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View Poll Results: Most Beautiful State?
Alabama 3 1.04%
Arizona 10 3.47%
Arkansas 0 0%
California 71 24.65%
Colorado 15 5.21%
Connecticut 0 0%
Delaware 1 0.35%
Florida 8 2.78%
Georgia 1 0.35%
Idaho 7 2.43%
Illinois 3 1.04%
Indiana 2 0.69%
Iowa 2 0.69%
Kansas 0 0%
Kentucky 3 1.04%
Louisiana 1 0.35%
Maine 9 3.13%
Maryland 3 1.04%
Massachusetts 4 1.39%
Michigan 4 1.39%
Minnesota 3 1.04%
Mississippi 1 0.35%
Missouri 0 0%
Montana 9 3.13%
Nebraska 1 0.35%
Nevada 0 0%
New Hampshire 1 0.35%
New Jersey 3 1.04%
New Mexico 7 2.43%
New York 6 2.08%
North Carolina 10 3.47%
North Dakota 0 0%
Ohio 0 0%
Oklahoma 1 0.35%
Oregon 13 4.51%
Pennsylvania 6 2.08%
Rhode Island 0 0%
South Carolina 4 1.39%
South Dakota 0 0%
Tennessee 10 3.47%
Texas 3 1.04%
Utah 5 1.74%
Vermont 2 0.69%
Virginia 17 5.90%
Washington 26 9.03%
West Virginia 6 2.08%
Wisconsin 4 1.39%
Wyoming 3 1.04%
Voters: 288. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-09-2017, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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North Carolina doesn't have the historical legacy of Virginia. It has no Alexandria, no Williamsburg, no Charlottesville. It doesn't have a Mount Vernon, a Monticello or a Montpelier. It isn't a 'Mother of Presidents.' It also doesn't have the quaint towns that Virginia has like Paris, Staunton, Orange, Front Royal, Middleburg. It also doesn't have Richmond (Confederate history) or Hampton Roads (Military history, from Fort Monroe to Norfolk Naval Station). And it has nothing like the 1770s culture of Tangier.

The only old things I can think of in North Carolina are Old Salem, Wilmington and parts of Asheville. Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh have very little history on display. Certainly when compared to Virginia's major cities.

So while North Carolina is more beautiful by a smidge, an argument can be made that its cities don't offer as much as those of Virginia.
You could make that argument, but I could also argue that:
1) History is merely one component, in other areas like entertainment, education, crime rates, traffic, NC cities stack up quite well against VA's.
2) NC had permanent inhabitants nearly as long as VA did. While it was a backwoods state that didn't develop as much in the 1700s and 1800s, and there is less history from that time, there still is some. More than you're giving credit to.

None of this matters for this thread, which is the scenery of the states. And it's not a "smidge".

Fortunately, I am armed with a camera:







And while I didn't take these... I think they sell the point pretty well.

Linville Gorge:
https://flic.kr/p/gQtLMY
https://flic.kr/p/deHkYk
https://flic.kr/p/stUvqD

Smokies:
https://flic.kr/p/dkiBTk

Outer Banks:
https://flic.kr/p/w227Vo
https://flic.kr/p/TuUtE
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:23 PM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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Originally Posted by sackin123 View Post
texas is not beautiful lol.
Get educated, my friend. Like California, Texas also shares the trait of being a big state by land-area, and, thus, encompasses a wide variety of landscapes and scenery, from mountainous deserts to prairies to subtropical jungle.

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Originally Posted by SunGrins View Post
Texas??


Abundant cow pies
Land of sun baked bovine art;
Welcome to Texas
A huge state with topography more varied and highly elevated than anything east of it.

The knee-jerks in this site have always intrigued me.

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Originally Posted by boulevardofdef View Post
Uh, isn't that a photo of El Capitan in California?
No:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Capitan_(Texas))

Last edited by Texyn; 05-09-2017 at 03:17 PM..
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:37 PM
 
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Huh, it looks a lot like the California one! Maybe that's why they have the same name?
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Originally Posted by Vatnos View Post
You could make that argument, but I could also argue that:
1) History is merely one component, in other areas like entertainment, education, crime rates, traffic, NC cities stack up quite well against VA's.
2) NC had permanent inhabitants nearly as long as VA did. While it was a backwoods state that didn't develop as much in the 1700s and 1800s, and there is less history from that time, there still is some. More than you're giving credit to.

None of this matters for this thread, which is the scenery of the states. And it's not a "smidge".

Fortunately, I am armed with a camera:







And while I didn't take these... I think they sell the point pretty well.

Linville Gorge:
https://flic.kr/p/gQtLMY
https://flic.kr/p/deHkYk
https://flic.kr/p/stUvqD

Smokies:
https://flic.kr/p/dkiBTk

Outer Banks:
https://flic.kr/p/w227Vo
https://flic.kr/p/TuUtE
With the exception of the Outer Banks, I can experience all of these in Virginia. I'm not sure what your point is. Nobody's denying that North Carolina is gorgeous. Just that it's natural scenery is only slightly better than Virginia's with a historical imprint that's far less interesting (which you denied, but provided no evidence to support).

VIRGINIA:


https://flic.kr/p/xn6iAb


https://flic.kr/p/wnGs8p


https://flic.kr/p/6nmm6G


https://flic.kr/p/8Pubk4


https://flic.kr/p/anPEcC


https://flic.kr/p/6vQK1M


https://flic.kr/p/5gu5De


https://flic.kr/p/ae3gBU


https://flic.kr/p/ARixVW


https://flic.kr/p/Ai5JUU


https://flic.kr/p/oXsrvJ
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Originally Posted by boulevardofdef View Post
Huh, it looks a lot like the California one! Maybe that's why they have the same name?
I don't see any resemblance. The settings are worlds apart imo. El Capitan (California):
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:45 AM
 
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My top three choices would be:

Utah (five awesome national parks with millions more acres of national monument land; for the hiker, it's paradise)

Oregon (the coast !! the Cascades !! the Columbia river gorge !!)

Washington (the coast; the Cascades; Mt Rainier and Olympic Nat'l Parks)
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:06 AM
 
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Idaho, Oregon and Washington as one big land mass, all contain some of the most beautiful land in the continental USA imo.

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Originally Posted by boulevardofdef View Post
Huh, it looks a lot like the California one! Maybe that's why they have the same name?
There are several mountains around the west named "El Capitan".

Here is Idaho's version above Alice Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains.

https://images.theoutbound.com/uploa...50&h=600&w=900



https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3718/1...71640d0f_b.jpg

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Old 05-11-2017, 08:13 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Surprised to see so much love for Virginia, what am i missing? I must have driven through the state 12 times and never saw anything spectacular. is the western end of the state any better?

For me its Washington. I have only been there once (Seattle) but the scenery was amazing. The Snow covered Volcano's, Olympic National Park, The Puget sound. The heavy moss growing on everything. Really hard to beat.

California is my second favorite, I think that state is always the obvious winner because it runs almost the entire length of Pacific seacoast and has so much variation in geography

Third place would have to be my home state of New Hampshire, from the seacoast to the lakes region to the white mountains, a small state that offers a lot and the colonial history is another aspect of it that you don't get out west.
We spent the past week in Virginia and I told my husband I think Virginia is the most beautiful state I have ever seen. I-81 is one beautiful farm after another. The lack of trashy looking places with the natural beauty and the wild flowers, rocks, and fresh air was incredible.
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:24 AM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Originally Posted by Syringaloid View Post
Idaho, Oregon and Washington as one big land mass, all contain some of the most beautiful land in the continental USA imo.



There are several mountains around the west named "El Capitan".

Here is Idaho's version above Alice Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains.

https://images.theoutbound.com/uploa...50&h=600&w=900



https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3718/1...71640d0f_b.jpg
The Sawtooth Mountains are my absolute favorite.
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Old 05-11-2017, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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California. The ecological diversity in this state is amazing
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