Florida…you’ve got the Everglades at least. All sorts of swamp hiking. Spring Training. Still, I agree with those who factor in days drive from mountainous hiking…Florida it’d be a full day to get out of the state.
Texas wouldn’t be as bad, with West Texas, and you’re within driving distance of New Mexico, Arizona, San Juans, Southern Utah even. Granted it’s probably a huge difference if you’re living in Dallas, or somewhere more to the southeast al la Houston, Corpus Christi, etc, that’ll probably add a day to your drive. (I actually lived as a kid in Beaumont for a bit, home of former Red Sox whiskey chugger Kevin Millar. Good times)
I should be satisfied in Boston, since I’m much closer to the mountains than someone in the Midwest, or Florida, or something like that. But as much as they are good for dayhikes around here the Appalachians don’t compare to the west, and living in Indianapolis you’re still a full day closer to the Rockies than Boston. Especially now that I’m almost finished with the NH 48 (1 left to go), Boston’s gonna get a lot more less interesting pretty quickly.
If I weren’t so obsessed with everything out West I’d seriously considering living somewhere down south…Virginia, the Carolinas, George, and/or eastern Tennessee/Kentucky. Still mountains down there, but even the landscape, the mountains, ridges, valleys, seem less hectic, more tranquil compared to the northeast.