So, the husband has a conference this year in Hawaii (October), so my son (9) asks if it's possible that, since we road trip all the time, plan out and see all 50 states this year since we'll be going to HI already. I gave it some thought and am still figuring out Alaska, but we started last month on our road-trip to Disney World and are hoping to really see all 50 states this year!
We started out by leaving Missouri and heading south to Arkansas, stopping for dinner at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, then crossing into Arkansas. We've already spent lots of time in AR in the past (Norfork Lake, Bull Shoals, White River, Little Rock, etc.), so this was really just a photo-op crossing the state border at the Welcome to Arkansas sign.....once accomplished, we headed to Tennessee, passing through Memphis (visited there too in the past) and headed into Mississippi (our first visit).
The next day we meandered our way through MS, enjoying Jackson for a few hours, then landing for the night in New Orleans, LA.
Over the next few days we spent time along the gulf shores enjoying beaches in MS, AL and FL, then made our way to Disney World.
The kids enjoyed our five days there, then we headed for the Atlantic coast.....stopping and staying in St. Augustine for a day to enjoy the beach, then to Savannah, GA. Along the route, we stopped at each state's welcome sign to get a picture, the only exception being GA where we opted to do the picture at the welcome rest area since the highway sign and shoulder area were way too narrow to safely stop!
After Savannah, we headed to Hilton Head, SC, then inland to Columbia, SC so we could do the drive along I-40 through the Smoky Mountains to Knoxville, TN. After enjoying a day in the mountains and sightseeing, we started the push home going through Nashville, TN to Paducha, KY, then drove back to MO via Chester, IL so we'd avoid the St. Louis rush hour.
So our first leg of what we're hoping will be an adventure in the coming months, through fall included:
12 down, 38 to go!
Any ideas for Alaska without having to drive through Canada?