Obviously, I try to stay as informed as possible about our city and state, utilizing a number of tools, alerts and such to monitor news, articles and other information from across the web. Some of it is reputable, but much of it certainly is not. One thing that caught my eye recently was a commentary from the SF International Travel Examiner writer entitled "The 5 Ugliest States in America". Sure enough, Oklahoma was included.
Now my first instinct with stuff like this is to simply roll my eyes and move on. And initially, that's exactly what I did, thinking that snippets such as "infinite, lonely flatness" and "this state (along with its neighbor Kansas) is where the modern world goes to die" indicates the writer has probably been to one area of Oklahoma at most, read some internet criticism and then cranked out an article. However, one of my colleagues, Guide to US Travel Melanie Renzulli, came to the defense of the so-called ugly states, and I became curious what others think.
Personally, I think Oklahoma has a number of extremely beautiful areas, but of course I might not be objective. The middle of the state is certainly flat and covered in red dirt, but there's a great deal of variety to this state's landscape, from the green hills of the northeast to the many picturesque lakes. But what do you think? Do we belong with the ugliest of the ugly in the United States?
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