Life Goal- Visit All 50 States in USA

I had a map of the world on my wall as a kid. I would stare at it and dream. I’m making my dreams come true by traveling to all 50 states in the USA. Here is a list of some of the places I’ve been to, places I recommend, pictures, and thoughts about the states that I’ve visited so far.

  • Alabama– My dad took my daughter, brother, and I to Florabama beach.
  • Alaska-Stayed in a dry cabin and saw the Aurora Borealis.
  • Arizona-Antelope Canyon and Horseshow Bend.
  • Arkansas– Hot Springs, AK. Bathhouse. Mammoth Cave!
  • California-I want to be a snowbird in Palm Springs for every winter. It’s a beautiful valley with lovely people.
  • Colorado-Tried snowboarding in JNCOS (super wide legged jeans). It was the 90s and I was a silly teen.
  • Connecticut– It’s on the bucket list.
  • Delaware– Dewey Beach in the early morning. Try scrapple.
  • Florida– Did you know that there is a Christianity based amusement park here? The Holy Land Experience. It’s Vacation Bible School on steroids.
  • Georgia– The Rawls Hotel- their shrimp and grits, YUM.
  • Hawaii-Island: Oahu. Best Entertainment: Polynesian Culture Center.
  • Idaho– Going this summer 2022!
  • Illinois– Passed through, stopped for gas.
  • Indiana– Stayed the night in Indiana on a road trip.
  • Iowa– Took picture with state sign.
  • Kansas– Original Mater truck on Route 66 in Galena, KS.
  • Kentucky– Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.
  • Louisiana- Visit below I10 for Cajun country. Go hungry and bring tums. Don’t just visit New Orleans though it’s a once in a life time must…check out Lafayette, my birth town.
at Lagniappes’ Restaurant
  • Maine– I plan eat a lobster roll and look at lighthouses.
  • Maryland– Drove the Chesapeake Bay Bridge several times while working in Lewes, DE.
  • Massachusetts– On the to do list.
  • Michigan– On the to do list; I plan to visit Mackinac Island.
  • Minnesota– I rode the Rip Cord at Valley Fair and totally recommend it!
  • Mississippi-Hard Rock CafĂ© Casino- the room definitely had some Austin Powers vibes.
  • Missouri– Promised Land Zoo- BEST ZOO EVER for the animal interactions.
  • Montana– Glacier National park. They are proud of their huckleberry concoctions so if you go there- try some huckleberry pie, jam, lemonade, or a milkshake.
Glacier National Park in Montana.
  • Nebraska– Drove through on my way to work in North Dakota, not knowing yet that ND would be my forever home. Pretty country.
  • Nevada– Viva Las Vegas. Stayed in the Circus Circus hotel and managed to not even touch a slot machine. Hoover Dam. Red Rock Canyon. Cirque de Soleil’s O show.
  • New Hampshire– On the list.
  • New Jersey– I stayed at hotel here on a school trip to NYC.
  • New Mexico– Roswell. Do do do do do do do do.
  • New York– Wicked Broadway Musical, Central Park, Niagara Falls, Times Square, Long Island. Long Island was my fave over Niagara and NYC.
  • North Carolina– Biltmore Mansion. Stayed at Indigo Hotel- very chic.
  • North Dakota– I’ve lived here since 2018. It’s a beautiful, clean, and safe state. Half the year is winter but the warm hearts make up for the cold weather.
Winter in Mandan, ND
  • Ohio– Mainly, I want to to see all the silly giant roadside attractions like the Longaberger basket.
  • Oklahoma– Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum- very sobering experience.
  • Oregon– Crater Lake is divine. I also did an air bnb experience of milking a cow and tasting fresh unpasteurized milk.
Crater Lake
  • Pennsylvania– Liberty Bell, saw The Lion King Broadway production.
  • Rhode Island– Hopefully next spring or summer.
  • South Carolina– Stayed in a yurt in a beautiful area.
  • South Dakota– Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, Needles Hwy.
Petrified Rock Park in Lemmon, SD.
  • Tennessee– Graceland. Smoky Mountains.
  • Texas– Best Sea Creature Experience: Sea World in San Antonio, 1/2 day behind the scenes tours to swim with beluga whales and so much more!
  • Utah-I’ve only been to 4 corners. Would like to go to Zion National Park, Arches National Park, and Bryce Canyon one day.
4 Corners Monument- in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.
  • Vermont– Will hit up this tiny state in one trip/one sweep through the top northeast corner of our great country.
  • Virginia-Luray Caverns, Kings Dominion Amusement Park, Busch Gardens. Worked in Farmville.
  • Washington– Voodoo Donuts are very unique and flavorful. The Rainforest was a wonder of wonders, so beautiful.
Olympic National Park in Washington
  • Washington D.C.– Before I went, I thought their was one Smithsonian museum. There are so many and they are all worth a visit.
  • West Virginia– Best Gas Station Food- Try their pepperoni rolls if you pass through this state.
  • Wisconsin– I can now correlate the scenic views of passing by their dairy farms of their roads to their cheese.
  • Wyoming– Yellowstone National Park. Coolest natural sight: the Grand Prismatic Spring.

42 down. 8 to go.

2 thoughts on “Life Goal- Visit All 50 States in USA

  1. This is wonderful! The USA is so beautiful and each state is different. I wish you spent more time in New Jersey. Our state is truly amazing with so much culture and history.
    I also visited most of the States. Some were so beautiful I returned more than once.

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