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There is a graphic going around Facebook lately that many of my friends have shared. It’s a map that shows how many states you’ve visited. You can customize one yourself at maploco.com.
Many people share this map on social media along with a comment about wanting to see the states they’ve missed. I see comments like, “Looks like I need to take a trip to the East Coast”, or “I need to head out West”.
So, I decided to go to the site and fill out a map for myself. I knew I had visited a majority of the 50 states, but not all of them. My map revealed I was missing 8 states. I think technically I’ve driven through 2 of those 8 as a child on my way to Florida, but I’m leaving them off for now.
But, I have a confession to make. I have no desire to visit those 8 states! I won’t even pretend.
Why Not Have a Goal to Visit All 50 States?
Don’t get me wrong. Those 8 states are lovely, I’m sure. And I’m not going to say which ones they are so as not to offend anyone. But, I have my reasons.
Life is short. Nobody knows how much time we have on this earth. I have many other places I’d like to visit first. I have to prioritize.
Some places are worth repeating. Many of the states I’ve visited I want to repeat over and over. Like Florida, for example. I love the beaches and everything Disney. Florida keeps calling my name!
I don’t want to visit to just check off a number. Visiting those states I’m missing just to check them off my list is not something I aspire to do. Some people really want to visit all 50 states, and I’m not knocking it. In fact, one of my fellow travel bloggers had a goal to visit every county in the U.S. It’s just not my thing. But, I’ll cheer you on and ask you about your trips.
It’s possible I’ll visit all 50 states eventually. I’m not avoiding these states. I’m just not actively planning trips to them.
I do think there is value to visiting many states. It’s amazing how different the scenery, people and customs are in different parts of our huge country.
My Top 5 Favorite States
If you haven’t been to all 50 states, here are my top five recommendations.
Florida: Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, Disney World, Silver Springs, Cruise ports, airboat rides, history in St. Augustine…I really just can’t get enough of Florida. If I could buy a vacation condo anywhere in the U.S., it would be in Florida. The trouble is, I would have a hard time deciding just where in the state it would be located.
Alaska: Although I’ve only visited a few cities on a DCL cruise, the scenery is breathtaking. I’d like to plan a land trip soon.
Hawaii: Hawaii is so much more than beaches!
Texas: Texas has really grown on me since I moved here 18 years ago. If you can only visit one city in Texas, I always recommend San Antonio.
California: I lived in California for 5 years, and I would love to visit with my kids again. Los Angeles alone has enough to keep anyone entertained for weeks!
Do you want to visit all 50 states? Why or why not? What are your favorite states to visit?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.