Indiana Ranks VERY Low on Most Beautiful States in America
Apparently, "experts" don't think that there is much beauty in Indiana, which is why they ranked the state very (and I mean VERY) low on a list of most beautiful states in America.
Indiana is known as the "Crossroads of America", we have also been called a "Fly Over State" in the past too. As a lifelong resident of Indiana, I have been all over the state and have seen some very beautiful sights along the way. That being said, some "experts" at Thrillist didn't think that Indiana was very beautiful.
Most Beautiful States in America
We independently ranked the states, then came together around a table to debate the discrepancies and to plead for the divisive cases, of which there were several. How do you pick, after all, between desert vs. mountains? Mountains vs. lakes? Lakes vs. forests? Forests vs. seashore? Seashore vs. glaciers? Glaciers vs. orchards? There was no right answer... until we decided there was.
So Where Did Indiana Rank?
As I said previously, Indiana ranked pretty low on this list. We don't have any seashores, mountains, or deserts. We do, however, have beautiful caves, natural forests, awesome lakes, historical locations, and a few big cities with amazing views. That wasn't enough for Thrillist to rank us anywhere near the top 10, 20, or 30 for that matter. Thrillist ranked Indiana 47th out of 50 on their list of most beautiful states in America.
Why? Well, they say:
At its top edge, Dunes National Lakeshore offers a crackling little playground and views of Lake Michigan. Near its southern border, Indiana's hilly contours give towns like Bloomington an idyllic feel. In between, though? There's not a lot to recommend, aside from summertime drives, and discovering the soothing, almost hypnotizing allure of watching corn flash past your window at 60mph.
At least it wasn't all negative. We here in Indiana have seen the beauty that our state has to offer. To be fair, the states that made the top five on their list is very hard to top.
- 5. Colorado
- 4. Utah
- 3. Alaska
- 2. Hawaii
- 1. California
To see the full list of the most beautiful states in America, click here.
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