I’ve traveled around a fair bit of my home country over the years, including as a child. That’s taken me to almost all 50 states, but I’m ready to go back and visit them all again!
The largest of the states, Alaska has a grandeur all its own. It’s far more than just an icy landscape of glaciers and mountain peaks, with rain forests, alpine meadows, braided rivers, and so much more. While known as a summer cruise destination, it’s better explored via highway, ferry, and small boat where you become part of the vastness of this northern land.
- Touring the Great Land (late summer 2008)
Arizona is a wonderful respite from a Minnesota winter and, with a number of family and friends there, I travel there regularly. Usually I spend my time around Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun, but I also get to Sedona and Tucson on occasion.
In addition, back in 2006 we did a driving trip that took us to northern Arizona and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I still haven’t been to the south rim yet. . .
All Arizona posts
My dream California trip? Follow spring up from the deserts, over to the coast, through the mountains, and back to the coastal forests of the north. . . pretty much the whole state.
All California posts
- All Colorado posts
- South Florida scenes (April 2015)
- Remembering the architecture of South Beach ( April 2015)
- Memorable Travel Moments: Carter Becomes President on Sanibel Island (1976/2013)
- Chicago (October 2013)
- Worth a Return Trip: Chicago (January 2013)
- Glowing neon at O’Hare (June 2013)
Eastern Massachusetts, where I’ve spent most of my time in the state, is classic coastal New England offering rocky shorelines and colorful fishing villages, the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, cosmopolitan Boston, and plenty of reminders of the Revolutionary War.
All Massachusetts posts
- Cape Cod
Other than a drive through (with stops in Dearborn for my car crazy father and brother) on a family trip in high school, I’d never really given much thought to Michigan. Many years later a fall driving trip through the U.P. and down along the Lake Michigan coast made me realize how much I’d been missing. A return trip needs to be in the cards!
- Fall along the Lakes (2007)
Not to brag, but we’ve got everything here – vibrant cities, buccolic rural areas, and true wilderness.
- All Minnesota posts
- California Desert Wildflower Tour
One of those wonderful New England states where time sometimes seems to stand still. Years ago we did a fall leaf tour here – the short return visit we made the other year wasn’t long enough.
There’s just never enough time for exploring New Mexico. . .
- A wonderland of rocks, flowers, and cacti (March 2015)
- Spring in Albuquerque and Santa Fe (2010)
- Spring in Albuquerque (2009)
All New Mexico posts
- Building a trip around the New York Pass
- Naming our loss at the 9/11 Memorial
- Tribute lights at the 9/11 Memorial
- As Close as I’m Going to Get to NYC (A sign on the cab!)
The northernmost of the the northern plains, North Dakota isn’t all dead flat farmland and oil fields. There really is scenery in North Dakota! I went to college in Fargo/Moorhead, which has become a lively little place in the years since.
All North Dakota posts
We have friends in Ohio, which is what brought us there as visitors. What we discovered was a lovely, vibrant place.
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Perhaps my favorite city in the USA, there is always something going on in this city of museums, art, and politics. The increasing ease of walking and biking in the city only makes it that much better!
While I never tire of exploring the National Mall, the area beyond the mall is also well worth exploring, especially Georgetown and nearby Alexandria.
See more at Exploring Washington DC
Wisconsin is my neighbor. I seem to make my way fairly regularly to Lake Superior’s South Shore and Apostle Islands, Milwaukee, the Mississippi River Valley, and the area around Baraboo. However, there are many more places I need to visit!
See more at Exploring Wisconsin
- Memorable Moments: Wine and Cheese at Yellowstone, 2000 (2013)