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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Here are a few things that are great about my home state of West Virginia, what's great about your home state???

Because of our mountains, we have rivers. The oldest river in the
Western Hemisphere, the New River ends in West Virginia. We have the Gauley River, which confluence's with the New River in a magnificent cascade to form the Kanawha River, which in turn flows through the center of the state, and directly through the capital city of Charleston, the largest city in West Virginia. These rivers in addition to the Cheat, Blackwater, Tygart, Monongahela, Ohio and countless others offer tremendous
recreational opportunities

The tallest building in Charleston is barely 25 floors tall, which, if
you think about it, is a plus..... how could you possibly build a
skyscraper more beautiful than a mountain?

The capital city stretches throughout the long river valley
encompassing both hill and dale.

The Charleston airport, the largest in the state, sits on top of a

The crime rate in Charleston, including the entire population of the
Kanawha Valley (around 200,000), reflects that of the entire state, one of the lowest in America. No more than a handful of murders are committed each year.
Charleston has no subway systems, but, truth be known, you can get from one end of town to the other, even in rush ho hour traffic, in less than fifteen minutes.

There are three major interstate systems going through Charleston, the smallest city in America to make such a claim. (77, 64, and 79)

The entire state has six different interstate systems, meaning, from
Charleston, you can reach Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Louisville or Charlotte in four hours or less....

Ah, but once you leave the interstates, the drive becomes a thing of
wonder. Two lane roads, winding up and down the mountains, offer
amazing views and historic places, small towns, poor in wealth but rich in history.

West Virginia is the birthplace of Mother's Day, in Grafton; and
Father's Day, in Fairmont.

We have the oldest covered bridge still in use. We have walnut
festivals and strawberry festivals and apple festivals and pumpkin festivals and buckwheat festivals , and arts and crafts fairs and stern wheel regattas and ramp dinners.

We have Bridge Day, on the New River Gorge bridge over 800 feet above the New River; the only standing structure in the United States that, one day a year, allows parachuting and bungee jumping.

We have college basketball, and minor league baseball and hockey, and, just like all of America, Friday night high school football.

We have white water rafting, and skiing, and hiking, and caves, and waterfalls, and camping in every direction. We have Sundays where a leisurely drive in the car can take eight hours, and only cover 100 miles.

We have bed and breakfasts, and resorts, and golf courses, and museums, and the Greenbrier Hotel. West Virginia has more natural beauty and wonder than any person could ever imagine.

We have all of this, and yet .... our greatest asset is our people.

West Virginians are good people. We care about each other. We talk to our neighbors over the backyard fence.

We grow tomatoes for the entire neighborhood.

We turn around in each other's driveways, and yell "howdy" when we do. We sit on the porch on warm summer evenings, listening to crickets, and watching kids catch fireflies.

We loan a hammer, or a cup of sugar. We don't take two-hour lunches, but we do spend a few minutes each day with a cup of coffee, and our feet up on our desk, shooting the breeze.

We rarely get in a hurry. We have relatives just down the street. We
don't just loan someone a socket wrench, we help them fix their car.
We share recipes, and gardening tips, and our last cup of coffee. We
baby sit each other's kids, we house sit each other's dogs and cats while we're on vacation, and we loan each other our cars if we have to get to the drugstore.

We ask each other if we need anything as we're going to the market.
We celebrate each of her accomplishments, and we cry over each other's disappointments.

We are a friendly folk. We are West Virginians.

Mountaineers are always free! Free to take the time to enjoy life, and
hold each moment in our hearts, forever.

Montani Semper Liberi--Mountaineers are always free.

post #2 of 27

I love the change in season. although its a bit extreme here..its still lovely. and there is nothing like going up north in the fall!

You can go from the major cities to small middle of no where like places in less than an hour!

Mall of America!

Lake Superior!

The great Mississippi starts here! And you can walk your butt across it!

the Minnesota WILD! WHOO

And we have a great Arabian industry..Midwest Stallion Stations, one and two, the boggs, cedar ridge and the fall festival with the Minnesota Medallion Stallion
post #3 of 27
Geez, I wish I could think of a lot of great things to say about California, but I can't, at least not about the Los Angeles area. . It's super expensive to live here , a large number of people here a fakes and phoney's, we have Earthquakes, Fires and Smog but to leave the negative aside.:

We have the Ocean.

We have pretty nice weather, on the whole

You can go from semi tropical weather to 4 seasons and snow
within a couple of hours time.

The hills and mountains are beautiful here
We have the Terminator as the Governor LOL!

The movie and entertainment industry is here.

We have Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Lego Land.

It's a great place to live, if you have lots of money!
post #4 of 27
I agree with you HopeHacker that CA is expensive to an unfortunate extreme, but I can't imagine living anywhere else. Sometimes I wish we had a little more history, like the East Coast, but even that is outclassed by most other countries anyway.

We have diversity.

We have beautiful beaches.

We have beautiful parks and mountains (I've never actually been to Yosemite but I hear it's great).

In SoCal we have wonderful moderate weather, and NoCal has such beautiful forests and hills that look like paintings when the fog hits just right.

In SoCal you can go from the gorgeous clean Santa Monica Mountains to the dirty, tourist infested part of Hollywood in less than an hour. Whatever you'd rather do.

We have all sorts of museums, theaters, and art.

I think CA are a fairly friendly lot, depends on where you are. As I have terrible shyness I actually prefer people a little unfriendly.
post #5 of 27



You can drive 30 minutes outside Houston and be in the country!!

Unpredictable weather

Not too far from the Gulf of Mexico...so you can hop on a cruise ship and get to a nicer beach!!

It's one of the largest states in the U.S.

We aren't all cowboys and we don't all have horses!!

There is always something going on such as fairs, carnivals, shows and many other millions of fun things we Texans can think of!

It's pretty much flat on this side of Texas, but you can drive about 12 hours and finally get to some mountains (and still be in Texas!)

The history!
(Sam Houston, Austin, San Jacinto)....

So many other things I can't think of now! I love it here!
post #6 of 27
I suppose that it's pretty obvious what HI is famous for (and rightfully so!)--the weather, the beaches, the unique volcanic mountains, the melding of the East and the west, the year-round sports opportunities, lots of interesting Asian/fusion cuisine restaurants, unique plants/animals found nowhere else in the world. Perhaps what is less known is the "aloha spirit" with which people usually treat each other--it's all about respect and friendliness and lending a helping hand. There's a lot of tension here due to various cultures/types of people trying to get along on small islands, but in general, as long as you are courteous and respectful here, the same will be extended to you! :-)
post #7 of 27
Well, I live in Virginia, and after going to other states, I just really couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

In terms of that state, we have a lot of historic places, inlcuding Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. We have George Washingtons home: Mount Vernon, located on the Potomac river, we have access to the Chesapeake Bay.
We have battlefields rich with history from the civil war and the revolutionary war...the battle of yorktown was fought 20 minutes from where I live now. Jefferson Davis made Richmond the Confederate capital during the war.
Virginia was one of the first original 13 colonies to be established.
We are known as the Commonwealth of Virginia: commonwealth meaning the it is for the people by the people.
We actually have a pretty good mix of different cultures: we have the old South manners, and accents, but we have the mountains and we have the water. So, it combines a lot of different cultures together. We have the Southern Hospitality, in addition to some of the best crab cakes you can get, made from the finest blue crabs the chesapeake bay has to offer.
We treat our neighbors like family, and we have friends that have been our friends for years, that our families eat Thanksgiving and christmas dinner together.
Everything in Virginia is about family. Its about being tied to the land. We have a lot of farms and farmers, on the flip side of that coin, we have a lot of water and waterman.
We have some awesome architecture here, too. A lot of old Southern Plantation houses are still standing and are owned by the Historical Society here. We have the beauty salon where you can go and get the daily gossip.
I love Virginia because its beautiful. The mountains by the Tennesssee border are beautiful, the rivers that empty into the Chesapeake Bay are beautiful. And just everything about Williamsburg, and Jamestown, and even parts of Richmond, are beautiful.
I really couldn't see living anywhere else....
post #8 of 27
Let see about my city!


Merida, a city of about 1 million people, is a wonderful mixture of colonial city and cosmopolitan destination. With Merida as your base, you can visit cathedrals and churches, Mayan ruins, museums, haciendas and cenotes. You'll also find movies, theaters, important hospitals, public and private schools, four universities, shopping malls with such stores as Sear's, and chain stores such as Sam's, Costco, WalMart, the French supermarket Carrefour, as well as the Mexican chains of Liverpool, Comercial Mexicana, Soriana and Sanborn's.

The Spaniard Francisco de Montejo founded Merida on January 6, 1542. When the Spaniards arrived, Merida was a large Mayan city known as T'ho, situated on what is now the Main Plaza. It was conquered by the Spaniards, who dismantled all the pyramids and used the huge stones as the foundation for the Cathedral of San Idelfonso (1556-1599), the oldest cathedral on the American continent.

The Cathedral, situated on the east side of the Plaza, is only one of Merida's many interesting sites. Directly across the Plaza is the Palacio Municipal (1735), Merida's Town Hall. On the south side is the Casa de Montejo (1542), the former home of the conqueror of Yucatan.

The Palacio de Gobierno (1892), on the north side, houses 27 murals by Fernanco Castro Pacheco illustrating the somewhat violent history of Yucatan.

One of the major influences on Yucatecan history is the henequen plant, also called sisal (for the Yucatecan city of Sisal from which shipments left the continent). This plant became known as 'green gold' or verde oro for the wealth it lavished upon the haciendados or hacienda owners in this area. In the early 20th Century, as a result of the henequen or sisal trade, Merida was the home for numerous millionaires who built their lavish homes on Paseo Montejo, and their impressive haciendas throughout the jungle surrounding Merida. A walk down Paseo Montejo is a wonderful way to view some of these mansions, many of which are completely restored, and some of whose romantic decay are food for the imagination.

For centuries, geography made it difficult for the Yucatecans to communicate with the rest of Mexico. As a result, architectural and cultural influences from Europe, the Caribbean and New Orleans were as strong or stronger in the growth of the city. To this day, the people who live here consider themselves Yucatecans first, Mexicans second. If you look carefully, you will see tshirts and bumper stickers proclaiming Orgulloso Yucateco, Yucatecan Pride.

The Yucatan is one of Mexico's most tranquil and safest states, with a climate resembles that of Florida or Cuba. Yucatecans are good, tranquil and hospitable people who have strong roots and traditions. They take pride in their city, known as "The White City", not only for the predominance of white limestone as a building material, but because of its streets, plazas and parks that are cleaned daily.

Because of its tranquility and cleanliness, Merida has become a popular place for families from other Mexican states. Many people have moved here from Mexico City, where crime, pollution and overcrowding are ever growing problems. Crime is not tolerated in Merida, and it has the distinction of the city with the lowest crime rate per capita in Mexico...
post #9 of 27
Originally Posted by ScamperFarms

I love the change in season. although its a bit extreme here..its still lovely. and there is nothing like going up north in the fall!

You can go from the major cities to small middle of no where like places in less than an hour!

Mall of America!

Lake Superior!

The great Mississippi starts here! And you can walk your butt across it!

the Minnesota WILD! WHOO

And we have a great Arabian industry..Midwest Stallion Stations, one and two, the boggs, cedar ridge and the fall festival with the Minnesota Medallion Stallion

im going to add to this!

-the beautiful ski/snowboard resorts

-the many many many many many did i say many lakes?

-a giant paul bunon(sp) statue!

-corn mazes and haunted houses!

-camp snoopy

-beautiful cities. it could just be me but i love the feel of "poor" parts of big cities
post #10 of 27
also a good mix of people, I think we are very diverse.. we also have historic sites such as the cathedral and jame j hill house. we have the beautiful boundary waters and some great casinos!
post #11 of 27

I could go on and on......

We have LOTS of history.
We have wonderful cities and picturesque small towns.
We have 4 beautiful seasons and gorgeous Fall foliage
We have beaches and mountains.

....seafood.....cranberries.... The Red Sox, The Patriots....

going to stop there before I write a book!
post #12 of 27

St. Louis Cardinals!!
Gateway Arch
Great fishing
Beautiful in the fall
Silver Dollar City theme park
Historic Cities
post #13 of 27
I like this thread! It's fun to hear about what everyone feels are the best things about their own home state!

Some of the best things about Florida...

Florida is rich in history. We boast the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, which was founded by the Spaniards.

In my hometown of Ormond Beach, automobile racing was born. Ormond is literally "the Birthplace of Speed!" That's right, it's not Daytona Beach! Ford picked Ormond's beaches to race on because of the hard packed sand that he said was the best racing venue in the nation. On that beach Ford, Oldes, Edison, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and so many more came to watch the historic races. Rockefeller even built his winter home in Ormond Beach (which still stands as the Casements, Ormond's community center and historical site) when it was recommended to him as being the most unpolluted place in the US at the time.

Daytona Beach is where NASCAR was formed. It was actually formed in a hotel in town.

Obviously, the beaches are some of the best things. We're the only state that can boast having Gulf Coast waters AND Atlantic Ocean beaches! These two bodies of water make for VERY different beach experiences as well!

Florida is rich in wildlife. There are more State Parks than can be counted offering beautiful camping, natural springs, canoeing, a taste of Florida's native creatures, hiking, and so much more!

We have an abundance of water. That includes the beaches but also our rivers and lakes! It's not unusual to catch a closeup of a manatee or dolphin passing you by.

Along with all of our bodies of water comes every kind of water sport imaginable. You name it, you can do it here!

The fishing is out of this world!

The Keys offers a beautiful coral reef to dive out to and explore.

One of our rivers is one of the two (I believe, maybe 3) to run in the opposite direction. The St. Johns river runs opposite of nearly every other river in the world.

We have every kind of atmosphere you could imagine. There's plenty of big cities, small suburbs, and country life on all sides of Florida. Our big cities include Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. Drive a few miles away from any of these though and you'll find yourself surrounded by orange groves or natural swamps.

Ever drink Zephyrhills water? It comes from Zephyrhills, FL!

Our citrus is to die for! Not to mention the bananas, coconuts, and natural aloe!

Sunrises over the atlantic and sunsets over the Gulf are simply stunning. There's nothing like watching the sun appear or disappear from the ocean water.

Many of our universities are nationally ranked for numerous reasons. This includes UM, UF, FSU, Stetson, and my own UCF!

Outdoor activities can be done at any time of the year!

We don't have to shovel snow.

Thanks to the flat nature of Florida, the skies are incredible. It seems to stretch on forever!

A drive down A1A will take you past many of Florida's famous beaches as well as some very rural areas. This road that sits directly next to the beach allows for one of the most beautiful drives one can imagine. Often, a flock of pelicans can be seen flying right next to your car. As Jimmy Buffet sang, "There's something about this Sunday, it's a most peculiar gray, strollin' down that avenue that's known as A-1-A"
post #14 of 27
In Alberta, we have:

Beautiful scenery (mountains, plains, meadows, rivers, etc.)
Cowboys (eh, I don't really care, but Alberta takes the Wild West pretty seriously)
Calgary Stampede
Spruce Meadows (THE best show jumping grounds in all of the world! Literally!)
St. Mary's Church (a church in my city that is made practically entirely of bricks, in sort of a spiral pattern. Apparantly it's a tourist attraction)
West Edmonton Mall (the largest mall in all of the world)
Lake Louise Ski Area (the largest ski area in Canada)
Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump (near Fort McLeod, it is one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jumps)

Other than that, I don't know much about Alberta, lol (except, like Ontario and Toronto, practically anyone who lives in Alberta lives in Calgary, lol)
post #15 of 27
I'm still thinking...
post #16 of 27
i dont have my own state, but i can say that the country i live in now has alot of history from the wars. I live in a house that wasnt bombed from the americans or russians
post #17 of 27
Has anyone answered for Washington???
Well, way up here we have a great state that is completely 2 different worlds: western WA is green with snowy mountains and the general tone is relatively cosmopolitan with picturesque Puget Sound's inlets, harbors, trendy neighborhoods, and great seafood. The area also has a distinct tolerance for people from all ethnicities, therefore, there are many, many mixed race couples and communities. It's a mild-4 season area, we definitely have 4 seasons but they aren't severe or drastic (well, except this weekend when it hit 100). You can find ANY type of outdoor activity here within short commuting distance or right outside your front door in some cases!

.....and eastern Washington, over the great Cascade range is a desert...bone dry and the bread basket of the northwest. It's a relaxed, farming-focused place and en emerging presence in Wine.

post #18 of 27
I've been a Floridian for quite a while now, & my personal reasons for loving this state are all about tha water, the weather & the wildlife!
I love large bodies of water, I love seeing the moods of the water from day to day.
I love our crazy weather. (although I do miss the seasons, nothing compares to our big storms)
Seeing dolphins in their natural habitat, working together to catch lunch is beautiful. When they surface nearby & look at you, it's a special feeling.
We get to watch sea turtles nesting, & there is this feeling like you are a part of some ancient ritual-very serious & very quiet. You touch their shells & they glow with phosphorus.
A couple years ago I saw a baby turtle in the surf, this tiny thing against the power of something that is so huge & it's markings were so beautiful I started to cry.
Or heading out East into the dawn to go offshore fishing, the bright pastels of the sky, the light turning the spray from the boat into droplets of silver...
I have so many moments like this in my mind, I could never capture them in words or on film.
post #19 of 27
Things that are great about Illinois:

1. Chicago

There's just really not a lot else here! Our most stunning natural wonder, the prairie, is all but gone. Chicago is our only major city. Historically...well, IL has its moments (Land of Lincoln ring a bell? )but it's nothing that really makes me personally oooh or ahh
post #20 of 27
Originally Posted by catsRNmom
I'm still thinking...
I gave up!
post #21 of 27
Here's an e-mail I received.. Sorry it's so long but it's actually pretty interesting. Who knew!

New Jersey is a peninsula. Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation
along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida. New Jersey is the
only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky. New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.) than Havana, Cuba. New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the US. New Jersey has the highest cost of living. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation. New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital of the World."

New Jersey is home to the original Mystery Pork Parts Club (no, not Spam):
Taylor Ham or Pork Roll. Home to the less mysterious but the best Italian
hot dogs and Italian sausage w/peppers and onions. North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Passaic
River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.
New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation's most famous:
Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, Cape

New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water
quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country. New
Jersey is a leading technology & industrial state and is the largest
chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.

Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy. New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and you thought Massachusetts?) Here's to New Jersey - the toast of the country! In 1642, the first brewery in America, opened in Hoboken.

New Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body
electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940. New Jersey is a major seaport state with
the largest seaport in the US, located in Elizabeth. Nearly 80 percent of
what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first. New Jersey is
home to one of the nation's busiest airports (in Newark), Liberty

George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War battles
were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington. The light
bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture projector, were
invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory. We also boast
the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs. The first seaplane was built
in Keyport, NJ. The first airmail (to Chicago) was started from Keyport, NJ.
The first phonograph records were made in Camden, NJ. New Jersey is home to the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City.

The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its
playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City. And, Atlantic City
has the longest boardwalk in the world, Not to mention salt water taffy,

New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle
East countries. The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey, in the
Watchung Mountains. New Jersey has the tallest water-tower in the world. (Union, NJ)

New Jersey had the first medical center, in Jersey City. The Pulaski SkyWay,
from Jersey City to Newark, was the first skyway highway. NJ built the first
tunnel under a river, the Hudson (Holland Tunnel).

The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the
birthplace of Frank Sinatra. The first intercollegiate football game was
played in New Brunswick in 1889 (Rutgers College played Princeton). The
first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ, (but they're all gone
now!). New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S" pro football teams! The
first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson, NJ. The first FM radio
broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ, by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.

All New Jersey natives: Jack Nicholson, Queen Latifah, Connie Francis, Shaq, Aaron Burr, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gorden McCrae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm. Halsey,Jr., Dave Thomas (Wendy's), William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia and, of course, Francis Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd" Vivino.

Bob Meade adds: The Great Falls in Paterson, on the Passaic River, is the
second highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US.

You know you're from Jersey when . . .You don't think of fruit when people
mention "The Oranges." You know that it's called Great Adventure, not Six
Flags. A good, quick breakfast is a hard roll with butter. You've known the
way to Seaside Heights since you were seven. You've eaten at a diner, when
you were stoned or drunk, at 3 A.M. You know that the state isn't one big
oil refinery. At least three people in your family still love Bruce
Springsteen, and you know the town Jon Bon Jovi is from. You know what a
"jug handle" is. You know that Wa-Wa is a convenience store.

You know that the state isn't all farmland. You know that there are no
"beaches" in New Jersey--there's the shore--and you don't go "to the shore,"
you go "down the shore." And when you are there, you're not "at the shore";
you are "down the shore." You know how to properly negotiate a circle. You
knew that the last sentence had to do with driving.

You know that this is the only "New" state that doesn't require "New" to
identify it (try . . . Mexico . . . York . . . Hampshire-- doesn't work,
does it?). You know that a "White Castle" is the name of BOTH a fast food
chain AND a fast food sandwich. You consider putting mayo on a corned beef
sandwich a sacrilege. You don't think "What exit?" is very funny.

You know that people from the 609 area code are "a little different." Yes
they are! You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to
Princeton--that's for out-of-staters. The Jets-Giants game has started
fights at your school or local bar. You live within 20 minutes of at least
three different malls. You refer to all highways and interstates by their
numbers. Every year you have at least one kid in your class named Tony.

You know the location of every clip shown in the Sopranos opening credits.
You've gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of the mall.

You know that people from North Jersey go to Seaside Heights, and people
from Central Jersey go to Belmar, and people from South Jersey go to
Wildwood. It can be no other way. You weren't raised in New Jersey--you
were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey. You
don't consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.

You remember the stores Korvette's, Two Guys, Rickel's, Channel, Bamberger's and Orbach's. You also remember Palisades Amusement Park. You've had a boardwalk cheese steak and vinegar fries. You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February. And finally . . .You've NEVER, NEVER pumped your own gas.
post #22 of 27
Michigan........ummm not much I can think of lol. They have Faygo soda and here in Florida they don't
post #23 of 27
I'd like to add to Sashacat's post by saying Washington has a great collection of wildlife;
Cougar, bobcat, wolves, bears, coyotes, whales, dolphins, sealions and seals, elk and deer, and a large concentration of bald eagles, including several pairs that nest right in Seattle.
post #24 of 27
Georgia Y'all!!! The Peach State
*The Braves
*The Falcons (Michael Vick)
*The Lady and Sons (world-famous restaurant here in Savannah)
*Home of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller (I only mention Zell because he has been fodder for some great Saturday Night Live skits )
*GREAT music (Allman Brothers, Outkast, John Mayer, Ray Charles, Alan Jackson, James Brown)
*Beautiful state parks (Unicoi, Pulaski, Red Top Mountain, Blue Ridge) and beaches (Jekyll and St. Simons Islands; Tybee Island not included )
*Great fishing and hunting
*Home of the 3rd ID at Ft. Stewart and Hunter AAF
*Vidalia onions (our most popular crop)
*The HOPE scholarship, a lottery-funded program that pays full college tuition to anyone who graduates high school with a 3.0 average and maintains a B average in college (it's how I afforded to go to UGA and it is a WONDERFUL program).
...Bobbie, any more you'd like to add?
post #25 of 27
I realized I forgot to add a couple of things here, and I can't believe I forgot one of them as it's a pretty big deal! lol

- NASA! You can see the space shuttle go up from many different parts of Florida. I remember my kindergarden class going outside to watch the shuttle launch.

- Speaking of the Allman Brothers, they're Daytona Beach kids! Grew up there and went to high school with my boyfriend's dad at our alma mater, Seabreeze High School.

- "That mythical place called Cocoa Beach" - if any of you watched I Dream of Jeannie. Though, Cocoa is DEFINITELY not one of my favorite beaches!

- And obviously, an abundance of attractions. Cultural venues, amusement parks, water parks, music venues, botanical gardens....

I think I got all of the important stuff now.
post #26 of 27
I don't live in the states but what I love about Ontario is.....

- the seasons, if you're sick of the weather wait 5 minutes it's bound to change
- snow!!!, unless I have to drive in a snowstorm
- white Christmas
- Hockey and curling!!
- ice skating in the captiol
- the CN tower in Toronto
- Being surronded by freshwater lakes
- Moose!!
- snowmobiling in the winter
- all the lily of the valley in the spring
- The marina in Sarnia

so many other things I couldn't possibly name them all!!!
post #27 of 27
I love Ontario. I think it's one of the prettiest places I have been to!
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