You're asking, "What kind of car should I get? I like to mostly drive around the countryside." But...do you have 4 kids? Need to tow a boat? Go offroad? What can you afford - Kia or Mercedes?
So...budget? Pano shots? Will you hike with it, or just carry it in the trunk of that Kia or Mercedes? How much does your gear weigh (landscapes can be shot with a 600mm lens).
In terms of general recommendations, Gitzo has the best reputation for legs, and for ballheads the best reputed are Arca-Swiss, Kirk, and Markins (but not Gitzo).
IMO the best compromise between quality and value is Manfrotto, and the best overall is Really Right Stuff.