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One of my goals is to visit all of the states in the United States at least once. In order for a visit to count, I must visit some place within the state boundaries other than the airport or train station. Pretty simple.

Lately I’ve noticed that I’ve made almost no progress on my travel goals in the past few years and it’s time to change that. My travel bucket list is admittedly huge, but it’s the journey that counts. So, I’ve decided just to focus on the U.S. list for the next year and cross some of these local places off the list.

To be honest, I’m far less excited about visiting any place in the United States. Europe is where it’s at for me right now. Plus, I admit, some U.S. states have actually managed to completely turn me off with their politics and/or culture. For example, some of the Southern states still run rich with racial tension. The air is thick with hate, and honestly, I don’t like being around it.

However, I do still have an overall goal of visiting all of the United States and have quite a few to go. So, why visit those places first and get them out of the way.

Here’s where I’m at…    I’ve visited 22 of 50 states so far and I’m hoping to hit Colorado next.

U.S. States I’ve Visited

Visited 22 out of 50

Visited States in Pink
States Not Visited in Green



  • Denali National Park
  • Gates of the Artctic
  • Glacier Bay National Park  (UNESCO)
  • Katmai National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Wrangell – St. Elias National Park (UNESCO)
  • Take an Alaskan cruise and see the glaciers


  • Grand Canyon National Park (UNESCO)
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Saguaro National Park


  • Hot Springs National Park


  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park (UNESCO)
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park (UNESCO)


  • Explore the Denver Zoo
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park




  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park (UNESCO)
  • Kayak to Mound Key Archaeological State Park, a Native American-made shell island



  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (UNESCO)


  • Yellowstone National Park (UNESCO)


  • Cahokia (UNESCO)


  • Ride the world’s largest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.




  • Mammoth Cave National Park (UNESCO)


  • Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (UNESCO)


  • Visit Acadia National Park




  • Isle Royale National Park


  • Voyagers National Park



  • Play at St. Louis’s whimsical City Museum
  • Dive in the Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri


  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (UNESCO)



  • Death Valley National Park
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Participate in Burning Man

 New Hampshire

 New Jersey

 New Mexico

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park (UNESCO)
  • Taos Pueblo (UNESCO)
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park  (UNESCO)

 New York

  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • Statue of Libery in New York  (UNESCO)
  • Attend a broadway musical, Manhattan, New York, New York

 North Carolina

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (UNESCO)

 North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park


  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park



  • Crater Lake National Park


  • Visit Independence Hall in Pennsylvania where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776

 Rhode Island

 South Carolina

  • Conagree National Park

 South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park


  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (UNESCO) (also in Tennessee)


  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Visit the Missions of San Antonio, including the Alamo (UNESCO)


  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef
  • Zion National Park



  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Monticello and the University of Virginia  (UNESCO)
  • Visit Williamsburg, Virginia


  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park (UNESCO)

 West Virginia



  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (UNESCO)

US National Parks Not Located in the 50 United States:

  • American Samoa, Virgin Island, Reef, Islands, Congaree, Lake, Valley, Isle Royale, Tree, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Kings Canyon, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, National Park of American Samoa, North Cascades, Redwood, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro, and the Virgin Islands

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