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Old 09-05-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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highest 'natural' point in Illinois is Cahokia Mound in southern Illinois. Regardless, overall the state is meh. I lived there for over 20 years.
The highest natural point in IL is Charles Mound in the NW corner of the state. That whole area is very pretty, in my opinion.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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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.
The Delaware Water Gap is sometimes shown for New Jersey. To fully appreciate the Gap, you should be on a raft on the Delaware River or driving through it on I-80.

The relatively unknown Great Falls is also pretty impressive and it is right in the middle of suburban Northern New Jersey.

http://www.nps.gov/pagr/index.htm (Great Falls)
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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The highest natural point in IL is Charles Mound in the NW corner of the state. That whole area is very pretty, in my opinion.
Starved Rock was mildy interesting.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:45 AM
 
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The Delaware Water Gap is sometimes shown for New Jersey. To fully appreciate the Gap, you should be on a raft on the Delaware River or driving through it on I-80.

The relatively unknown Great Falls is also pretty impressive and it is right in the middle of suburban Northern New Jersey.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) (Great Falls)
I thought they would choose the Delaware Water Gap, or the Paterson Falls, and was surprised to see the lame one they actually gave us. Again, the Jersey Shore is beautiful but if it's so beautiful then why couldn't they pick something more specific out of 130 miles of coastline?
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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highest 'natural' point in Illinois is Cahokia Mound in southern Illinois. Regardless, overall the state is meh. I lived there for over 20 years.
Well, then you should know that this is not the case! I've never lived there, but I know this:

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The highest natural point in IL is Charles Mound in the NW corner of the state. That whole area is very pretty, in my opinion.
Yup, Illinois' tiny little corner of the Driftless. Very nice. 85% of the region lies north in Wisconsin, and the rest is near-ish the Mississippi in NE IA and SW MN. I mention it often here because basically no one seems to know anything about it, even on a forum where you'd perhaps expect it. My favorite region of the Midwest.

Charles Mound is about 1000 ft from Wisconsin.

By the way, I made that breakdown above in order to praise the nice areas of Illinois, which do exist, and not to put down the better-known flat/farm interior.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:00 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I thought they would choose the Delaware Water Gap, or the Paterson Falls, and was surprised to see the lame one they actually gave us. Again, the Jersey Shore is beautiful but if it's so beautiful then why couldn't they pick something more specific out of 130 miles of coastline?
Yeah the picture they picked is hardly "stunning". They did the same thing to Vermont which is known for its fall colors so I guess they just picked a random picture of a road disappearing behind some fall trees.

They are probably just trying to get the point across - New Jersey has a long beautiful shoreline and Vermont has colorful and beautiful fall foliage. Could have had a better presentation though.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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Yeah the picture they picked is hardly "stunning". They did the same thing to Vermont which is known for its fall colors so I guess they just picked a random picture of a road disappearing behind some fall trees.

They are probably just trying to get the point across - New Jersey has a long beautiful shoreline and Vermont has colorful and beautiful fall foliage. Could have had a better presentation though.
I think they took the lazy way out for many states. For South Dakota, the Black Hills is easily the prettiest part, but they used a pretty standard picture of some bison. It's pretty, but there are other pictures that would have been closer to "stunning."
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I think they took the lazy way out for many states. For South Dakota, the Black Hills is easily the prettiest part, but they used a pretty standard picture of some bison. It's pretty, but there are other pictures that would have been closer to "stunning."
Agreed. With a little more work they could've taken a picture of The Needles, Sylvan Lake, Spearfish Canyon, or Mount Rushmore.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I think they took the lazy way out for many states. For South Dakota, the Black Hills is easily the prettiest part, but they used a pretty standard picture of some bison. It's pretty, but there are other pictures that would have been closer to "stunning."
Your right. However, at least they showed a dozen or so Bison for South Dakota. They only showed only ONE for North Dakota! Unfair!

Some kind of recognition for the Black Hills would have been nice.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:36 PM
 
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Agreed. With a little more work they could've taken a picture of The Needles, Sylvan Lake, Spearfish Canyon, or Mount Rushmore.
Exactly! I love driving through the park and the herd of bison, but the granite spires, Harney Peak and Spearfish Canyon are definitely more stunning.
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