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Old 10-23-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Girona, Spain
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Hi everyone. I'm Marc from Spain. I'm new to this forum but I was wondering if someone could help me answer a question. I was born in the Netherlands(Holland) but 6 years ago I moved to Spain. Now I've visited the US a couple of times and I really loved it although I've only visited the West so I don't know anything about the rest of the country. I really love the western lifestyle. I like country music, honky tonks, pick-up trucks, horse riding, nature, animals/wildlife. So, now my question is, what is the best place/state in the USA to live a country life/western lifestyle where the people are laid back and friendly and it's not too populated? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Montana, Wyoming, certain parts of New Mexico, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, certain parts of Colorado, certain parts of Nevada. There is a lot of this country that would fit the bill.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Montana, Wyoming, certain parts of New Mexico, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, certain parts of Colorado, certain parts of Nevada. There is a lot of this country that would fit the bill.
I would put parts of California and Arizona in there too.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Montana, Wyoming, certain parts of New Mexico, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, certain parts of Colorado, certain parts of Nevada. There is a lot of this country that would fit the bill.
Those places are great for country living, but that's only part of what he's asking for! The man is a country music fan.

I think the best option is Texas. Then you'll also get the great music scene to go along with the setting. Lots of great local musicians playing REAL country music in old dancehalls and honky tonks.

I would google "Texas Hill Country" and "Texas Music" to get started. You'll thank me.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Those places are great for country living, but that's only part of what he's asking for!

I think the best option is Texas. Then you'll also get the great music scene to go along with the setting. Lots of great local musicians playing REAL country music in old dancehalls and honky tonks.

I would google "Texas Hill Country" and "Texas Music" to get started.
yeah definitely throw texas in there too, esp for the music scene and pick up truck type stuff. Though for the latter 3 he stated, I think the other states win out.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Austin, Texas
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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Those places are great for country living, but that's only part of what he's asking for! The man is a country music fan.

I think the best option is Texas. Then you'll also get the great music scene to go along with the setting. Lots of great local musicians playing REAL country music in old dancehalls and honky tonks.

I would google "Texas Hill Country" and "Texas Music" to get started. You'll thank me.
Texas may have the music, but otherwise it isn't very "western" to me. Flat, very hot...yes.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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If you want the horses and wildlife than I'd imagine Montana and Wyoming are good choices. Some parts of Eastern Oregon might also work. Norco, California is apparently referred to as a "horse community."

Oklahoma seems to have a good deal of museums and places devoted to cowboys, honky-tonk, etc. As well as some American Indian places if that also interests you. Possibly a rural area within an hour's drive of Oklahoma City or Tulsa would fit what you want.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Eastern New Mexico or West Texas would be great choices, I grew up in Eastern NM and the cowboy culture is there, its in the plains but is TX Western in style, trucks, farms,dairy's, nature,country music, cowgirls but with a large Mexican population, you might want to google some towns in Eastern NM.
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:07 AM
 
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I'd say Oklahoma

-Prairie aries, good for riding horses.
-Cowboy culture (a lot of bullriders are from Oklahoma)
-Forests, Wildlife, and Quachita Mountains (southeast Oklahoma)
-Country Music is very popular

-Most Conservative State in the U.S.
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