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Old 08-21-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Either New Hampshire or Massachusetts for me.
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Boston
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born and raised Rhode Island so biased, but ofcourse love the cape, nh, vt..
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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NH...mountains, beaches, lakes, skiing, hiking, swimming...NO INCOME TAX....NO SALES TAX
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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Vermont!
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Vermont for me. Peaceful, wide open, incredible scenery, safe.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:08 PM
 
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Maine is home for me, but it would be followed closely by Vermont and New Hampshire.

Southern New England is okay, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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Vermont, Maine and Connecticut in that order.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Always a hard choice. I think I have to go with New Hampshire, but all of the states have their pros. New Hampshire is great because of its "central" location, with easy access to all of the other NE states and Canada. It also has the highest and most impressive mountains in the region, as well as a (small) Atlantic coastline only an hour and a half from the mountains. I also love the ruralness of the state, although we do have a decent number of small cities (my favourite being Portsmouth). I also love colonial architecture, and while southern New England has more, NH has more surviving colonial architecture than VT and ME.

To top things off, the "live free or die" libertarian mentality and the consistently high rankings in liveability, safety, health, and education (although all the NE states tend to do pretty well in these areas).

Maine is also a favourite because of the tranquility one can find there unlike anywhere else in New England. And the coast is absolutely beautiful. The smell of pine trees, ocean water, and blueberries in the summer time is just sublime.

Vermont is also gorgeous, and overall I'd say it's actually the most scenic in the sense that pretty much every road you drive on is going to offer you stunning views. The ruralness of the state and all the idyllic pastureland remind you of how the rest of New England looked like not so long ago.

Massachusetts of course has Boston, the best city in the country, IMHO. The amount of surviving colonial architecture (which I find very aesthetically pleasing) in MA is just mind-boggling, and the state is a paradise for history-lovers. And even better, MA has a varied landscape, from the beautiful Berkshires to the agricultural Pioneer Valley and the sandy beaches of the Cape and islands.

Rhode Island has two of the most charming colonial cities in New England, Providence and Newport (TONS of colonial architecture!), which today are very lively places. But the best thing about the state is the omnipresence of the ocean, never being too far away, and IMO some of the best beaches in New England (with fairly warm water!). RI is also interesting in that the eastern half of the state is rather densely-populated while the western half is pretty rural. Provides a nice balance in a small state.

Connecticut is sometimes considered the "black sheep" of New England due to the influence of expanding NYC suburbs in the southwestern part of the state, and a sort of culture clash I suppose. But the eastern half of the state is quintessentially New England and really beautiful. I think some people don't realize how rural much of CT is.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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New Hampshire, followed by Vermont!

Mt. Washington all the way!
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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