In America, the list would probably include:
- Death Valley
- Hidden Valley (the birthplace of ranch dressing)
- Napa Valley
- Silicon Valley
- "The Valley" (San Fernando)
What do they have in common? They're all in California.
No other state has a valley with the same name recognition (yes, the Grand Canyon is technically a valley, but I mean ones with "valley" in the name).
Oregon's Willamette Valley really isn't up there, and neither is New York's Hudson Valley. I was born in Western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, but I'm pretty sure even people in Boston couldn't tell you where that is.
But most of our famous valleys are also synonymous with a product. That helps make them memorable. Napa = wine; Silicon Valley = technology; San Fernando = porn.
So buck up, Californians. Our economy and state budget may be in tatters, but when it comes to valleys, we RULE.