They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. San Francisco Examiner writer and occasional Gadling contributor Bob Ecker
doesn't behold much, at least for a few unlucky states. Ecker previously named the prettiest US states
including coastal California
, exotic Hawaii
, diverse New York, historic Virginia
, and verdant Washington
. He's now determined the unfortunate ugliest states
, measured by landscape, not people:
Connecticut: the Constitution State is called a "suburban hell"
Delaware: small and boring
Kansas: land-locked and a "throwback," in a bad way
Nevada: outside of Las Vegas, it's a "desolate and forbidding wasteland" (what about Lake Tahoe, Bob?)
Oklahoma: another flat, hot, and boring state (don't tell Lonely Planet's Robert Reid, an OK native)
Obviously the article is tongue in cheek -- there are beautiful corners in every great state in this country -- but Ecker's skewering provides a good starting point for thinking about vacation destinations. Do these places deserve to be called ugly? What do you think the ugliest states are?
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