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Old 02-25-2012, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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If the op thinks the US's natural landscape is bland and boring then I think he is going to have to find another Class M planet to impress him.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:04 AM
 
Location: West Paris
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Not to me.

You have coasts, mountains, rivers and lakes, volcanoes and canyons, deserts and forests, and almost everything else inbetween.

Alaska





Colorado





Kentucky





Missouri



New Mexico



Nebraska



New Jersey






Vermont



Washington (State)









Wisconsin





all of those pics are from these boards (except the Missouri ones), and it's only a few states. its not just natural beauty - we have icons like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and a HOST of others i can't even begin to list off... our cities are varied and our culture is as well. i highly suggest you take a road trip and explore, or even read up on each of the states and see what each has to offer. perhaps once you start looking at the states as more like countries unto themselves you'll see just how much the US has to offer. there's a LOT of beauty here... one only has to find it .



Wikipedia has us second only to France for international tourism numbers (59.75 million visitors in 2010). Perhaps you hear more about Americans travelling to other countries because they see it as more of a special event than inter-state tourism? i mean, did you know the St. Louis Gateway Arch has about 4 million visitors per year?



Wonderful pictures !!! US is a great country
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:10 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Flat? Bland? Boring? I think not. we got....

Hawaii.....

http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1323/5116557580_6b97151822.jpg
Napali Coast, Kauai (http://www.flickr.com/photos/haywardphoto/5116557580/ - broken link) by Tallyn (http://www.flickr.com/people/haywardphoto/ - broken link), on Flickr

Alaska....

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/22/29268639_1449dafdf1.jpg
Mt. McKinley From Reflection Pond (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gong1/29268639/ - broken link) by Henry Gong (http://www.flickr.com/people/gong1/ - broken link), on Flickr

Seattle....

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4105/5047270498_e49a0e8401.jpg
Seattle Skyline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr-bradley/5047270498/ - broken link) by JBR22 (http://www.flickr.com/people/dr-bradley/ - broken link), on Flickr

San Francisco....

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/210/440526671_5098a2414a.jpg
Golden Gate Bridge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/http2007/440526671/ - broken link) by http2007 (http://www.flickr.com/people/http2007/ - broken link), on Flickr

Grand Canyon....

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6204/6137808640_b47e06b6cd.jpg
grand canyon north rim-az (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfb_photos/6137808640/ - broken link) by dfbphotos (http://www.flickr.com/people/dfb_photos/ - broken link), on Flickr

Colorado....

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2070/2214718595_70e58eed08.jpg
Telluride_033 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevesbass/2214718595/ - broken link) by stevesbass (http://www.flickr.com/people/stevesbass/ - broken link), on Flickr

Florida....

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/167/472424049_1239867906.jpg
Palm trees (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronnie44052/472424049/ - broken link) by ronnie44052 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ronnie44052/ - broken link), on Flickr

San Antonio....

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3108/2585580371_e4a1b28063.jpg
San Antonio Riverwalk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16992024@N04/2585580371/ - broken link) by vintageoaks.texas (http://www.flickr.com/people/16992024@N04/ - broken link), on Flickr

Washington, DC....

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4053/4424805601_fe3de20ce1.jpg
Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fergohall/4424805601/ - broken link) by fergohall (http://www.flickr.com/people/fergohall/ - broken link), on Flickr

Chicago....

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3199/2365267600_7e28d88d0e.jpg
Lake Michigan, Chicago (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25068074@N04/2365267600/ - broken link) by JPG Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/25068074@N04/ - broken link), on Flickr

Michigan.....

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3160/2811608135_5c4d1af3ef.jpg
Lake Michigan Circle Tour Part 3 - Sleeping Bear Dunes 114 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23493686@N06/2811608135/ - broken link) by dayznfuz (http://www.flickr.com/people/23493686@N06/ - broken link), on Flickr


and how can anyone not appreciate this?

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/75/216759898_429003983c.jpg
Statue of Liberty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dungodung/216759898/ - broken link) by dungodung (http://www.flickr.com/people/dungodung/ - broken link), on Flickr

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Old 02-25-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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The scenery in the US is bland and boring? You need to forget about traveling the world for a little while, and take a trip past your own backyard here in the US. We have so much stunning scenery it would be a challenge to see it all in one's lifetime. Take some time to look at the picture threads on any of the US forums.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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wait there's more.....


Utah...

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2261/2491039667_5374c68dfe.jpg
delicate arch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pradeepghosh/2491039667/ - broken link) by pradeepghosh (http://www.flickr.com/people/pradeepghosh/ - broken link), on Flickr

Maine....

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3193/2964621681_411ae6c5b4.jpg
Portland Head Light (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sourire11/2964621681/ - broken link) by Sourire11 (http://www.flickr.com/people/sourire11/ - broken link), on Flickr

Massachusetts....

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3301/3633414028_be00c1f942.jpg
Aquinnah Cliffs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanenhaus/3633414028/ - broken link) by Tanenhaus (http://www.flickr.com/people/tanenhaus/ - broken link), on Flickr

Philadelphia....

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6148/6008061158_89db3eef11.jpg
Philadelphia - Ben Franklin Parkway (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sethrco...os/6008061158/ - broken link) by Seth R Cohen (http://www.flickr.com/people/sethrcohenphotos/ - broken link), on Flickr

New Orleans....

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4014/4473975851_2675c1793c.jpg
French Quarter (http://www.flickr.com/photos/john-e/4473975851/ - broken link) by Mateus-Costa (http://www.flickr.com/people/john-e/ - broken link), on Flickr


Arizona....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6684810667_c12db371b7.jpg
Saguaro National Park (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wayneforester/6684810667/ - broken link) by fbpa.wayne (http://www.flickr.com/people/wayneforester/ - broken link), on Flickr

New Mexico.....

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5086/5341528943_2caa7b3c47.jpg
White Sands Sunset, New Mexico (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianasch/5341528943/ - broken link) by dianasch (http://www.flickr.com/people/dianasch/ - broken link), on Flickr

Oregon....

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/60/194476973_2b923717df.jpg
Crater Lake (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjw_photography/194476973/ - broken link) by Matt J. Wiater (http://www.flickr.com/people/mjw_photography/ - broken link), on Flickr

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Old 02-25-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Clearly Katherine Lee Bates disagreed.....

America the Beautiful - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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These photos are incredible. I don't know how anyone can look at these sights - whether in photos or in person - and not feel inspired.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Well, I have traveled to 24 out of 50 States, road trip style. Almost entirely east of the Mississippi river. Also been to Texas and arizona.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I think some of you guys are being a little harsh on the OP, but I do agree with what you're saying. If you live in a fairly generic town and have never had a chance to leave the US, it's pretty easy to start feeling like there's not much to see here besides parking lots and big-box stores. It's easy to forget about the geographical diversity, the wide variety of cities and people that make up the country. When your routine drive to work every day has views like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...N0419small.jpg

And all the pictures you see of France look like this:

Christmas Markets In France | Traveling Greener

The Cathedral of Reims: Tourism or Pilgrimage? | Oblation: Catechesis, Liturgy, and the New Evangelization

It's pretty easy to get discouraged. And while I definitely encourage the OP to travel west in the US, even doing that he'll come across a LOT of generic towns that are pretty boring. But they won't all be boring, and the terrain is incredible. I mean, seriously incredible. You can see pictures all your life but when you see it first hand it's an entirely different experience. Another thing I encourage you to do is to use Google Maps' street view to explore other countries around the world. Just go to, say, France, and randomly click on a spot near a city. Sometimes you'll find really cool scenes, but a lot of times you'll just wind up looking at something as bland as anything here. It's actually kind of depressing at first but it shows you that no place is 100% unique beauty.

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:02 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Well, I have traveled to 24 out of 50 States, road trip style. Almost entirely east of the Mississippi river. Also been to Texas and arizona.
And you still think that compared to other countries, THIS one is bland and boring?

Even in those 24 states, there's more diversity here than several other nations. Have you even been outside the country?
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