Tuesday, May 31, 2016

50 States in 50 Years

When I turned 30, I got serious about my life goals. Not necessarily serious goals such as financial or retirement, but fun goals, some simple, some not. One of my big goals was more road trips. We've accomplished this the last couple of years with numerous road trips: day trips around Iowa, fun weekend getaways, vacations, etc. This summer we're planning a big road trip to Smoky Mountain National Park. Along the way we'll be making stops in Memphis, North Carolina, and Kentucky. I decided now was as good of a time as any to create a new goal: visit all 50 states by the time I'm 50. 

The goal is supported by my 3 minis, who also adore road trips and visiting new places. I've got quite a bit of "work" to do, but with our summer road trip, I'll be able to cross 3 more states off of my list. The places I've visited include places I've spent a fair amount of time in site seeing. These do not include places I've driven through or airport layovers (or I'd have added several more to the list). We'll see where future adventures take us, but I've got my list, a minivan ready to be loaded up (admittedly with more things than we really need), and 13 years to accomplish my goal.

Places I've been to:
Arizona
California
Colorado
Illinois
Nebraska
Nevada
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Maryland
Minnesota
Missouri
North Dakota
South Dakota
Wisconsin

Still on my list:
Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Montana
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming

If you've got any must see and do things in the states I have yet to visit, please do share! 


Our official Road Trip t-shirts that we wear every vacation. Yes, I am THAT person.

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