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Old 02-19-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Having been to all of the cities listed, I'd go with either Madison or Richmond. But, I'd want to know what time of year you'll be visiting. That matters a great deal to your decision.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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True, if you visit Madison from January to March you probably won't see anything but snow.

Can't help but notice that all of the cities listed contain major universities. Probably not a coincidence...
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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True, if you visit Madison from January to March you probably won't see anything but snow.

Can't help but notice that all of the cities listed contain major universities. Probably not a coincidence...
Not at all, it s an exchange semester with my college. I'll move from the end of august to the middle of december!
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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End of August to the middle of December.... then I would highly suggest Madison since you'd get to experience a near-full breadth of seasons from one extreme to the other. You'd likely experience everything from 32°C to -5°C.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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For some odd reason yesterday i met an austinian in Milan (where i live right now) and he described Austin as a very big city surrounded by farmlands and parks and ranches outside the city. It's definetely not a rural town, but the area surrounding it is. Plus, he told me that Mccombs school is one of the best in the usa, so that would be a big pro. On the other hand he didn t even know Urbana-Champaign

PS: I forgot to mention that i can choose Atlanta in GeorgiA too

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Old 02-19-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Tempe

ASU is big school, lot's of girls, wearing hardly any clothes when it's hot outside, lots of parties. Arizona will have all the cactuses and cowboy crap you were hoping Austin would have. As for "rural" right outside of Tempe there's vast stretches of desert, mountains, forest and general wilderness. Nearby, the Grand Canyon, Saguaro Nat'l Park, stuff like that. August will be hot and then it'll cool off and be really nice out by October. You can be outside in shorts and t-shirt on Christmas day and feel fine.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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So Austin isn't Anything similar to what you see in movies about Texas? Dry weather, deserts wirh cactuses, ranchs and cowboys..?
I'm always amused when people presume Texas to be very... desert. IIRC, less than 10% of Texas is a proper desert, its predominantly (other than coastline) a prairie, grassland area. Austin... not really "rural"... but it does have a wild life refuge close by and is a really beautiful place. Plus lots of water activities as well.

If one is looking for Dry weather, deserts with cacti... go west towards New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.. California could work too. I think Tempe is a great option. You have couple national forest parks close by, Grand Canyon is a couple hours away and Flagstaff is a few hours drive as well. However, it's definitely not rural at all.


I'm not surprised you've met someone who didn't know about Urbana-Champaign, IL. When it comes to the state of Illinois... Chicago really dominates.

I would choose Richmond, Va. You have the Nation capital, mountains, ocean only within a couple hours.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I went to college at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign. I also lived in Rantoul and Danville and I disagree with the comments about lack of lack of natural scenery. You travel over to Danville and you have access to Kennekuk and Kickapoo Parks. Mahomet has Lake of the Woods Park and other Champaign County attractions. A few miles south and you will be introduced to Amish country; not natural scenery, but definitely a unique cultural experience.

If someone hailed from Illinois and they weren't familiar with Champaign-Urbana, I would seriously question their sanity. It is the location for the flagship campus for the state's premier public university. And being that there are three competing markets for professional sports for Illinois residents (Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis), the Illini are a heavily followed college team throughout the state.

Anyway, if you are leaning towards CU, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Spent 7 years at the U of I (4 undergrad, 3 law), so I am pretty familiar with the place.
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