something special and unique to the nation. From breezy coastlines to sandy deserts, each of these states has something that makes its residents proud.
The state of Washington is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with its impressive beachfront and breathtaking mountain ranges. It is simple for residents of Washington to participate in outdoor recreation due to the state’s diverse landscapes. Long Beach Peninsula is home to the longest continuous beach, which includes sandy beaches such as Alki Beach in Seattle and stony beaches such as Cama Beach in Camano.
Washington is also the nation’s foremost apple producer! They harvest billions of apples annually, including Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Granny Smith, among others. With so many apples, it is not surprising that they are at the top of the list!
Locals in Hawaii have found numerous methods to stay active on the islands, most notably surfing, whose origins are widely attributed to Hawaii. Neighborhoods in Honolulu, such as Kaka’ako, are now entirely walkable, with blocks of shops, restaurants, and businesses. Hawaii’s excellent health can also be attributed to its laid-back and carefree atmosphere, as well as its year-round sunshine.
Oregon ties with its northern neighbor for third place on our list. Mill Ends Park in Oregon is the smallest park in the world, measuring only two feet across. However, Oregon makes up for this minor shortcoming with over 100 state parks. Each park in Oregon offers a distinctive experience, from investigating the coast to hiking through dense forests.
In contrast to its fictional counterpart, Oregon does not have to worry about nuclear waste and actually provides some sunshine to this gloomy state. And despite the frequent precipitation, Portland residents still find a means to bike around their beautiful city, making Oregon the state with the most bike-friendly city.
Although small, it is nutritious! Vermont is the second-smallest state, but it ranks among the top five healthiest, despite the fact that some of its most well-known exports may not be the healthiest. Vermont is responsible for 35 percent of the maple syrup production in the United States! It produces approximately 2.55 million gallons annually, but its occupants are likely responsible for only a tiny fraction of the nation’s consumption. Ben and Jerry’s, one of the nation’s most renowned ice cream companies, is headquartered in Vermont.
As a result of the state’s large population of dairy livestock, the business is still headquartered in Waterbury. Lake Champlain, which stretches from Vermont through New York and into Quebec, is the most well-known lake in Vermont. More than 50 beaches and countless miles of water are available for swimming, angling, and kayaking on Lake Champlain.
Returning to the west coast, California’s diverse terrain, and climates allow for a wide range of outdoor activities. California will always have something to get you moving, whether it’s ascending the mountains in the north, surfing the waves on the coast, or exploring the National Parks. California is a densely populated state, with one-eighth of the nation’s population residing there, but there are a number of communities just outside of Los Angeles that provide the full California experience. And for dog owners, San Francisco is one of the most dog-friendly cities, with more canines than children recorded in 2018.
Massachusetts enters our list at number six, a fortunate number for the Commonwealth, as it was the sixth state to join the Union. The first post office, the first subway system, and the first Dunkin’ Donuts all originated in this pioneering state, as anticipated. Additionally, it is the origin of basketball and volleyball! Harvard University and Fenway Park are prominent tourist destinations in Massachusetts, but few people are familiar with the state’s record-setting lake. The majority of the year, Webster is too chilly to enjoy, but in the summer, the city offers camping, picnicking, and a snack bar for daily visitors.
7. New York
Giants or Jets? New York Yankees or New York Mets? Nets versus Knicks? No matter where in New York you reside, these queries will inevitably find their way into even the most cordial of conversations. The state of New York is ardent about professional sports, but this is not its only strength.
The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are popular tourist destinations in New York, but locals know that the state’s finest features are any of its over 7,000 rivers, lakes, and ponds. Despite being one of the lesser states, New York ranks third in population. New York City may be the most well-known, but the state is filled with great cities, so you can choose how close or far you want to reside from the Big Apple!
8. New Jersey
Moving slightly south along the coast, New Jersey is as unique as it gets. This state on the east coast claims the unusual title of “Diner Capital of the World.” It derives its name from the approximately 500 restaurants in the state. The high population density and close proximity of New Jersey residents contribute to the state’s “small town” atmosphere. This state has approximately 130 miles of the Atlantic coastline, and every inch is utilized. Whether you want to stroll the promenade in Atlantic City or take the whole family to Point Pleasant, the beaches of New Jersey have everything you could want.
Before deciding to reside in this jurisdiction, be sure to grab your coat! A city in Minnesota is the coldest in the United States. The average winter maximum temperature in Minneapolis is 27 degrees Fahrenheit, which is seven degrees colder than the next coldest city. Despite the cold, Minnesotans still find ways to appreciate their state’s natural beauty. Minnesota has approximately 4,000 paved bicycle trails, more than any other state. From St. Paul to the Canadian border, the North Star Route passes through nine state parks and two national parks.
The tenth-ranked state is our first midwestern state. Utah is one of the driest states, but this is not a disadvantage, according to any Utahan (or Utahn, depending on who you question)! Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth” title is attributed to its dry, powdery snow, which is made possible by the arid air. This snow makes snowboarding and skiing even more exhilarating, and the locals know all the indications of a “Goldilocks” storm, which brings the ideal conditions.
The appreciation for nature in Utah does not stop there. Utah is the only state in which every county contains at least a portion of a national park, and due to its unique location, you can experience three main land regions, the Rocky Mountains, the Basin and Ridge Region, and the Colorado Plateau, without leaving the state.