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Friday, August 27, 2010

My Map Thus Far

visited 24 states (48%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

I've been told that I have strange criteria for what I count as "visiting a state." If I counted every state I simply drove through or every state where I just sat in an airport, waiting to connect to another flight, then I would have several more states filled in here. For me, I don't consider a state "visited" by me unless I was able to spend considerable time there outside of a car or airplane, and could create a memory for that place.

Some random memories:
Virginia: I stayed there for a few days when I attended the March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC back in 2004.
New York: a too-short visit to NYC back in 2005 (still eager to go back), a short stop in Buffalo, meandering around the Lake George area, and Niagara Falls.
Utah: Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, and Zion National Park. Beautiful, beautiful places.
South Dakota: two words: CORN PALACE.
Kansas: Lawrence is certainly the gem of Kansas, but if you're willing to make a very boring drive, you can also visit the World's Largest Ball of Twine.
Iowa: Des Moines, the largest cement garden gnome in Ames, and a covered bridge in Madison County.

What does your map look like? What is your criteria for counting a state as "visited?" What are some of your random memories for certain states?

If I had a map of countries I've visited, I would only have Canada and Jamaica filled in. I look forward to the day when I have many, many countries visited.


  1. I can't wait to travel the world too, Amanda. That day will come - sooner then I hope! I'd have to agree with you in terms of your criteria. Places visited must mean places enjoyed. Last time I checked, sitting in an airport usually isn't that enjoyable!

  2. You haven't been to California!?
    Get your cute little tush over here missy!

  3. Sarahfae, it is sad but true. And San Francisco is #1 on my Destinations Dream List. (Are you near there?) I have a friend in Oakland that I hope-hope-hope I can visit next year.

  4. Where are you from?
    I like your map, I may fill one out.
    If you ever make it to Kentucky or Indiana, let me know. There are a few things to eat here :)

  5. I agree with you; running through an airport does not count as "visiting."

    I would add that in addition to the twine ball, you can see the creepiest fields of windmills EVER out in mid to Western Kansas! :P

    Amber Shea

  6. Aura, I currently live near Kansas City, Missouri. Before that, I lived in Florida, and before that I lived in Connecticut. I'll definitely contact you when I know I'll be in IN or KY!

  7. I know this is an old post but never heard anyone else besides me give a definition of what constituted a visit :) I live just outside of KC too and my definition is spending the night and seeing something of significance. So driving thru and airports don't count but renting a cabin for a night and seeing the biggest ball of twine might count :)