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Our Family Goal To Visit All 50 States & 5 Territories In The United States of America

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“Mom, I want to travel around all of America. I want to visit allllllll the states in America. Can you please take me Mom”

Aiden Akpan, 5 Years Old

When Aiden first told me that he wanted to visit all the states in America, I giggled and thought, how awesome. but didn’t put much thought into it.

We love traveling as a family and exploring the world, within the United States of America and Internationally as well. However, It was never a goal for our family visit all 50 states.

But then, I thought to myself, why not? What was stopping us from doing it?Nothing at all. If Aiden wanted to travel the United States of America, then I’ll do my best to make sure that he gets to do that.

The more we began to look at the map of the United States as a family, the more I realized how attainable this goal was and I decided that we should definitely make it a family goal.

The first state Aiden visited was Nevada at just 6 months old. He was excited to be someplace new, taking in all the sights and sounds. People always ask me “Why bother? He’ll never remember it anyways.”

And my response is always the same “It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t remember this trip or any trip we take because I do, and that matters too.” I remember him looking everywhere, I remember the memories I made with him on this trip. I remember him enjoying being in a different place other than home, and smiling, giggling and everything.

Those memories of our first trip matter to me! My memories count too. We are always so quick to think about kids forgetting things, but what about the parents memories too?

Caesar’s Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada

When we decided to take on this challenge as a family, Aiden had already visited about 15 states at just five years old, so I knew we were on the right track. I also decided that I will make sure to include my nieces and nephew on as many trips as we could.

Gatorland – Orlando, Florida

How Do We Plan To Visit All 50 States?

The United States of America are made up of 50 states, 1 federal district and 5 territories. Our goal is to travel all 50 states, however I decided to include the 5 territories. Might as well right?

So far, we have been able to visit over 20 states by traveling on a major budget. If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, then you know that budget travel is my thing.

I want to travel the world, but I don’t want to be broke or knee deep in debt. Plus, I’m not a millionaire, so budget travel is the only way to go for me.

We have no exact method, plan drawn out or exact order in which we will do this. We will just travel to as many states as we can and continue to add it to the list below.

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Flight Lesson – Orlando, Florida

Below are a few tips on how we plan to visit all 50 states:

  • Following The Sale

My motto is “Follow the sale, Not the location” simply meaning we will travel to whatever state is affordable and whatever state has affordable airfare to get to. We will use that as our basis to visit all 50 states.

  • Visiting Nearby States On One Trip

When we visited Chicago, the cost of our round trip tickets were $40 on Frontier Airlines. After spending a few days in Chicago, we took a Greyhound bus to Wisconsin which was just 3.5 hours away. By doing this, we were able to knock out two states on one trip.

  • Taking A Road Trip

Our family loves going on road trip, and by doing this we are able to visit several states on one trip. On our most recent RV trip, we visited all 5 National Parks in Utah, as well as Nevada and Arizona.

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What States Have We Been To?

Each state is listed below in alphabetical order. If you see a photo, that means we’ve been there. If you see an * by it, that means we’ve been there but I haven’t written a blog post on it yet.

Eventually, I plan to have at least one blog post for each state, so that if you are planning a trip, you’ll have a list of kid friendly things to do there with or without your kids.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Alabama

Alaska*

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Anchorage, Alaska

Arizona*

Arkansas

California

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San Diego, Califonia

Colorado

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Denver, Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Orlando, Florida

Disney

Georgia

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Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia

Hawaii*

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The Big Island, Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

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The Bean – Chicago, Illinois

Indiana

Iowa*

Kansas

Overland Park – Kansas City, Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Eating beignets at Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans, LA

Maine

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Maryland*

Massachusetts*

Michigan

Minnesota, MN

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Greetings from Minneapolis Sign – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri, MO

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – Kansas City, Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada, NV

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Valley Of Fire State Park – Las Vegas, Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey*

New Mexico*

New York*

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Times Square, New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon, OR

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Multnomah Falls – Portland, Oregon

Pennsylvania

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River Cruise – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas*

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Dallas Zoo – Dallas, Texas

Utah

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Deer Valley Ski Resort – Park City, Utah

Vermont

Virginia*

Washington*

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Lavender Farm on Washington Island – Door County, Wisconsin

Wyoming

Federal District

Washington, District Of Colombia*

United States Territories

American Samoa

Capital – Pago Pago
Population – 57,400

Guam

Capital – Hagatna
Population – 161,700

Northern Mariana Islands

Capital – Saipan
Population – 52,300

Puerto Rico

Capital – San Juan
Population – 3,337,177

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

Capital – Charlotte Amalie
Population – 103,700

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