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Old 09-21-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I have often considered this question and came up with my ideally located city being Richmond, VA. The location is about 2 hours to the mountains and a little less to the beach. I google mapped driving times to places I like or would like to go, and they are:
6.5 hours to Savannah, GA
6 hrs to Charleston, SC
5.5 hrs to Pittsburgh
5.5 hrs to New York City
4.5 hrs to Philadelphia(Best city name)
2 hrs to D.C.


Someone else mentioned Boston as ideal, which I disagree with, having lived there. I did enjoy being able to go to Cape Cod beaches and Maine and New Hampshire(Best place), but did feel isolated to other cities. I also hated having to drive in and around New York City to go points south.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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Another vote here for Philly.
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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On the basis of regional centrality, you can't beat Chicago in the sense that it really is located in the heart of the midwest. Plot out KC, StL, M/SP, Milw, Indy, Det, Cle, Cin, Col, on a map and then circle Chicago on it and draw lines connecting Chicago to the other cities, it really will appear like a spoke-and-wheel.

Also short 90 mile distance from Chicago to Milwaukee is, by far, the shortest distance between major cities anywhere in the midwest and nationally the only ones that are in such a category would be NYC-Phi, Phi-DC, Phi-Bal, DC-Bal and LA-SD.

It would be hard to argue that the midwest's premier city is the city most located at the region's core.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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If we talk about flying, Chicago and Dallas would reign supreme.


Agreed it was a big reason I moved to Dallas lots of flight competition keeps the fares reasonable and we have two great airports. Most locales in the country 2.5- 3 hour flight. Road trips are fairly reasonable here too except to the west. Does Ft. Worth Count?
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:39 PM
 
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Agreed it was a big reason I moved to Dallas lots of flight competition keeps the fares reasonable and we have two great airports. Most locales in the country 2.5- 3 hour flight. Road trips are fairly reasonable here too except to the west. Does Ft. Worth Count?
Unfortunate, not many interesting places to drive to from Dallas. Austin and San Antonio are mildly interesting destinations.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Like some others, I'd have to go with Philadelphia. No need to list cities you can fly to, as people are doing with other places...just within a few hours drive, you've got New York City and Washington/Baltimore. Or, since Philadelphia itself is a major city, you could pick a place like Wilmington, Delaware - then you've got Philadelphia right down the road, and the other two major metropolises I just listed well within a few hours drive. I'm not sure if that combination of major cities in close proximity can be beat anywhere in the world.


Another place to consider would be Albany, NY. It's within a few hours drive of NYC (south), Boston (east), and Montreal (north), plus a 5 hour drive to the west and you have Toronto. That's another a great combination of unique major metropolises to have driving access to.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:22 AM
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Another place to consider would be Albany, NY. It's within a few hours drive of NYC (south), Boston (east), and Montreal (north), plus a 5 hour drive to the west and you have Toronto. That's another a great combination of unique major metropolises to have driving access to.
Ah, Albany. How could I forget. Good city and excellent location as well.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:42 AM
 
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Cleveland has the moniker "Best Location in the Nation", that is historic and was meant to draw up advertising interest, but it holds some truth as well...

Pittsburgh: 2:03
Columbus: 2:03
Detroit: 2:32
Buffalo: 2:52
Cincinnati: 3:36
Toronto: 4:25
Chicago: 5:02
Louisville: 5:01
Indianapolis: 4:49
Washington DC: 5:39
New York City: 6:52
Philadelphia: 6:16
Milwaukee: 6:19

In addition, it's interesting that Cleveland is about 7 hours exactly in each direction from a significant natural barrier:
The Mississippi River to the west
The High Peaks of the Great Smokies to the south
The Atlantic Ocean to the east
Lake Superior to the north
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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In Florida itself, it's not bad as well, as one living in any of the major 4 cities in the state can reasonably make it to either of the other 3 in a weekend:

Tampa
Orlando: 1:14
Jacksonville: 3:03
Miami: 3:48

Jacksonville:
Tampa: 3:03
Orlando: 2:01
Miami: 4:48
However, Jacksonville being in the northern part of the state, has the advantage of being closer to other regions:
Atlanta: 4:42 (who would've thought closer than Miami? Not I)
Charlotte: 5:16
Raleigh: 6:09
DC: 9:43 (only FL city a comfortable day drive from the NE).

Orlando:
Tampa: 1:14
Jacksonville: 2:01
Miami: 3:12
(Nice and symmetric I suppose

Miami
Orlando: 3:12
Tampa: 3:48
Jacksonville: 4:48
Plain and simple, Miami is ISOLATED. Unless going to other parts of Florida, even for a long weekend, a plane ticket would be necessary here.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:55 AM
 
Location: The liquor store
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Philly, Baltimore, and any city in the TX triangle.
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