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Old 09-08-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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Originally Posted by Unsightlypickle View Post
So I've seen plenty of the threads about which states are the most geographically diverse and the usual answers came up of California, west coast states in general, Texas, Hawaii, Oklahoma, parts of the NE, etc. Size is a factor in this "statewide" discussion and creates unfair advantages (even though I still think some small parts of California are even relatively incredibly geographically diverse despite the state's overall absolute size).

I'd be more interested at this point about which specific areas of the US within a fixed radius (not bound by state borders) are the most geographically diverse? Like areas where within a 3 hour drive in various directions one can visit:

mountains
rivers
deserts
beaches
lakes
forests
grasslands
etc. (criterion can be expanded)

The size of the radius is up to your discretion, but I would recommend keeping it small (start with a 3 hour drive radius) or else the juxtapositions of the different geographic features become less appreciated/accessible if spread out over a larger area.

Obviously, I'd feel the area encompassing Hawaii would win in this regard given its small size yet extreme geographic diversity, but besides Hawaii what other areas come to mind?

Please give specific details as to the location of the region and examples of its geographic diversity.
To Keep this thread on-topic, I think either Los Angeles or San Diego or somewhere in Southern California might be some of the most geographically diverse areas in a three hour drive radius, especially in the difference in climate due to the fact that Southern California is like a valley that traps ocean air and has mountains surrounding it on at least three sides that keeps warm air from the desert coming into the region, and the desert is only about (maybe in good traffic?) two-ish hours away from Downtown Los Angeles. In Los Angeles and Its suburbs alone you have Canyons, Mountains, Beaches, a river or two, Cliffs, and an urban maze of geography that spans nearly the size of the state of New Jersey. Nearby are deserts and Mountains where you can go skiing, I don't know about grasslands or forests.

I am not 100% certain which one may be the most diverse, but either one the above areas along with any three-hour drive radii centered in Seattle, Spokane WA, San Francisco, Sacramento, Anchorage AK, Mauna Kea HI, Portland OR, and many more areas mostly in the West would easily qualify as the most diverse section of the U.S. as defined as at most as being a a three-hour drive radius.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Eh, don't look that different from one another at all; actually I think your post proved my point a bit. I mean look at Georgia...

Atlanta
http://cdn.pcwallart.com/images/atla...allpaper-2.jpg

Savannah
http://209.11.106.140/sir/519/photos...n/154460_1.jpg
I can find just as much diversity on one street in Seattle
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5773...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5755...2!8i6656?hl=en

Furthermore, Seattle in the winter is rainy
https://ssl.c.photoshelter.com/img-g...ights-9475.jpg

While Spokane is snowy
https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...pg?format=500w

Also looking at Atlanta and Savannah can look very similar too

Atlanta
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7926...2!8i6656?hl=en

Savannah
https://www.google.com/maps/@32.0440...2!8i6656?hl=en

Also in Washington we have a large variety of towns.

Bavarian town: Leavenworth
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5957...2!8i6656?hl=en

Old Western town: Winthrop
https://www.google.com/maps/@48.4778...8!8i1664?hl=en

Nordic town: Poulsbo
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.7347...2!8i6656?hl=en

Historic town: Port Townsend
https://www.google.com/maps/@48.1142...2!8i6656?hl=en

Fishing town: Westport
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.9100...2!8i6656?hl=en

College town: Pullman
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.7296...2!8i6656?hl=en

Hispanic town: Pasco (55.7% Hispanic)
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.2308...2!8i6656?hl=en

and many more.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:39 PM
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Location: Miami
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Thing is, the vegitation is actually native to Savannah, it's not just found in a couple of people's front yards. But that same vegitation in Savannah, can not be found in Atlanta for multiple reasons.

Something like this won't, and could not be found anywhere in Atlanta.

https://img.grouponcdn.com/deal/gWGM...1/c620x376.jpg

Or better yet, try South Carolina...

Greenville
https://images.fineartamerica.com/im...lie-harper.jpg

Charleston
https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/me...charleston.jpg
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Old 09-08-2017, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Thing is, the vegitation is actually native to Savannah, it's not just found in a couple of people's front yards. But that same vegitation in Savannah, can not be found in Atlanta for multiple reasons.

Something like this won't, and could not be found anywhere in Atlanta.

https://img.grouponcdn.com/deal/gWGM...1/c620x376.jpg

Or better yet, try South Carolina...

Greenville
https://images.fineartamerica.com/im...lie-harper.jpg

Charleston
https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/me...charleston.jpg
Okay what about this for native diversity, both of these are found in Tacoma but on opposite ends of the city
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3067...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.2973...2!8i6656?hl=en

This is the native vegetation in Kennewick
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.1596...2!8i6656?hl=en

Native vegetation in Spokane
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6037...2!8i6656?hl=en
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Old 09-08-2017, 03:15 PM
 
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Originally Posted by _OT View Post
Eh, don't look that different from one another at all; actually I think your post proved my point a bit. I mean look at Georgia...

Atlanta
http://cdn.pcwallart.com/images/atla...allpaper-2.jpg

Savannah
http://209.11.106.140/sir/519/photos...n/154460_1.jpg
Thats a 4 hour drive and doesn't look much different.

These 2 places are less than half the distance apart

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/46302702391846263/

https://www.1800packrat.com/~/media/...na-skyline.jpg

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Originally Posted by grega94 View Post

This is the native vegetation in Kennewick
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.1596...2!8i6656?hl=en

Native vegetation in Spokane
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6037...2!8i6656?hl=en
These are also about half the distance apart.

Nothing in the midwest is going to beat California, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico
Beyond the west, the most impressive diversity I have seen is actually Alabama.
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