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View Poll Results: Favorite "Boring" State
Ohio 9 8.11%
Indiana 5 4.50%
Illinois 25 22.52%
Michigan 8 7.21%
Wisconsin 15 13.51%
Iowa 17 15.32%
Nebraska 9 8.11%
Kansas 4 3.60%
North Dakota 9 8.11%
South Dakota 10 9.01%
Voters: 111. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-29-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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I've been to Peoria, Springfield, Nashville, and East St. Louis. I honestly think SD, Wis., Michigan (scenic wise) are so much nicer than Illinios.
Then check out Galena & environs, the Shawnee Nat. Forest and Little Egypt. That's where IL's beauty shines.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
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DTO: I know what you mean about the stretch between Quad Cities & Chicago. Yes, it's plenty boring if you take I-80 or I-88. The cure I found for that is to take US 30 and IL 2. It's actually a little shorter in distance, and much more interesting than the interstates. The time it takes is not much longer. Pick up IL 2 off of I-80 eastbound as soon as you cross the Mississippi, follow it to US 30 (around Rock Falls, IL). 30 will take you to the outskirts of Aurora where you can pick up the Tollway into the city. Another alternative I've tried is to follow the arrow-straight "blue roads" that parallel all 3 routes thropugh the cornfields--virtually no towns that way at all. We drove 90 mph, and there was no one around to even notice!
I'll keep that in mind. I'll be making that drive again in a few months. Went 95 on the tollway one time and almost went to jail.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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"Sans" is the French word for "without". I meant Illinois sans Chicago is not attractive.

I've seen the stretch of Illinois from the Quad Cities to Chicago about a million times. By the time I leave Chicago I look forward to driving across Iowa and ending back up in Nebraska. I've stopped at many of the little towns in between Iowa and Chicago and they're all just spooky little towns.
I've seen it a lot too. I wouldn't call it ugly but once you've seen it so much it can be repetitive. Still, there is more to Illinois than that stretch of land.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Why isn't Arkansas on there?
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Michigan doesn't belong on this list. We have more shoreline than Florida, more lakes than Minnesota, more ski resorts than Colorado, and more mountains than any other Midwestern state. Michigan has beautiful boreal forests, mountains, snow (over 200 inches in some spots), prairies, anything you can ask for except tropical islands.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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I think it is better to be one of the "boring" states rather than one of the "forgotten" states!
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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Michigan doesn't belong on this list. We have more shoreline than Florida, more lakes than Minnesota, more ski resorts than Colorado, and more mountains than any other Midwestern state. Michigan has beautiful boreal forests, mountains, snow (over 200 inches in some spots), prairies, anything you can ask for except tropical islands.
...and more Great Lakes than any other state!
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:31 AM
 
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I don't think Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan should be on the list. They all contain some pretty well known major cities and are pretty populated. Also, Oklahoma, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming should be on the list instead.

Back to the main question, I have a bit of a soft spot for North Dakota, so I would go with it.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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North Dakota - its so perfect in almost every way for me!


I'll second that. There just isn't anything to see or do there.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Well, if you define boring as not having to worry about mexicans or rednecks stealing your hubcaps while you're waiting at a stop sign, then yes, these are all very boring states. Otherwise, my list would be Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Utah.
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