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Old 11-21-2016, 08:12 AM
 
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Are there any states that you can think of that are underrated nationally but not regionally?

For example, outside the Great Lakes region I don't think people realize how beautiful Michigan is. The state literally has the most beaches I believe after Florida and California, rolling green lush hills, vineyards, cool harbors, a variety of different small lakes, charming towns, and gorgeous forests. People in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, and a couple of other states know of its beauty, but it seems like outside the regional area, most people are unaware of it. For example here is some of Michigan:


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Old 11-21-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I'd argue New Jersey fits the bill to a certain extent. It is the place for seaside recreation for much of New York and Pennsylvania, but few people outside of the region would ever consider going on a beachfront vacation there.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:50 AM
 
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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.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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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.
Yeah with the exception of the southern Great Lakes States (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio) I don't think people outside the region know how varied and beautiful the Great Lakes area is. Wisconsin, Minnesota and especially Michigan have so much beauty, beaches, charming towns and scenic areas.

I will say this though, I think Minnesota and the Twin Cities themselves are actually underrated within the region as well. The grand majority of the people I have met in Chicago and throughought the Midwest, have never been to Minneapolis and have no particular interest in seeing it. Same can be said with state of Minnesota. So I think it's actually double underrated both within the region and nationally.

I will say I visited the Twin Cities this past summer, and I liked it, probably one of the few other major Midwest cities I would live in outside of Chicago (only other ones would be Milwaukee and Madison). But as much as I liked it, it's not a city I would tell people they HAVE to see. I wish Minneapolis had something more to draw people in. It's a nice city, but I don't feel there is enough of pull to really tell people it's a must see city.

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Old 11-21-2016, 11:08 AM
 
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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.
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Michigan's natural beauty is a complete unknown outside its immediate area. I am from Tennessee and live in Indianapolis for two and a half years. I was in Michigan at least once, if not twice, during the summer months doing something. It really is an incredible state in the UP and along most of the lakeshore.
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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Yeah with the exception of the southern Great Lakes States (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio) I don't think people outside the region know how varied and beautiful the Great Lakes area is. Wisconsin, Minnesota and especially Michigan have so much beauty, beaches, charming towns and scenic areas.

I will say this though, I think Minnesota and the Twin Cities themselves are actually underrated within the region as well. The grand majority of the people I have met in Chicago and throughought the Midwest, have never been to Minneapolis and have no particular interest in seeing it. Same can be said with state of Minnesota. So I think it's actually double underrated both within the region and nationally.

I will say I visited the Twin Cities this past summer, and I liked it, probably one of the few other major Midwest cities I would live in outside of Chicago (only other ones would be Milwaukee and Madison). But as much as I liked it, it's not a city I would tell people they HAVE to see. I wish Minneapolis had something more to draw people in. It's a nice city, but I don't feel there is enough of pull to really tell people it's a must see city.
It's not a must SEE city. But it's a must LIVE city. If that makes any sense. It's a phenomenal place to live.
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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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.
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Oregon? Oregon in the PNW is know for its costal towns and are popular places for weekend getaway during the summer. Nationally people will only think/visit the California coast. Also the WA coast is a bit underrated, the southern coast isn't all that special, but in the north it's wild and rugged. Also eastern WA is known for its vineyards here in the PNW, but nationally people just think of napa valley. Overall CA overshadows the PNW, and when they do think of it, WA overshadows OR. Also ID kinda gets forgotten both nationally and regionally (PNW).
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I don't think Delaware is underrated regionally. Many people cross the state lines of MD, PA and NJ daily to come here for tax free shopping/eating. And every summer, are roads are flooded with people headed to our beaches.
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