Sarann, from Sarann Rap (I just love her blog name!) wondered how many states I’d been to in my quest to see all 50. This is a little bigger than a fragment, so I’ll tell now!
First I’ll mention what my personal requirements are for me to count it as a state I’ve visited. I must do ONE of the following: spend a night in a hotel or campground, eat a meal in a restaurant, attend an event or do something that’s listed as a tourist attraction. In other words it has to matter to someone in the state that I was there; I should contribute something to the local economy. Airports don’t count if I don’t leave the airport and welcome centers on the highway don’t count.
I have visited 36 of the 50 United States. The “cheapest” state I included is New Hampshire. State tourism brochures brag about there being no sales tax in the state. When I was in New Hampshire, I bought batteries at a convenience store, something that would be taxable in any other state. I will return to New Hampshire to get it better!
Here’s my map: Green states I have visited, blue states I’ve also seen a baseball game or ten.
* I’ve got some catching up to do with my husband! When we went to North and South Carolina on vacation this year, they were states 47 and 48 for David! I still have more ballparks!
* I love Tennessee and I can’t believe I haven’t seen a baseball game there!
* I’ve been to a game for every Major League affiliated professional baseball team in Michigan and Indiana, still missing a couple in Ohio.
* Although I haven’t seen baseball in Wisconsin, I did see a Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer game.
* I visited Kansas for a job interview in 2000 for the NBC affiliate in Topeka. The creative services director took me out to lunch after picking me up at the airport and gave me a quick tour of downtown on the way to the office. I think contemplating a move serious enough to interview for a position definitely counts, even if it wasn’t my money spent on lunch.
* David and I were in Idaho together in 2007. We didn’t spend the night, but when we stopped for lunch we made sure we had potatoes!
I still need to visit: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont.
David and I are hopeful that we can do Hawaii in 2018. It’d be cool to have a few more checked off by then too!