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View Poll Results: Atlanta vs DC which city has the superior natural beauty?
DC 34 48.57%
Atlanta 36 51.43%
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Atlanta vs DC which city has the superior natural beauty?
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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Atlanta for sure.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Probably Atlanta, more hilly, more trees, chattahoochee river, stone mountain, etc.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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It's really not that much less green than Atlanta, so when you throw in the Potomac and the picturesque autumns, DC is the clear winner in my eyes.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Atlanta is at the very foothills of the Piedmont, giving that city its hilly terrain, a massive lush tree canopy that engulfs the city and its metro area, Stone Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Piedmont Park, etc.

DC's residential streets and most of its non-Downtown neighborhoods have impressive natural beauty such as amazing landscaping, tree-lined side streets, private parks, and community gardens. DC also has the Potomac River and the Anacostia (These two rivers are beautiful in some parts), U.S. Botanical Garden, Rock Creek Park, Meridian Hill Park aka Malcolm X Park in Adams Morgan, the Constitution Gardens, the C&O Canal and Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Three Sisters, etc. I think the neighborhoods (Excluding the National Mall area) that have some of the most lovely natural beauty while complimenting the architecture in DC are Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Woodley Park, Brookland, American University Park, Takoma, Cleveland Park, Anacostia, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, North Cleveland Park, and Bloomingdale. Basically most of the Upper NW nabes are insanely beautiful! And when it comes to Spring foliage, DC is pretty hard to beat.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:31 AM
 
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Atlanta is at the very foothills of the Piedmont, giving that city its hilly terrain, a massive lush tree canopy that engulfs the city and its metro area, Stone Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Piedmont Park, etc.

DC's residential streets and most of its non-Downtown neighborhoods have impressive natural beauty such as amazing landscaping, tree-lined side streets, private parks, and community gardens. DC also has the Potomac River and the Anacostia (These two rivers are beautiful in some parts), U.S. Botanical Garden, Rock Creek Park, Meridian Hill Park aka Malcolm X Park in Adams Morgan, the Constitution Gardens, the C&O Canal and Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Three Sisters, etc. I think the neighborhoods (Excluding the National Mall area) that have some of the most lovely natural beauty while complimenting the architecture in DC are Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Woodley Park, Brookland, American University Park, Takoma, Cleveland Park, Anacostia, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, North Cleveland Park, and Bloomingdale. Basically most of the Upper NW nabes are insanely beautiful! And when it comes to Spring foliage, DC is pretty hard to beat.
Ummm, that's not natural beauty LOL.

I'd give this one to Atlanta, but not by a huge margin. I generally think that Piedmont cities have more picturesque settings than fall line cities, although the latter aren't necessarily lacking in defining geographical features.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:35 AM
 
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I voted Atlanta as well but do love the cherry blossom in DC.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Neither city has any outstanding topographical trademark feature that really defines the city in the way that the lakefront does for Chicago, the beach for Miami, or the front range of the Rockies does for Denver. Atlanta is one of the most forested cities the US with a remarkable canopy all around the city but DC does have a bit of that as well and Stone Mountain is a standout.

I think with these two cities the Potomac River sets DC apart and creates more of a postcard photo setting with the parkland integrated along the river and its a wide river creating more of an open space to take in the city's landmarks. Both are beautiful cities though, can't say one really has any exponential lead over the other.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Neither city has any outstanding topographical trademark feature that really defines the city in the way that the lakefront does for Chicago, the beach for Miami, or the front range of the Rockies does for Denver. Atlanta is one of the most forested cities the US with a remarkable canopy all around the city but DC does have a bit of that as well and Stone Mountain is a standout.

I think with these two cities the Potomac River sets DC apart and creates more of a postcard photo setting with the parkland integrated along the river and its a wide river creating more of an open space to take in the city's landmarks. Both are beautiful cities though, can't say one really has any exponential lead over the other.
Good observation and I think that a lack of water is the only draw back to Atlanta's overall landscape. About Miami and Chicago I personally think that both having a pretty boring flat landscape and water is the only saving grace. But DC and Atlanta could hold their own without water.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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aren't all these parks and botanical gardens and manicured streets... "man made"... I wouldn't call them natural beauty or nature.
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