If you could move anywhere in the US, which state and city would you move to?

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  1. SlammedZero

    SlammedZero Well-Known Member

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    Just Google Earthed that Parkway. Yeah, that looks stunning. I may have to start thinking about a trip. Now, question for me is to fly/rent a car or drive? LOL Looks like it is about a 14 hour drive from Boise. Not TOO bad.
     
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  2. lukin2006

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    I drove from Southern Ontario to Jasper 1.5 years ago, took me 4 days. It was enjoyable, got to see some of Canada I've never seen and met so many great people on the journey. 14 hours is not bad at all. I bet that would be a nice drive from Boise.
     
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  3. SlammedZero

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    Kind of what I'm thinking. I love driving so it doesn't bother me, especially through pretty country.
     
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  4. lukin2006

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    I like driving as well. But it is even much better with beautiful scenery.
     
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  5. Tabascocat

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    Me and the wife drove there from Spokane a few years ago, not a bad drive at all. We had to make sure there was no snow on the ground, us Texans can't drive in that :lmao:
     
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  6. CouchCoach

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    Love that area and Portland got on the Foodie map several years back, if dining out is important.

    We went storm watching when we lived in Boise, bought some fresh from the sea crabs, coupla bottles of vino, tossed a bunch of newspaper in the floor of the hotel room and watched what we'd only seen in movies before. The power of nature is something to behold. Humbling to say the least.

    I think I saw Rambo running through the forest but my wife thought it was an albino Bigfoot. She was probably right.
     
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  7. Seven

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    Thief...... that's my answer. Verbatim.
     
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  8. CowboyStar88

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    Sweet we can drink at the local watering hole. Prescott is an amazing place
     
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  9. Tabascocat

    Tabascocat Dexternjack

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    There's gold in dem der hills too :flagwave:
     
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  10. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    There's a lot of those there......
    Absolutely!
     
  11. lukin2006

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    I'd like to live in Montana or Alaska for a year or 2...probably no more, just for the experience.
     
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  12. Chrispierce

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    I like Santa Barbara....and since we’re playing fantasy,money is no object and I can afford to live there.
     
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  14. aria

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    Anywhere but DFW, lived here pretty much all my life and can’t stand it. Somewhere in the Rockies, like Breckenridge, would be my current first choice. I would stay busy year round with outdoor stuff, lots of nice restaurants and bars and a couple hours from Denver if I wanted to see a concert or something. Plus the weed factor but I can’t take advantage of that for another 18 years or so, not that I’m counting. Themonl6 downside is Breck has become more crowded over the years, that’s a turn off if I’m in the mountains.

    Second and third choice would be Chicago and NYC. Currently slightly prefer Chicago but go back and forth between both cities. In the end, NYC (Manhattan) would probably be the choice. The NY country side and surrounding states are absolutely beautiful.
     
  15. nightrain

    nightrain Since 1971

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    What bothers you most about the DFW area? I have it on my list of retirement destinations. Been there for weekend visits many times, but really don't have an insider's view.

    NYC is a great place to visit and play within. I imagine it can be gray and overwhelming place to live. Very high cost of living. I worked in the city for most of my adult life. Loved my stint in Lower Manhattan. A lot of energy and endless possibilities.
     
  16. bigdnlaca

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    Well I left L.A. over 10 years ago to Georgia and I will tell you this. You will not be happy no matter where your next destination if you continue to compare the new destination to your old. California is a hell of a state and if you lived in the major cities, it is too difficult for your new residence to even come close to a Cali. You have to accept the shortcoming or else you will always be disappointed like when you went back to Nashville. There is good and bad in every city, and Nashville is nowhere near a Cali city, but I know that Nashville has to have some sections that you could possibly think that it can work out (whether it was personal or professional).


    Now to answer your question, if I had the money and don't have to worry about working, I would move to an off the grid city and state. I don't know what you like or don't like but I am a home person. I wouldn't mind staying in when there is snow and I wouldn't mind going out on a drive if it was sunny. I would go to Washington or Idaho. A lot of Cali folks migrate over there due to the expensive living of Cali. If you want to stay in Cali, ditto for those that said the San Diego area. I personally like La Jolla and Escondido.
     
  17. aria

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    The pros are cost of living is cheap and in most suburbs you have everything you need (restaurants, bars, movies, entertainment venues, shops, etc) and some within a short distance. I rarely leave the 4 mile radius from my house unless it’s for a sporting event or concert.

    DFW airport is also AA’s major hub so although it’s huge, there are lots of direct flights.

    Honestly part of the reason I probably hate it is because I’ve been here my entire life (for the most part). The traffic sucks, Dallas itself isn’t that big but the entire metroplex is one of the biggest in the country and growing.

    I hate the heat, really anything over 85-90. Unless you’re a lake person or golfer who doesn’t mind playing in triple digits or getting up really early, the summers are miserable. That leaves little options of things to do outside for ~4 months out of the year. The flip side is the winter and spring temps can be very nice (60’s today but 40’s on Fri).

    Way too much concrete, nothing but concrete. Very few outdoors types of things to do for someone like myself who enjoys hiking, rafting, snowboarding, etc. Driving around just makes me want to puke. No mountains, no major rivers, no large “green areas” with the exception of abfew bigger parks. It’s literally concrete and concrete for miles.

    A lot of major highways are tollways. I only live ~35 mins from DFW airport and it will cost me over $15 round trip.

    Downtown proper leaves a lot to be desired, it’s almost all business with a few pockets of “entertainment” districts but I find most other major cities downtown areas much more desirable.

    Public transportation sucks which contributes to the traffic.

    To me it lacks a lot of individuality overall and nothing to get excited about other than the convenience of things.

    I’ll let you know if I think of anything else and/or feel free to ask questions. I’m sure a lot of people love Dallas and are proud of it but it’s not for me. I also realize every city has it’s pros and cons but I need a change of scenery. Fortunately I love my job but unfortunately I’m tied to it for the next 15-18 years with no chance of moving so I’m stuck here until then.

    I’ll also say, out of most of the DFW area, I feel fortunate to live in the area I do. Close to a small historic town with cool events, historic houses and neighborhoods (not the typical cookie cutter houses built on top of each other), easy access to the airport if not during rush hour otherwise it’s a nightmare and about 30 mins from downtown with no traffic which is almost never (no matter what time of day).

    BTW, NYC and Breckenridge would be more win the lottery type situations. Maybe not Breck but NYC. Overall I would much rather be in the mountains assuming I was still able to be physically active.
     
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  18. Furboy

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    In the US? Let's see....Here are some in mind.

    Las Vegas
    Dallas
    Wyoming
    Montana
    Idaho
    Utah
    Colorado
    Arizona
    Monmouth County, New Jersey
    Ocean County, New Jersey (I sort of live there during the summer as I stay in Seaside Heights every year, love it there)
    Kansas City
    Overland Park
     
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  19. GMO415

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    The Beverly Hills of AZ..... Scottsdale
     
  20. nightrain

    nightrain Since 1971

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    Thanks for the feedback, Aria. You don't have to answer, but my guess is you live in Grapevine. That is one my favorite places in the Metroplex and I am intrigued with the Main Street area, particularly after TexRail is complete.

    I feel you on the landscape and the weather. Ironically, those are the two characteristics weighing heaviest on my not to decision. I really like Uptown in the Cityplace area and Cedars is starting to look like it could develop into something worthwhile. I would need to be near a DART station or some kind of light rail as I don't like traffic either and don't desire to do much urban driving. My guess is I am quite a bit older than you and it probably takes a little less to keep me entertained.

    Your right about the NYC/lottery hit dynamic. To live an adequate lifestyle in the Big Apple, housing costs alone are an easy seven figures to purchase.
     
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