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Cities Along A Freeway Where Scenery Changes

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doorknob60:
US-97 through Bend, OR. The north side of the city is typical high desert shrubs and such, not many large trees. South side of the city is Ponderosa Pine (I believe, not an expert) forests and a lot greener. Transition is clearly visible even from Google Maps satellite, Bend is right on the border (with even different parts of the city itself looking significantly different from each other). https://www.google.com/maps/@44.0400793,-121.3246234,29387m/data=!3m1!1e3

roadman65:
I am going to also add Wichita to it.  East of the city your in the Flint Hills with rolling prairies while west of that city is flat open land with no trees.  US 54/400 is the freeway and ditto for I-35.

Hutchinson, KS is another one. South, East, and West is open flat farmlands as far as the eye can see, go north on Plum Street and see some forested areas.

Though no continuous freeways N- S through Hutch, K-14 comes close to it as it does see some of those trees toward Nickerson. K-14 is a super two around Hutchinson and it's concurrency with US 50 is eye range of the open ness south of that city.

US 89:
For the same reason as people have mentioned Denver, Iíll go Salt Lake City on I-80. Heading west, itís the obvious break point between the Rockies of Wyoming/Utah and the much drier Great Basin deserts to the west.

Also, thereís a clear shift at Oklahoma City on I-40, going from the green rolling wooded hills of the Ozarks and Ouachitas to the much flatter and drier treeless High Plains.

machias:
Syracuse, New York on I-81.  Coming from the south you're in the Appalachian Mountains. Pass through the city to the north and it's the flatter land between Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill Plateau.

Rothman:

--- Quote from: machias on November 21, 2022, 05:28:30 PM ---Syracuse, New York on I-81.  Coming from the south you're in the Appalachian Mountains. Pass through the city to the north and it's the flatter land between Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill Plateau.

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That transition happens over a very long distance.

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