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Visiting All 50 States Of The Us

Discussion in 'North America' started by amelia88, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    This is something of a long term life goal for me. Right now I've only been to about 10 states from memory - but I think it would be a unique and interesting feat to have visited them all and seen what each state has to offer!

    I think since the US is such a big country that there's actually quite a difference from state to state in terms of landscape, local food specialties, and things to do - so it's quite fun to explore different places!

    If you've been to the States or live there, how many states have you visited? Would you ever try and visit all of them?
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  2. crimsonghost747

    crimsonghost747 Active Member

    I've been to two different ones. Then again I've only been to the USA twice. :p
    But I don't know... while it's an interesting goal and I'm sure you'll find some new things in each state, don't you think that time could be better spent traveling elsewhere? I mean... if you spend a week in each state that'll be 50 weeks... I don't know how much vacation you get in your job per year but I'd assume that 50 weeks would take like 10+ years of using up all your vacations. :p
  3. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    I've been to a number of states in the US, but to visit them all I think would be some achievement. It's one thing visiting them, its another thing staying and trying to sample the different way of lives, and while it is possible, you'll need a lot of free time, and a lot of money I would have thought to stay in all of them.
  4. Valerie

    Valerie Active Member

    I've been up and down the entire East Coast and have visited Kentucky and scooted through LAX airport (never again) on my way to Asia before. I've also lived in New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for a time.

    To be honest, I never sought to see the full breadth of my home country. There are places that I still want to see, but then there's some places that I'd rather stay away from. However, I think it would be an amazing experience to traverse the entire United States of America from sea to shining sea. To be able to compare one place to another, to see everything we never hear about, and witness the sprawling landscapes and cultures would be, frankly, eye-opening. I can only image how much one's opinion of the US would change if they were able to see it all. Even Americans have stereotypes and generalizations about their own countrymen and women because of our inexperience with meeting people from another State.

    Huh. Now I kind of want to see it all.
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  5. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    Haha...I figure by the time I'm like 90 (hoping that I am lucky enough to get to that point!) that I'll have a lot of time to travel domestically :)

    I've already done a fair chunk of travel overseas - but I still have a lot of life left in me! Plus I think it's kinda neat to explore your own country a lot!
  6. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    I think I've visited around nine different states in my lifetime. They are, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, and California. I'm not sure if Minnesota counts however as it was merely an airport stopover on my way to California. ;) I think where I am in my life right now, I'd just sort of like to explore my own home state a little closer. Michigan has a lot to offer as a tourist destination, like waterfalls, cliffs, the Great Lakes, mines to explore, lighthouses, shipping ports, and uniquely creative little towns, such as Frankenmuth, which is based on a little Bavarian village. It is going to take me a long time to visit every nice little nook and cranny of my own state before I get curious again about other ones.
  7. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    The US is that vast that even if you do visit every state, it's unlikely that you'll feel like you have anyway, because there will always be parts that you'll miss or simply not have time to see.

    I visited a friend who lives in Denver, stayed at his home for 2 weeks and we went all over Colorado and he still said we'd only seen the main parts and there was still a lot more to see. That was in 2 weeks, and Colorado isn't well known for being the most diverse state with a lot of activity, so who knows how long it would take you to sample one that is.
  8. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    I've been to every single one except Hawaii. Usually Alaska and Hawaii are the two that most don't get to see, but lucky for me I was in the military and stationed in Alaska for four years. I have visited all but it's never really been a goal of mine it's just kind of happened by traveling through states on road-trips and family vacations; however, Hawaii is on my list not to complete the '50 state goal', but just to see its natural beauty. I know a few people that have been and been stationed there and they didn't even leave after their term was up it's so nice there. I really want to visit the Volcanoes Natural Park as well. Hopefully they are all dormant by now, I had one named Mount Redoubt blow up in my last year in Alaska and littered Anchorage in ash, not exactly a big fan of experiencing it again.
  9. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    I actually love Colorado! I have some family living there, in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak is really beautiful, and I just love the landscape of Colorado too! Funnily enough though I haven't spent all that much time in Denver, just mainly passing through the airport there to get to Colorado Springs!

    The only thing I really dislike about CO is the unpredictability of the weather. Sometimes in winter you'll get surprisingly warm days, and then a blizzard the next...my family just dealt with a crazy snow day a couple of weeks ago in April! All super normal for Colorado!
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  10. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    The weather does seem to go from one extreme to the other on Colorado. My friend had a BBQ planned as they was having a heat wave. Anyway, a few weeks later I asked him how it went, and he said it didn't happen as they were snowed in, the week later!
  11. I have never visited US but I've got to say that travelling from one end to another may take even up to 10-12 hours. Make sure you have a lot of spare money and perhaps some sponsorship to make your travel-through-all-50-states visit meaningful and enjoyful.

    Do you agree?
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  12. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    It's definitely a time consuming (and money filled) venture, but I also think there's some ways to do it on the cheap. There's some train routes on Amtrak where you can get pretty sweet deals on train tickets - plus I wouldn't advise doing it all at once!! This is kind of a long-term life goal for me, I wouldn't be able to afford to do it all at once or have the time off work for it either - so that's a big factor! I am fortunate in the fact I have some family and friends scattered all around the country too, and I'm sure they would downright insist that I stay with them (I'd never ask outright, but I am almost certain they would offer!) so that certainly helps offset a big portion of the cost of the endeavor!
  13. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Member

    The Philippines is a small country compared to the US but I don't think I could tour all the provinces here. With the 50 states of the US, my dream states are California, New York (and the vicinity) plus Nevada for the casinos and Hawaii not really for the beaches but for the pineapple plantation and the culture of Hawaiians. We have an invitation for Seattle, Washington which is a cold place but a nature lover like my husband would love that. However, we still cannot afford the expensive trip because there are no promo plane tickets for that state. My husband's brother is in California and his sisters are in Las Vegas so maybe either of the 2 states would be our first quarry when we have solid plans to visit the US.

    PS. I have heard of a cross country drive from the west coast to the east coast. Traveling so many days by car, that would be an experience.
  14. It is quite great and beneficial that you have family and friends all over the country! This way they can accomodate you for a few days and you will end up saving a lot of money in your budget.
  15. Lynk

    Lynk Member

    I think I've been to around 30 of the states, including Hawaii. Mostly I have been to so many because I have been on several long cross-country road trips. There are certainly some of those states I wish I could have spent more time in, but it's pretty cool that I've gotten to see so much of the US!
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  16. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    That's really impressive Lynk! Are you American? Or have you just already managed to see that much in your travels internationally?

    Would you say that you have an absolute number one favorite of all the places that you've visited? And what would put that place in the number one spot? I think right now you've seen the most of the US of anyone on the forum here!
  17. That is very impressive! Did you do it as a challenge like amelia wants to do or just so happened for you to visit these 30 states? If so, have you kept track of how many days it took you to visit them?
    I would love to go to Hawaii myself once. Maybe for honeymoon when I get married :p
  18. sararas

    sararas Member

    Visiting one will be more than enough for me! The US is practically halfway around the world from where I'm from so I can only dream of ever visiting there. Although my friend in California's been inviting us (some other college friends) to visit her and the family. But I'm not sure if I can come up with the money, hehe!
    If 50 states is what comprise the U.S., just imagine our 7,100++ islands in the Philippines!
  19. maxen57

    maxen57 Member

    Before I make it my next goal, I'm going to travel the Philippines first then I'm going to try getting into the US. Of course, that would take money but I'm going to make it a lifetime goal because life is too short to just stay in front of your computer all day. I'm going to start planning for the trekking trip I've always wanted and maybe see what would be the best trekking and camping locations in the US.
  20. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    California is my home state - so I like to think if you went there, you'd be getting the best experience in the USA. Of course, I'm probably biased - but I think there's so much fun stuff to do here in California...both the touristy things like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Venice Beach and all that stuff, and also stuff off the beaten track too. I definitely think that California offers something for everyone's interests! So if you do come to the States my tip would absolutely be Cali!!

    Also - I never knew there were SO many islands in the Philippines! I'd love to hear a bit more about some of the hidden gems there for tourists if you would like to start a thread on it! :)
  21. sararas

    sararas Member

    Truth to be told, anywhere in the U.S. would be a dream come true for me. If I were to visit California, it would probably because of my friend and her family. It's been a while since I last saw her kids. I've heard great things about sunny California, and one of that is the weather. At least, according to my friend at least it comes close to our tropical weather.
    For pure pleasure, my choice would be Springfield, Illinois or wherever I can find Abraham Lincoln's log cabin! I'm a Lincoln nut, so anything related to Lincoln would be a dream come true for me, haha!
  22. djordjem87

    djordjem87 Member

    Do you have any pattern or something like that. Maybe go from A to Z order :) I know Alaska would be my first destination. It just seems wonderful but I wouldn't stay for too long though. I wonder how much money would it take to camp and just go for a road trip. I guess that I would need a lot of money to sleep in hotels.50 hotels and if you plan to stay for more than a day everywhere ... A lot of greens. Money would be a problem if it wasn't It would sound like an amazing idea.
  23. Cato

    Cato New Member

    That was a dream of mine when I was younger (and I may still achieve it yet): to visit all fifty states. At last count, I've visited 41, missing only Alaska, the Dakotas (the weather was always terrible whenever I came near them), and the most extreme northern states of New England.

    I've done them all (except for Hawaii, of course) by car, and am happy I did. Train travel is lovely, but there is nothing like seeing a tiny sign on a lonely highway pointing to Elvis's birthplace ("Just 50 miles ahead!" ... "12 miles ahead!" "Two miles ahead -- exit NOW!"), and turning off the main road to explore a place you'd never anticipated visiting.

    I could write a book about fishing in the Ozarks, the hospitality of small-town waitresses in Arkansas, chewing the fat with big, beer-bellied, good ol' boy sheriffs who look like they just walked out of Central Casting... but I won't, as I would no doubt bore everyone to death.

    Instead, I will encourage you to set your sights on achieving your goal. Do visit as many states (or every state) this crazy nation has to offer. You will be glad you did -- and you will have many unique stories to tell your grandchildren (or somebody's grandchildren).

    And you just never know what experiences you will have, which no one else ever will. The last time I left New York by car, I drove out of the city close to sunset, looked in my rear-view mirror to marvel at the skyline disappearing in the distance, and told my traveling companion: "Look at the Twin Towers, the way they're almost on fire in the sun. That's something you won't see again."

    That was in July of 2001.

    Do it. You just never know what you'll see, or what it will mean to you later.
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  24. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    @Cato what a beautiful recollection of your travels - I can't help but notice the poignancy of your quote about the Twin Towers. I only saw the area once the towers had fallen (I first went to New York in 2004) but like you said, you never know what places will mean to you later.

    I'm glad you're encouraging me with my goal. Some people seem to think I'm absolutely nuts with wanting to see all the states! But what's life without some craziness and adventure, right? :)

    Also - loved what you said about doing it all by car. You can see so much more that's off the beaten path, and not be restricted to transport routes!
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  25. Cato

    Cato New Member

    Thank you for your kind words, amelia. :)

    There is nothing nuts about wanting to see and do all that you can in this life. Some wise person once opined that, at the end of your life, your greatest regrets are not the things you did, but the things you failed to do.

    I don't quite have one foot in the grave yet, but I'm past the age when the whole world was wide open to me. And, already, I regret the countless things I didn't do, or at least try.

    Do, it, amelia! On the condition, that is, that you report back from time to time, and let old fogies like me live vicariously through you. :)
  26. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    You only live once! Plenty of time to rest later on in life, I always like being the early bird and getting out and exploring everything I can while I still can. I could never just sit still, I have to explore everything I can whenever I can and I wouldn't have it any other way!
  27. ZipMedia

    ZipMedia New Member

    If you're looking for variety alone, California (my state) has pretty much all you can see. Don't expect to be able to travel from New York to Oregon in a week, but California alone has deserts, beach-sides, snow-capped mountains, forests, canyons, you name it!
  28. Ava

    Ava Member

    One day I would like to go to all 50 states on a road trip, but it would take time and finding the right travel companions. Right now I prefer to do small segments and enjoy and explore an area, because often you don't much about a state unless it's been promoted.

    I've lived in a couple of states and found out many local things that are far more interesting than the commercial things they are known for. I think that's the beauty of exploring without expectations.