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Old 02-24-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I've never left the U.S. in my life and I'm 27 years old. Hopefully someday I can visit other countries. I just watched tons of tour videos of other countries across the world, and I beg to ask the following: Is it just me, or does the U.S. seem very bland and boring compared to numerous other countries?

Other countries, such as France, Italy, China, Egypt, etc, have unparallelled scenic/natural beauty with stunning architecture that nothing in the U.S. can compare. But the U.S. seems to severely lack in these things. It's almost as if the layout and urban/suburban design of the U.S. is designed for a capitalist system where the primary concern is business and economics. We have tons of cookie cut-out neighborhoods from the 1950's. But other countries seem like they are more designed for beauty and leisure.

I mean, yeah, the U.S. has great scenic beauty in itself, but it seems flatter and blander compared to the rest of the world. And it seems like the U.S. has TONS of suburbia compared to other countries and heavy reliance on interstate highways and a more rural feeling in general.

Is there truth to this assertion? Hopefully someone who has traveled to other countries can confirm or deny this for me.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I've never left the U.S. in my life and I'm 27 years old. Hopefully someday I can visit other countries. I just watched tons of tour videos of other countries across the world, and I beg to ask the following: Is it just me, or does the U.S. seem very bland and boring compared to numerous other countries?

Other countries, such as France, Italy, China, Egypt, etc, have unparallelled scenic/natural beauty with stunning architecture that nothing in the U.S. can compare. But the U.S. seems to severely lack in these things. It's almost as if the layout and urban/suburban design of the U.S. is designed for a capitalist system where the primary concern is business and economics. We have tons of cookie cut-out neighborhoods from the 1950's. But other countries seem like they are more designed for beauty and leisure.

I mean, yeah, the U.S. has great scenic beauty in itself, but it seems flatter and blander compared to the rest of the world.

Is there truth to this assertion? Hopefully someone who has traveled to other countries can confirm or deny this for me.

I beg to differ.

Check out the West Coast. Check out the Olympic mountains and the Cascades along with the major mountains set as backdrops in the trendy and hip neighborhoods of Seattle, Portland, etc. Check out the dunes of the Oregon Coast. Check out Mt. St. Helens. Check out the Colombia river gorge. Check out the city and all it has to offer. Check out San Fran and hte beaches of So Cal. Check out the desert of eastern WA and AZ.

Check out the ancient fields of the midwest, untouched by man, where buffalo still roam. Check out the Yellowstone national park.

There's PLENTY of natural, scenic beauty.

As far as cities go, you seriously sound like you spend too much time in suburbia.

I think where I live in Seattle rivals almost anywhere else the world has to offer.

Maybe it's because I lived in "big dirty city" before that I don't really care about size / skyscrapers / MSA bullcrap. It's all the same once you've traveled enough. It's the nuances you notice.

There's plenty of dull, flat, boring land in Japan, China, Europe, etc. Just see the south of France or the countryside of England to notice this. And China's cities designed for beauty! HAH! More like designed for industry and packing in as many people as possible into a small space. Same with Japan. Their cities in general are butt-ugly. I've been there. I've seen the cities. I highly doubt 99% of others in this forum have, despite them finding glittering skyscrapers at night of <insert some asian city here>. Any ugly city has a few good sides to it.

Check out Georgetown and Barcelona before you judge any American city for its "blandness".

Sorry to be so harsh, I'm trying to dispel the "grass is greener" rose-colored glasses you have on.

Now, this is not to say don't travel. By all means do so. But to declare any one area superior to another leaves open a logic equivalent of swiss-cheese ... full of holes.

For example I spent time in Barcelona. Beautiful city. Beautiful lifestyle. Some beautiful people. Beaches nearby are beautiful too.

But then you get sick of the HOT and HUMID summers, and springs, and falls ... etc. You get sick and tired of EVERY DAY someone blasting music outside their apartment in your 500+ year old neighborhood because that's the lifestyle ... AT 3 AM! You get sick of the stuff always under construction. Or on strike. Or the government asking for more of your money for pointless projects.

In France, especially the north and doubly so in Paris, good luck going about any day without some strike or something breaking down, causing you to have yet one more headache.

In Japan, its really tiring when your employer demands you spend 90% of your waking life for the company on mandated drinking trips or working till wee hours of the morning. Gouge my eyes now. Please. End the bland city. End the sea of humanity of dark suits with white shirts and ties, and stop the staring at me because I'm white. You all act like I'm a ghost.

In China, much the same issues, only I can't complain about it because the secret police will whisk me away into a jail to rot forever. And stop calling me "gwai lo" (White Devil) ... I don't call you Chinks or slant-eyes, you racist motherf-s.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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Maybe because your judging countries by their promotional videos, which make anything look nice, i mean you think America is Bland because thats all you lived.
My family from Italy where stunned by the natural Beauty of Massachusetts, as well as even the architecture, these are people that lived their entire life in Italy
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Bland and boring compared to what?

Along with Canada, America has to be the most geographically diverse country on the planet physically and culturally. removed. Don't be insulting.

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Wow anyone who says the U.S. is boring and bland, is really sheltered or truly ignorant. I don't think there is any other country that has such a wide range of natural beauty and diversity, perhaps China. Here you have various different types of mountain ranges, deciduous forests, great plains, deserts, mediterrean like landscapes, tropics, swamps, etc. If anything thats puts us as more interesting than France. No Eurpoean country has more natural diversity than the U.S. And again I think only China might be able to compete with us.

You're right our cities look nothing like Europes, but is that perhaps due to the fact THAT WE ARE NOT IN EUROPE?! American cities have their distinct beauty and are even more diverse than any other country. What other country can you find that has such a variety of cities like NYC, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, DC, SF, and I could really go on. All those cities are so different from each other and unique. Some aren't as beautiful but many are.

A 27 year old who has never left the country, perhaps you should. In all honesty the U.S is known as being one of the most diverse and exciting countries in the world.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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There is so much in this country. it offers a lot of everything. If anyone finds this country bland and boring they need to look inward.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Wow anyone who says the U.S. is boring and bland, is really sheltered or truly ignorant. I don't think there is any other country that has such a wide range of natural beauty and diversity, perhaps China. Here you have various different types of mountain ranges, deciduous forests, great plains, deserts, mediterrean like landscapes, tropics, swamps, etc. If anything thats puts us as more interesting than France. No Eurpoean country has more natural diversity than the U.S. And again I think only China might be able to compete with us.

You're right our cities look nothing like Europes, but is that perhaps due to the fact THAT WE ARE NOT IN EUROPE?! American cities have their distinct beauty and are even more diverse than any other country. What other country can you find that has such a variety of cities like NYC, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, DC, SF, and I could really go on. All those cities are so different from each other and unique. Some aren't as beautiful but many are.

A 27 year old who has never left the country, perhaps you should. In all honesty the U.S is known as being one of the most diverse and exciting countries in the world.
Then howcome it seems like foreigners rarely visit the U.S. for vacation or tourism? I hear more about Americans traveling to other countries than non-Americans coming to America for leisure and travel.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Then howcome it seems like foreigners rarely visit the U.S. for vacation or tourism? I hear more about Americans traveling to other countries than non-Americans coming to America for leisure and travel.
Removed - don't get personal with insults I believe the U.S. is in the top 3 countries (I believe 2nd) of most visited by international tourists. Perhaps you don't see foreign tourists in your bland suburb, but they are everywhere, from the Grand Canyon, to the beaches of Miami, to the skyscrapers of Chicago, to the swaps of Louisana. Removed - don't get personal with insults

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Then howcome it seems like foreigners rarely visit the U.S. for vacation or tourism? I hear more about Americans traveling to other countries than non-Americans coming to America for leisure and travel.
Also some of this is common sense. Perhaps you hear more of Americans traveling abroad could be due to the fact that you are primarily surrounded by Americans.? Does that make sense to you?
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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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

http://www.fotothing.com/photos/72c/...664b67_66a.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-s.../Anchorage.jpg

Colorado

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...er2K7048-1.jpg

http://www.mycoloradophotos.com/imag..._0983_1600.jpg

Kentucky

http://gallery.kyhometown.com/d/19739-2/akk.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v454/MrFSS/0002.jpg

Missouri

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ToneMapped.jpg

New Mexico

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/PDR_1720.jpg

Nebraska

http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/8...millsunset.jpg

New Jersey

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...k/DSC_0726.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/...28ae4c2a_b.jpg

http://www.atlantic-city-casino.com/...s-hotels-2.jpg
Vermont

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pbm/burke4.jpg

Washington (State)

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x.../plain_212.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...CF1091copy.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...CF1076copy.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...11cropcopy.jpg

Wisconsin

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...0/PC100052.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...0/PC250048.jpg

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 .

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Then howcome it seems like foreigners rarely visit the U.S. for vacation or tourism? I hear more about Americans traveling to other countries than non-Americans coming to America for leisure and travel.
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?

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