The best and worst of the states between coasts
10. West Virginia
Pros: A stunning landscape, great hiking and whitewater rafting. Cons: Nearly elected a racist coal baron in the Republican primary.
The best bourbon, but also home to the Creation Museum.
*“Wayne's World” we're-in-Delaware voice* Hi. We're in Nebraska.
7/6. South Dakota/North Dakota
Never has a north-south state designation meant so little.
Stay away from the Ozarks, man.
Do you like tornadoes? Because, on average, a dozen tornadoes form in April alone in this windswept hellscape. Also docked for inspiring a garbage musical.
I actually like Indianapolis (Milktooth is legit for breakfasts, and we had a great dinner at Bluebeard), but anyone who has driven from Columbus to Chicago has learned to loathe this state.
It's scorched-earth hot and deeply racist.
Dorothy: “Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.”
Toto (speaking for the first-ever time): “Thank f*cking God.”
Des Moines is sneaky cool, vaulting this corn-strewn state into our top 10.
Sure, St. Louis has its perks, but Kansas City is the state's secret weapon.
Great skiing, plus 42 state parks and five national parks make this mountainous state an outdoorsperson's dream.
Beautiful landscapes … and not much else, which makes this state the ideal escape.
Maybe we judge the things we love more harshly? I'm also docking us because we're responsible for John Boehner ever having power.
Probably gets too much credit because of Chicago. (Seriously, name something else in the state worth visiting.)
This one might rank higher if it weren't for a brutal winter that can stretch from October through early May. Minneapolis is a gem.
Staggering mountain views and legal weed are tough to top.
Colorado should probably be slotted here, but I have a soft spot for Wisconsin having lived in Madison for two years. The fact I can still rank it this high with a corporate wanker like Scott Walker in power speaks to how much I enjoyed my time there.
Yeah, yeah. Eff *ichigan, or whatever else Buckeye fans might want to say here. But let's face it, the state has a bit of everything, including interesting cities (Detroit rules), gorgeous nature retreats (the Upper Peninsula), great craft beer and on and on.