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Old 02-19-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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What's great about your state?

I thought this thread would be a fun way for everyone to brag a little about their home state and say what there is to do and experience. Hopefully we have enough members on here to hit most if not all of the states.

About 10 years ago my wife and I bought a little pop-up trailer and came up with the plan of eventually visiting every state. So every year for our summer vacation we would pick a state or two, find a campground to stay at and something fun to do when we got there. We live in Northern Illinois so we started with all the surrounding states. Our list so far includes:

Wisconsin (Wisconsin Dells numerous times, Madison Zoo, Milwaukee Zoo, camped in Janesville for many years, visit family)
Iowa (visiting family)
Indiana (trailer factory tours, RV HOF/museum in Elkhart, Amish community in Shipshewana)
Missouri ( Cave tours, St. Louis Arch)
Kentucky (Corvette museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, numerous cave tours)
Minnesota (Mall of America twice)
Michigan (Holland).

We’ve gotten as far east as Ohio (Put-In-Bay), just over Iowa’s western border into Omaha, Nebraska and just barely into Tennessee. My wife says our visit to a state doesn’t “count” unless we actually do some sort of activity there. Visit a theme park or a restaurant or a museum, etc…

Our plan sputtered out about five years ago when I got a job that included a 2-hour commute and no PTO. We simply didn’t have the time to travel anymore. But I just recently got a job with a 10 minute commute and lots of PTO so we want to eventually get back to it again. The kids have gotten a little older and our trailer has gotten quite a bit bigger but we hope to complete it eventually.

So my question to everyone here is: What fun things are there to do in *your* state?

My answer would be to visit Chicago and the surrounding area. There are tons of things there. There are a few different museums and the Shedd Aquarium. You could spend an entire day in each one of them. We have professional sports teams for all the major sports. Six Flags Great America is in Gurnee. There are lots of places to shop and eat. There are boat tours down the Chicago river. There are also lots of campgrounds and a few National Parks scattered around Northern Illinois.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:34 PM   #2
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Add cheese factories, wineries, Door County, fishing, great state parks, and the Maritime Museum to the Wisconsin list.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:40 PM   #3
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US Space and Rocket center in Huntsville (Home of Space Camp!)
LOTS of great lakes and state parks to visit
The sugar sands of the beaches around Mobile (and the cool fort there as well!)
GREAT golf on the Robert Trent Jones golf trail
Just to name a few sights in Alabama the Beautiful!
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:47 PM   #4
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I live in Wyoming. Born and raised here and don't want to go anywhere else. Funny reading all the things you would to do everywhere you go. You and your wife choose to go places where there is a "city" life near by and lots of places to see and places to eat which there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. As my for my family we go into the mountains of Wyoming to camp and never in a campground. Never a restaurant to eat and not many people around. We have a toy hauler and take our honda pioneer sidexside everywhere we go. And that is what I love about Wyoming I can go two hours from home in either direction and be at a lake and have great trail riding. Where I live I can just leave my house drive a quarter of a mile and be out in the sticks and ride for miles and miles. Not to mention we have Yellowstone national park. Which I will be going to this summer and will be staying in a campground which I have no choice. Wyoming is great IMO because of the wide open spaces and the small towns small amount of people. The great outdoors doesn't get any better than Wyoming. I could go on and on.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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Louisiana:
The FOOD is at the top of the list, especially in the south.
The fishing is great.
The hunting is good.
Mardi Gras
All the different types of festivals.
Some of the friendliest people in the world.
Great sports teams.
Great campgrounds.
Outdoor activities.
Many different cultures, meaning the people are different south of Hwy 90, south of I-10 and north of I-10.
Did I mention the FOOD.
Truly is a great state to live in.

The bad is our roads and the humidity, but we keep it that way on purpose. If we fixed it everyone would live here.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:06 PM   #6
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North Carolina: In the west we have the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway; in the east there are traditional beaches and barrier islands (Outer Banks). Being one of the 13 original Colonies, we have rich history whether you're interested in the original English settlers on the coast or the Native Americans in the mountains (Cherokee).
There are numerous other modern attractions here, and I'm sure others will list them. Additionally, our temperate climate allows for camping year-round, as long as you're not planning to camp THIS week.
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If you have never been to Florida, then you have to go to Disney World and camp at Ft. Wilderness there. Then, there are the many beaches, from the panhandle on down the state. Ok, enough of that! We live in north central Florida. We don't get the snow birds. There are beautiful rivers and springs to kayak and canoe. Swimming abounds at the springs. There are many campgrounds scattered in the area. Tubing the Ichitucknee River near High Springs is a great experience. Antique shopping in Micanopy. Gator sports at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ocala horse country. Miles and miles of beautiful rural roads to travel. It's more old Florida and an experience that most who visit the state are unaware of. Of course, it's a little too cold to do the swimming thing just now, but by the first of May, you should be good.
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North Carolina: In the west we have the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway; in the east there are traditional beaches and barrier islands (Outer Banks). Being one of the 13 original Colonies, we have rich history whether you're interested in the original English settlers on the coast or the Native Americans in the mountains (Cherokee).
There are numerous other modern attractions here, and I'm sure others will list them. Additionally, our temperate climate allows for camping year-round, as long as you're not planning to camp THIS week.
And in the Charlotte/Concord area NASCAR hall of fame and 90% of the racecar shops within 50 miles. Only 4 lane drag strip in the world.
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Add cheese factories, wineries, Door County, fishing, great state parks, and the Maritime Museum to the Wisconsin list.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:01 PM   #10
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Utah:

Five National Parks within the state's boundaries. Six within a 5-hour drive of Salt Lake City. 42 State Parks. Many National Monuments.

Winter: Skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice fishing, snow cave camping, snowshoeing.
Spring / Fall: Camping in Southern Utah's red-rock areas.
Summer: Camping in the High Uintas and Wasatch mountains.

Hiking, fishing, boating, rock climbing, biking, camping... it's an outdoors state.

We have every kind of terrain from sand dunes, to alpine, to desert planes, to red-rock canyons, etc. A lot of outdoor diversity.
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