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What Is Your Favorite State?

Discussion in 'North America' started by Novelangel, May 4, 2016.

  1. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    I am absolutely addicted to my own home state of Michigan. We have mountains, (well, sort of) waterfalls, caves, cliffs, copper mines, virgin forests, beautiful lakes, rivers and streams... and of course, the great lakes as well. We have hundreds of historic lighthouses to explore, climb and photograph, as well as old fashioned paddle wheel river boats and tourist towns with fascinating histories.

    We Michiganians have the upper and lower peninsula and a map that we carry with us wherever we go in the form of a right hand. We have a couldn't-care-less attitude regarding cold weather and can drive in virtually any road conditions without much fear.

    So what about you? What is your favorite state, and it's okay if it's where you live. ;)
  2. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    From Michigan myself! I love New York and California though, even though they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. California's visual appeal is incredible with the weather beaches, and no shortage of characters perusing the street at any given moment. I would give the edge to New York though, I love the grungy feel of the city and taking subway rides after midnight to amp up the thrill. It's always been appealing to me. I never do any of the touristy stuff when I'm there, I just act like a regular citizen.
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  3. Valerie

    Valerie Active Member

    Hailing from Southern New Jersey, I can say that it is certainly an underrated State when it comes to natural beauty and the beaches outside of Ocean City and Atlantic City. But NJ is by no means my favorite!
    I've been to many places around the States, but I'm torn between Florida and Oregon. I love Florida for the amazing beaches and nature, the weather and the amusements. Plus I have fantastic memories from family vacations there. As for Oregon, I've fallen in love with the openness. If it isn't obvious, I love nature. Oregon has a lot of it. Mountains, rivers, cliffs and forests are everywhere you turn.
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  4. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    I love nature as well, and one of the prettiest states I've ever visited has to be Kentucky, with the cliffs, trees and spectacular sites. It's one of the many camera-ready states out there, for sure. I've never been to New Jersey, but it sounds lovely. Glad to meet another from my home state, Norjak! I like California as well, and love visiting the beach in Santa Monica. Gorgeous. I've never been to New York City or New York State but I understand the state is quite beautiful. I'm not a big city gal myself, preferring lots of smaller towns over the big metropolis type.
  5. maxen57

    maxen57 Member

    If I were to travel to the United States, I'd first go to New York to watch a broadway musical show because I've always wanted to see those shows I only get to see on YouTube. I'd go round sampling the best foods in New York, even the famous hotdog! Then I'd fly to New Orleans and join the Mardi Gras because I want to wear a costume and dance in the streets. Also, New Orleans is famous for being an eerie location. I like paranormal stories and according to the feature shows that I've seen on TV, the place had it's share of sightings.
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  6. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    You're right New Orleans is a hotbed for paranormal activity. I remember staying there when I was younger and though I never experienced anything to that effect, the whole place does have a very very scary aura too it. Even the streets look old and rustic and worn down. It's a beautiful city though, nothing to be scared of!
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  7. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Member

    From what I've heard from my husband (he stayed for 7 months in California) naturally it is California for me. First is Disneyland in Anaheim and then the Universal Studios and probably a peek in Hollywood. Up north, maybe we can pass by Solvang to see the windmill and the coastline. San Francisco has a lot to share with me starting with the golden gate and the crookedest road that is Lombard street. Even the streets of San Francisco is already a sight to behold, the steep ups and downs, huh. Oh, I can enumerate more but you may be deceived to think that I have been there. But anyway, I would choose California and maybe Las Vegas just for the casino.
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  8. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    I've always thought that New Orleans was fascinating, especially the people, and their music. I've never been there but it might be fun to do so during Mardi Gras someday. I would probably take a billion pictures and end up trampled in the street for my efforts, but I'd still like to go at least once. I have been to California, however, and spent some time in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. That's a memorable experience but since I live so far away, I don't get out there often.
  9. Lynk

    Lynk Member

    Since my latest vacation, it is New Mexico! I fell in love with the landscape and the food! So many astounding art galleries in Santa Fe and Taos. Fresh green chilis everywhere. White sand dunes! Ahhhhh it was an amazing time! I don't know how it would be to live there, I've heard mixed things and I know the economy is not so good in parts of the state, but I really loved the place and fantasize about moving there now! :D
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  10. crimsonghost747

    crimsonghost747 Active Member

    Well I've only been to Texas and Florida, so out of those two I'd pick Texas. It had a much more authentic feel whereas Florida just felt like any other beach destination on the world. New Orleans is definitely a city I want to visit at some point in my life though.
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  11. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    Even though I've said before that my favourite city in the world is New York, my favourite state is California. I just think the diversity you can find there, is like something you can't experience anywhere else in the world, and the laidback nature of the people is unique also.
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  12. GemmaRowlands

    GemmaRowlands New Member

    I love New York. Even though culturally it's so similar to being in London (in comparison to other countries, anyway) it just feels like there's something different, and things are happening there all of the time. I really enjoy immersing myself into the American culture, but there's just something about the city of New York that really attracts my attention. Wherever else I travel in my life, I will certainly always be trying my best to go back to that state whenever I can!
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  13. omgidk

    omgidk New Member

    I'm from Texas and I love this state! The weather can be kind of crazy sometimes, but overall the people are friendly, the food is delicious, the cities are beautiful, and there's lots of things to do. You can probably say that about many other places, but Texas truly is special. Other than my home state, I've visited Oklahoma and Massachusetts. I really liked Boston, it seemed like a magical, enchanting city. I'd like to eventually visit New York. However, I think I'll visit California first because I'd love to go to the beaches, the Hollywood walk of fame, etc. Plus my best friend lives in Los Angeles, so I think I should definitely show up to visit her.
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  14. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    I've been to Florida before and one thing I really loved about that state was the warm water beaches. You can just step in and enjoy the ocean water without fear of freezing into an ice sculpture right there on the spot. I didn't see a whole lot of that fabled Florida sunshine however, as it rained much of the time I was there, but I did get a few good days of fun in the sun before I had to return home. I'm not particularly entranced by the state, however. It's a very long drive and very expensive to live there. A short visit is wonderful however.
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  15. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    It's strange though, but because I'm from the UK, I know how us English think and we just automatically assume that no matter where you're from in America, you'll have been to most of the state's and major cities, it's only from living over there myself I realised that you didn't.

    When I first moved to New York, I was told that after a couple of months I'd be working in los Angeles and I asked a new Yorker who I was working with what California was like. His response?.....I haven't got a clue, its the other side of the world! And it practically is!
  16. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    Well, I'm a California girl and of course I adore my home state - maybe not the taxes we have to pay, but it's a great state with lots to do, amazing nature, good food, and awesome weather - so I think the home bias is going to come through! To me it truly is the best state!
  17. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    That is really interesting, pwarbi. :) I'm curious about something. Does this mean that people in the UK travel more than we do over here? Have you been to every part of England? Not being sarcastic here, but genuinely want to know as I've never been to England or any other European country. I have noticed that a lot of Europeans speak more than one language so am wondering if there is a lot of multi-cultural traveling going on that exceeds what we are used to here in the states.
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  18. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    While I've not been to EVERY part, I've been to most places, as I think a lot of other British citizens have. England, the British isles in fact, is a lot smaller than the US of course, so that plays a big part.
  19. California is undoubtedly my favorite American state so far. You can find almost anything you want in California because of how diverse the population is. You can get real authentic food from foreign countries because there are still a ton of first and second germination immigrants here. Plus, you have the reef forest, surfing, beach, and touch reefs to visit. There are museusm, zoos, aquariums, and some of the best entertainment to be found here.
  20. Valentino

    Valentino Member

    Texas is my favorite State.

    While I could talk about the beauty and diversity Texas' landscape, that's not what makes it my favorite State. If you've ever been to Texas one thing you won't fail to notice is — Texans are courteous. Well not all of them but most are. Yeah, that's what Texas my favorite State.
  21. Francis

    Francis New Member

    I have never been to the USA and but have always wanted to visit Texas. This is because I have a lot of friends and relatives living there. I would also like to visit Washington DC if I have a chance.
  22. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Member

    I've been hearing of Florida as a sort of summer capital because Americans go there, especially the wealthy families, during winter for a vacation. The weather is definitely warmer in Florida, they say, because of the continuous sunshine. And yes, not to forget the nice beaches that we see in documentaries on tv. In fact, if you had seen one episode of the movie Home Alone, there was this Christmas vacation of the family in Florida and the little boy was inadvertently left at home hence the crux of the story.
  23. Ava

    Ava Member

    I like Massachusetts, and Vermont because they have plenty of history, and have good transport links. I used to travel between Boston and New York and it was easy and cheap. I've only visited Vermont, but lived on the border so often I would be in Vermont and the way of life is so much more laid back and relaxed. There was a good vibe about the place.

    I have family in New York and Los Angeles, but I never wanted to live in New York, but possibly Los Angeles as they have better weather and beaches. As much as I love the culture in New York, it's expensive and crowded, but if I could afford the Hamptons that would be a different matter.