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View Poll Results: Pika State!
Alaska 52 50.00%
California 33 31.73%
Omg I can't choose so everyone's a winner! 19 18.27%
Voters: 104. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-26-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Alaska is a vast wilderness, the diversity of which is largely unseen, untouched and unexplored by humans. Most of us will hardly get to see Alaska because it is so remote and inaccessible. And those that do will see only little of it. It's nearly 4 times the size of California, just for comparison.

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Old 04-26-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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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.
I think a lot of it boils down to what someone likes looking at. For me, its trees. So I will favor California, Oregon or Washington.

Someone said that Alaska is remote. But with cruises and flights, I don't think its that hard to get to.

These are two pics that I get a lot of mileage from on the forums.



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Old 04-27-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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As someone who lived in Alaska for 10 years and has visited friends and family in California on many occasions, Sequoia and warm beaches are the only thing that California has over Alaska in regards to natural beauty. It is no contest that California is second among all 50 states, but anyone who for even a second thinks California has more natural beauty hasn't been or even looked up Alaska. Basically imagine anything you have seen and take it up a notch.

Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, there is just no way for California to compete. From Denali, to the Tongass National Rain Forest, to glaciers, to the Arctic Ocean, to the Northern Lights, to the Chugach National Forest, to how many other areas I am forgetting, there is just no comparison. There are hardly any countries on Earth that compare to what Alaska has to offer let alone in the US. I moved out of the state due to things like isolation and darkness for months on end, but I still visit whenever I can due to that beauty.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: New York
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Very very tough one.

I have to go with California based on the diversity.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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I have to admit I am a bit confused by the people choosing California based on diversity when Alaska is more diverse. People seem to have an image of Alaska that is only a small portion from what they have seen in a picture. Now imagine an area encompassing California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana. That is roughly 672k sq miles to Alaska's 656k. Now imagine the diversity of geography and biology in that area. This will help in giving people a better idea of how big the difference really is. Also when talking about natural beauty, you have to include the wildlife. The only way to describe Alaska is surreal, like the last refuge our planet has from us.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I have to admit I am a bit confused by the people choosing California based on diversity when Alaska is more diverse. People seem to have an image of Alaska that is only a small portion from what they have seen in a picture. Now imagine an area encompassing California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana. That is roughly 672k sq miles to Alaska's 656k. Now imagine the diversity of geography and biology in that area. This will help in giving people a better idea of how big the difference really is. Also when talking about natural beauty, you have to include the wildlife. The only way to describe Alaska is surreal, like the last refuge our planet has from us.
But how is Alaska more geographically diverse than California? Just being big doesn't translate in diverse. Alaska is the largest state but the diversity is essentially tundra to forest, mountains to coastline, glaciers and total snow cover in places. California is alpine to desert and every land form\ vegetation zone in between. The difference in what grows and how it grows also separates California from Alaska. Because Alaska is a far northern latitude it has limited seasons compared to the rest of the nation. Very very long winters & very short summers with generally colder temps than any other state. Alaska is huge but not nearly a diverse as California.
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:22 AM
 
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I have to admit I am a bit confused by the people choosing California based on diversity when Alaska is more diverse. People seem to have an image of Alaska that is only a small portion from what they have seen in a picture. Now imagine an area encompassing California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana. That is roughly 672k sq miles to Alaska's 656k. Now imagine the diversity of geography and biology in that area. This will help in giving people a better idea of how big the difference really is. Also when talking about natural beauty, you have to include the wildlife. The only way to describe Alaska is surreal, like the last refuge our planet has from us.
Alaska is not more diverse then California. Lets start from the top of California and work our way down shall we
Mount Shasta

Redwoods

Wine Country

Yosemite

Lake Tahoe
http://laketahoeskideals.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/tahoewinter.jpg (broken link)
Palasade Glaicer

Big Sur Coast

Central Valley
http://www.callifemagazine.com/images/windmill_patterson.jpg (broken link)
San Gabriel Mountains
http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mpl/DSCN0499%20copy.jpg (broken link)
Salton Sea

Mojave Desert

Death Valley


If Alaska is more diverse then this, then by all means by enlighten me.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Alaska is not more diverse then California. Lets start from the top of California and work our way down shall we
Mount Shasta

Redwoods

Wine Country

Yosemite

Lake Tahoe

Palasade Glaicer

Big Sur Coast

Central Valley

San Gabriel Mountains

Salton Sea

Mojave Desert

Death Valley


If Alaska is more diverse then this, then by all means by enlighten me.
Photos tell the story that there is no state in America more diverse than California!
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Alaska is not more diverse then California. Lets start from the top of California and work our way down shall we
Mount Shasta

Redwoods

Wine Country

Yosemite

Lake Tahoe

Palasade Glaicer

Big Sur Coast

Central Valley

San Gabriel Mountains

Salton Sea

Mojave Desert

Death Valley


If Alaska is more diverse then this, then by all means by enlighten me.
Thank you! Wow, I didn't realize that CA had glaciers too. Glaciers to redwoods to sand dunes, you can't get more diverse than that.

I'm so freaking proud to live in California!
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: New York
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Thank you! Wow, I didn't realize that CA had glaciers too. Glaciers to redwoods to sand dunes, you can't get more diverse than that.

I'm so freaking proud to live in California!
I hate you lol.

California is one of my favorite states, I never knew it had glaciers & sand dunes though.

Alaska is very diverse as well but no state is rivaling California IMO.

Just based on diversity I'd say:

1. California
2. AK, TX, SD, NY, NJ (yes its very diverse, especially for its size)
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