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Old 07-18-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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I haven't came up with anything during my search on this forum for this topic. I recently visited Southern CA and really enjoyed the highway drives through the large, grassy rolling hills outside of San Diego (but might have been closer to Oceanside or some of the other burbs). I live in central IL and I'm considering a move to the Coal City area. I'm hoping I would be within fairly close driving distance to something similar to the type of hills I experienced in SoCal. I'm wondering if anyone could refer me to some info and pictures?
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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Short answer yes!

Those places you mentioned are indeed the most scenic, hilly places around within a daytrip distance of Chicago.

I do have photos, unfortunately I'm typing on a slow computer.

Steve-O on this forum has great photos, so you might want to check up on those photos.
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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Yes, Galena has what youre looking for. In fact, the entire drive up the Mississippi is lovely, as is SW WI, too. Very nice hills, bluffs, valleys, etc.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:08 PM
 
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Yes, Galena has what youre looking for. In fact, the entire drive up the Mississippi is lovely, as is SW WI, too. Very nice hills, bluffs, valleys, etc.
Hey Stevo, I looked online for hours for pictures of those areas. I could only find pictures of the Mississippi drive, and only a couple. Do you know of a link to pics of Galena and SW WI?
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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Have the two of you been to SoCal. How do either of the IL/WI hilly areas compare? Are the hills about the same in size and appearance? Also, do they have highways (or roads) throughout them? The hills I saw in SoCal weren't mountains and weren't near mountains (I don't think) but they were very big hills and very pretty scenery due to a lack of trees on them.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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That area is very nice. If SW Wisconsin interests you, check out Spring Green in Wisconsin. It's where Frank Lloyd Wright built Taliesn, and has some of the nicest landscape in the Midwest. Also, Kettle Moraine State Park in Wisconsin (more east) has a different type of hill. Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin has beautiful stone bluffs that are popular with rock climbers.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Have the two of you been to SoCal. How do either of the IL/WI hilly areas compare? Are the hills about the same in size and appearance?
Nothing in the midwest is as hilly as SoCal. Apparently there is a giant subterranean granite shield across much of the upper midwest that was once a mountain range taller than the Rockies, but obviously that has been worn down over the past ten million years.
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:09 PM
 
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Hey Stevo, I looked online for hours for pictures of those areas. I could only find pictures of the Mississippi drive, and only a couple. Do you know of a link to pics of Galena and SW WI?
Here are some you might like, from the IL/MN/WI/IA "driftless zone" areas:
http://www.michaelkentsmith.com/imag...ll-sunset2.jpg

http://members.aol.com/Mmcbs3/wisconsin_bluff2.jpg

http://www.soldiersgrove.com/images/...20Park_Web.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u.../pano55002.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_8lIXIJo5GXQ/RvQy8g-eCRI/AAAAAAAAGYg/BVcWv4kUHMM/DSC03315.JPG (broken link)

http://houston.govoffice.com/vertical/Sites/%7BEEB7ECBB-1BF8-4E19-89D7-8D6A47AC32AE%7D/uploads/%7B954B4E3F-9A6B-4553-8D6D-8907DADAA025%7D.JPG (broken link)

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~bwilsey/Loess.jpg
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:53 AM
 
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Here are some you might like, from the IL/MN/WI/IA "driftless zone" areas:
http://www.michaelkentsmith.com/imag...ll-sunset2.jpg

http://members.aol.com/Mmcbs3/wisconsin_bluff2.jpg

http://www.soldiersgrove.com/images/...20Park_Web.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u.../pano55002.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_8lIXIJo5GXQ/RvQy8g-eCRI/AAAAAAAAGYg/BVcWv4kUHMM/DSC03315.JPG (broken link)

http://houston.govoffice.com/vertical/Sites/%7BEEB7ECBB-1BF8-4E19-89D7-8D6A47AC32AE%7D/uploads/%7B954B4E3F-9A6B-4553-8D6D-8907DADAA025%7D.JPG (broken link)

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~bwilsey/Loess.jpg

STeveo, thanks. Great pics. The following link didn't work:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_8lIXIJo5GXQ/Rv...M/DSC03315.JPG (broken link)

I think I liked the three below the best. I'm trying to guess where each picture was taken at, so I can maybe go to the places in the future when I feel a need for some hilly scenery. 1) is Rib Mountain outside Wausau, Wisconsin Timm's Hill, Wisconsin's highest (http://www.wisconsincentral.net/Land032106.html - broken link) ? I'm probably incorrect on that one. 2) Spring Hills, WI DSC06324 estate is located in rolling, wooded hills with a stream that feeds into the Wisconsin pictures from wisconsin photos on webshots ? 3) Devils Lake, WI ?

1) http://houston.govoffice.com/vertica...ADAA025%7D.JPG

2) QTH.com Web Hosting and Domain Name Registrations (http://www.soldiersgrove.com/images/...20Park_Web.jpg - broken link)

3) http://members.aol.com/Mmcbs3/wisconsin_bluff2.jpg


Here's a few links I found for anyone interested:

Baraboo range:
http://static.photo.net/attachments/...I-26195884.jpg

Great river road drive, WI:
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/...-road-ga-3.jpg

Pike's Peak State Park, IA:
Geology of Pikes Peak State Park

Autumn at Pikes Peak State park photo - Stan Richard photos at pbase.com

Trempeleau Mountain (Perrot State Park)WI:
Trempeleau Mountain (Perrot State Park)

The other location my wife and I are open-minded to moving to is San Antonio TX. I know there's a lot more to consider when moving other than entertainment and scenery. Anyway, SA might have the edge on hills,
//www.city-data.com/forum/san-antonio/45320-sa-has-hills-2.html
since they're bigger, but Chicagoland has better beaches than SA lakes have. I've also heard that the ocean around Corpus Christi is too nasty/muddy to swim in and not a very good looking beach. Chicagoland is also much closer to skiing (WI) than SA (8-9 hours to Ruidoso NM). But of course SA has Seaworld and Schlitterbaun (voted number one waterpark for years). Tough choice.
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