I did it! I hit the big 5-0 in Rhode Island over the the 4th of July weekend! I have to tell you I couldn’t have picked a more patriotic weekend for this accomplishment.
I have visited ALL of the 50 states in the United States. In each state I visited at least one state specific spot (local restaurant, park, monument, etc.) or spent at least one overnight in the state. Airport only visits did not count.
My journey started in Minnesota and ended in Rhode Island. The United States has so much to offer travelers. Mountains, oceans, deserts, forests, all 4 seasons – the US really has it all. The diversity of the US and its citizens is remarkable. I feel I have seen more of the US than most people, but I also feel I have barely touched the surface.
I am looking forward to visiting all of the states again and seeing more of each one. I am especially interested to see how my favorites list changes as I revisit the different states and explore new areas of each.
My 1st 5 states: MN, WI , FL, SD, IA
My Last 5 states: RI. VT, NH, CT, WV
My 5 Favorite states: CA, CO, ME, KY, NY
My 5 Least Favorite States: MD, AZ, NV, OK, IN
States I’ve lived in: MN, TX, WA, CA, AZ, VA
States I would like to live in: CA, CO, NY, ME in the summer and fall
States I would visit over and over: CA, NY, CO
States I want to discover more of: ME, KY, CO, VT
States I feel I need to revisit because I feel my time was too short: AR, OK, NE, IN, MI
Best views: CA, CO, HI , WA
Favorite Spring: California
Favorite Summer: Minnesota
Favorite Fall: Maine
Favorite Winter: Colorado
State I spent the most amount of time: MN – 20 years
State I spent the least amount of time: AR – about an hour
States that surprised me the most: MS, AL, NJ – their bad raps are not deserving
Favorite US cities/areas: New York, NY; Stillwater, MN; Davis, CA; Boulder, CO; Santa Barbara, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Juan Islands, WA
Favorite US Landmarks/Monuments: Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC; Statue of Liberty in New York, NY; Mt. St. Helen in Skamania County, WA – I know there is more but I am blanking.
Most favorite US trip: In 2010 I took a solo road trip of significantly important civil rights cities. I wasn’t able to visit them all, but I did visit locations in AL, MS, GA and TN. My favorite part of the trip was meeting some of the congregation at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. They were welcoming and accepting and shared some beautiful stories with me.
Most romantic US trip: Driving the Maine coastline in Autumn. Talk about gorgeous!
Off the top of my head, US Places I want to visit: Alaska in the summer; Mendenhall Glacier Caves, AK; Niagara Falls, NY; Florida Keys, FL; St. Louis, MO; Whitaker Point, AR; Hogsmeade, Orlando, FL
HOW MANY STATES HAVE YOU VISITED? WHICH ARE YOUR FAVORITES?