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Old 10-29-2016, 04:08 PM
 
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If Chicago qualifies, so does Milwaukee. It is a very pretty city!

Boston, for sure.
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Even though I hate Miami, it has a beautiful setting by the water. Key Biscayne is great.

I like Tampa's setting too.

Atlanta's got a bunch of trees and is close to the Appalachian mountains.

Minneapolis has the Mississippi River, an abundance of trees and lakes and water falls throughout the city, and the park system does a great job of preserving them and making them accessible to the public.

If you appreciate the beauty of the bayou, New Orleans definitely has some nice old southern natural charm, to go with the architectural charm.

This is from cities I've been to. The Rocky Mountain cities are undoubtedly beautiful but I've yet to see them for myself.
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:42 PM
 
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Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:43 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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what do you think of the setting of this big city [photo by me]
You think that's more beautiful than Atlanta? Chicago?
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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You think that's more beautiful than Atlanta? Chicago?
Definitely! There aren't many things about the NY area that are underrated, but natural beauty is one of them
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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here's another view from a much less populated, more remote part of the city. though remote is probably the wrong word

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.5614...!7i8192!8i1308

look how small the skyline looks!
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Old 10-30-2016, 11:10 AM
 
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Another vote for Salt Lake City, at the foot of the Wasatch.
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Old 10-30-2016, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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New York has stunning nearby scenery. If only the mountains were 5 miles closer to the city, New York would have one of the world's best settings.



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Old 10-30-2016, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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For me, Pittsburgh is the clear winner. The rivers, the rolling hills, the lack of ugly suburban sprawl. It's gorgeous.

Cincinnati is breathtaking--if you're looking at it from Kentucky. But once you actually get into the city, it's another story. They don't call it the Nasty Natti for nothing.

Salt Lake City looks amazing from the pictures I've seen, but I haven't been lucky enough to visit.

Tucson could be contender, but I don't know if it counts as a big city (metro area is just over a million).

I also think Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington DC do well with what they have, but I wouldn't really call them breathtaking.

I'll have to disagree with the posters repping Denver and Phoenix. Neither are really all that close to mountains, and the suburbs of both cities, to my taste, are among the least attractive places in the country: strip malls, brown dirt, tumbleweeds, cookie-cutter houses, big freeways, stucco everywhere. Yuck. I think Phoenix is a little prettier than Denver though (better sunsets).

Albany has a lot of potential, but the downtown architecture, which is reminiscent of a 1960's sci-fi flick, clashes with the natural surroundings.

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Old 10-31-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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Atlanta
Pittsburgh
Washington DC

No other cities outside of the West Coast/PNW comes close. Not NYC, Not Chicago, Not Philly, Not Boston.
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