If all goes well, before I get to bed tomorrow night, I will be capping a long-time goal of mine: to visit all 50 states in the USA. I’m accompanying my son on a 30+ hour drive to California and swinging by Idaho on Friday to check the box on my last state. It will be a patriotic highlight of Independence Day weekend! 🇺🇸
Reaching all 50 states became a goal,of mine when I was about 30. My wife’s grandparents were visiting and her grandpa Harold – who loved to travel – had been to all 50 states. He was telling me all about it. That prompted me to add up where I was at that point – probably a few dozen states – and get cracking on the ones I needed to collect.
Related: 50 States Quest
Many of the states I was able to reach through business travel at MegaCorp. Still, I’ve probably taken at least a half-dozen trips just to ‘check off’ states I hadn’t gotten to. We did a big trip through the New England states (RI, VT, NH, ME) one summer and road tripped from Charleston to New Orleans to cover off a few missing states in the Southeast (SC, AL, MS). My 49th state was Wyoming.
Hawaii and Alaska?
We knocked out both of them in a 5-month span of 2010.
What’s next? To go to McDonald’s, of course. I’ve actually never had a Big Mac and always told my son I’d have one when I reach my 50th State. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there is one in the corner of Idaho we are going to hit (by Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons), so maybe that will wait until we reach Las Vegas for Fourth of July.
How many states have you reached? Have plans to reach them all?
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