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Old 09-21-2016, 06:32 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Some of them, yes. However, somewhere like Houston or Atlanta more than makes up for it in size and amenities. Not to mention there are simply more cities within that 4 or so hours.


Atlanta within 4 hours: Nashville, Charlotte, Asheville, Savannah, Birmingham, Chattanooga, beaches, mountains, and lakes.


Houston: Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans (almost 5 hours).


Minneapolis within the same time limit: Des Moines, Madison, and Milwaukee? I guess you could probably add Duluth and Fargo in there as well?


Now don't get me wrong here, I have no issue with the MSP area. In fact, it is one my wife and I have talked about looking into moving to. Looks like a really cool area, and definitely belongs here, just explaining myself.
I can see where you're coming from. But I guess I'd rather have close access to "quaint" or vacation places than other large cities. I live in DFW now, so I have really no reason to go to Houston because it doesn't seem to be a very "vacation" place to go. The same would be true if I lived in Houston, I would have no reason to come to Dallas.

Living in MSP would be pretty nice because you wouldn't be too far from the Dells, Chicago for longer weekend trips, and South Dakota for camping.

The East Coast cities all have the luxury of being fairly close to one another. If you live in Raleigh, you are pretty close to Atlanta, DC, Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, and the beaches/mountains in NC.

Living in DFW is the most secluded I've ever felt (and I lived in rural Eastern NC for a while). I can get to San Antonio and Austin fairly easily for a weekend trip, but anything else will require a much longer drive. You can get to New Orleans or Albuquerque/Santa Fe in 8-10hr. Any further than that and you are better off flying.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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I guess you could include the bigger Upstate NY areas and the eastern/central PA areas could fit as well.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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I can see where you're coming from. But I guess I'd rather have close access to "quaint" or vacation places than other large cities. I live in DFW now, so I have really no reason to go to Houston because it doesn't seem to be a very "vacation" place to go. The same would be true if I lived in Houston, I would have no reason to come to Dallas.

Living in MSP would be pretty nice because you wouldn't be too far from the Dells, Chicago for longer weekend trips, and South Dakota for camping.

The East Coast cities all have the luxury of being fairly close to one another. If you live in Raleigh, you are pretty close to Atlanta, DC, Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, and the beaches/mountains in NC.

Living in DFW is the most secluded I've ever felt (and I lived in rural Eastern NC for a while). I can get to San Antonio and Austin fairly easily for a weekend trip, but anything else will require a much longer drive. You can get to New Orleans or Albuquerque/Santa Fe in 8-10hr. Any further than that and you are better off flying.
I hear ya. I would be quite happy in the MSP area, from what I have read anyways, I've never been there... Having access to the all of the nature nearby would be a big plus.


I see what you mean about the "vacation" areas as well. I suppose it would be better, if you were living in an already large city, to have more small, quaint areas nearby to visit. You would have all you need in the MSP area, so it isn't like you would need to travel to Chicago or something for entertainment. It would be nice to be close to the Dells and all the lakes for fishing and camping. Of course you would still have Chicago (One of my favorite cities in the country) within a reasonable distance for your "big city" excursions!


I currently live in the Mobile, AL area, and I kind of feel the same way you do about DFW. I can get to the beach and New Orleans pretty easily, but anywhere else of note is more than 3 hours away, and even then they are secondary cities that most people don't think about for vacation like Birmingham, Montgomery, Tallahassee, Jackson, and Huntsville, Atlanta, and Jacksonville for longer trips. It does feel somewhat isolated at times.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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Well, Detroit schools are hit or miss.

Yes, it's a cheap city, but a lot of parents in Detroit send their kids elsewhere for school.

Maybe after DPS finishes with its "right sizing" plan..........
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Arch City
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St. Louis fits this criteria
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