakes area.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I would venture to say the opposite. Only boring people think drives can't be boring.

People who have seen exciting and/or majestic areas can certainly point out plain and/or boring areas.
How can anyone really appreciate anything, regardless of topography, doing 70 on an interstate? As with nearly everything, it's a lot more interesting out of your car.


Also, I will never understand people making the argument that topography is in any way a significant factor in quality of life. Even when there are mountains and oceans nearby, people are usually too busy working, raising families, going to school or watching Dancing with Vapid, 3rd-Rate Celebrities, to take advantage of them.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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The Great Lakes
I've been to the Great Lakes. They don't compare to the grandeur of Big Bend. By the way, are there any National Parks on the Great Lakes? The fact that Big Bend is a national park on the scope of Yosemite/Yellowstone/Grand Canyon means that it's something special.

Don't get me wrong, the Great Lakes are pretty, but Big Bend is majestic.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Just googled the big bend - I must say I had no idea that place existed. Absolutely gorgeous!

There are some stunning shorelines in the upper Midwest on the Great Lakes. Northern MN, UP of Michigan, Door County WI.

The Driftless Region in MN/WI is in some places reminiscent of the smoky mountains.

BWCA in Northern MN is an incredible unspoiled northern forest/lakes area.
Our scouting troop goes to BWCA each year. This year there was an unfortunate accident and several people that are close to my sister were killed by fallen trees during a storm. They said it is beautiful with woods and lakes but the Big Thicket forest in Texas is pretty nice too.

The Midwest, especially the upper Midwest around the Great Lakes shoreline and UP Michigan is pretty but like I said, nothing compares to Big Bend. It's our undiscovered secret.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:31 AM
 
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If the Big Bend is anything like Monument Valley then it's ok in my book. Monument Valley is a majestic place to me
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