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Old 09-03-2014, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I like Garden of the Gods, but for my money Hanging Lake is more spectacular.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Lake
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:24 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Meh, I think the pictures they chose for a lot of the states probably weren't the best choices.
Boring picture of the Smokies in TN, and the pic of Sleeping Bear Dunes in MI doesn't even show a glimpse of the dunes. And the Arkansas pic left something to be desired too. I'm just not impressed with the representations chosen, I think with a little more effort there could have been some truly spectacular pics.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Illinois seems particularly "meh"- and it was that way while driving through it across the country last year- the only state that didn't really stand out in any way to me.
Overall, this is true. However, there are nice areas of IL, but all are on the border/corners (if you think of IL as a triangle) outside a couple river valleys (around Peoria & Starved Rock are both very nice).

1. Southern tip is very pretty: http://www.bringfido.com/site_media/...nset_sized.jpg

2. Galena/Jo Daviess County NW IL corner of the Driftless on the WI/IA border (not to mention the bluffs of the Upper Mississippi): http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2010/07...iessCounty.jpg

3. NE IL Lake Michigan (the small chunk around Chicago) and the "Lake Country" (mostly Lake County) that starts near the Wisconsin border and extends up through Lake Geneva, WI and up into the rest of Wisconsin: http://www.lakecounty.org/blog/wp-co...State-Park.jpg

You won't see much of this on the interstates, however.

In Wisconsin, we call 'em flatlanders for a reason. The highest point in Illinois is a building in Chicago; the highest natural feature is right on the Wisconsin border. The bulk of IL just isn't very scenic, it's flat farmland. But there are definitely spots that are pretty - most are right on the border with other states, though. People from IL will tell you that the landscape changes pretty much immediately upon entering WI.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I just went through the pictures again and I must say that some of the photos are kind of blah. I mean they are all kind of nice but some are nothing spectacular or "stunning". Vermont's picture in particular is kind of underwhelming for such a beautiful state. And Delaware and Mississippi also probably could have used better pictures.

On the other hand, the Pennsylvania picture, while I would not describe it as "stunning", is actually very beautiful.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Pennsylvania, to me, is fairly consistently pretty.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:28 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Meh, I think the pictures they chose for a lot of the states probably weren't the best choices.
Boring picture of the Smokies in TN, and the pic of Sleeping Bear Dunes in MI doesn't even show a glimpse of the dunes. And the Arkansas pic left something to be desired too. I'm just not impressed with the representations chosen, I think with a little more effort there could have been some truly spectacular pics.
Yes, pics are tricky. You can have underwhelming pics of an amazing place, or you can have pics that make a place look better than it is, and everything in between. I have often found that these "lists" with pictures of great places have not-so-great pictures.

Here is an example of a misleading pic. I could post this and say, "here is the most stunning natural wonder in Michigan." But in reality, it is a neat thing to see for sure, but it shouldn't be anywhere near the top of the list for Michigan, because it is in a part of the state that isn't super exciting overall. It is just something where you say, "ok, that is nifty" and then move on.

Turnip Rock, Port Austin, MI:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jense...n/IMG_1595.jpg

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Old 09-05-2014, 05:40 AM
 
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Nice! The person making the decisions is obviously a mountain person.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Funny as the angle of the photo is from the Canadian side. Not to say it isn't a wonder to visit on either side.

South Carolina's pick seems to be lacking. There are only a few upstate and none of them are all that spectacular. Heck, I love waterfalls, but it seems to me somewhere like Cypress Gardens' pond would have been a better selection.
I found that humorous too that the pic of Niagara Falls was the Canadian side of the falls and not the US side.

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Disagree on their choices with these states

Delaware - There has to be a beach on the Atlantic more impressive than wherever that gloomy picture they took was.
Hawaii - Waimea Canyon or Napali Coast > Haleakala
New Mexico - White Sands > Carlsbad Caverns
Rhode Island - Block Island > Newport Cliffwalk
Utah - Arches National Park > Monument Valley
Vermont - Lake Willoughby > Green Mountain NF
Wyoming - Grand Tetons > Old Faithful
I agree about Utah, can't really speak for the others. There are many many more beautiful places in Utah than Monument Valley. Nothing against Monument Valley as it's gorgeous, but what about Bryce Canyon? Zion? Canyonlands? Capital Reef? Dead Horse Point? Not to mention Arches as you did. I think all are much more impressive than Monument Valley.

For Arizona, I think that site they chose is pretty cool, but for my money, nothing beats Antelope Canyon.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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New Jersey's was lame - saying the whole Jersey Shore, while true, was a cop out. There are plenty of places in particular they could have chosen - Atlantic Highlands, Island Beach State Park, any of Cape May, Barnegat Bay at Barnegat Light, etc.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Overall, this is true. However, there are nice areas of IL, but all are on the border/corners (if you think of IL as a triangle) outside a couple river valleys (around Peoria & Starved Rock are both very nice).

1. Southern tip is very pretty: http://www.bringfido.com/site_media/...nset_sized.jpg

2. Galena/Jo Daviess County NW IL corner of the Driftless on the WI/IA border (not to mention the bluffs of the Upper Mississippi): http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2010/07...iessCounty.jpg

3. NE IL Lake Michigan (the small chunk around Chicago) and the "Lake Country" (mostly Lake County) that starts near the Wisconsin border and extends up through Lake Geneva, WI and up into the rest of Wisconsin: http://www.lakecounty.org/blog/wp-co...State-Park.jpg

You won't see much of this on the interstates, however.

In Wisconsin, we call 'em flatlanders for a reason. The highest point in Illinois is a building in Chicago; the highest natural feature is right on the Wisconsin border. The bulk of IL just isn't very scenic, it's flat farmland. But there are definitely spots that are pretty - most are right on the border with other states, though. People from IL will tell you that the landscape changes pretty much immediately upon entering WI.
highest 'natural' point in Illinois is Cahokia Mound in southern Illinois. Regardless, overall the state is meh. I lived there for over 20 years.
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