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By Brennan Riker
The Post Dispatch
Natives to the great state of Texas will take pride in the beauty of the state, and some will even go to great lengths to defend the claim that its beauty is unrivaled to the other sights of our great country. And why wouldn’t it be? Every region of the Lone Star State holds its own charm and glamor from the Big Bend to the Piney Woods.
With that being said, there are obviously many breath-taking sights outside of Texas that, in my mind, could easily rival the sights of Texas.
One region that I think could arguably rival our beauty is the Mountain West. My family recently took a trip to that part of America, and we were greatly impressed by how beautiful the sights and views were. Now, if there is one thing that strikes me in awe, it’s mountains. Us Texans can easily find peaks in the Big Bend or in a lot of places across the southwest region of Texas. However, the mountains and views of the Mountain West were absolutely some of the best sights I have personally seen in America.
Our vacation contained trips to Salt Lake City, Utah, Victor, Idaho, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park and other smaller yet outstanding places.
All these places that we went to have their own unique claim to beauty, whether it be the dry mountains of Utah, the green hills of Idaho filled with alfalfa, the snow-capped mountains, or the plethora of forests that stretched across Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. These photos were captured with a mere iPhone, and I can assure you, none of them have been technologically enhanced. These photos are just a few glances that capture the picturesque scenery of the Mountain West.
I am a proud Texan, and I will always love Texas and its beauty, but it’s hard to say that these pictures are lesser than our own sights and views. Make what you will of these pictures and judge them for yourself. You just might end up changing your mind on if there is anything just as or more beautiful than the Lone Star State.