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Old 02-01-2018, 08:17 PM
 
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
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New Jersey is up there too. Mountains in the north/northwest part of the state, hilly terrain throughout, Pine Barrens, the coastline, farmland, etc. The only geographical features it's really missing are volcanoes and deserts.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:34 PM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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Who cares if it takes long distances to see appreciable geographic change in Texas? In the end, the state is still a solid answer for the thread. After all, the OP simply asked for states with geographic diversity, not whether such diversity can be achieved in short distances.

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Old 02-02-2018, 04:03 AM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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Who cares if it takes long distances to see appreciable geographic change in Texas? In the end, the state is still a solid answer for the thread. After all, the OP simply asked for states with geographic diversity, not whether such diversity can be achieved in short distances.
The poster that said you have to travel 800 miles to see any change in Texas landscape is clearly full of it. And then he had to lie saying he grew up in Texas. Any native Texan knows you dont have to travel anywhere near that distance to see a change. Hell driving from Far north Houston to far south Houston you already see a noticeable difference so yeah he is full of it.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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The poster that said you have to travel 800 miles to see any change in Texas landscape is clearly full of it. And then he had to lie saying he grew up in Texas. Any native Texan knows you dont have to travel anywhere near that distance to see a change. Hell driving from Far north Houston to far south Houston you already see a noticeable difference so yeah he is full of it.
Doesn't really matter since Texas is not the most diverse, furthermore the op specifically motioned "geographically", meaning geographic features and California both has the highest a lowest point in the lower 48 states. The climatic diversity is just a bonus on top of the geographic diversity. Furthermore as far as I'm aware, California is the only state on two plates, North American plate and pacific plate, separated by the San Andrea's fault line.
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Old 02-02-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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California by a mile.
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Old 02-02-2018, 09:47 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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California by a mile.
Yes, and in second place probably Washington State.
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Old 02-02-2018, 09:52 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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North Carolina goes from sea level to the highest peak East of the Mississippi. It has Outer Banks and Inner Banks, total sand areas, an island that landed on top of regular terrain to form a second mountain range in the Piedmont area, Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal plains. On the same day one can sometimes go snowboarding in the mountains, golfing in Pinehurst and swimming on the coast. Diversity of plants and animals make it ideal for scientific study.

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Old 02-02-2018, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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States by topographic range.
1. Alaska: 20,310 ft
2. California: 14,783 ft
3. Washington: 14,417 ft
4. Hawaii: 13,803 ft
5. Nevada: 12,665 ft
6. Arizona: 12,565 ft
7. Idaho: 11,954 ft
8. Utah: 11,354 ft
9. Oregon: 11,249 ft
10. Colorado: 11,123 ft
11. Montana: 11,003 ft
12. Wyoming: 10,709 ft
13. New Mexico: 10,323 ft
14. Texas: 8,751 ft
15. North Carolina: 6,684 ft
16. Tennessee: 6,466 ft
17. New Hampshire: 6,288 ft
18. South Dakota: 6,276 ft
19. Virginia: 5,729 ft
20. New York: 5,343 ft
21. Maine: 5,270 ft
22. Georgia: 4,784 ft
23. Oklahoma: 4,686 ft
24. West Virginia: 4,623 ft
25. Nebraska: 4,587 ft
26. Vermont: 4,300 ft
27. Kentucky: 3,887 ft
28. South Carolina: 3,560 ft
29. Massachusetts: 3,489 ft
30. Kansas: 3,361 ft
31. Maryland: 3,360 ft
32. Pennsylvania: 3,213 ft
33. North Dakota: 2,757 ft
34. Arkansas: 2,698 ft
35. Alabama: 2,413 ft
36. Connecticut: 2,379 ft
37. New Jersey: 1,803 ft
38. Minnesota: 1,700 ft
39. Missouri: 1,542 ft
40. Michigan: 1,408 ft
41. Wisconsin: 1,372 ft
42. Iowa: 1,191 ft
43. Ohio: 1,094 ft
44. Illinois: 955 ft
45. Indiana: 937 ft
46. Rhode Island: 811 ft
47. Mississippi: 807 ft
48. Louisiana: 543 ft
49. Delaware: 447 ft
50. Florida: 345 ft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...s_by_elevation
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:20 PM
 
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New York State. You have the beaches of Long Island and New York City to the southeast. The Adirondack Mountains to the north, Allegany Mountains to the south, and nearly flat terrained apple orchards, dairy pastures, and corn fields along the Erie Canal in the western part of the state. You can be in Saranac Lake and be among of the biggest mountains east of the Mississippi, or be driving through the farm fields on 531 west of Rochester and think you're in Iowa or Nebraska because it's so flat.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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California by a mile. TN and NC are great as well back in the Eastern part of the country. Colorado and Washington are strong contendesr out west besides CA
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