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View Poll Results: Which US mountain range is the equivalent of the Alps
Rockies 41 63.08%
Appalachians 2 3.08%
Ozarks 0 0%
Other 22 33.85%
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I've been to several places of the alps; Swiss, Italian, Slovenian, Austrian, German. I imagine tall mountains with large glacial colored lakes and rivers, and laketown villages/cities, green hills, farms below. Not sure there is a place like that in America because the mountain regions are quite isolated.

I think Alaska might be close enough like around Juneau.
There isn't.

It is not because they are isolated, it is because the surrounding land is too high, and the mountains are not as high and steep as the Alps.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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The valley in the Colorado Rockies is not deep enough and the peaks are not as jagged as the Alps.

Exactly.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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None of our mountain ranges look like the alps. They're all a bit different. They don't have the rolling pastures and major cities in between, and except for the Cascades they're not as steep. Very often the valleys between the mountains in the west are empty deserts. The Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades are equally beautiful though.

The Appalachians would be the equivalent of the Black Forest, the Scottish Highlands, or some of the other lower, more eroded mountain ranges in Europe.

Hands down the Alps are more impressive than any mountain ranges in the US.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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Cascades are lower in elevation which makes a big difference.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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I looked up pictures of lots of mountain cities I could think of. Telluride, CO seems to be the most similar to anything in the Alps, but still not exact.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...e_ski_hill.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...om_gondola.jpg
http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/co...eet-sunset.jpg
https://images8.alphacoders.com/288/288769.jpg
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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What do you consider America's answer to the Alps?


my answer, as with most any hostile aggressive actions from our enemies in the rest of the world, is a salvo (15 or 20) of our Peacekeeper ICBMs


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Old 09-28-2016, 02:23 PM
 
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I agree with the people who chose "other" as I'd say that in terms of the geography alone, it's probably somewhere in Alaska or the Cascades. I don't see Yosemite, but I get how someone would draw that conclusion.

I think the closest thing I've seen to the Alps experience in the U.S. is Telluride. Like so many Alpine villages it's wedged at the end of a steep valley. The peaks tower over the relatively dense, walkable village and the lifts are right there on the edge of the village. It's not identical, but it's the closest approximation to the whole package in the U.S. that I can think of.

If we include Canada, you could make an argument for Banff, but even then the mountains don't tower over the town like they do in the Alps. I've experienced the Swiss and Italian Alps and they tower over the villages which are built right at the foot of these peaks. The Alps form walls surrounding the villages on seemingly all sides. There's nothing here that looks like that. Again, Telluride is the closest approximation I can think of.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:23 PM
 
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I looked up pictures of lots of mountain cities I could think of. Telluride, CO seems to be the most similar to anything in the Alps, but still not exact.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...e_ski_hill.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...om_gondola.jpg
http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/co...eet-sunset.jpg
https://images8.alphacoders.com/288/288769.jpg

Lol that last picture surely looks a lot like Canada if you ask me. Royal Hotel lol? The rest of the pictures look like typical American Rockies: less steep mountains, more rounded, valleys not deep, etc. No comparison to Alps.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:26 PM
 
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The Alps form walls surrounding the villages on seemingly all sides. There's nothing here that looks like that. Again, Telluride is the closest approximation I can think of.

The Rockies are just a more rounded mountain range and are not jagged like the Alps. Americans tend to think everything in the US is best. In the case of mountains, Europe is the clear winner.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:59 PM
 
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Definitely nothing like the Alps in the US. But if I had to say the closest, Telluride gets closest. Still not exact, though. If we can move up into Canada, maybe Canada has an answer. The US doesn't though. Telluride is closest IMO.
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