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    Hawaii is pretty easy.

    Natural: Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach - usually together
    Man made: The Waikiki Beach postcard

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    New Jersey
    Man Made - Barneget Lighthouse
    Natural - Pine Barrens

    Indiana
    Man Made - Speedway
    Natural - Brown County Hills
    Alternately:
    NJ MM: Atlantic City boardwalk

    IN MM: Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle, INDPLS
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    New York outside of Manhattan:

    natural: Niagara Falls
    man-made: state capitol building in Albany

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    Kentucky

    Man Made - Churchill Downs
    alternate - Louisville Slugger Museum

    Natural - Natural Bridge
    alternate - Mammoth Cave
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Part of the difficulty comes from the fact that most states have fairly diverse environments and people, and while a picture of, say, the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty may say "New York City" to most people, Manhattan hardly typifies the character of the state.
    True, but that's the problem in a state that is dominated by one very large metropolitan area, such as New York, Massachusetts or Illinois. Even in travel guidebooks, New York State = New York City. When someone from Iowa or Nebraska pictures New York State, they're going to have a mental image of midtown Manhattan, and maybe Niagara Falls. Maybe.

    Tell someone from west of the Mississippi River or outside of North America that you're from some town in upstate New York, and the response among many will be related to NYC; "Are you a Yankees or a Mets fan?", "How often do you go to Broadway shows?", and the like. Especially "intelligent" and "well traveled" Europeans; geographic illiteracy is not a strictly American phenomenon.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    It seems the most iconic piece of the built environment from Michigan that seems to be used in advertising all over is the Mackinac Bridge. Even though it's used all over on advertising, I'd imagine that a good majority of non-Michiganders who see it have no idea that it's in Michigan and many of those that know it's here probably think it's somewhere near Detroit and not 300 miles north of Detroit of the city.
    I was waiting for someone else to take a crack at Michigan. I too considered the Mackinac Bridge, but I think you're right - many recognize the name, but fewer the image.

    What about the Grand Hotel?

    or the Uniroyal tire?

    or possibly the Rennaissance Center?

    I also considered the dozens of lighthouses we have, but none seem as iconic as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

    We really don't have many iconic structures here, do we?

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    Some more Hawaii Icons

    I agree with Terra Sapient, most immediately recognized landmarks associated with Hawaii are Diamond Head and Waikiki - no doubt.

    Here's a few more that you may have also seen - in ads/TV shows/movies, but maybe hadn't realized they were Hawaii images:
    1) The "Mokuluas" - two small islets (Moku Nui and the smaller, Moku Iki) just off of Lanikai Beach, Kailua, HI. A few years back, an advertisement for some resort (not in Hawaii!) used a photo that flipped the islands left to right but kept the beach and beachgoers in the foreground - didn't fool us!
    Here's a good representation of what they look like in painting
    http://fineartamerica.com/images-med...deir-a4155.jpg

    2) Na Pali Coast - north coast of the island of Kauai - anybody remember the old "Magnum P.I." opening credits? "Jurassic Park" filmed there as well. (I guess we just love something about helicopters flying along dramatic cliffs that drop to the ocean!)
    It's an ad for a helicopter company - but the video should give you enough to know whether you have seen this place before!
    http://youtu.be/Um5deY4ZbGM

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    Quote Originally posted by HomerJ9139 View post
    Missouri is pretty easy:
    Natural: The Missouri River, although The Ozarks could be an alternative
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    Hawaii is pretty easy.

    Natural: Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach - usually together
    Man made: The Waikiki Beach postcard
    Ah, I have e new category!

    Both: Pearl Harbor
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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post

    Ah, I have e new category!

    Both: Pearl Harbor
    Good one! Not sure how MCasey and I missed that.

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    NJ...

    Man made:
    Statue of Liberty (yes it really in in NJ!)

    Nature made:
    Passaic River Great Falls (who care that you have to go through the 'hood to see them!)
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    Maybe the Bean at Chicago's Millenium park in Chicago serves both? It's a very well known man made landmark and part of downtown Chicago. It could also represent the soybean, which I believe is pretty heavily produced in Illinois.
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Alternately:
    NJ MM: Atlantic City boardwalk

    IN MM: Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle, INDPLS
    Not Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I was waiting for someone else to take a crack at Michigan. I too considered the Mackinac Bridge, but I think you're right - many recognize the name, but fewer the image.

    What about the Grand Hotel?

    or the Uniroyal tire?

    or possibly the Rennaissance Center?

    I also considered the dozens of lighthouses we have, but none seem as iconic as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

    We really don't have many iconic structures here, do we?
    If you're an east side Yooper, it's the locks at Sault Ste. Marie. In the middle, it's probably Tahquamenon Falls or Pictured Rocks. Probably a shout-out should go to the ski jump at Iron Mountain. If you're on the west side, it's Green Bay Stadium.
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    Wisconsin:
    -Natural - Wisconsin River 'dells'. Also the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (whooping cranes).
    -Man Made - tough call, but my top ones are: I-794 'Hoan' bridge in Milwaukee, Milwaukee downtown skyline, Lambeau Field, the Capitol building and the 'Infinity Room' at the House on the Rock (exterior view).

    Indiana:
    -Natural - Lake Michigan dunes.
    -Man Made - Pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    Michigan:
    -Natural - Upper Peninsula mountainous forests
    -Man Made - Mackinac Bridge

    Minnesota:
    -Natural - Lake Superior shoreline area and Boundary Waters CAW lakes
    -Man Made - Canal Park lift bridge in Duluth

    Iowa:
    -Natural - Loess hills
    -Man Made - Kate Shelly bridge

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    California

    Natural: Yosemite National Park
    Man-made: Golden Gate Bridge

    Both: Napa Valley.

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Not Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
    They mentioned it twice, it goes by different names. I'd second the Speedway, but not the pagoda. I'd also second Soliders and Sailor. Another one, without any irony, would be an Amish buggy for the nothern part of the state. There are a huge Amish and Mennonite populations in the northern part of the state.

    As for natural-I'd throw in Falls of the Ohio, the rest of Indiana is just flat farm land. As for the dunes, not that many people outside of northern indiana know about them, so that's not a good choice. Second, they are near the messes in Gary and in Michigan City
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    Pearl Harbor!

    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    Good one! Not sure how MCasey and I missed that.
    Pearl Harbor! Wow - I'm ashamed that I missed that... anyone who has ever visited Hawaii since WWII has probably also visited Pearl Harbor - an important part of Hawaii and American history, pretty spectacular location and the USS Arizona Memorial - it has certainly been an important icon for Hawaii the last few generations - thanks for reminding me.

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    Quote Originally posted by HomerJ9139 View post
    Maybe the Bean at Chicago's Millenium park in Chicago serves both? It's a very well known man made landmark and part of downtown Chicago. It could also represent the soybean, which I believe is pretty heavily produced in Illinois.
    No, not by a long-shot. Millennium Park is too new (I don't even think it's been around 10 years), and to me, is not really representative of the state or the city. If anything, it represents the wasteful spending and "cost overruns" (i.e. corruption) that dominates our state.

    I think Rygor nailed it...Chicago skyline for the man-made and a prairie or cornfield for the natural scene. I think the state quarter is brilliant, because it has both those things and Lincoln front-and-center on an outline of the state. Doesn't get better than that.
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    For Illinois

    Natural - Garden of the Gods

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    West Virginia

    Man Made - New River Gorge Birdge - shown on state quarter
    Natural - New River Gorge
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    If you're on the west side, it's Green Bay Stadium.
    That would be Lambeau Field. My apologies to all Cheeseheads in the U.P.
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    Michigan Central Station.

    Google it.

    The ultimate example of both the power and slow decline of the state of Michigan.

    Remember, Detroit was once know as the "Paris of the West".

    Oh how I cry for this city...
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    Sydney

    Man Made: Harbour Bridge/Opera House

    Natural: Harbour/ Bondi Beach
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Michigan Central Station.

    Google it.

    The ultimate example of both the power and slow decline of the state of Michigan.

    Remember, Detroit was once know as the "Paris of the West".

    Oh how I cry for this city...
    I literally get chills every single time I see this building.

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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    Hawaii is pretty easy.

    Natural: Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach - usually together
    Man made: The Waikiki Beach postcard
    I agree on the natural.

    Man made: Iolani Palace
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    I would put Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (especially the Kilauea volcano when it is erupting) as my 'natural' icon for Hawaii.

    Man made? I would favor either the Palace or something relating to the USNavy.

    I'll also add a couple of thoughts for Florida:
    -Natural - Everglades National Park
    -Man Made - either NASA-Kennedy or the Daytona International Speedway. Disney World would be a distant fourth, behind the Overseas Highway.

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