Travel in the United States, where perceptions are merely a state of mind
Recently I ran across an informal poll that asked Americans to pick states other than their own that represented certain categories. Some of the categories were quite pedestrian, like state with the best food, friendliest state, etc. Some others were a little more insulting, like states with the ugliest people, and rudest.
Most intriguing was which state the respondents would like to see get kicked out the union. That would be my home state, of course, the Lone Star State of Texas. I guess those bumper stickers and T-shirts that call for secession are finally working.
In case you’re wondering, according to the poll (which can be found on BusinessInsider.com) best food was New York, which was also voted most arrogant and rudest. Alaska was worst food, nicest was Georgia, and California was the craziest. More winners (and losers) included: Massachusetts (smartest), New York (best and worst sports fans), Colorado (most scenic), Kansas (least scenic), California (overrated), Mississippi (dumbest), Alabama (ugliest) and Alaska (underrated).
I’m curious about Alaska. People think the food is bad, but they also thought the state as a whole is underrated. I’m guessing the golf, though it’s not plentiful, might be underrated as well. Sounds like a future golf trip.
Besides Colorado, California and Hawaii also got high marks for being most scenic. Not coincidentally, those are also great golf states.
While New York got the nod for best food (based on Manhattan, I’m sure), I’ve got to disagree. California, which was also ranked high, has a lot more variety, including my two favorites – Asian and Baja Mexican. Louisiana got high marks in this category as well, undoubtedly because of New Orleans. But I’d have to give Texas its due, too, for its barbecue, Tex-Mex, steaks and seafood.
So what’s the state with the best golf? I’ve always contended it was California because of the variety of terrain – coastal, desert, mountain and forest – and mixture of architecture. Many argue for New York because of its classic architecture. And having just returned from Michigan, which has more golf courses per capita than any other state, you could make a case for that state as well based on enthusiasm and quality of courses.
The bottom is line is we all have our favorites, but what makes traveling in America great is the tremendous variety.
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