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Old 03-20-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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I've lived in both Birmingham and Chattanooga - many are unaware, but Birmingham's setting/backdrop is amazing/vastly underrated - quite hilly/"mountainous" - very beautiful in the Fall - similar to Chattanooga - but Chattanooga's surrounding mountains are a bit higher at > 2000 feet
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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Since we mentioned Cincinnati, there's a city a couple hours to the northeast that, at first blush, looks like a massive concrete sprawl in the plains, without even Cincy's topography.



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Columbus does the best with what it's got, though.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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It's unique among major cities IMO. I think Atlanta in the spring has an underrated beauty.

My overall vote here probably goes to Chattanooga.
Not underestimating the beauty, just noting that's it's not underrated. Tree canopy gets mentioned ALOT..
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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This one is my go toon underrated....Madison. I'm reluctant to include it because if people have any real awareness of Madison, they would be aware of its beauty
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:16 AM
 
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This one is my go toon underrated....Madison. I'm reluctant to include it because if people have any real awareness of Madison, they would be aware of its beauty
Madison is beautiful! I love how the city wraps around the two lakes, forget their names. I also love the Madison Capital building on it's X vs. + axis against the city grid.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:20 AM
 
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Madison is beautiful! I love how the city wraps around the two lakes, forget their names. I also love the Madison Capital building on it's X vs. + axis against the city grid.
I forgot Madison!


Madison, Milwaukee, Cincy, and Grand Rapids are really beautiful cities that don't the attention they deserve when it comes to beauty.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:21 AM
 
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Not underestimating the beauty, just noting that's it's not underrated. Tree canopy gets mentioned ALOT..
I'm referring to the city during spring when the tree canopy isn't even at its peak. But this is all subjective...nothing to have a heart attack over.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:23 AM
 
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Since we mentioned Cincinnati, there's a city a couple hours to the northeast that, at first blush, looks like a massive concrete sprawl in the plains, without even Cincy's topography.



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Columbus does the best with what it's got, though.
Nah, Columbus is okay, but I definitely don't think it's underrated in terms of beauty.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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I'm referring to the city during spring when the tree canopy isn't even at its peak. But this is all subjective...nothing to have a heart attack over.
No heart attack. Just noting that Atlanta's beauty and overall greatness gets mentioned a lot in general, just level setting the "underrated" part of this discussion.

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Old 03-20-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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Two others that people don't often think about: Birmingham and Nashville. Both have incredible natural assets.
I disagree with Nashville. I will say the surrounding mountains and hills are beautiful, but after that I don't find there too much interesting things going on with aesthetics. Don't get me wrong I am not saying it's ugly by any means. It's a pretty city, but I definitely don't think its aesthetics are underrated.
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