Glinda Joins the All 50 States Club

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.

Ano Nuevo Island off of the California Coast

Ano Nuevo Island off of the California Coast

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.

White Sands National Park in New Mexico

White Sands National Park in New Mexico

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

Stillwater Lift Bridge in Glinda's hometown - Stillwater, MN

Stillwater Lift Bridge in Glinda’s hometown – Stillwater, MN

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

View of Honolulu, HI

View of Honolulu, HI

Favorite Spring: California

Favorite Summer: Minnesota

Favorite Fall: Maine

Favorite Winter: Colorado

Bodie Island Light House in Outer Banks, North Carolina

Bodie Island Light House in Outer Banks, North Carolina

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.

View of NYC from the backside of Statue of Liberty

View of NYC from the backside of Statue of Liberty

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.

Children's Crusade statue in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama

Children’s Crusade statue in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

Most romantic US trip: Driving the Maine coastline in Autumn. Talk about gorgeous!

The colors of Maine

The colors of Maine

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

Salem, MA

Salem, MA

HOW MANY STATES HAVE YOU VISITED? WHICH ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

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  1. Congrats! Alaska in the summer is beautiful. The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau is amazing. Must be careful of bears on the trails. The park center brings in pieces of the glacier that break off so you can see it up close and touch it. Whale watching in Juneau can be iffy but if you get to see the family of whales we saw it’s great. Glacier Bay – Awesome. In Skagway we took a bus tour into the Yukon, saw the Carcross desert (yes, an actual desert in Canada), took the White Pass Railway back to Skagway (if you do this stand between the cars to take photos or sit on the left side if you are going up the mountain and the right side going down toward Skagway. The space between cars has room for only a couple of people so you have to stake out your spot quickly), my favorite was Ketchican where we went on a Dungeness (sp) crab fishing boat and then back to the lodge for an all you can eat crab feast. The best crab we have ever eaten and the staff was so nice. FYI – You have to build a sculpture with your crab shells. Best shopping and galleries there. We’d go back to visit Alaska again in a heartbeat. I also like New Mexico – especially Roswell, Taos and Abiquiu. CA, WA, WI, MT, NY, MA are favorites. I have 9 states left to visit – mostly on the NE part of the country but Oregon and Hawaii on the West coast.

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