If you know me, you know that I love to travel. I absolutely hate staying in one place for long, and I jump at the opportunity for a new adventure. One of the top items on my bucket list is to visit all 50 states by the time I'm 30 years old. To be honest, if I keep up at the rate I'm going (averaging 8-10 new states a year), I may reach that goal well before 30.
My current total is 29 (and I'm trying desperately to make it 30 before this year is over, because even numbers are better...). In the spirit of reminiscing and catching the travel itch, I thought I'd list my favorite thing I've done in each state. And in addition, my bucket list for the remaining ones!
Arizona - the Grand Canyon, obviously.
California - seeing the Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, the Walk of Fame, & Beverly Hills (even though they were crowded and stressful), and also swimming with sea lions in La Jolla
Colorado - visiting Denver and seeing the mountains in Colorado Springs
Connecticut - this was a business training trip, but it was my first solo plane ride, so that's fun!
Delaware - spending my freshmen year at University of Delaware
Florida - spending a week with my very best friends in West Palm Beach after graduating high school, and going snorkeling for the first time!
Georgia - I guess I always just drive through Georgia, so I suppose I need to do something more fun than stopping at a Cracker Barrel next time I'm there
Illinois - Chicago! One of my top 5 favorite cities! And going up to the Willis Tower Sky Deck.
Indiana - visiting family for the first time and exploring a small town
Maryland - well.. I live here... Baltimore is growing on me, Annapolis is always a great time, and I've recently discovered a new love for Western MD. Having city, mountains, and ocean is pretty sweet.
Massachusetts - getting to finally visiting Boston after a lifetime of infatuation with it, and touring my dream college. Oh, and going to a Red Sox game at Fenway!
Michigan - exploring Detroit and Benton Harbor with my mom
Montana - West Yellowstone was pretty neat, but so was finally finding coffee at 5am after a few days of being on a tour bus with caffeine deprivation
Nevada - Vegas... I'll never go back, but it was cool to see once. Plus, our hotel had a water slide that went through a shark tank!
New Jersey - Again, I think I mainly just drive through, but I remember visiting the Statue of Liberty from the Jersey side as a kid.
New Mexico - walking around Santa Fe and trying to figure out why there were homeless (by choice?) hippies wearing dresses and yelling at cops. And eating the best fajitas of my life.
New York - New York City isn't worth the hype in my opinion. Upstate NY is where it's at. Hands down favorite memory ever was spending a month in the Adirondacks on Saranac Lake and volunteering on summer staff at Young Life camp
North Carolina - I've been a few places in NC, but my fav was spending time with my best friend and her family and getting to see where she spent her summers as a kid
Ohio - being in Cleveland during a Cavaliers NBA championship game against the Warriors
Pennsylvania - Philly will always be cool, but I really just love dog sitting for my godparents in the middle of nowhere
Rhode Island - pit stop in Providence for lunch on the way home from Boston, seeing Brown University was pretty awesome
South Carolina - okay, this is a worst memory; being forced to go to a Kid Rock concert by my mother and having my first panic attack... Thanks, Bobby.
South Dakota - Mount Rushmore, but it's smaller than you'd expect
Tennessee - going on a road trip with my Poppop, and having that memory now that he's gone
Texas - LOVE TX! Seriously, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Amarillo, I loved it all. Going to a rodeo and seeing Cadillac Ranch were a few highlights
Utah - Salt Lake City was pretty, and seeing Temple Square was neat too, but hiking in Arches State Park takes the cake!
Virginia - going to Rockbridge for Young Life camp three different summers in high school, where I rediscovered Jesus and began my relationship with him
West Virginia - honestly, the best part about going to WV is playing John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on repeat
Wyoming - exploring Yellowstone with my best friend and our bus tour full of non-English speaking Asians
My musts for the remaining 21 states!
Alabama - go to Talladega Speedway
Alaska - be there for the Iditarod and go dog sledding!
Arkansas - visit Little Rocker & Eureka Springs
Hawaii - scuba with the sea turtles, explore a volcano
Idaho - visit Boise, and as many natural sights as possible
Iowa - go to the National Balloon Classic
Kansas - see Monument Rocks
Kentucky - do an Underground Cave Boat Tour
Louisiana - visit New Orleans
Maine - eat lobster, because I feel like that's a must do
Minnesota - Mall of America!
Mississippi - visit Jackson
Missouri - see Thorncrown Chapel
Nebraska - explore Omaha
New Hampshire - go to Robert Frost's home
North Dakota - go to Badlands National Park
Oklahoma - successfully avoid any tornadoes, and probably visit Tulsa or Oklahoma City
Oregon - visit Portland, but also do a ton of nature stuff, maybe camping?
Vermont - try skiing? This might take some self-convincing
Washington - visit Seattle and go to the top of the Space Needle
Wisconsin - I'm sure there are a ton of great things to do, but I would really just want to take a picture in a cheese hat by the Welcome to Wisconsin sign...
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