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Old 03-23-2018, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Colorado Springs Metro doesn't get much mention in general, but it's really beautiful
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:30 PM
 
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You don't hear too much about Charleston, West Virginia. But there the river/valley/trees combo have a nice effect.





IMG_3859 by James Fremont, on Flickr

Love the photo of the West Virginia capitol building. Over the years I've visited about 45 state capitols and West Virginia's is definitely my favorite.

It was designed by Cass Gilbert, one of America's greatest architects (United States Supreme Court Building, the Woolworth Building, the Minnesota Capitol), and at 293-feet in height, its blue and gold dome is actually taller than the U.S. Capitol.

Inside, the rotunda features a two-ton rock crystal chandelier eight-feet in diameter suspended 180-feet above the main floor. This huge chandelier (representing the state's glass industry) slowly rotates, casting great shards of light against the matte-black finish (representing WV coal) of the dome's interior.

The park-like setting of the Capitol is just about perfect with Kanawha Blvd. and the broad Kanawha River on one side and wooded mountains on the other. Its worth a visit to Charleston just to see the state capitol and its setting. IMO, it is a masterpiece of architecture and urban design.
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I like that one a lot.

Yep, looks pretty nice. Anybody catch that gas price at Exxon!

Manitou is spectacular that time of year.

It's lame that Denver gets all the play; Colorado Springs is a lot more topographically pleasing, and has a lot more green brush/trees by quite a bit.
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:47 PM
 
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Why not, considering how magnificent the tree canopy is?
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So?
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Then it's not a good argument against Atlanta's scenery. You may as well dismiss Seattle's scenery just because the rest of the PNW has similar features.
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Precisely. Despite Seattle and the PNW cities having that same coniferous landscape/topography combo, none of those cities have their scenery dismissed for somehow not being unique. Yet here you are trying to argue against Atlanta's scenery because other areas of the Piedmont offer the same.

And therein lies the crux of where posters feel that cities like Atlanta are underrated in their scenery.
Texyn, you totally owned Ebk on this thread. Good postings.
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Old 03-24-2018, 12:12 AM
 
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Texyn, you totally owned Ebk on this thread. Good postings.
Lol! People besides me have said Atl is actually not that pretty as so many Atlanta posters claim and you hold onto the one? Well, I guess if a tree canopy is all you have it's all you can do which is why all you ever do is post something like the below to give your city some relevancy wherever possible, which is precisely why it's not underrated. Thanks for proving my point.

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Atlanta. Definitely, Atlanta.

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Old 03-24-2018, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The areas of Atlanta I'm familiar with, gladhands. I apologize in advance for all of the 'ugly pines' mentioned up-thread that reportedly totally dominate here.

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Old 03-24-2018, 12:54 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Charleston, West Virginia is located in a very beautiful river valley in the Appalachians. One of the most peaceful, pleasant settings I've ever seen and I truly enjoyed living there.

New Orleans is known mostly for its food, music, and culture but its also in a very beautiful setting with plenty of water around including Lake Pontchartrain in addition to the Mississippi River. The natural beauty of the region is mentioned less than the other aspects of NO. The approach from I-10 heading east into NO can be pretty dramatic with the skyline rising in the distance with water all around you, and the approach from Slidell is also very beautiful going across the lake! Also the natural vegetation with the live oak trees especially in places like Audubon Park, the Garden District, Uptown etc is very beautiful and lush.

Some people really hate on Las Vegas's setting but the natural desert environment outside the city is beautiful in its own way. I've gone hiking in Red Rock Valley for example and some of the desert mountains give the Las Vegas Valley a pretty backdrop.
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Old 03-24-2018, 12:58 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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What, really? In many cases, you don't have to go a block off of Peachtree in Midtown to find mature and beautiful trees.
Too many trees? Please. Too many here, not enough there...WTH?
Loblolly Pines don't grow in Greenville, but they grow two hours away in Atlanta? Uh-huh.
In terms of natural lush vegetation, I think Savannah and New Orleans are definitely very beautiful. The plantation country outside New Orleans also has a great deal of natural beauty especially places like Oak Alley and Houma House. Savannah is also one of the most beautifully landscapped cities in the nation with its gardens and public squares.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Texyn, you totally owned Ebk on this thread. Good postings.
I would give you some rep if I could, aries! Need to spread the love a little.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:06 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Atlanta is a nice city but its overall environment isn't as beautiful as many other Southern cities including Savannah, New Orleans, Charleston SC and WV both, Charlotte, or Nashville. In fact I wouldn't say Atlanta is prettier than Baton Rouge or Lafayette, Louisiana.
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