04 May 2012

50% of the Fifty

I kind of hate all those Facebook plug-ins and apps and what have you. I hardly ever use Spotify because I don’t like broadcasting what I’ve been listening to. I block all sorts of other things. But some tinch of OCD in me made me want to count up which of the 50 states I’ve actually been to – just to satisfy my own curiosity. It turns out that I’ve been to twenty-five states, as long as you count flying in for lunch, or changing planes. It’s not like I’ve slept in all 25.


  • California
  • Connecticut (I lived in New Haven as a toddler.)
  • Delaware
  • Florida (We spent a long weekend in a swank hotel in Palm Beach. It was lovely, and kind of like visiting a foreign country. Also, see Georgia.)
  • Georgia (I went to a wedding in Albany, GA a long time ago. We flew People Express to Jacksonville, FL and drove from there.)
  • Illinois (BlogHer was in Chicago a few years ago. Also, I've changed planes at O'Hare. Hasn’t everyone?)
  • Maine (Their license plates say Vacationland for a reason.)
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts (Four years of college.)
  • Minnesota (I've changed planes in Minneapolis. That doesn't really count, right? Too bad, Minnesota makes the list.)
  • Nevada (We spent the night in Reno, and dropped one quarter in one slot machine on the way out of town.)
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico (My brother lived in Albuquerque for a while, in an adobe house.)
  • New York
  • North Carolina (I lived in North Carolina when I was a baby, and my father was stationed at Camp Lejeune.)
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas (Austin. I've been to Austin. Also to Lockhart, for barbecue at Kreuz's. And to the Salt Lick. And to Güero's. It's all about the food.)
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (Another place lived, as a baby, also while my father was in the Marine Corps.)
  • Washington
  • West Virginia (We drove through the very end of West Virginia on the way home from Washington DC in February. It wasn't strictly necessary, but it was sort of amusing.)
  • Wyoming (I had lunch in Jackson once. If you carefully review the other states I've been to, you'll note that I've been to none of the states that border Wyoming. Yes, we flew there. And back. For lunch. Insanity. I can't remember what we ate.)

Here’s the other half of the country:

Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • Colorado • Hawaii • Idaho • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Michigan • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Utah • Wisconsin

If we drive across the country one day, we could cross a bunch off the list.

Where have you been?

16 comments:

niobe said...

Thanks to childhood roadtrips, a post-college cross-country drive and a previous job that involved lots of travel, I think I've visited (however briefly) most of the states.

But not: Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota.

Joybells said...

I have been to all the lower 48, mostly by car. I think I spent about 62% of my childhood in the car. I only hope that people don't look at me and say, "Man, that lady has A LOT of miles on her." Because, actually, I do.

On the plus side, going for a 12-hour drive is no big deal to me! So there's that!

leanne said...

Alaska (honeymoon), California (work trip/family vacation), Illinois (first 5 years of my life), Indiana (visiting a friend from college), Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota (from age 5 to age 18, plus grandparents lived here), Missouri, Montana (went apartment hunting with a friend), New Jersey, New York, North Dakota (was injured in a soccer tournament in MN, but nearest ER was in Fargo -- totally counts, right?), Ohio (college), Tennessee (wedding), Wisconsin (grad. school and then stayed), Utah (Salt Lake City -- because changing planes definitely counts).

Love your Wyoming story.

Anna said...

i dont know how many i've been to, but i am so counting 'em up right now!

readersguide said...

I am also a total sucker for this sort of thing. I haven't been to most of the south (except Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee)or Alaska, but almost everywhere else, I think.

readersguide said...

Oh, I don't think I've been to Oklahoma, either.

How on earth did you fly to Wyoming? I had some excellent pancakes once in Jackson, near that park with the arches made of antlers.

De said...

Poor South Carolina! Why do you shun her?

Thanks to work travel, I've been a few places. In fact, I highly recommend Minnesota. it's beautiful in the fall.

When I was 15, I took a bus trom Hartford, Connecticut to Los Angeles California. The only place I remember stopping was in Las Vegas, but I'm sure we hit a number of the states across the middle of the country.

Angela said...

Doubtful if I've made 50%, but I have hit some of your misses. I was born in North Dakota, and on that Chicago trip to BlogHer I also stayed with friends in Wisconsin. Between college and grad school, I drove Rt. 80 from NY to SF. Woo hoo! Lots of big states to drive through.

susan said...

Cool idea for a post. I discovered I'm only 5 states short of 50--no Arkansas, and I've never bit to the northern plains.

jo(e) said...

I'm missing some in the middle of the country. Does it count if you've seen states out of an airplane window?

Jeanne said...

I haven't been to Maine or any of the states between Kansas and California except Colorado and Arizona. I'm not sure airports should count; we have a (crackpot)theory that they're all part of one big underground facility with lots of different exits.

Mayberry said...

Yet another reason for you to come visit. I'm up to 30 -- missing lots of Southern states.

kittiesx3 said...

I always knew I'd been in a lot of states, but never bothered to count them up until now.

In fact, I'm missing just four: North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Alaska. The rest I've at least stayed overnight if not longer.

liz said...

Alaska (briefly, in the airport)
Hawaii
California
Texas
Florida
Georgia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Illinois
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
New York
New Hampshire
West Virginia
Virginia
Maryland
Delaware
Maine
Massachusetts
Connecticut

And Washington DC
Puerto Rico

Mary G said...

In most of the States and all of the provinces - advantage to being old and foot free. Plus Africa, Europe in several spots, ditto. Neat idea to do a map. Like it.

painted maypole said...

I've been to 48, thanks in large part to the a pop up trailer and camping crazy parents. Moving around a lot helps, too.

I'll get to Alaska and Hawaii someday, I swear.