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5 Epic Reasons You Should Visit All 50 States

Traveling isn’t just about visiting a certain number of countries or checking off items on your imaginary bucket list. At least for us, it isn’t about either of these! However, when you have the opportunity to achieve a certain goal, you should embrace this. To visit all 50 states, for example, is not something that everyone has the opportunity to do. By the end of 2016 (or early 2017), we are hoping to have visited every US state and want to celebrate this achievement by reviewing each one that we have visited over the last 5 years.

A Collaborative Review

What better way to celebrate our achievement than by collaborating with some of our travel blogging friends from around the world who have also experienced each state (some of which have visited all 50 also!).

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be introducing a series of posts titled “5 Epic Reasons You Should Want to Visit [INSERT STATE]”. Each post will focus on promoting each state across America and specifically highlight 5 reasons why visitors should experience them.

We will update this list periodically with links to every post so that you can quickly access your favorite state and share your thoughts on why you love visiting there.

Why Travel USA?

If you read our article a couple of months ago discussing the difficulties in visiting all 50 states, you will realize that it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Distance, cost, time among other factors are all reasons why many people never accomplish the dream of exploring all 50 states.

But by the time we had visited around half of them, we realized that it was an achievable goal to experience all 50 and we want to celebrate this by hopefully inspiring others to visit as many of these as possible.

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States such as New York, California and Florida will always attract visitors due to their iconic attractions, but what about the lesser known states such as Arkansas, Nebraska, and Delaware.

Are you aware of landmarks and attractions in these states? Have you ever considered visiting some of these lesser known locations? Over the next few months you will be introduced to a variety of states you may be unfamiliar with but hopefully, you will be encouraged to add some of them to your upcoming travel plans.

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Let’s start by sharing five generic reasons why we think you should explore all of the States. Be prepared to take your time traveling around because for those of you unfamiliar with the geography of North America, USA is an incredibly large country and each state is directly comparable with countries in Europe for example!

1. Natural Beauty

The United States of America is full of natural beauty. From the gorgeous landscapes throughout Yellowstone National Park to the Everglades in Florida, there is plenty to keep you interested as you explore everything the States has to offer.

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2. Local Cuisine

Whether you want to sample some cajun delicacies in Louisiana or perhaps some local Texas barbecue, the majority of States have something unique that represents the community. We encourage you to taste local restaurants rather than the typical chain establishments that you can find across America.

new orleans cuisine

3. City vs Small Town

If you love the hustle and bustle of city life or simply prefer to relax in small town America, there is something for everyone. The ultimate 24-hour city of the world or a typical historic town along Route 66, USA has everything you could want to experience.

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4. History

Although America is a relatively new nation in comparison to other countries around the world, if you an avid historian there is plenty here to keep you interested. From the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the Civil Rights Movement in Little Rock, Arkansas there is a plethora of history waiting to be uncovered.

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5. Melting Pot

The USA is a proud nation but at the same time is a melting pot of cultures. Diverse neighborhoods are prevalent throughout the country making this an attractive aspect for visitors who want to experience different cultures while exploring this beautiful nation.

melting pot in new york city

Why Visit Each State?

We would like to thank everyone in advance for contributing to this series! We will update the following links as we publish each post.


How many US states have you experienced? Which is your favorite? Whether you have a fond appreciation for natural beauty or perhaps you want to enjoy a little retail therapy on 5th Avenue in New York City, the United States has it all!

We started our journey in Arkansas and our final state will be either Hawaii or Alaska (at the time of publishing this post we are not sure which will be our final one!) but all 50 offer something unique. We hope that you enjoy all our reviews and perhaps you can add some of your favorite experiences in each of the states around this historic nation.

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Leslie watts

Saturday 30th of July 2016

My grandparents visited all 50 states and every continent! They did some trips almost 2 months long just in the U.S. and they were not wealthy people. I've made it one of my life's goals to do the same.... or at least all 50! I'm not yet halfway there but I just got started and like the idea of spending more time in a place to really get to know it and it's people. I guess it really will take me my whole life at that rate, haha. However, the few trips I've done have absolutely all made it into my most enjoyable experiences ever.


Saturday 30th of July 2016

Good luck with your quest! Kudos to your grandparents as well because that's an amazing accomplishment, we would love to be able to do the same though visiting every continent may be a little trickier (and expensive!) than the US state. I really love your idea Leslie of spending as much time as possible in each state. Spending time there is how you really learn a culture rather than just bypassing everything the locals see and simply visiting the tourist attractions.

Amanda Cottingham

Monday 27th of June 2016

Love this collaborative idea, I wish I could say I had been to more than a handful of the US states. Great inspiration! We are off to Florida this summer which is exciting, and I hope to tick off all of the things you mentioned!


Thursday 7th of July 2016

Thanks Amanda for your comments! We actually just got back from a 4th of July trip to Florida, though this time we just hit the north-east corner with Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Where are you planning on visiting in FL?

Vidya Purohit

Monday 27th of June 2016

Great post. This is really useful list while we are in USA. I have noted down all the places. I am planning for USA visit. I would like to visit all these places.Lets see for how much days I will get to stay there. Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 7th of July 2016

We are glad that you have found this beneficial! There are so many places in USA to experience and we would never be able to share everywhere but at least you have a start and if you have any questions about any of the states, please let us know Vidya!

Joy @MyTravelingJoys

Monday 13th of June 2016

If you haven't been to Nebraska (my homestate), I'd recommend visiting for its delicious steaks, never-ending fields of corn, sandhill crane migration in the spring (great for photos), small towns and the friendly local folks! :) There's so much we haven't seen in the US, but right now we're tackling the rest of the world as we live abroad.


Tuesday 14th of June 2016

We had a great time in Nebraska! We spent some time in Omaha before heading over to explore Lincoln (really cool State Capitol by the way!) and then just road tripped through the state before crossing into Kansas. Definitely concur with your comments about the state in general, great food and really friendly folks...what more could you ask for :) Thanks for your comment Joy and good luck with your travels around the world!


Sunday 12th of June 2016

I have the desire to visit all the States. I have not been actively working towards the goal since I am trying to travel outside the country as much as possible (for now). But, I am really excited about the opportunity to learn more about this country. I now the possibilities ar eended.


Tuesday 14th of June 2016

You are so right Ruth about endless opportunites around USA! Whether you love natural beauty or prefer the urban lifestyle, there is pretty much everything you could wish for in the United States. With so much to see though, it takes a long time to experience just a small amount of what there is to offer. We have been incredibly fortunate to hit 48 states so far and of course we are excited about reaching 50, but what is more important to us is being able to keep traveling and experiencing everything else that is out there that we still have to discover!