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Old 06-13-2015, 06:16 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Good grief. Some of you clearly did not read the first post where the OP said specifically that she "would love to stay within an eight to ten hour drive of East Lansing, MI."
I did NOT see that part. My blunder.
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:20 AM
 
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It is tough to get good mountains within 8 to 10 hours of Lansing Michigan. The East Tennessee and Western NC mountains are on the fringe of that 10 hour limit, and they are some of the largest in the Appalachians. The mountains in PA are smaller but closer to Michigan. Vermont and New Hampshire also come to mind but again these states are likely too far away for the OP. The OP may need to be willing to drive a bit further and then find what they are looking for. TN, NC, VA, or NH or VT up north would give them all the green mountains they can handle.
You can get from Syracuse to East Lansing in about 7 hours going through Ontario. So, southern Vermont is close to the 10 limit. Mountains like the Poconos in PA, the Adirondacks and Catskills of NY and the Berkshires of MA are within or close to the 8-10 hour limit.

I'll throw out Old Forge NY as a small mountain community within the time limit. Old Forge New York in the Adirondacks | McCauley Mountain Ski | Water Park | Cruises | Lodging | Museums | Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, boating, snowmobiling

http://goo.gl/maps/5dU1Z

Old Forge is about an hour and a half from Syracuse and about 45 minutes from Utica.

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Old 06-13-2015, 07:09 AM
 
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I would add West Virginia, with no doubt some of the most rugged but green landscapes in the US. Germany Valley comes to mind, as it has the rock features to go along with the steep (but green) mountains.

The High Peaks of the Adirondacks as well as the Green Mountains also remind me of the Alps.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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You can get from Syracuse to East Lansing in about 7 hours going through Ontario. So, southern Vermont is close to the 10 limit. Mountains like the Poconos in PA, the Adirondacks and Catskills of NY and the Berkshires of MA are within or close to the 8-10 hour limit.

I'll throw out Old Forge NY as a small mountain community within the time limit. Old Forge New York in the Adirondacks | McCauley Mountain Ski | Water Park | Cruises | Lodging | Museums | Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, boating, snowmobiling

http://goo.gl/maps/5dU1Z

Old Forge is about an hour and a half from Syracuse and about 45 minutes from Utica.

If the OP were willing to drive 11 or 12 hours then all the mountains of the Appalachian chain come into range. PA and WV likely are the only places that satisfy the distance requirement but driving just another hour or two makes a huge difference.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:32 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Good grief. Some of you clearly did not read the first post where the OP said specifically that she "would love to stay within an eight to ten hour drive of East Lansing, MI."
Well in which case we have a thread title that says "Alps" of the US" compelling thoughts of instantly visualize rugged peaks in the Alps and then moving over to the US from the Cascades in WA or Glacier Park in MT, several parts of CO as fairly comparable. Then we open the thread with the thread title in mind "Alps of the US" and we see a restriction of within 8-10 hours of Lansing. Now we have a contradiction. The Appalachians don't look like the Alps.

Green Mountains was in the thread title, should have left it at that. Alps, not so much. At least within the confines of an 8-10 hour drive of Lansing.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Well in which case we have a thread title that says "Alps" of the US" compelling thoughts of instantly visualize rugged peaks in the Alps and then moving over to the US from the Cascades in WA or Glacier Park in MT, several parts of CO as fairly comparable. Then we open the thread with the thread title in mind "Alps of the US" and we see a restriction of within 8-10 hours of Lansing. Now we have a contradiction. The Appalachians don't look like the Alps.

Green Mountains was in the thread title, should have left it at that. Alps, not so much. At least within the confines of an 8-10 hour drive of Lansing.
I was thinking the same thing. When I saw green, I envisioned the East, but when I saw Alps, I envisioned the West.

OP, which do you want more of? Really green mountains or mountains that truly resemble the Alps?
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:41 PM
 
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I was thinking the same thing. When I saw green, I envisioned the East, but when I saw Alps, I envisioned the West.

OP, which do you want more of? Really green mountains or mountains that truly resemble the Alps?
Having been to the Alps I would agree with you, the Alps look more like the Rockies or Cascades/Sierra Nevada. (although they are not quite the same as those either)
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:17 PM
 
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If the OP were willing to drive 11 or 12 hours then all the mountains of the Appalachian chain come into range. PA and WV likely are the only places that satisfy the distance requirement but driving just another hour or two makes a huge difference.
Albany, which is about an hour from Vermont, is only 2 hours from Syracuse. So, a community in SE Vermont/western Massachusetts(Green Mountains/Berkshires) would just make it about 10 hours from East Lansing. It is even less for the Adirondacks, Catskills and Poconos.

Actually, a community like Bennington VT is just within the 10 hour limit: Bennington.com
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:17 AM
 
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Good grief. Some of you clearly did not read the first post where the OP said specifically that she "would love to stay within an eight to ten hour drive of East Lansing, MI."
And others posted information that isn't factual. Are we to remain quiet and let wrong information continue?


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Old 06-15-2015, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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The Cascades have seriously only been mentioned once? They're the epitome of green mountains in the US.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/279078.jpg
I agree, though the 8-10 hour drive from MI requirement nullifies anything in the west. But maybe it's best that the Cascades remain somewhat of a secret.... Anyway, is your pic from the Cascade River Road? That scene looks very similar to the view near the Cascade Pass Trailhead (went there last week)!
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