Many years ago I set a goal for myself: to visit all 50 states before I die. I set this goal after returning from a cross-country adventure in my late 20’s. I visited quite a few states on that trip, and realized I was already halfway to meeting the goal. Therefore it seemed attainable. I like attainable goals.
It was easy adding new states to the list for a while. A conference for work was held in Austin – crossed Texas off my list. I switched planes in Detroit on my way to Seattle – crossed Michigan off my list. (Yes, I count airport transfers as a visit).
Now, with 36 states visited and 14 left to go (see below), I am at the point where I realize I have to specifically plan for the remaining states. So far I have not had the opportunity arise to visit, say, Alabama or Missouri and I doubt these opportunities will present themselves. I will need to research some interesting destinations and plan a few vacations to the remaining states. These include Alaska and Hawaii so I need to start saving!
In the meantime, with my family spread out across the country, I make return visits to the same locations. I just returned from visiting family in Asheville, North Carolina and I had hoped to make the 60 mile drive into Tennessee during this trip so I could cross it off my list. It didn’t work out this time. Perhaps next summer I’ll convince my family unit to hop into the mini-van for a driving vacation and I can work in West Virginia on the way down.
Speaking of Asheville, it is a great little city, the hub of western North Carolina. I didn’t get any stunning Blue Ridge Parkway photos (unfortunately the foliage was just past peak) but did grab a shot from our parked car of a stunning mural painted on a highway underpass. I’ve used it for the banner for this post (don’t see it? Go here). Here is the entire photo:
And here is the list of my remaining states. If you have suggestions for where I should go, please leave a comment!
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- West Virginia