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Old 07-27-2017, 08:22 AM
 
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I haven't but I have no desire to.

No reason to see Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Mississippi.
Seems so ignorant when I hear people say things like this.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I've been to 49 (exc Alaska), my checkoffs may include never getting out of the car in one case (RI). Not really sure what criteria counts so it's up to each person. As far as airports, I think a decent 2-hour conversation with the barkeep probably gives more insight to a state than people barreling across Nebraska on I70 at 90 mph.

I'm pretty sure I will eventually get to Alaska but it just hasn't worked out yet. I hit my 47th, 48th & 49th state (Maine-NH-VT) more than 40 years ago and that required a middle of the night, out-of-the-way dash after leaving Boston, seeing not much more that the road in front of our headlights. Did this strictly to tick-off those three on my list. I have since been back to those three on a real vacation savoring much of the beauty of those three states over a period of a couple weeks.

Washington/Oregon were probably the only other two that I've set foot on without really seeing much as those were visited during a teen-age hitch-hiking foray where we didn't veer too much from the interstate tho we were taken to a hippy campground/party outside of Spokane for one night.

I once suggested that a true visit should only count if you have stolen something from, punched someone or had intimate relations with someone with that state's gov't issued ID, but I am now opposed to punching or stealing from strangers.



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Seems so ignorant when I hear people say things like this.
probably just sarcasm considering they apparently live in Reno
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I've at least been to all the lower 48. But also 11 Canadian provinces...so I guess there is that.

The embarrassing part of these travels was that it was all for visiting amusement parks. Back in high school, my friends and I liked to road trip to see how many different roller coasters we could ride. We would try to beat each other, or travel to remote places and visit the really obscure parks. I hit 500 different coasters after visiting about 40 states.

Of all of the places I have been to, I actually found a lot of the north east states to be pretty "drive through". Just endless suburbs and urban centers with tons of traffic.

Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana were actually pretty interesting. Arkansas was by far the most surprising to drive through, I enjoyed the unique scenery. Texas was kind of a let down to drive through.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:24 AM
 
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I haven't been to all 50 states but I know that one of my uncles has!
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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I have but it's no big deal. Indiana, Illinois outside of Chicago, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, etc are instantly forgettable.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:12 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Been extensively to 44, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Plan is to visit all 50 before I kick the proverbial bucket.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I have not been to all 50 (30 something) but I have been to every single state that I want to except for Alaska and a few states I would have never gone to on purpose.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:15 PM
 
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
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I've only been to:

Arizona
California
Connecticut
Delaware
DC (obviously not a state but,..still)
Florida
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Jersey
New York (where I live)
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Virginia

I plan on going to all 50 before I have kids
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:46 PM
 
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You guys are putting me to shame.

To the best of my knowledge I've only been to 24 states, and yes this includes the layovers and the drive-thrus. In my own defense, I'm still fairly young -- mid-thirties. My number will gradually increase over the course of the next couple of years, but it's unlikely to ever get anywhere close to 50 because that's not a goal for me.

Let's just be honest: some places are a lot more interesting than others. Since I'm on a limited budget, I go for quality over quantity. I don't travel often, but when I do I make sure it's an unforgettable experience. I won't go to a "meh" place just to check it off my list.

But to the few folks who truly have hit all 50, Congratulations! It's a unique and admirable accomplishment.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Center City
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I've at least been to all the lower 48. But also 11 Canadian provinces...so I guess there is that.
Neat trick. Last I heard there are only 10 provinces.
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