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Started by rearranged on Apr 16, 2018 1:03:12 PM
US States you have been to, good and bad bits

A lot of us have been to different parts to the US. Which states are obvious greats, which are the hidden gems, and which ones should be avoided?

All helpful advice and wild prejudices welcome.

rearranged - 16 Apr 2018 13:06:30 (#1 of 59)

Colorado is great. High mountains, endless forests and hidden lakes, but also and rolling plains of dusty grassland where you can still see the ruts made by the wagon trains.

Beautiful wild places, a big city, small hamlets and great small university towns.

Fabulous beer, too.

TRaney - 16 Apr 2018 13:11:20 (#2 of 59)

All National Parks I've been to are at least good, most amazing

Almost all cities are awful apart from NY, LA and bits of SF and Boston.

States wise, Montana is great, and the northern NE ones.

Rendered - 16 Apr 2018 13:11:49 (#3 of 59)

I also enjoyed my (brief) time in Colorado, especially driving around the Rockies and visiting those well-scrubbed cities, like Boulder. Fittest state in the country, apparently.

I'll always have a soft spot for Southern California, having lived there for a year in uni, but the Pacific Northwest is where I'd love to return.

I think I got NYC out of my system after the fifth or sixth visit but it's still somewhere you should try once, at least.

Rendered - 16 Apr 2018 13:12:35 (#4 of 59)

Although my favourite smaller city is Charleston in South Carolina.

Agaliarept - 16 Apr 2018 13:18:22 (#5 of 59)

I've only been to Florida where my grandmother lives.

It was ok.

That is my US state experience story.

TheVoiceOfReason - 16 Apr 2018 13:19:07 (#6 of 59)

Utah is amazingly beautiful and very underrated. Idaho is the real heartland but with that comes some amazing small towns and scenery.

Bribaba - 16 Apr 2018 13:21:57 (#7 of 59)

I lived in Vermont in the 90s. Lovely countryside but awful people. 'Liberal' twats in bow ties and woodchucks - a northern equivalent of rednecks. I used to drive down to NYC at weekends just to get away from them. I also lived in San Francisco in the 70s which was amazing - and cheap.

fenderstrat - 16 Apr 2018 13:26:59 (#8 of 59)

Southern Cal was great - if you have money. We lived there and loved it, when we did.

Fort Laud was just nasty, no redeeming features. Felt the same about Philedelphia.

TheVoiceOfReason - 16 Apr 2018 13:42:49 (#9 of 59)

Fort Lauderdale is spectacularly awful, it’s true.

Rendered - 16 Apr 2018 13:46:29 (#10 of 59)

Where old gays go to die. Some gorgeous beaches though.

TRaney - 16 Apr 2018 13:49:02 (#11 of 59)

I lived in Vermont in the 90s too, the people were fine. I was working for the Mob though

TheExcession - 16 Apr 2018 14:14:23 (#12 of 59)

Yosemite is absolutely stunning. No photos can really do it justice, to be honest. The landscape is on such a scale that your mind struggles to comprehend it, but the valley floor itself is very beautiful.

Death Valley is worth seeing. It's a silent landscape like something from the surface of a baking alien world.

I liked San Francisco but hated LA. The latter just seemed like a place built for cars, not people.

DonkeyOT - 16 Apr 2018 14:28:36 (#13 of 59)

>>>>>>>>> "Travel" Folder.

rearranged - 16 Apr 2018 14:37:40 (#14 of 59)


Scenery that is just unbelievable. Places that in most parts of the world would be a national highlight are just ordinary bits of land without special protection, because there are places even more remarkable.

Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are almost side by side, but very different and truly awe inspiring.

Then on top of them you have Bryce Canyon, Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks, along with loads of other state parks, national monuments and so on.

But you need to be prepared to do a lot of driving. If you are in Moab, which is considered the best base for Canyonlands, it is 32 miles the the visitors centre. Unless you want to go to the visitors centre in the other part of the park, which is 73 miles the other way.

And the beer is rubbish.

Sabacious - 16 Apr 2018 14:54:03 (#15 of 59)

Also Salt Lake City - superficially as dull as it is odd, but a gentle scratch of the surface reveals a wild side. I had a very memorable (mostly) weekend there starting with a punk night at Burt's Tiki Lounge armed with giant cans of PBR and it got more and more surreal as the weekend progressed.

Bribaba - 16 Apr 2018 15:01:56 (#16 of 59)

Mendocino in northern California is a great place to chill. I remember reading an info notice on the cliffs saying watch out for whales on their annual migration south. 'Oh, sure' I thought. And then I looked up to see two whales, spouting.

TRaney - 16 Apr 2018 15:03:17 (#17 of 59)

Whales are always spouting off while the crabs give it all that

Bribaba - 16 Apr 2018 15:05:41 (#18 of 59)

Yes, they're massive show-offs. Impressive, though.

rearranged - 16 Apr 2018 15:44:06 (#19 of 59)

North East Nevade, approaching Las Vegas.

The most sole destroyingly ugly place you can imagine. Mile after mile of brown scrubby land punctuated by power stations and other industrial sites.

Eventually you reach Las Vegas.

If in a couple of millenia someone writes a history on the decline and fall of the western civilisation, Las Vegas will be the shorthand for bread and circuses.

Sabacious - 16 Apr 2018 16:04:35 (#20 of 59)

The drive from San Diego to Ls Vegas across the Mojave Desert is amazeballs! Huge desert, hug skies!

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