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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 5th, 2004, 10:43 AM
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I'll second Patrick's Niagara on the Lake choice and add Stratford (the Ontario one) it. Picturesque little towns that owe their being to the theatre. We used to do Stratford once a year and Niagara on the Lake less frequently for their Shaw Festival. My all time favorite sweater came from a little Irish shop in NOTL and I still wear it many, many years later. LMF
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Sep 11th, 2004, 02:40 PM
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Parkersburg, West Virginia. I always thought West Virginia was a hillbilly state, but it was absolutely beautiful and I was jealous of the lucky people that get to live there. I also agree about New Jersey. I always pictured it the way it seems on The Sopranos- dirty and urban- but there are some beautiful, tree filled areas once you get away from New York.
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Sep 11th, 2004, 02:54 PM
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What about places you visited expecting to love but ended up not caring for at all?

I thought I'd love Manhattan, but I hated it. It was too crowded, dirty, loud, and humid. And I realized that looking at a bunch of tall buildings is just not that impressive after the first couple minutes. The chaos really unnerved me, and I couldn't wait to leave.

Another one was Colorado. I traveled all the way across the state- through Denver, Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction- and was not at all impressed. I had expectd it to be spectacularly beautiful, so I was dissapointed. My friend that was with me felt the same. Half the state is as flat and boring as Kansas (probably the most boring place I've ever been in my life), the mountain scenery is no nicer than any of the other western states, and Denver was so ugly and the air was so dirty that it reminded me of the Los Angeles area. Oh yeah, and the elevation was so high in some places that I was having trouble breathing- I actually found myself hyperventilating a few times.

I'm sure there are people who will disagree with my opinions on those areas, but I still think it's interesting to hear different opinions.
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Sep 11th, 2004, 05:28 PM
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I'm glad to hear the person praise San Luis Obispo. We liked it so much we moved there and it's great!
A city I had little hope for but enjoyed is Indianapolis.
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Sep 12th, 2004, 02:07 AM
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Saratoga Springs, NY
Hendersonville, NC
Oklahoma City, OK
Asheville, NC
Mansfield, OH
Sierra Vista, AZ
Homer, AK
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Sep 12th, 2004, 03:16 AM
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Another nice town we visited recently was Easton, MD.
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Sep 12th, 2004, 05:11 AM
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Love to read the nice comments about Cleveland, since I am nearby, and Pittsburgh. However, a lot of cities and not "towns" are being mentioned. While there are a lot of tremendous cities that I have visited, since the poster mentioned a cross country trip, a very nice place that has been forgotten in time, is the rolling hills of the Ohio Valley, and Amish Country near Sugarcreek. Very picturesque and many fine little shops and towns so small that if you blink once they are gone.
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Sep 12th, 2004, 07:16 AM
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I love North eastern Pennsylvania. In my opinion some of the nicest people, quaint towns and great food (especially the Williamsport-Lycoming county area). A few great B&B's.

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Sep 12th, 2004, 08:29 AM
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Since I loved the book and movie The Bridges of Madison County I just had to see where everything took place and went to Winterset, Iowa, which I loved. A little town with a sense of tradition.

Every Memorial Day people meet in the townsquare and follow the band, who are playing hymns, to the cemetary where they honor those from the town that died in the different wars. The cemetary's roads are lined with flags. A ceremony follows, ending with Taps. It's a wonderful tribute to those who sacrified their lives for us.
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Sep 12th, 2004, 07:20 PM
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Good to read the inclusion of Oklahoma City. I think all who visit are surprised at the downtown activity, opposite of what the mainstream media and some travel guides lead you to believe.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 05:34 AM
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Cleveland, OH
Medford, OR
Cheyenne, WY
Lake Charles, LA
Georgetown, CO
Montgomery, AL
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Sep 13th, 2004, 07:43 AM
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Kansas City, MO
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Sep 13th, 2004, 08:30 AM
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Rhinebeck, NY is a beautiful town along the Hudson River. Lots of antiquing and stuff.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Yes, we originally were going to visit Brevard, NC and stopped in Hendersonville, NC for lodging. Well, we loved Hendersonville so much we are now retired here.....
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Oct 28th, 2004, 11:49 AM
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Another vote for Tulsa...a surprising amount of culture, and Tulsa had the world's busiest airport during a period in the 1930's...or so they claim.

Another is Corning, NY. The Corning Glass Museum is worth a trip in itself.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 11:55 AM
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Add my name to the list of people who love Pittsburgh. When I tell people that I love Pittsburgh I always get a strange look. It is such a pretty city and having Falling Water so close is a definite plus.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 12:01 PM
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Another vote for Pittsburgh. Didn't get to spend much time there and would like to take back. Eastern PA seems very beautiful.

Also a vote for the Hill Country of Texas. Not crazy about some of Texas but Austin and surrounding area is very nice.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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My last visit to Santa Barbara area I was so surprised how wonderful Ventura has become. Actually like it better than Santa Barbara now.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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I never expected to say this before I visited, but Utah is absolutely one of my favorite states. The abundance of spectacular natural parks and terrain, friendly people, and clean and friendly cities was a welcome surprise. It's actually my favorite state to visit.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 01:10 PM
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Columbus Indiana is an architectural delight-- well-worth a visit!

And we, too, loved Pittsburgh...and Santa Barbera was a pleasant surprise!
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