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Old 11-21-2016, 04:29 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Arkansas for sure. People in Texas know about the Ouachita and Boston ranges because if you're in the eastern part of Texas (Dallas, Houston) those are the nearest mountains. But nationally it flies under the radar and I think most would be surprised at how much natural beauty is in that state. It's actually a very popular state for backpackers.
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Old 11-21-2016, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Also AZ I think. People outside the West think it's just desert and rock and retirees. But the northern half of the state looks and feels like Colorado. Heck Flagstaff may be the highest elevation 'minor' sized city in the country. Prescott, Jerome, Sedona, the White Mountains. Even Tucson.
I can't speak on how non-southwesterners see our region but I'd argue New Mexico is even more underrated. Very beautiful state. Arizona has one of the wonders of the world, saguaros, albeit a few other things which puts it on the radar. Yes most people don't know that places like Flagstaff or Sedona exist in our state, especially Flag which is a very liberal mountain town even higher than Denver with the highest snowfall out of any "city" in the United States (there are probably towns with more snow). But when I went on vacation to New Mexico I was sort of surprised to see it. Its very underrated I think across the board to everyone. But because of that, it may not apply here because Arizonans generally don't think twice about New Mexico.
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Old 11-21-2016, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Tennessee and North Carolina.

Utah.
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Maybe Vermont? Within the Northeast in general and New England specifically, it's thought of very highly as an idyllic destination full of charming small towns, beautiful landscapes, great food, the best skiing east of the Mississippi and a unique, laid-back culture. But people I've talked to outside the Northeast seem to think it's this insignificant rural state with nothing going on. Back in the '80s, when Newhart was a hit show set in Vermont, more people around the country may have shared the common regional view, but that was a long time ago.
I would say Rhode Island. Vermont is famous nationally for its mountains and spectacular fall scenery, and way of life.
Most New Englanders know about how spectacular the RI coast is, (one of the few places on the East Coast with sea cliffs) but I don't think the rest of the country gives it a thought. Heck, most people think it's part of New York (Long Island I guess they're thinking of) I think Providence has been getting more national attention over the years, and Newport was always famous, but other than that most people don't think much of lil RI, which in a way, I'm kinda grateful for. lol.
I've lived in a few different places ... it was nice to come back to Lil Rhodey

I like being tucked away in my little corner of the country. Especially these days lol
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:21 PM
 
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Minnesota. Nationally people think it's a barren snowscape all year long. Regionally it's similar to the OPs comments about Michigan. Lakes, forest, prairie grassland, actual rocky cliffs and the Superior shoreline and Boundary Waters are national treasures.

Also the Twin Cities is one of the best metro areas in the country but nationally it gets lumped in with all the other midwestern mid-sized metros.
I live in the South and personally have a very high opinion of MN. Very beautiful state!
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:24 PM
 
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I think I'd have to say South Carolina. Doesn't seem to have a great rep nationally, but those of us who are close enough to visit regularly know it's a great state in many ways, especially the coast and upstate.
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:52 PM
 
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Also AZ I think. People outside the West think it's just desert and rock and retirees. But the northern half of the state looks and feels like Colorado. Heck Flagstaff may be the highest elevation 'minor' sized city in the country. Prescott, Jerome, Sedona, the White Mountains. Even Tucson.
I agree that Arizona is underrated.I was very impressed when I visited the Grand Canyon State.
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:55 PM
 
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I can't speak on how non-southwesterners see our region but I'd argue New Mexico is even more underrated. Very beautiful state. Arizona has one of the wonders of the world, saguaros, albeit a few other things which puts it on the radar. Yes most people don't know that places like Flagstaff or Sedona exist in our state, especially Flag which is a very liberal mountain town even higher than Denver with the highest snowfall out of any "city" in the United States (there are probably towns with more snow). But when I went on vacation to New Mexico I was sort of surprised to see it. Its very underrated I think across the board to everyone. But because of that, it may not apply here because Arizonans generally don't think twice about New Mexico.
I am impressed by the Land of Enchantment as well.I think it is very underrated nationally.
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:02 PM
 
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Arkansas for sure. People in Texas know about the Ouachita and Boston ranges because if you're in the eastern part of Texas (Dallas, Houston) those are the nearest mountains. But nationally it flies under the radar and I think most would be surprised at how much natural beauty is in that state. It's actually a very popular state for backpackers.
I agree with you on Arkansas. I went there last year and really had no opinion or expectations of it..perhaps thinking it was a bit barren with farms and kind of boring. Boy was I wrong. I thought that Northern Arkansas was absolutely stunning and beautiful. It was great to go somewhere that far exceeded my expectations.
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Of the states mentioned so far:

I agree that New Jersey, Delaware, Arkansas and Tennessee are underrated.

Michigan and Wisconsin are also underrated as is Minnesota to a lesser degree.

South Carolina is underrated in a historical sense, South Carolina was once the leader of the Deep South before the Civil War, now she seems overshadowed by nearby states like North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

North Carolina and Vermont are NOT underrated, at least by the perspective of this New Yorker. I hear North Carolina being mentioned a lot. And I would say Vermont gets a lot of attention when you consider her very small size and population.
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