Is visiting all 50 states on your bucket list? It is on mine; and a few articles I have recently read reveals that I am in good company…
There are both domestic and international travelers determined to visit all 50 states. For those who take the challenge very seriously, merely crossing the border or changing planes at an airport doesn’t count; they feel they must either eat a meal, stay the night, or visit a state’s historic spot or monument, such as The Grand Canyon in Arizona. Whatever your litmus test is, this goal can be interesting, exciting and even educational.
There is actually an online community called the All 50 States Club that encourages people to accomplish this challenge. One is eligible to join the club as an Associate Member after visiting 35 states. Continental Members can join after visiting every state except for Alaska and Hawaii, and those who visit all 50 states are automatic lifetime members. The only rule required to add a state to one’s list is that you must put a foot on the ground and breathe it’s air, which definitely makes the goal a little easier to achieve. This rule gets me thinking about Four Corners Monument, where there is a marker at the point where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado intersect. One foot in each state and breathe in! 4 down at one time!
I have actually visited enough states to be an Associate member, so I am going to consider joining The All 50 States Club to give myself the push needed to get to all 50. If anyone is interested in learning more and/or joining here is the link…
Visiting all 50 states is a fun goal to have on one’s bucket list. And while some people may feel certain states won’t have much to offer, my experience so far is that every state has at least a little something special that everyone would enjoy. Might be time to plan the next out of state trip and get it checked off the list!
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