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Old 08-22-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I love the Midwest, I've been to all of the states listed in the official definition with the exceptions of North Dakota, Iowa, and Ohio. I plan on buying several retirement properties in the Midwest as I get old and rich.

I took a trip in August 2012 and visited everywhere between Milwaukee and New Buffalo, MI (including Chicago, Racine, Kenosha, Waukegan, Gary (yes), etc). Had a great time.

I've been to Kansas City, and thought it was a fantastic city.

Spent a weekend in rural SE Kansas this past July, and again, had a ball.

I am not a huge fan of much of Nebraska, even though I really like Kansas. Granted, I haven't visited any of NE's large cities yet, so I'll at least give them a chance when I do. I was underwhelmed by both Wichita and Rapid City, my initial impressions of each didn't give me a particular want to spend more time in either, but I'd give them both a chance if I were to go back to them.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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I grew up in Iowa..When I was 20 I went to San Diego to stay with a college friend. The first thing his lil nephew said to me was "What kind of animals do you have on your farm?"...I had been to a farm exactly once growing up to buy pumpkins.

I don't think people hate the Midwest, they just write it off as bland.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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The Dakotas are two of the most scenic states in the US.
Wyoming is just as good just outside the Black Hills
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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For me, it was the generally featureless landscape.
I'm puzzled at how, in the 21st Century with the world at our fingertips, that this baseless myth continues to perpetuate.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:23 PM
 
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I'm puzzled at how, in the 21st Century with the world at our fingertips, that this baseless myth continues to perpetuate.

Because it's mostly true. Picture someone driving I-80..After they leave Colorado they have Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, etc...That might be the most boring stretch of interstate in the country, and it's what most people base their opinion of the Midwest on.

A lot of people might find Neb. and Iowa beautiful...But not the Iowa you see doing 85mph on 80.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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Because it's mostly true. Picture someone driving I-80..After they leave Colorado they have Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, etc...That might be the most boring stretch of interstate in the country, and it's what most people base their opinion of the Midwest on.

A lot of people might find Neb. and Iowa beautiful...But not the Iowa you see doing 85mph on 80.
I guess people don't understand that there's a reason I-80 runs through the flattest part of Nebraska and Iowa. Everyone knows it's a boring drive. To judge an entire state by what one sees from the interstate is just stupid.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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I found I-80 in Iowa really scenic actually, in a pastoral kind of way.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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I grew up in Iowa..When I was 20 I went to San Diego to stay with a college friend. The first thing his lil nephew said to me was "What kind of animals do you have on your farm?"...I had been to a farm exactly once growing up to buy pumpkins.

I don't think people hate the Midwest, they just write it off as bland.
I think that's a malfunction of Californians in general. A couple of years ago I was in San Diego at a Chargers game with some friends who lived there. I was living in Michigan at the time. One person asked me "if I had ever been to a stadium that big". Another one wondered if we had Aeropostale locations in MI. Which to this day I never figured out what in someones thought process prompted that question. I can only assume they figured we might not be relevant enough to have mid to lower echelon clothing chains there. For both questions my response was the same caustic "No but we did just get indoor plumbing."
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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I found I-80 in Iowa really scenic actually, in a pastoral kind of way.
I actually agree. I find it to be a pleasant drive.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I found I-80 in Iowa really scenic actually, in a pastoral kind of way.
Yes, it is nice. Anyone who says it is "flat and boring" is not very observant. Especially the rolling hills in western Iowa.
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