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What's not to like?

There has been a slew of opinion pieces from around the globe lately that fall under the heading of "What is There to Like About America?"

Mostly they are full of sarcasm and hyperbole. Sometimes, as with the Australian girl who thinks America is great because we have squirrels, these articles border on idiocy.

So what is there to like about America? I mean, besides the freedoms we have that most of these opinion writers and letter-to-the-editor professionals fail to mention.

So glad you asked. I was going to take you on this tour of the 50 states, linking to something wonderful about each state. I got as far as the first two when I realized this would take all night and I still have to get that photo gallery of the poster contest going.

Why don't you help me out? What is so great about America, anyhow? What makes it such a wonderful place? What would you tell a foreigner about your home state?

Pick a state, follow my example, provide links. Leave it in the comments and I'll add your contribution to the list as I go along.

And then I'm going to send it to every single foreign newspaper that had some idiotic article detailing how little there is to like about America.

Jingoistic? Perhaps. I'm sure the haters out there will point to all the bad things, but that's not what this is about. I'm all about the love tonight.

Alabama: They call Alabama the Crimson Tide. I once had this strange allegience to Bama football because of the Steely Dan song Deacon Blues. I love American sports. I especially love that football means big, mean men and the frozen tundra of Lambeau field and not some guys in shorts kicking a round ball.

Alaska: America is full of beautiful sights and landscapes, but there is none I want to see more than the northern lights.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho State
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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Well, Arizona has that Joe McNally guy.

Lemme quaff three or two cocktails & den I'll do Louisiana.

Florida has girls in bikinis, washing cars in 80 degree weather in February.

in dothan alabama at a rest stop, we have a solid gold huge ass peanut.

Nebraska has it's own 'cowboy' Buffalo Bill Cody. http://www.richgros.com/Cody/scouts_rest_ranch.html

Nebraska has glorious sunsets http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/5036/grasshopper.html.

It is friendly people and rural americana at it's best
http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/nebraska/sandhills1-aug2001.html

Its easy to find yourself amid the open plains and space.

Nature's unchanging rhythms...http://www.rowesanctuary.org/

And hardworking salt of the earth farmers and ranchers who help feed the world.

Since I lived in Hawaii long enough to become a kama'aina, I was going to pick that state, but then some stuff happened in 1893 that prevents me from choosing it, so I'll choose Oregon.

Beautiful mountains and what remains of the forests.
Moderate weather-rains alot, not much more.
Gorgeous, almost pristine coastline, never crowded. And all the little towns along it are quaint and friendly.
No sales tax, cost of living is tolerable.
Fairly low crime rate.
Bridges, bridges, bridges.
Bigfoot/UFO cults-not as popular as you'd think.
Women outnumber men.
Lots of dunes, caves,waterfalls (though not nearly as spectacular as in Hawaii)
Portland is a medium-sized city with a small town mentality.
Bruce Campbell lives here-that should be reason enough!

Massachusetts has Harvard and MIT. And Cape Cod.

Maryland has Chesapeake Bay and the best crab you've ever eaten.

Vermont and Maine have good skiing. Vermont has dairy, Maine has lobsters.

New Hampshire has guns.

Wyoming has Yellowstone and Teton National Parks, some of the most awesome scenery on the planet.

Wisconsin!

We have The American Players Theater an amazing "theatre in the round" outdoors in the middle of the woods. Incredible Shakespeare happens there.

There's Crystal Cave which is just a blast, and if you're brave enough you can go spelunking (sp?) in the tiny twists and turns there.

There's the amazing Chequamegon National Forest in the northern part of the state. Absolutely breathtaking.

Then we have the wonderfully quirky House on the Rock.

Caddie Woodlawn lived here. In fact her family house is open for tours.

Frank Lloyd Wright lived here too, one of his "Prairie Houses" is in my city.

And of course you can't forget the Cows! and the Cheese! And the Packers!

Wy not trei a holiday in New York this year?
See the loveli lakes
The wonderful telephone system
And the many furry animals
Including the majestik moose...

No, seriously, New York is possessed of many beauties. Long Island, where I live and work, has terrific beaches. Continental New York has the Finger Lakes and extraordinary forests, more diverse and beautiful, especially in the autumn, than any other forests on Earth. Along the northern border we have the Saint Lawrence River and the incomparable Thousand Islands. And of course, there's Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.

My favorite vacation is a winery tour along the Seneca Wine Trail in north central New York. Until you've done it, you can't imagine how delightful it is.

I grew up in Michigan, a state far from the ocean but with hundreds of miles of coastline, thanks to the Great Lakes. Then I lived in Florida, with even more coastline, all of it salty and warm (Like a stale margarita). Now I live in Colorado, with 300 sunny days a year and breathtaking mountain views, but precious little coastline.

Whaddya know? A guy never described as anywhere near wealthy lived where he wanted, met great people, and had the opportunity to share this bounty with foreign visitors, especially when I lived in Florida.

A nation of unprecedented power and wealth uses these resources to free others, and welcome guests.

Oh, and Francis, don't forget the llamas.

I love your idea! I am sad that you used it to get in a dig at Europe, but the idea of sharing some positives appeals in a big way.

I love Minnesota. The pine forests alone make it worth the trip. Of course MN also has the Mall of America (shopping AND Camp Snoopy all rolled into one!), the Boundry Waters Canoe Area, the humble beginnings of the Mighty Mississippi, and more lakes than you could fish in a decade's worth of summers.

There is the Renaissance Festival, the Bayfront Blues Festival, Grandma's Marathon, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, and the Festival of Nations. Let's not forget Agate Days in my hometown either!

I do love that state. It was even fun to hit 40 degrees below zero. Every once in a great while.

Louisiana has been under many flags in times past. It is a Beautiful State, called The Sportsman's Paradise with good reason. There is tons of stuff to do.

Louisiana is split by ideology into two halves. The northern part is similar to raghead land in that it is Loaded with fanatical "do it my way or die" Jesus Freaks. Not all the folks are like that, but way more than any sane person would be comfortable with. The North part of the state has both upland and bottomland hardwoods And pines. Large pulp and paper industry up there, so lots and lots of wildlife.

Down South is where the state Really gets fun. Drive through Daiquiri shops (If you keep the paper on the straw, it is not an open container). Food! Hunting, fishing, all kinds of swamp activities. Sailing, beaching (yeah we have beaches). Oil--lots and lots of oil. Offshore oil platforms create habitat for fish and resting spots for migratory birds. Food! Crawfish (they are food, but they are a way of life, too!)

Industry. Well, we had lots of industry and technology, but a lot of that is leaving because of the politicians.

Festivals. Jazz and Hertitage Festival, Wooden boat festival, crab festival, shrimp festival, fur festival, Crawfish festival....Lots of festivals dedicated to food. Of course, Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday is 40 days before the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox (plus Sundays).

People are friendly. We love rescue parties "I'm stranded on the side of the road at mile marker _____." "We're on our way!"

Food!

Politics! Our politicians are crooked-er than your politicians.

History. Lots and lots of history. Don't be lazy, look it up yourself.

Attitude. You can do what you want in Louisiana. You can do what you want in Ca, & noboby notices you. In Louisiana, Folks notice what you do, Hell, they'll help!

Texas has the wonderful, sexy corp boys at Texas A&M. WHOOP!
Texas has mountains, lakes, deserts, plains, and the hillcountry! If we don't have it, it isn't worth seeing!
Texas is home to several large, diverse cities such as Houston and Dallas.
We have friendly people and tons of good food!

California has extremely tall trees and a huge pornography industry.

Nevada has the world's oldest living thing (this site implies that it is in California, but according to my biology teacher last semester, while the bristlecone pine forest is in both CA and NV, the tallest tree, Methuselah, is actually in NV), and legalized prostitution.

Katie

Oregon - Good beer and lots of it. Also, Portland supposedly has the most strip clubs per capita of any city in the US.

California - Better wine than France.

Nevada - Vegas, baby!

California: I cannot smell the aroma of oranges or orange blossoms without becoming nostalgic about the state where I was born, raised, and spent the first 27 years of my life. I miss the Missions and the Mexican food. The sight of the Milky Way, while spending a night in the desert, will take your breath away, as will the sun on the water at Laguna Niguel.

Hawaii: a beautiful group of islands, populated by warm and beautiful people. The diversity of cultures (Hawaiian, Philipino, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Samoan...just to name a few) and geography (from volcanos to desert to rain forest to snow-capped mountain!) are a constant source of amazement and joy. Surfing, snorkeling, paddling, luau's, 'talk story', lilikoi pie...I often miss my former home of 5 years.

Virginia: Home of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other fascinating figures from history. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the state. Virginia ham, biscuits, sweet tea, dogwood trees, magnolias, the charming use of 'ma'am' and 'sir' in ordinary conversation -- what's not to love? I certainly love to return to visit every few years.

Massachusetts: The pilgrims landed here at Plymouth Rock, and the state is rich with history predating the Revolutionary War. Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, Hawthorne: just a few of the authors who made this state their home, and drew inspiration from its natural wonders and cultural charms. We have the best of the best in education -- Harvard and MIT...just to name two. Plus, you can pahk your cah in Hahvahd Yahd. Can't do that anywhere else. I don't have a cah to pahk, but I do live here, and I love it.

Iowa...beautiful scenry...lotz of nice people:D Ive lived here all my life n it isnt that bad..FREEDOM *

West Virginia - Breathtaking scenery, great skiing, white water rafting, one of the last wild rivers in North America. One the best resorts in the world (The Greenbrier). Pure, sweet water, a low crime rate, low cost of living and friendly residents.

Pennsylvania: we have Punxsatawney Phil.

Hmm...nice things to say about Indiana.

First off, we have shitty weather here. It is unpleasantly hot in the summer and freaking cold in the winter. Also, we are made up of lots of hicks and farmers. This is the corn state, after all.

But that said -
Fall is a beautiful season here. People driving to the State Park near my town in southern Indiana have been known to cause huge traffic jams while they're driving to look at leaves. No joke. (We're serious about our foliage) :)

We're also the home of David Letterman.

And the Indianapolis 500.

And we're very, very serious about basketball. Kind of like hockey in Canada.

All I can think of - but what a fun project. :)

I lived in New York and New Jersey for the first 27 years of my life, but I have been in Florida for the last 6, so I will do that.

Florida has Key West, Universal Studios, no income taxes, and Islands of Adventure.

Florida also has Kennedy Space Center, Bike Week in Daytona Beach, The Everglades, and the Daytona 500.

Eurodisney blows.

Ok - I'll take New Jersey!!

Famous New Jerseyans include: Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, the guys in Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Judy Blume, Thomas Edison, Jason Alexander.

New Jersey has the highest population density in the US. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average. (Over the years, Jersey City has had between 16,000 and 22,000 people per square mile!).

New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US located in Elizabeth.

The first baseball game was played in Hoboken.

(above links from NJ Guy)

Atlantic City!!

The Sopranos. 'Nuff said.

The first complete dinosaur skeleton found in the United States was discovered near Haddonfield, New Jersey, in 1858. This "Hadrosaurus" was about 28 feet tall!!!

New Jersey was the 3rd state, in 1787.

(links from NJ facts)

Florida has... the ocean on three sides! Forests and swamps and lakes. And more lakes. And bald bears and crocodiles. (We've even got sqirrels.) Also, it is unlikely that you will ever have to dig your car out of a snowdrift down here.

Next: Kentucky was breathtakingly beautiful in the spring. I drove from Lexington to Lousville on route 50 in early May a couple of years ago, and it was like driving through a dream.

Pennsylvania has Philadelphia. It's one of my favorite cities. I get a real sense of history every time I go there.

Louisiana has New Orleans. Need I say more?

The best thing about North Carolina is easy access to both beaches and mountains. (Since Kevin lives in Wilmington, I'll leave the east coast up to him.)

I live in the heart of NASCAR country. I suppose that's a good thing for some people but it's not a real interest of mine.(I have friends and family that are diehard fans, though) Dale Earnhardt Jr. rode my bus back in the days when his dad was sponsored by Wrangler jeans. Poor thing had to wear those ugly things nearly everyday.

Kannapolis, NC (Dale Sr's birthplace) and the birthplace of George Clinton(lead singer of Parliament) has a great old movie theatre called the Gem where I can take 2 kids .. get in, get drinks and popcorn for $10- $12. (only one movie plays at a time, but hey)

My favorite part of NC - Ashevilleand the Blue Ridge Mountains More than a few movies have been filmed in the area... think Last of the Mohicans, Hannibal)(Biltmore House)

There's also The Thomas Wolfe Memorial and bluegrass music.

(and speakin' of music I wouldn't leave out that the legendary John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, NC.)

Another great thing is the laid back lifestyle. I don't like to get in a rush. (think Mayberry in Andy Griffith. It's kinda really like that.) MOONSHINE and Ernest T. Bass!! I work downtown and there are lots of colorful regulars that you could write a sitcom about. Of course, it's not all just southerners. There are lots of cool northerners that move down here(Michigan and New York for the most part) and fit right in. There's the occassional northerner that has a little trouble adjusting and likes to tell everybody the way things are supposed to be. That's when we pull out our defiant.. "We don't give a damn how you did it up north!!!"

North Carolina has a little bit of everything: Beautiful Mountain Scenery, Clear Beaches, Large Cities and rural areas sitting next to each other, Hurricane Parties, Film Industry, Historical Landmarks by the hundreds, Andy Griffith, Parades and Pageants. It's like a patch from every other state sewed together to create this awkward-looking - but extremely comforting - blanket. Plus, no matter where you are in NC, you can always find a quiet place to lie down and count the stars or clouds.

I never knew George Clinton was born in NC. See, you learn something new every day. Thanks, Wendy!

NORTH CAROLINA TURNS THIS MOTHER OUT!

Oh, yeah, we have Michael Jordan and Meadowlark Lemon to brag about here, too.

Indeed, Arizona does have me. We also have this cool little tourist spot, as well as awesome sunsets, a neato magazine, and these damn letters.

Yes, North Carolina used to have me as well. My son was born there as an added bonus.

I'll take California. We've got great skiing, breathtaking deserts, and fantastic beaches. Some of the most cutting edge universities on the face of the planet call California home. California birthed the motion picture and computer industries, as well as nurturing pioneers that manage to fuse both. And quite frankly, I like Disneyland - anything which makes the French howl in disgust is fine by me.

California is a land overflowing with agricultural activity, and hosts some of the best wineries around.

And did I mention the hot women?

California is one of the greatest places on earth (our worthless and stupid politicians aside). And we have enough firepower to wipe out any who would mess with us.

Utah has quite a few natural wonders--my favourite being Arches National Park, the largest concentration of sandstone arches in the world. We also have Zion's National Park, Rainbow Bridge, six or seven top ski resorts, the Sundance Film festival, and the birthplace of me!

Let's see... I've lived in a number of different states now. In no particular order:

California, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Connecticut

In addition, I've spent time (often extended stays) in almost every other state -- Alaska, Maine and Tennessee are the only ones that come to mind that I haven't at least visited. There've been some foreign countries thrown in there, too.

There's not a one that I haven't enjoyed to some extent, and not a one that I haven't missed some aspect of.

But after all that travel, I still came back to Colorado... and I had my choice, including two other states I owned land in. The single best things I like about it? Mountains, and the big, big sky.

How about my home state Georgia!

There's Stone Mountain, Six Flags, and tons 'o beautiful hiking trails. It's cold as hell in the winter, and hot as hell in the summer (living here in Florida so long, I've forgotten what a "season" is).

There's the Georgia Peaches, and peanuts. If you like onions, have a Vidalia. The Dogwoods are a sight to behold and up in the norther part of the state, you should see the leaves change color!

Did I mention all the clay?

Missouri (or as the natives say, the great state of Misery). Let's see, birthplace of two great generals, John "BlackJack" Pershing and Omar Bradley. Walt Disney was here for part of his childhood (Main Street USA in Disneyland is based in part on his memories of Marceline MO). Mark Twain was born here, and wrote two American classic works of literature based on his childhood ("Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn"). For those who believe it was all fiction, his home and the cave are open to tourists year round in Hannibal, MO. St. Louis and Kansas City boast the Cardinals, Chiefs, Rams, and Blues for sports. We also manage to have most of the terrain of the US in one state. Mountains (ok, so they are SMALL mountains), swamplands, plains, forests, and the two largest rivers in the US. We are headquarters of Anheuser-Busch and the Clydesdales.

We might not be New York or New Jersey or California, but we are happy with what we are.....middle of flyover country.

Since Kelly posted some wonderful things about my birth-state of Nebraska above, I will have to contribute for my adopted state of South Dakota.

So-Dak has some of the best pheasant and deer hunting to be found (for those that go for that) and well as wonderful walleye and perch fishing in the east and trout fishing out west.

It also has a wide variety of landscapes from wide open prairie to rolling hills to the badlands and the Black Hills. Even in the Black Hills there is a variety, by Hill City the trees aren't as densly populated as other parts of the hills and the landscape is rolling green hills. By Custer and Keystone there are hairline curves, cliffs, Needles Highway, basically a mini-mountain atmosphere.

Mount Rushmore is a tourist attraction, yes, but if there is a drop of patriotism in you the lighting ceremony at night on the 4th of July will move you.

Deadwood is sort-of a mini Las Vegas, wild west style.

Oh, did I mention no income tax and low crime rate (cars are often left running in the downtown area of my city and don't get stolen)?

One of my countrymen by the name of Gordon Sinclair offered this tribute almost 30 years ago to our neighbours to the south, when the same losers on the scene were laughing about America's situation in Vietnam. Suffice to say there are many of us here in Canada that know the worth of our friends to the south and are sick over the way the knee-jerk anti-Americanism is being touted as "Canada's" reaction. Every country has its share of fools, but ours seem to be in control of our government and our media.

Please know that many are with you...

The original text of this broadcast can be found here-

http://www.rcc.ryerson.ca/ccf/news/unique/am_text.html

LET'S BE PERSONAL" Broadcast June 5, 1973 CFRB, Toronto, Ontario

Topic: "The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the world.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Well, Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did, that's who.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. And I was there. I saw that.

When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan... the Truman Policy... all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. And now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or a women on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times ... and safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are right here on our streets in Toronto, most of them... unless they are breaking Canadian laws... are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the bonds, let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both of them are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Can you name to me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.

I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters... with the year less than half-over... has taken it all and nobody... but nobody... has helped.

Montana, my home state. Producer of lots of barley and the best hard red winter wheat in the world. (And what would life be without beer and bread and pasta, I ask you?)
Montana has Butte, the site of Dashiel Hammett's novel, Red Harvest. Butte is also where disgraced FBI agents go to do penance.
Montana has Miles City, home to the Bucking Horse Auction.
Montana also has what may be the most unusual "motto" on its state highway patrol badges: 3-7-77. This refers to the dimensions of the graves the vigilantes dug for their "victims."
Famous Montanans include Charlie Russell, Will James, and Myrna Loy.

TEXAS -

Limestone Hill Country, with clear meandering rivers and German food.

Texas wines - especially the Gewurztraminer.

The fact that it was its own country for 10 years...and true Texans never forget this.

Awesome seafood.

The Riverwalk.

The largest capitol building in the US (larger even than the US Capitol Building)

Polite and funny people.

Lyle Lovett.

Luchenbach, Texas

Comal and Guadelupe Rivers.

Galveston and The Strand. The Elissa.

At least five different environmental niches.

Texas blue topaz and Llanite, a granite with blue quartz, found in Llano Texas, only granite of its kind in the world.

Petrified palm wood.

Lost Pines of Texas.

San Marcos River and Sewell Park - Aquarena Springs, and Ranch Road 12 out to Wimberely...Devils Backbone.

Those are just a few things...

Jane Long - whom I call 'the Scarlett O'Hara of Texas' who warded off Karankawa Indians with a red petticoat and a single cannon. Mirabeau B. Lamar, lived and died and buried in my hometown, Richmond...2nd President of the Texas Republic.

Barbecue and fajitas.

Pennsylvania: www.state.pa.us

We're a state of contrasts. Start in downtown Philly, shop at Reading Terminal Market, see the flower show at the convention center, then have a world-class dinner at Le Bec Fin or Morimoto and stay overnight.

Get in your car and drive north to New Hope on the Delaware for lunch and antiquing in a quaint artist's haven.

Then grab your mountain bike or hiking boots and drive west into the heart of the state to enjoy 17 million acres of beautiful hardwood forest, including 3.3 million acres of public land, much of which has only been seen by deer and bear and the occasional hunter.

We have a couple of big cities, but we are really defined by our simple beauties--cold mountain trout streams, vistas of endless rolling mountains colored by fall's changing leaves, and the sound of wild turkeys calling to each other from tree to tree as they wake up on a frosty morning.

My new home state....Maryland!

We've got the 2000 Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens.

Crabs.  Nothing better than steamed crabs and beer in the summertime.

You can go "downnaoshun, hon."

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh, Terps!

Fells Point and the Inner Harbor.  Yeah, where HOMICIDE was filmed.

Antietam.

Johns Hopkins University.

There's just so much amazing stuff here.  I've been living here since September of 1994 and I still haven't seen even a quarter of it, but I love it here!

Every single US state has folks who will pay their own way to go help folks in other countries. Our govt isn't as good, but every time someone got liberated by outside forces, those forces included the US. And, when we've failed, well, let's just say that getting what you want isn't always a good idea.

The US isn't perfect, but I'm disinclined to listen to "advice" from folks who aren't even half as good.

I grew up in Illinois. Haven't been back in forever (except going to HS class reunion this summer.), but:

Small (Mayberry) towns every 10-15 miles dotted all over the down state landscape. Lil ole place called Shelbyville, a wonderful place to grow up, Queen City of the Kaskaskia. (lol)

Corn, soy beans, wheat, pigs. Hard working farmers.

Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Heat, humidity and bugs in the summer, just like the FL Panhandle, where I live now.

Fun winters with enough playing snow and not too much of the shoveling kind.

Miserably cold, wet springs and falls.

After Indiana, the most basketball crazy state. State H S tourney was all class/no classes when I was a kid. A town (Hebron, with Paul and Phil, the Judson twins.) of 600 people won it once.

Everitt Dirksen, hall of fame senator.

Great universities, Illinois and Northwestern.

Birthplace of the atom bomb.

CHICAGO! One of the great cities on the planet. Home of Da Bears, Cubs (:(), (terri-)Bulls and Blackhawks. Siskel (R I P) and Ebert. Oprah. Donahue. SCTV. Daleys, father and son. Carol Mosely Braun, hall of shame senator. The Loop. The El. Tourist to el conductor: Does this train go to de loop? Conductor: No. It goes beep beep, just like the rest of em.

How could I have forgotten to include music above? (slapping forehead)

Thanks for your post, Ray. I've seen it before, but it always chokes me up a little.

Utah, with serious, solid mountains: the Wasatch Front! Four seasons, and autumn with the aspens all golden, the most beautiful of them! ZCMI, with the best-stocked kitchenware department of any department store anywhere.

Texas, with the Hill Country, and San Antonio with the Riverwalk and the damned funniest city government around!

I moved to California 3 years ago and I can say that there's no place in America more beautiful, whatever kind of scenery you like. You like the mountains, the beaches, skiing, watersports, the desert, the snow? it's all within a few hours drive.

The San Diego Zoo
The Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Golden Gate Bridge

True, we also have those enclaves of so-bad-they-might-as-well-be-French like Berkeley and Hollywood, but I say judge us by our best, not our worst!

Let's not forget Nevada, home to three of my favorite things, the Hoover Dam, legalized prostitution and Las Vegas!

My heart will always be in my home, though - a quiet little burg people call New York City. What other town could survive the kind of terrorist action that would have most countries rushing to surrender and get back up kicking and clawing, ready to make them pay? There's an attitude in New Yorkers that just never leaves you no matter where you are.

And let's not forget that New York Harbor is home to the Statue of Liberty, the secret of American greatness - immigration! She was French and like the rest of Europe and the world looking for a better life, she came here!

And Europe wonders why it can't get it's act together!

Texas. Three Words.

Stevie Ray Vaughn

I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here right quick.

Ohio:

The Birthplace of Aviation, where the Wright brothers mastered the principles of powered flight.

The Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball club in the United States, which has been fielding a team continuously since 1869!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The rich history of the Ohio River, a key to westward expansion.

Home of Wendy's Restaurants.

California - The land of:

Gray (lights out) Davis,
Arriana (SUV terrorist) Huffington,
Barbara (DNC Shadow Leader) Streisand,
Sean (I love Iraq) Penn,
Michael (come here little boy) Jackson,
Disney (Give the nice mouse your money) Corporation,
All the I-haven't-a-clue Hollywood celebrities,
Bottled blondes,
Silicon breasts,
liposuctioned hips,
rebuilt noses,
Rehashed TV shows,
Over taxation,
Berserkly
and celebrities who have mistakenly deluded themselves into thinking that just because we like the way they sing, dance, tell jokes, act, or bounce in slow-mo that we care one iota about what they think.

Gee maybe I should do South Dakota instead....

Actually once you ignore the LA and San Francisco areas you discover that California has:

Giant Redwoods,
Yosemite National Park,
Mount Shasta,
The central basin,
Death Valley,
Great Wineries,
Farming – do you like Strawberries, Artichokes, Olives, Garlic, Onions, Almonds, Pistachios, Oranges, Lemons, etc.
The top military weapons designers and developers in the free world.
Great skiing,
Fantastic Golf Courses
and
The finest, hardest working common folk who ever existed. We’re not all brainless celebrities, and loony left wing radicals. There is a lot of folks here who just want to work hard, raise their families, love their spouses, support their communities, love their country, cherish their freedom and get through the day without losing the smile on their face, just like everywhere else in the vast land. You know the type – rednecks.

New York City (get a rope... haha just kidding)

Hmm - wonderful NYC - we have, wait for it, the YANKEES! (ill leave out the Amazings for the time being- even though i dont give a rats ass about baseball)

One city, made from 5. That in its self is incredible, but we also - 3 tunnels, no less than 10 large massive bridges, 1 of the tallest buildings in the world (/mourn the other 2), amazing shopping (yippee....) world class food, and - models - yes, they are infact everywhere in NYC - there might be more pretty girls in CA, but we have models running amuck in NYC - and it is very good.

NYC is its self an addiction for those that live here - its a strange bizarre place full of wonder - always changing, always offering something new.

Oh - did I forget the Statue of Liberty? The symbol that drove a large portion of the immigrants to this country to try to live the American dream? Heck - NYC is the birthplace of that dream - all its faults included.

Oh - and one of those bridges is the Brooklyn Bridge - Brooklyn is one of those cities that became one of the "boroughs" of New York - its an amazing place where some of the popular culture of the United States has been shaped over the years - and even more of the popular food was perfected. Its a place where the regular guy can live in some semblence of peace with NYC - Jews, Latinos, Blacks, Italians, Irish - all live there - all thrive there - they may not always get along - but they are all proud of where they are from and all love their city, and their homes.

I love my home state of Kentucky, and I'll give you some info on it, but I'll also give you good things about NJ, which for all my complaining has a lot of wonderful things to recommend it.

First, Kentucky, most especially eastern Kentucky where I grew up. The people there preserve their heritage in everyday life, in the foods they eat, the words they use and the way they interact with the world around them. They're strong, resilient, and independent, with a great sense of humor. Many are storytellers, another way of connecting with their past, without being shy about embracing the future. The countryside is so gorgeous it's almost painful sometimes to see, and the foods, crafts and music that came from the hills are justly accorded appreciation and respect all over the world (can you say bluegrass?).

Here are links: Writer Jesse Stuart; Dulcimers; Cumberland Falls (one of two places in the world with a moonbow - the other is in Africa); Musician Jean Ritchie; Appalshop (generally liberal, but they do some amazing work); Photographer James Archambeault, who is unparalleled in showing the beauty of Kentucky (this is what it looks like where I grew up, out in the fields); and we mustn't forget Kentucky quilts (don't miss the famous Cemetery Quilt) or Berea crafts. Obviously I could go on, especially about grits (here's the best way to fix 'em).

New Jersey usually brings thoughts of urban decay, Tony Soprano and Atlantic City. But much of the state is still relatively rural, with everything from mountains and pine barrens to lighthouses and beaches (don't think of it this way) within a couple hours drive from the big cities. The cranberry harvest and festivals in the fall are wonderful, and Cape May is a fairyland mix of old Victorian homes and beaches. The people in NJ are an incredible mix of races and heritages from all over the world, getting along for the most part, which means that the stores and restaurants have a range of products and foods that I think would be difficult to find most other places.

Oh, and there are lots of squirrels in both places.

South Carolina is more militant that the US as a whole, beginning with Francis Marion who held Cornwallis off long enough to give Washington a chance to take him out and culminating as the leader of the 1860s secessionist movement. We have our share of Bubbas and educational woes but I defy you to find a state where the citizens are more willing to serve their country or more generous in responding to national disasters.

I'm a Floridian by birth and a Virginian by circumstance. Here are some of the wonderful things I've learned in Virginia:

Virginia is big on history. They call us the Mother of Presidents because eight US Presidents were born here. The first representative assembly in the western hemisphere met in Jamestown, the first colony. We've got the only lighthouse authorized by the First US Congress, Old Cape Henry. Several Presidents and Supreme Court Justices studied at the College of William and Mary, the only institution of higher learning in the US with a Royal Charter. Ever wonder where Washington's family Bible is? Wonder no more -- it's at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Some of us love Shakespeare so much we built the Blackfriars Theater that duplicates, as much as possible, the 1614 Globe.

Natural wonders? We have those too! Our east coast is dominated by the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay. Please don't visit Virginia without trying the she-crab soup. We also share the home of "Misty of Chincoteague" and the yearly pony swim at Assoteague Island with Maryland. Going west we have one of the seven natural wonders of th world -- Natural Bridge. And don't forget Clinch Valley, home of the largest variety of freshwater mussels in the world.

I'll be you're hungry after all that travelling! Stop awhile and forage our wines and peanuts. When the holidays roll around, make sure to dine on our Smithfield Hams.

Of course there's plenty wrong with Virginia, but there's a lot right too.

Tennessee is three distinct regions mixed into one state. You have East, Middle and West. Conservatives, moderates and liberals. Country music, bluegrass and blues. Mountains, hills, plains. Lakes, "cricks" and Rivers (as in the Mississippi). Scots, Irish, Dutch, German and British.

People that love heritage and people who love to always move forward. People who wave to you when they see you in their car, and people who wave from their front porches, and who wave from one end of Neyland Stadium to the other.

It's football, basketball and hockey.

It's Volunteers: in war, in peace, in natural disaster.

Tennessee is Survivors, Jack-Asses, and Kings of Rock And Roll.

Tennessee is anything and everything - it's South, it's Midwest, it's East Coast.

Tennessee's my home and it always will be.

Oklahoma - we have, um, okay, yeah, we have, uh, no not that. Uhhhh. I'm thinking. I'm thinking. Okay, we have the largest grossing Wal-Mart in the world. THE WORLD.

Oh yeah, and don't forget Indian Nation Bingo and tax free smoke shops.

I don't think I'm helping. Hey, I could have said Garth Brooks and Hanson.

CALIFORNIA:
Name something. Anything. We have it. Or we will invent it.

Pennsylvania: at least it's not New Jersey.

Wow, who'd have thought Nebraska would get even one mention, let alone multiple. Nebraska is home to one of the world's BEST endangered species programs. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska is responsible for keeping more endangered species going than just about any other program on the PLANET.

But...yeah...that probably doesn't matter to anybody.

RJT - I'll add to good things about South Carolina that you also have some of the nicest people in the country.

And, you have Charleston. If I got started on the good things there, I wouldn't be able to stop.

I'd love to live there.

As much as I hate to admit it, there are tons of things I miss about Maine - especially in the fall.

Funny, but it didn't seem so cool as these pics show when I was living there - even though every single one of them could have been plucked right out of my own head. sigh

Illinois

Chicago home of Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago Style Hot Dogs, the tallest building in the world (I don't count that one in Malaysia, antenna don't make a building tall), great blues and jazz, one of the greatest villains of all time Al Capone, Ditka and it's the "Candy Capital of the World.

I can only add to what has already been said quite well about the fine state of Virginia...
The Shenandoah Valley....quite possibly the most beautiful place on Earth. Lush in the Spring and Summer....it's fall dress is amazing. Fruit orchards abound..old houses, old mills, rolling hills, totally horse country... the natives are friendly....

Why would you, after seeing it, ever live anywhere else?

Let's see... Michigan. First of all, please don't tell ANYONE that for some odd reason we're called Michiganders. Sounds like a flock of geese to me. ;)

We have The Great Lakes, which I have yet to see, since I just moved here.

We have The Spirit Of Detroit, a statue which gets dressed up in a REALLY big Red Wings jersey when they go into the Stanley Cup Finals.

We have the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. (We spent our honeymoon there, it's BEAUTIFUL.)

We are also famous for the Motown music label. :)

ARKANSAS

1. We are the only state that could build a wall around its borders and survive with all of our existing natural resources.

2. We don't have Bill Clinton anymore.

3. Hillary either.

4. Duck hunting capital of the world.

5. First National River.

6. Only state where a man can go bankrupt in the five and dime business, move to the other side of the state and build the largest company in the WORLD.

7. Blues music.

8. Two mountain ranges.

9. More trees than you can imagine.

10. Crystal clear large freshwater lakes.

11. Only diamond mine in the United States (it's a state park and anyone can go looking for the precious gems)

12. Hemingway married a local girl and wrote A Farewell To Arms here.

13. Johnny Cash came from here.

14. So did John Grisham.

15. Eisenhower picked LR Central High in 1957 because he knew it would get bloody in other states.

16. Hope Watermelons. Forrest City Peaches. Bradford Strawberries. Jonesboro/Stuttgart rice. Delta soul food. BBQ.

17. Mascot for state's flagship university: Razorbacks/Hogs.

18. Calling the Hogs at sporting events = Wooooooooooooooooooooo-PIG-SOOIE!!!

19. Dillard's is headquartered here. So is Tyson, Alltel, Acxiom, J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart, etc.

20. World Record German Brown Trout.

21. Catfish and catfish farms.

22. AR Children's Hospital.

23. Easy access to Dallas, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.

24. King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR

25. Hot Springs--where the likes of Capone, Dillinger, and others used to come and relax in peace.

26. Town names like Possum Grape, Oil Trough, etc.

27. Tallest Waterfall east of the Rockies.

28. The Mississippi, Arkansas, Spring, Buffalo, Red, White, Cache, St. Francis, Current, Black, Ouachita,....ok lots of rivers

29. Douglas McArthur was born here.

30. 1000 more reasons. Try www.arkansas.com

Washington State! Mountains, glaciers, rainforests, desert. The most beautiful coastline in the country. Green, green, green! Great fresh local food, wonderful restaurants. Great Beer, wine, and coffee. And the freshest air you'd ever want to breathe. Huge military community and the craziest mix of people you'd ever imagine. Although Boston is a great place to grow up and be from, I've been here almost 12 years and every day I still wake up in awe.

COLORADO: lots and lots of sunshine, all 4 seasons (though winter isn't as bad as most people think it is), big skies, mountains and plains, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Hmm, looks like I'm gonna need to testify (!) for Washington State. I moved away for seven years and actually CHOSE to move back so we must have some good stuff here.

1. Music - any and all varieties of music you wanna find, you can find here, especially in downtown Seattle. Not to mention that our great state is home to many great bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana (tho they don't really count anymore do they?), Soundgarden (another one not to count), oh god, I know there are more but I'm drawing a blank now.

2. Trees - we got em everywhere!

3. Space Needle - nothing beats the view from the top.

4. Mild weather - sure it rains all the time, but we're not buried in snow or sweltering either.

5. TV and Movies - Twin Peaks was filmed here as well as many other shows and movies (again, drawing a blank).

Thought I had more but I seem to be drawing a blank. I'll add more later, if I can remember what I was gonna say.

North Dakota

NOTHING.............................

Louisiana: Here's a scene for you. Zydeco Festival. Sound of a rocking accordion playing out over an unused soybean field in August, thousands of black folks wearing cowboy hats, cowboy boots, belt buckles the size of a hub cap. Many of them speak French. White people, too. No one's fighting.
Go figure.

If you're ever near the south, you can't pass up a trip to the Big Easy. The food doesn't get any better than in Louisiana. Period. And what could be more fun than Mardi Gras?

Marti, I prefer: Oklahoma. We're not Texas.

Adding to the above for New York State, where I have lived my whole life, we have some of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country.

Cornell University, the only Ivy League university that provides state subsidized education (Ivy diploma at SUNY prices, dad loved that). As well as Columbia University, another Ivy; NYU, which holds top honors in their Law, Business, and Medicine graduate schools; FIT, home of the fashion forward, and of course the SUNY system providing broad ranging top quality education at rock bottom prices.

Culture overflows as well. MOMA, the Museum of Natural History (kickass dinosaur bones!), Broadway, an incredible Planetarium, and not to forget Central Park.

I could go on and on...

jkrank, you have Yosemite Valley, maybe the most beautiful place on Earth.

To add to what GeekGrrl said about Michigan:

Not one peninsula, but two, connected by the Mackinac Bridge which, at 5 miles long, is the world's longest suspension bridge. And we have Yoopers ("Say yah to da UP, eh?").

Aside from Alaska, Detroit is the only place in the country where you have to go south to get to Canada. The Ambassador Bridge is North America's #1 international border crossing. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is #2. The value of trade between the US and Canada is about $1 billion (CDN) per day, and roughly 27% of that crosses the Ambassador Bridge.

Of course we have the cars. We have the University of Michigan (one of the best in the country) and Michigan State University (the first land grant college). We have the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores and the Sanilac Petroglyphs. In addition to the Great Lakes (which account for one-fifth of the world's surface freshwater supply), we have more than 11,000 inland lakes, and you are never more than 6 miles from a lake or stream.

I like the word "Michigander" which I just read was coined by Abraham Lincoln. Some famous Michiganders: Henry Ford, Alice Cooper, Casey Kasem, Madonna, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Charles Lindberg, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Charlton Heston, Gilda Radner, Tom Selleck, Sinbad (!), Gerald R. Ford, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Ralph Bunche, Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, Jeff Daniels, W.K. Kellogg, Francis Ford Coppola, Rosa Parks, anyone else whose last name matches a car brand.

And we have one of the ugliest landmarks ever: the Joe Louis Fist.

Some of these facts came from michigan.gov and Everything Michigan.

Couple more Michigan things: the cherries, and techno.

This isn't about a specific state, but it's quite possibly what I like most about the whole damn place:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

California has the Golden Gate Bridge with fog rolling in from the Bay, it has Disneyland where I've spent many happy hours with friends, it has the Big Sur coast where I can just go on a Sunday afternoon, and it still has the spirit of the pioneers who came here to find their dream.

Great job, Adam! I would add only two things:

1. The great town of Hogeye, Arkansas, site of the Hogeye Mall...feed store, post office, groceries, gas, you name it...all in one building.

2. Diversity: NW Arkansas has the largest population of Marshall Islanders outside of the Marshall Islands...many of the Vietnamese refugees were resettled here...there's Russians, Ukranians, Italians, Hispanics, Sikhs, Indians, Pakistanis, Africans...people from just about everywhere around the world.

North Carolina, I live near Ft Bragg and find that most of the military i know are actually respectful to civilians.

Easy access to the beach and mountains like mentioned above is also a plus.

I also recommend The Discovery Place(http://www.discoveryplace.org/) in Charlotte.

Kentucky:

Land of beautiful horses and fast women.

More whiskey distilleries than any other state.

More dry counties than any other state.

...some of those distilleries are IN dry counties.

We love basketball even MORE than Indiana, but we love Indiana basketball too.

The Ohio River - it's 99% IN Kentucky - (The northern border is the mean high water mark of 1792.)

"Colorful" politics - colorful politicians.

Located below the grits line and above the corned beef hash line - we can get both northern and southern cousine here.

Barbecue - Burgoo - Hot Browns.

Mammoth Cave

Ft Knox - The Patton Museum and Gold vault.

Ft Campbell - The 101st Airborne.

Small cities - Louisville, Lexington, Paducah

Lots of large to small towns.

120 Counties, 120 county seats.

Mountains in the east, the bluegrass and the knobs in the middle, the pennyroyal in the south, and the northernmost reaches of the Mississippi delta in the far west.

The "Great Meadow" and the "Dark and Bloody ground.

Abraham Lincoln AND Jefferson Davis were both born here.

Colonel Sanders.

4 seasons - Cold as hell, Beautiful, Hot as hell, Beautiful - not necessarily in that order.

The Kentucky Derby.

Bill Monroe & Bluegrass music - you didn't think it came from Texas do you?

Bordered by 7 more of the greatest states in the Union, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, WVirginia, Virginia, and Tennessee.

to add to New York:

Long Island: the ocean, the sound, the roads surrounded by nature and, alternatley, the crawling strip malls- until you hit my town, where we've got an outlet mall that makes the senses cringe, until you get past it, adn are driving down sound avenue with old trees and farms and all side roads leading to a beach. The beaches are really the best. the big rocks on the sound, the huge waves at the ocean, the fact you can see fireworks on fourth of july being set off at the coastlines no matter where you are inland.

punk was invented in NY =D (dont give me that sex pistols crap). whoop, CBGB's!

Im currently attending a SUNY school, and no joke about it, its quality.

Walking in the City in the summer is one of the best feelings in the world. the smell, the people, the sounds, the surrounding concrete. its nothing anywhere else i've been.

needless to say, i

Nebraska: Omaha. The Henry Doorly Zoo. The largest geodesic dome in the world. Strategic Air Command. People who smile at you--just because. Omaha Steaks. The Old Market. Walking on brick roads under curlicues of overpasses. Alvarado's--the biggest best 24-hour greasy cheap burrito joint ever. Arguably, the reuben sandwich. Aksarben. Wetlands. 75mph. The capitol building in Lincoln. Omaha by Night. Apartments in old schools. Steak, pork chops and corn. (Mmmm...) Botanical gardens.

And lots of other things you'd only really love if you lived here. :)

Floridians truly know what it is like to live in the emerging millennium. We are a State of cultural and social convergence poised at the global crossroads. Struggling to not only understand lessons learned from an old identity but also trying to forge a new identity in tune with the demands of the world today.

Florida is also a State of contradiction. The northern part of the state is culturally different from the central and southern. Both coasts, the west and east exhibit a completely different lifestyle, mentality and believe it or not, upbringing.

For all of the differences in the State, there are some striking similarities. Warm hearted people, a desire to better oneself and the innate ability to live in somewhat tenuous circumstances harmoniously within some strict confines of nature and socio-economic groups.

So some people don’t know how to vote or drive or use a turn signal. Tourists have never understood the Zen like qualities of a 5-minute coffee break at a Cuban Café. Standing outside the window, ordering a shot, and shutting down for a brief period of time while the Caribbean breeze dictates the plans for the evening.

Tourists may fail to see the quiet beauty in the expanse of swamp and grasslands of the Everglades. The sense of community while watching the sun set from the docks in Key West. The look of awe and inspiration when the moon rises off the gulf in the lower keys and it’s so close you can almost reach out and touch it.

Florida is many things, but it is a great place to learn about yourself and your surrounding and how you will make a difference in the future.

Minnesota!
You haven't lived until you waled across a northen Minny lake in the middle of Jan. (properly encased in insulated clothes) During the days, skies so coldly blue it hurts your eyes to look at it with the sun reflecting off the snow brighter than anywhere. The nights with stars like razor sharp diamonds and the northern lights playing hide and seek across the sky.

Speaking of squirrels, on thing to like about America is Invader Zim (I saw a squirrel!)

It may have been cancelled, but it the funniest cartoon series ever made, IMO. A good, completely original cartoon, from America! It's been a while since Disney died.

Strange to be saying that scary cartoonist Johnen Vasques is one of the reasons to like America. And if you don't think he's scary, read "Johny the Homicidal Maniac" some time.

Joshua Scholar

How about Iowa!

1. Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. Come see the Field of Dreams.
2. Birthplace of The Duke - John Wayne.
3. The Bridges of Madison County - right here in Madison County!
4. Birthplace of the computer - the Atanasoff-Berry Computer at Iowa State University campus, the oldest ancestor of the PC you are using now. (Older than ENIAC)
5. Birthplace of the facsimile machine (FAX) also at Iowa State University campus.
6. The #1 producer of corn in the US. (Yeah, we do that, too)
7. The national headquarters of the ACT college testing program.
8. What place in the US has Hobo Days other than Britt, Iowa?
9. The storyline writer for Dick Tracy - Iowa's own Max Alan Collins of Muscatine. He also wrote Road to Perdition.
10. International headquarters for United Marriage Encounter (UME) - the largest Christian marriage group in the world.
11. World-famous mini-marathon called the Bix 7; a 7 mile race in Davenport that attracts Olympians and locals. All to honor one of the jazz greats Bix Beiderbecke.
12. Home of Nile Kinnick. The U of I football stadium is named for him. Heisman Trophy winner who was lost in the Pacific in WWII.
13. Home to Central College, who holds the NCAA football record of 43 straight winning seasons.
14. Birthplace of Kurt Warner! Rams QB and NFL MVP, Superbowl MVP. He went to the University of Northern Iowa.

alas...another ode to iowa....

MA has Cape Cod, The Berkshires, cranberry bogs, lobstahs, clam chowder, maple syrup...I could go thru the country and pick out the best qualities by the food it is known for. Oh and NH does have guns!! I loved that, Emanuel

Ohio: My adopted hometown, Columbus. An absolutely wonderful city with all of the cultural, educational, and other aspects of larger cities, and with a decidedly small-town feel, where everyone knows everyone else. Ironically, native Columbus residents seem obsessed with wanting to change the city's image as a "cowtown," not realizing that it's actually one of its most endearing features. Other Columbus legacies, in no particular order:

The largest city in the world named for Christopher Columbus, and the largest metro area in the state. Yes, really.

The birthplace of Wendy's. I know this has already been mentioned, but Dave Thomas was such a great man for all of his work on behalf of adoping kids that he deserves another mention. Well done, Dave.

Home of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), one of the coolest and most educational museums you could ever want to take your kids to. (if you go, check out "Space," which my firm was the architect for - one of the coolest, most fun proect we've ever done)

The fantastic Columbus Zoo which, for better or worse, gave America Jack Hanna. Living in denial of its landlocked geography, it also is home of an amazing manatee habitat that rehabilites injured and sick manatees and releases them back to nature (in Florida, not the nearby Olentangy River, thankfully).

Ohio State University. I'm a Penn State alumnus myself, and I'll always be true to my school. But the Buckeyes are a hair's-breadth second place in my heart. Great academics, great sports, and The Best Damn Band in the Land. If I live to be 300, I'll never figure out how they do "Script Ohio" without bending trombone slides into pretzels.

Nearby Jefferson Township, my home. Conservation-conscious living in the middle of some of the most beautiful natural scenery - trees, ravines, creeks, deer, blue heron, beaver, etc. etc. etc. (this is all in my own yard) - and all just 20 minutes (eat your heart out NYC commuters!) from downtown.

I am proud to be a Pennsylvanian by birth and upbringing, and equally proud to be an Ohioan by choice.

More to add about Ohio:

Ohio State Buckeyes : GO BUCKS!

Jack Hannah

Football Hall of Fame

I'm sure I'll think of more .. I love living in Ohio. :)

Why is it that Americans think they are the only free country and they are the best at everything? Aside from your big stick, there are many countries with greater freedoms, greater healthcare, greater personal safety, etc. You name it. America is only greatest in arrogance.

Nationalism kills.

Hey Heh: I notice you didn't put where you're from so we could take a dig at your @$$ of a country. The pride we hold for our country stems from the fact that we are a young country and we still maintain the youthful joy that comes with winning something(ie. our freedom from England). We are a country just over 225 years old...England has had Anglo-Saxon people since the 5th-7th century B.C. Yes, we may be a bit arrogant about what we have...but if you would have invented McDonald's and Wal-Mart wouldn't you be too? And if you ever to America don't look me up or I'll pummel your ass.

wyoming is definitely the best due to the wide open spaces that preclude claustrophobia, the awesome snow covered mountains and the friendliest women on the planet.

New Jersey Rocks I have live in this fine state for 19 years. There are so many things to see and do. Go to the Jersey shore. Have fun in the pinebarens. Just so ever one knows we are now as the Graden State because we grow so much. I would tell you the best places in the state are all in south jersey. I love the town of Haddonfield because we have so much history and they named a movie affter us. so come to the Graden State and have fun

New York is the place to be. Because King Crab is taking over now that King Tone is going to the big house. So all us Crustaceans are keeping it real.

Amor De Langosta

Well....Tennessee - Jack Daniels
North Carolina - Michael Jordan
Florida - Disney
Georgia - Peaches (fuzzy little fruits)
Michigan - Corvette...nuff said
Illinois - Da Cubs!!!!
Arizona - Mesa (Da Cubs spring training)
California - (Those cute little raisins)
Washington - Seattle (Grunge Music!)
Alaska - Northern Lights are great
Colorado - the Rockies!
Louisiana - Mardi Gras
Idaho - Everyone loves Potatoes!!!!!
Wisconsin - Moooooooooo
New York - What's not to like?
Texas - Best steak you'll ever have!
Hawaii - Bikini Surfin Chicks!!!!
...and finally,
Maine - Stephen freakin King!!!

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I think it's about time someone seriously took up for Idaho. Without it, Mr. Potato Head in "Toy Story" would totally have had to come up with something other than "Way to go, Idaho" to say.

We've got the aforementioned potatoes and they're dirt cheap to buy. And this is where most of the McDonald's french fries come from.

We provided last year's Capitol Holiday Tree to stand in Washington, DC and it was the best tree ever.

Tons of public land with all kinds of wildlife: deer, elk, moose, bear, wolves, cougars, Republicans.

I'm with Casey, representin' for the 208...

You can find almost anything in Idaho. Farming towns to blazing city nightlife. World class skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing, you name it.

We're a part of history - Lewis and Clark passed through and were saved by the Nez Perce in the north, and the Oregon Trail came through in the south.

We feed you - Our potatoes, grains, dairies, and cattle ranches provide food for the world. Both Simplot and Albertson's were founded here.

The people are nice (if conservative at times, which really only bothers Casey and her other two liberal friends that reside in the entire state... wink), we are cultured and yet not jaded, and we are proud to call this beautiful spot home.