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    Came across this article on the CNN web site on Tuesday (5/27/14). It brings up that some people have made it their goal in life to visit all of the 50 states in this country. There is even a web site called the All Fifty Club for those who have done it.

    There are some conditions as to what constitutes a visit, for instance if you do a stopover on an airport in a state that you haven't visited before it doesn't count unless you leave the airport for a while.

    For me it is not a goal to visit all of the states but I don't mind adding to my list of 5 states which at this point in time are:

    • Hawaii
    • California
    • Texas
    • Nevada
    • Virginia


    Too bad I can't count Illinois since it was a stopover on the way to Virginia.

    So how many states have you visited? You can list the stopover states if you like but they don't count as the states you visited. I guess for me it is 5 and 1 from my count.

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    I'd have to doublecheck, but my list includes:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Florida
    • Hawaii (More than a Stopover)
    • Illinois (Stopover)
    • Maryland
    • Minnesota (Stopover)
    • New York
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • Washington D.C.

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    Default Re: Visiting all of the 50 states

    The ones I been to:

    • Hawaii (duh)
    • California
    • Washington
    • Nevada - I did drive 10 minutes into Arizona. Does that count?
    • Massachusetts
    • New York
    • Florida
    • Washington D.C. - (duh) - not a state.
    • Texas doesn't count because that was a stopover
    I'm still here. Are you?

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    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • (Florida)
    • Hawaii
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • New Hampshire
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • Nevada
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Washington D.C.
    • (Wisconsin)
    • Wyoming
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    Alabama
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    Colorado
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nevada
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Virginia
    Washington
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin

    Have done cross country road trips (WA-MD, TX-OH, OH-FL) that checked off a big chunk.

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    Hawaii
    Washington
    Oregon
    California
    Arizona
    Nevada
    Wyoming
    Colorado
    Utah
    New Mexico
    Texas
    Oklahoma
    Kansas
    Missouri
    Nebraska
    Iowa
    Minnesota
    Illinois
    Florida
    Alabama
    Georgia
    South Carolina
    Virginia
    Maryland
    Washington, D.C
    New Jersey
    Connecticut
    New York
    Massachusetts
    Maine
    (I don't include "stopovers")

    Foreign Countries

    Canada (West and East coasts)
    Mexico
    Honduras
    Costa Rica
    Western Samoa
    American Samoa
    Tonga
    Fiji
    Bahamas
    Portugal
    Spain
    France
    England
    Belgium
    Netherlands
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Hungary
    Romania
    Moldova

    I have quite a few more places I want to visit on my bucket list. From my experience and those of acquaintances, the more places you visit the more "liberal" you become!
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    Hawai`i
    Washington
    Oregon
    California
    Nevada
    Idaho
    Montana
    Wyoming
    Utah
    Colorado
    North Dakota
    South Dakota
    Nebraska
    Kansas
    Oklahoma
    Texas
    Minnesota
    Iowa
    Missouri
    Arkansas
    Wisconsin
    Illinois
    Michigan
    Indiana
    Kentucky
    Ohio
    West Virginia
    New York
    Massachusetts
    Pennsylvania
    Maryland
    Virginia
    North Carolina
    South Carolina
    = 34 states + District of Columbia

    Other countries: Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia

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    i have been to a lot of the above states.
    In 1959 my family was living in Havana Cuba.
    When the Fidelistas marched into town the families of Esso were flown out.

    Nowadays we still have a Mcdonalds on the
    island.

    Entry is invitation only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensperson View Post
    In 1959 my family was living in Havana Cuba.
    That jogged my memory, I forgot two countries I have visited:

    Jamaica (7 days)
    Dominican Republic (10 days)

    (last month I was 15 miles offshore from Cuba on two different occasions, but that doesn't count)
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    Unlike Helen, I do aspire to spending quality time in all fifty states, and as many other places as possible. When I put my New Year's Resolutions together this year, I really wanted to add an adventure component, but I realized that one of the things keeping me from truly being adventurous is a collection of awful habits I've accrued in the past twenty years that make travel nearly impossible.

    So I structured the resolutions in such a way that, if I were successful, I could make travel a very real possibility in 2015 and beyond.

    Half a year in, and I am slightly off the pace but still mostly on track.

    Still, despite my comparatively meager experience, I have been blessed to go a few places. I am not counting drive-through states on this list because that's not the kind of quality time I want, and I'm definitely not counting stop-overs, even if I did leave the airports for a little while (sorry, St. Louis and Arizona).

    • Hawaii -- Born and raised.
    • California -- Lived for about three years in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego. Many visits since then.
    • Nevada -- A few camping trips to Tahoe when I was a kid.
    • Washington -- A two-week trip to Seattle to visit college friends. Loved it!
    • Oregon -- One week with my college roommate and his wife. Visited the Tillamook cheese factory; skied Mt. Hood; flattened coins on a train track near Multnomah Falls.
    • Tennessee -- A summer vacation and a Christmas vacation in Nashville with the One Who Got Away. Bittersweet memories, but mostly sweet.
    • Virginia -- One of my college dorm-mates lives there with his wife. I've been to visit twice, including as the best man in their wedding. A lovely, lovely state.
    • New York -- Still haven't spent time in the city (despite having all kinds of roots there), but spent a summer on a small lake in the north with the One Who Got Away and her dad. It was a wonderful summer and one of my best memories. We canoed and hiked in the day; we did puzzles and read books at night. I think I'm a better person because of the time I spent there. A couple of years later, I drove to almost the same place with the Virginia friend to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (in Cooperstown, but you knew that) during Induction Weekend to watch Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, and George Brett accept their places in that hallowed hall. It, too, was a glorious time.
    • Maryland -- Just long enough to watch a Baltimore Orioles game, the summer Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's ironman record. The Orioles played the Mariners that day, but Griffey and Buhner both sat that game out. I can't remember if A-Rod was on that team.
    • New Mexico -- One week at a student conference when I was in college. I liked it.
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    The state of arizona has a volcano that erupted in about AD 1100.
    The name of the site is sunset crater.

    The ash fall from the eruption helped crops for 3 generations.
    The park entrance is hard to find.

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    Many years ago I made a vow to visit all 50 states before I ever headed overseas. Last year and it took me over 40 years but I completed visiting all of the 50 states. Have to say amongst the my favorites are California and South Dakota and least favorite hands down is Texas. I've been to many of the 50 states several times each so it hasnt been just a one time visit. So now that my 50 state quest is complete I'll set my sights on seeing parts of the world I've never seen before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Have to say amongst the my favorites are California and South Dakota and least favorite hands down is Texas.
    What did you like about those States and what didn't you like about the others?

    California has been my life long "home State", but I know several elderly life long residents who are packing up and moving to Nevada and Arizona . Too many "libruls", Mesicans, taxes, Athiests, gun rules for them.

    Where I live in SoCal today (2500' elev.) - temps in the low 80's with no humidity, bright blue skies with no smog, San Diego, Palm Springs, Hollywood, high Alpine forests, SoCal beaches all within a two hour or less drive from my front door. Just got back from my morning one hour walk in the adjacent nature preserve wetlands - cottontails, bobcats, skunks, racoons, deer, hawks, eagles, sweet smell of decaying vegetation. I think I'll stay put for the time being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    What did you like about those States and what didn't you like about the others?

    California has been my life long "home State", but I know several elderly life long residents who are packing up and moving to Nevada and Arizona . Too many "libruls", Mesicans, taxes, Athiests, gun rules for them.

    Where I live in SoCal today (2500' elev.) - temps in the low 80's with no humidity, bright blue skies with no smog, San Diego, Palm Springs, Hollywood, high Alpine forests, SoCal beaches all within a two hour or less drive from my front door. Just got back from my morning one hour walk in the adjacent nature preserve wetlands - cottontails, bobcats, skunks, racoons, deer, hawks, eagles, sweet smell of decaying vegetation. I think I'll stay put for the time being.
    I've always wanted to live in California I think I fit in best with all that you described! As for Arizona, been there done that for 13 years in both Phoenix and Flagstaff, Nevada is about the same weather wise. Reno and Flagstaff same weather and Las Vegas/Phoenix the same.

    South Dakota I would like to visit again to see the places I enjoyed, i.e. Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, etc. and perhaps explore other parts of the state I havent seen yet. Would not want to live there, especially with their brutal weathers.

    Texas is amongst the ugliest states I've ever been to. Flat and brown for most of it and when its mountainous in some areas like El Paso it looks like any other place of its kind. Blah!! While I enjoy a Texas BBQ like others, I just dont see the love for Texas as others do.

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    Not including airport layovers, I've been to:

    Hawaii
    Nevada
    California
    Arizona
    Maryland
    Delaware
    New Jersey
    New York
    Connecticut
    Massachusetts
    Pennsylvania
    Virginia
    Illinois
    Wisconsin
    Minnesota
    Iowa
    Missouri
    Ohio
    Indiana
    Michigan

    Been to D.C., but since that is NOT one of the 50 states, it seems to me that counting that is just as much cheating as including layovers.

    I've always thought of my road trips as being visits to cities rather than states. But thinking in terms of how many states I have actually driven through, I now realize that I've been to 20 out of 50. Wow, almost halfway to all of them.
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