50 states – the travel meme

Hey, the person who hates memes is about to introduce one. Mark this down on your calendar. I had just been thinking about how many of the states I had been to and wondered about everyone else.

So, the following is a list of the 50 states, not including the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. The ones which I have visited are struck through. I have also added some pertinent information about the states that stand out in my mind.




My brother and his family currently live in Phoenix, so I have spent time there rather recently. But, I also spent some time there as a child because my father’s best friend lived there. He is actually the person who taught me to swim in his wonderful backyard swimming pool. Fun times! Hot!



My best friend lives in San Jose. I have been there as recently as a year and a half ago. I love, love, love California, but my husband won’t go there because he swears the big one is waiting for him. My best friend’s response to that is, “Then by all means, do NOT come.”





My in-laws live there, so I have spent significant time there. Ari and I were there just a few weeks ago, when he learned how to swim…well, as much as you can learn at not quite 2. I also spent some time there as a kid as well. My aunt lived in Key West, so we made the trek from Chicago a couple of times.


This is the site of the family lake house. Really beautiful to visit and relax in the summer. We have cousins there as well, so that adds to the experience. I will be there two weeks from now, sleeping late (yeah, right) and enjoying the lake and peaceful surroundings.




I was born in Chicago and lived there until I was 17 years old. Then, I was off on other adventures. Chicago is still one of my favorite cities and a place where I feel very comfortable.





This is where we live right now. It’s beautiful, but not my kind of place. I am looking forward to moving in less than a year.




Ah…HOME. I miss it. Great people. Great culture. Great communities. Great access. Great. Great. Great.









New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

New York City is definitely worth a mention. It’s a fantastic city to visit, but I don’t think I could ever live there. When you arrive, you feel like you’re plugging into a circuit of electricity that doesn’t end until you leave. I’ve had LOTS of fun there! However, there’s a different aura about it now. I’m not sure I could go there and feel the same positivity that I have felt before. I wouldn’t be able to be there without thinking of thousands of people who will never get to see it again.

North Carolina

North Dakota


This is likely the state of our new home. We have actually spent considerable time there as well. It’s anyone’s guess where we will end up, but my fave is Cleveland.




This is another possible site for our new home. Time will tell, but I like that it is so close to MD where we have tons of friends to welcome us back to the east. PA is also very beautiful, which is a plus.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota



I lived there for 11 years and was ready to leave at the end of 11 years. Though, I have to say that Austin is very different from the rest of Texas in that its feel is more like a city in California. I loved the nearby lakes and hills. It was very hot, but I had some favorite spots to visit and reflect that I haven’t found anywhere else on this planet. I had a very strong connection with Pedernales Falls. I miss that! I still have tons of friends and some family there, but I don’t think you will ever see me migrate back there.




I lived in northern VA for almost 7 months and found the area to be very nice. That part of the country just seems to agree with me. Lots of great things happened and most without force of any kind. Cost of living is more expensive, but the higher salaries more than make up for that.


West Virginia



Feel free to put your responses in the comments, or on your own blog with a link back here so we can all see where you’ve been. 🙂

5 thoughts on “50 states – the travel meme

  1. WOW!

    I’ve been to Ohio (born and raised) Kentucky (it’s where the Cincy airport is…go figure!), Pennsylvania, New York (lived there) New Jersey(lived there too.) D.C. and Texas(for my sister’s wedding.) Traveled through a few states to get to other places, but don’t remember them too well.

    Loved to see: Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Maine.

  2. Tell your husband the Big One is already here! Oh, earthquake? I thought you meant Kahuna!

    Seriously, your friend is right. But who gives a shit – less people die in quakes than tornados. Worry is futile. Besides, a visit to Cal is always worth the risk. The West is the best, baby!

  3. BTW, Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Illionis, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine,Minnesota (2 Hours on a layover, but I’ve been there), Tennesee (on a layover). This October we will drive through Georgia, Tennesee and Arkansas. But I have easily been to three times as many countries as states.

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