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Ever visit a town that you were surprised how nice it was?

Ever visit a town that you were surprised how nice it was?

Sep 3rd, 2004, 01:13 PM
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I'm glad to see so many people enjoy Memphis. Living here, it's hard to get a good perspective.

I'd agree that Kansas City is very nice. Very clean and pleasant. I'm from St. Louis originally, up until a few years ago, and have known many people who were surprised by the number of things to do and places to go there as well.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 01:18 PM
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I would like to give some feedback to my own question above:

I thought the nicest towns, that real people actually live in, that I have ever seen are:

Saratoga Springs, NY
New Ulm, MN
Portland, Oregon
Tallahassee, FL
Amherst, MA
Frankfort, Ky
Fort Collins, Co
Ashland, Oregon
Oxford, MS
Rochester, NY
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 01:48 PM
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I think Pittsburgh is going to win the most votes!
I REALLY expected to hate it, the vision I had was grey and nasty... polluted. I thought it was a neat town AND it has an IKEA!
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 01:58 PM
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Great thread!

You've inspired me to add places to my list I've never considered visiting.

We recently visited Durango, CO which I thought would be gimicky but my husband wanted to see. Turned out, we all really enjoyed it as it is a real town with old western flavor.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:08 PM
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I thought Cleveland Ohio was awesome with the river front. I was suprised how much fun it was.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:22 PM
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Lander, Wyoming: It was just a place to stop overnight on the way to Yellowstone, but it was really a neat town with a laid back feel and friendly people. The Western main street was really fun to walk down and Sinks Canyon was a beautiful spot just outside of town. Also had a great meal at a place called Cowfish.

Someone else mentioned Boise, Idaho: I was also charmed by that town. I can't put my finger on it, but the place just felt good. (Of course I was in both these places in the summertime!!!
 
Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:33 PM
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Utica, NY. Great art institute (Proctor-Williams-Munson?)
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:38 PM
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Cleveland
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 03:21 PM
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I liked Memphis and Pittsburgh too. Another town I enjoyed was Albuquerque. I had to go there for work a few times and it was a really pleasant place. From the way people talk, I thought it was going to be a real hole. I recently went to NJ and was impressed with the place. I didn't realize there would be so much farmland and quaint towns.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 03:43 PM
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Nice to hear the good remarks about Cleveland. As a Cleveland transplant, I was surprised with Columbus, with its Short North strip and German Village.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 04:55 PM
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Another vote for the Land of Cleves! I was very pleasantly surprised!
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 06:53 PM
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Sioux Falls SD - at least in Summer. Nice little downtown area with historic buildings, nice parks, a zoo... Probably not a vacation destination, but a very pleasant place.
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Sep 4th, 2004, 03:52 PM
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My pick is Ventura, California.
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Sep 4th, 2004, 07:26 PM
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One more vote for Pittsburgh.

I was also pleasantly surprised by Cincinnati OH. I wasn't expecting much, but the city has a definite vibe all its own.
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Sep 4th, 2004, 08:42 PM
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Ventura is definitely a nice place.
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Sep 4th, 2004, 09:20 PM
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Lone Pine, Ca. We were simply going to hike Mt Whitney and get food in this gateway town, but the town itself turned out to be a haven for some great filling food and down home dining.

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Sep 5th, 2004, 02:23 AM
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Kansas City and Tulsa. Out there away from tourists, they have rich cultural amenities, nice shopping, good restaurants and seem to be good places to raise a family. LMF
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Sep 5th, 2004, 04:43 AM
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I'm glad to see that Tulsa made the list! We recently moved here from San Diego with our young family and are enjoying it immensely. I adore Kansas City as well.
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Sep 5th, 2004, 10:19 AM
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I definitely agree with Jocelyn on Tulsa. I was expecting Tulsa to be as exciting as the lower/western part of the state but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course we didn't do much hiking and camping in Tulsa, only shopping and dining.
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Sep 5th, 2004, 10:25 AM
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And add Chicago, IL to previous reply. I had to go twice on business, I had always assumed the city was dirty and full of crime, but it was just the opposite. I even went back for pleasure I enjoyed it so much.
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