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View Poll Results: Pika State!
Alaska 51 49.51%
California 33 32.04%
Omg I can't choose so everyone's a winner! 19 18.45%
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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my point is there is nothing unique about alaska other than glaciers
unless u can find mediterranean zones and deserts like death valley in alaska. and all of alaska's coast line looks the same.
any random mountain in colorado will look like any mountain in alaska. any 'scenic' view of yellowstone, yosemite, or any other national park looks like any scenic view of alaska.

variety > snow, trees and lakes
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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my point is there is nothing unique about alaska other than glaciers
unless u can find mediterranean zones and deserts like death valley in alaska. and all of alaska's coast line looks the same.
any random mountain in colorado will look like any mountain in alaska. any 'scenic' view of yellowstone, yosemite, or any other national park looks like any scenic view of alaska.

variety > snow, trees and lakes
Gonna have to disagree with that one. I have spent extensive time in both states, and the mountains, the glaciers, the rivers, all have a "bigger than life" feel that you very rarely see in the lower 48.

Mt. Shasta is impressive, until you see Denali (Mt. McKinley up close). The Cook Inlet is reminiscent of the fjords of Norway. CA can't equal that.
Yes, CA has Yosemite, and it certainly is spectacular, but Alaska is chalk full of Yosemite-type areas. Again, CA is more well-known, so if the question is what state has more eyeballs, then population will will artificially give the nod to the Golden State. But from the inland marine passages, to the countless mega-tall mountains, there simply is no comparison to CA, or any other state.
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Gonna have to disagree with that one. I have spent extensive time in both states, and the mountains, the glaciers, the rivers, all have a "bigger than life" feel that you very rarely see in the lower 48.

Mt. Shasta is impressive, until you see Denali (Mt. McKinley up close). The Cook Inlet is reminiscent of the fjords of Norway. CA can't equal that.
Yes, CA has Yosemite, and it certainly is spectacular, but Alaska is chalk full of Yosemite-type areas. Again, CA is more well-known, so if the question is what state has more eyeballs, then population will will artificially give the nod to the Golden State. But from the inland marine passages, to the countless mega-tall mountains, there simply is no comparison to CA, or any other state.
What areas of Alaska are "chalk full of Yosemite-types"? Does Alaska have giant Sequoias trees, the world's largest tree? Does Alaska have "Yosemite-like" parks that contain five major vegetation zones: chaparral\ oak woodland, lower montane, upper montane, subalpine and alpine. Are any regions in Alaska classified "mediterrainean" climates like Yosemite? Where in Alaska are sheer granite monoliths that attracts rock climbers the world over to enjoy 12 months of the year? Is there any place in Alaska that have all these features in the same park?
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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my point is there is nothing unique about alaska other than glaciers
unless u can find mediterranean zones and deserts like death valley in alaska. and all of alaska's coast line looks the same.
any random mountain in colorado will look like any mountain in alaska. any 'scenic' view of yellowstone, yosemite, or any other national park looks like any scenic view of alaska.

variety > snow, trees and lakes
Here's something California can't duplicate!

http://c2.api.ning.com/files/7yWsBoa...ern_lights.jpg


California does indeed have much more variety but what Alaska does, it does better than California could ever emulate.

I think someone here had it right though when they said at least you can enjoy California's wildlife because Alaska is unbearably cold most of the year and most of the wildlife there you cant even get to without a boat or plane.
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Tribeca, New York City
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Alaska is ridiculously beautiful, by far the most beautiful state in the US.

But it is ridiculously boring. I vacationed there and was bored to tears.
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Here's something California can't duplicate!

http://c2.api.ning.com/files/7yWsBoa...ern_lights.jpg


California does indeed have much more variety but what Alaska does, it does better than California could ever emulate.

I think someone here had it right though when they said at least you can enjoy California's wildlife because Alaska is unbearably cold most of the year and most of the wildlife there you cant even get to without a boat or plane.
Beautiful photo of "northern lights"\ aurora borealis. California is too far south but maybe northern Washington\ Seattle can see some of the aurora.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:30 AM
 
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northern lights are indeed bad ass.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Alaska is no doubt gorgeous but I voted California. Why you ask? Because you can pretty much enjoy California's beauty 365 days a year. On the other hand, some of the most beautiful parts in Alaska aren't even accessible without a plane or a boat. Oh and the winters are quite rough.

Pictures are one thing, but actually being there in person is another.
Yes, but the question wasn't "which one's natural beauty is more accessible". The question was just which area has more natural beauty.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
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California

I like Alaska but California wins this one by a pretty big margin-if only because of the state's striking geographic diversity.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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Without question, the two most beautiful states in the country.

Cali > AK IMO.

Sheer diversity guarantees this for me.

For example mountains, valleys, cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, rolling hills, deserts, beaches, 50 foot waves, giant sequoias, redwoods, etc.

AK will have some of these, but not all. Things I wish Cali would have that AK has are icebergs and glaciers.

It's close, but edge goes to Cali for me.
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