While I was growing up my dad was an over the road truck driver and my mom and I would travel with him sometimes. Over the years I’ve really covered some ground! Here’s a break down of what I remember from each of the 29 states I’ve been in:
Alabama – I lived there for 4 months.
Arizona – Visited my Uncle there as a child.
Arkansas – We had family vacations in Bull Shoals.
California – Visited as a child and went to Disneyland then as an adult visited family and went to Universal Studios.
Colorado – My favorite state! Born and lived for 9 years 1984-1993. Love to vacation there.
Florida – Visited family as a child in Daytona Beach.
Georgia – Visited a friend there in Atlanta.
Illinois – My Grandmother lived in Chicago.
Indiana – My Aunt lived there and visited passing through.
Iowa – Been though when going to Omaha.
Kansas – Lived there for 8 years, 2011-2020.
Kentucky – Lived there as a pre-teen for 2 years, 1993-1995.
Louisiana – Drove through as a child but don’t remember it much.
Michigan – As a child, tried skipping a rock into Lake Michigan but it hit my mother in the head.
Minnesota – As an Amish Taxi Driver, I drove through Minneapolis and had breakfast.
Mississippi – Drove through as a child but don’t remember it much other than the cotton fields.
Missouri – Uhhh been here many times, shopping in St Joe & Kansas City.
Nebraska – Lived there for 16 years, 1995-2011 & 2020>.
Nevada – As a child we went to an airshow in the desert.
New Mexico – As a child, went on road trip there. Also part of 4 State corner.
New York – Been here on a truck driving trip with dad. I remember a car burning on the side of the highway.
Ohio – Family lived here, went to church camp.
Oklahoma – Passed through while driving to Dallas.
Pennsylvania – Drove through as a child
South Dakota – Drove with a friend to do a custody swap with her ex.
Tennessee – Drove through several times and visited Nashville.
Texas – Been to MK conventions in Dallas.
Utah – Drove through as a child, sat on a hill of salt in the salt flats.
Wisconsin – As an Amish Taxi Driver, I drove a couple to a funeral and stayed the night in an Amish home without electricity or even an indoor toilet!
21 more to go! I’ll update this as I get to them.
Where have you been?
After designing the custom map above I found this site www.gasfoodnolodging.com/visitedstates/ that has a brilliant color coding idea:
Red means I’ve just passed through, maybe seen a thing or two.
Amber means I’ve at least slept there and seen a few things. I have a first-hand idea of what the state is like.
Blue means I’ve spent a good amount of time in that state.
Green means I’ve spent a lot of time in that state, weeks at at time on multiple visits – or lived there.
So I used that strategy in my map above, just purple-fied it!
There is also this version from https://maploco.com/visited-states if you want it simple:
Create your own visited states map and share your link in the comments below.