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Old 09-02-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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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.
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Old 09-02-2017, 04:09 PM
 
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About a 150 mile radius around Minkler California. This encompasses:

Sequoia National Park with the largest trees in the world and the highest point in the lower 48, Mt Whitney
Kings Canyon National Park with one of the deepest canyons in the US and some more of the largest trees
Yosemite National Park with one of the most spectacular glacial valleys found anywhere
Death Valley National Park which is the hottest place on Earth and the lowest elevation in North America
Pinnicles National Park with California condors
Mono Lake with it's bizarre tufa formations
Inyo National Forest with the oldest trees on Earth
Monterrey Bay which is one of the greatest marine ecosystems on the planet home to many of the largest animals on earth
Big Sur and some of the PCH
Some of the snowiest regions of the US
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Old 09-02-2017, 05:28 PM
 
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The South and West
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Old 09-02-2017, 05:46 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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If I was allowed to fudge on the rules --- I would draw a line from Puerto Penasco (Sonora) on the Gulf of California to Page, Arizona and take a 50 mile swath on either side of that line. But that would probably be cheating.
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:18 PM
 
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Go east of Seattle. A 50-mile radius would encompass everything on the list, as well as sand dunes, glaciers....
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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Default The Census Bureau Definition of the South is the Most Geographically Diverse Section of the lower 48 United States +D.C.

The South (Including the South Atlantic, South West Central, and South East Central), to me, is the most geographically diverse area. Although the west is a close second, because there isn't the subtropical jungle and swamp feel available in the West, and since most of the climate is much drier in the west (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) than in the South, I think the South is the most geographically diverse location in the United States.

The South is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as being Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas

It has mountains, forest, acres and acres of farmland, barren land in West Texas, Coastal Plain, Lower Rockies in West Texas, High Plains in Texas and Oklahoma, Prairie in Oklahoma and Arkansas, The Ozark Plateau in Arkansas, The Ouchita Mountains in Arkansas, The Mississippi Alluvial Plains of Arkansas and Mississippi and Louisiana, Great Plains in Oklahoma and Texas, The Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas and Louisiana and Arkansas and Mississippi and Alabama and Georgia and Florida, The Atlantic Coastal Plains and swamps of Georgia and The Carolinas and Maryland and Delaware and the District of Columbia and Maryland, The Plateau and fall lines of the Piedmont of the South Atlantic, the Appalachians of Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky and West Virginia and the South Atlantic, Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau of Kentucky and Tennessee and Alabama, and The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia through the Carolinas and Georgia. And the Valleys, Ridges, and Plateaus of the complex Appalachian system! as well as the Black Prairie and Tennessee Valley in Alabama and Northeast Mississippi.

All a very complex set of different climates, topographies, regions, and geographical anomalies or interesting attributes!

If you include Alaska and Hawaii, then the west takes the cake, but the South is very much unique in its own way and worth noting.
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Old 09-05-2017, 07:19 PM
 
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The South is easily the most geographically diverse region in the country.
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Old 09-05-2017, 07:30 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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The South is easily the most geographically diverse region in the country.
LOL no. You can't ski in the south. Seattle or the NW in general is probably the most diverse area. Rain-forests (only ones in lower 48), major mountains, volcanoes, deserts, swamps, canyons, farmland, the pacific, major city all in a few hours.
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Old 09-05-2017, 07:36 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Go east of Seattle. A 50-mile radius would encompass everything on the list, as well as sand dunes, glaciers....
Yes.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:11 PM
 
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About a 150 mile radius around Minkler California. This encompasses:

Sequoia National Park with the largest trees in the world and the highest point in the lower 48, Mt Whitney
Kings Canyon National Park with one of the deepest canyons in the US and some more of the largest trees
Yosemite National Park with one of the most spectacular glacial valleys found anywhere
Death Valley National Park which is the hottest place on Earth and the lowest elevation in North America
Pinnicles National Park with California condors
Mono Lake with it's bizarre tufa formations
Inyo National Forest with the oldest trees on Earth
Monterrey Bay which is one of the greatest marine ecosystems on the planet home to many of the largest animals on earth
Big Sur and some of the PCH
Some of the snowiest regions of the US
Some variation of this (central California) is the only correct answer.
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