Having visited most of the states in the US, I would say that Maine is the "best" - pristine, gorgeous wilderness (including forests, mountains, meadows, rivers and lakes, and a breathtaking coastline), friendly, honest, hardworking people, it's incredibly clean, sparsely populated so there is little to no urban blight, very little crime when compared to most other states, the standard of living is relatively high, and large portions of the state are protected areas. The only downsides are that it's fairly expensive and that due to the low population there really isn't a whole lot to do. Maine is slightly larger than Ireland, but Ireland's population is many times larger and thus the population density is much higher. Portland isn't really a very memorable place. Neither is Augusta, though Lewiston was quite picturesque and quaint. North Carolina is the best Southern state, Minnesota the best Midwestern state, New Mexico the best Southwestern, and Washington the best Western state.