I have been through or visited all of the lower 48 states. My wife and I love long road trips and we have taken many. I don't fly anymore as I do not like the way the airlines treat their customers. They are treated more like cattle than people in todays world. On a road trip, you see things that wouldn't ordinarily be seen and this is a beautiful country. Never been to Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico (US Possession).
You are the first person to claim to had been to all 50 states.
I am happy to live at the suburb of Seattle except winter time.
It is really nice to stay here during summer time with not so hot temperature and not so humid either.
With the most economic electricity cost, this area is the most suitable for audiophile.
Way back in '71 my band got hired to play in the Officers Club on the Navy base on Kodiak Island (at the southern tip of Alaska). We drove from San Jose to Seattle, and were flown from there to Kodiak in a Navy prop jet. Worst flight of my life! Lots of turbulence, almost lost my lunch. The only stipulation was the requirement of a girl singer, so we hired one just for that gig.
Unfortunately, the Navy accidently sent the band equipment the other direction, so the first night we ended up drinking all evening instead of performing. The eq showed up the next day, and we then had an open bar for a week :-) . The snow was up to the window sills in the officers barracks we were put up in, so we just stuck our beers in the snow, and reached out the window for a new can. Play four sets, go back to the rooms and play Poker and Hearts 'til dawn.
Kodiak has, they say, the highest number of bars per capita in all the U.S., and I believe it; a couple on every block. The locals fish six months out of the year, and drink the other six.
I f you enjoyed taking photographs of the aurora you must search the web for my friend the Aurora Hunter. Todd was a petroleum geologist and we worked together in Anchorage in the 80s. He quit the job to become a photographer focusing on the lights. I thought he was crazy, but he has done very well and his photos are amazing. BTW we saw the Dirt Band together in Anchorage to bring a little music into the conversation.
We have visited all 50 states over the years. One of our main reasons is to visit National Parks. Our goal is to visit all 60, so far we have been to 36 National Parks, many multiple times. As an avid photographer, I like to document the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and many trails in the National Parks via photos.
I agree with Schubert that upstate NY is beautiful, especially the Adirondacks which are great for camping, hiking, paddling, and skiing. The Finger Lakes are also beautiful with many wonderful wineries.
Now, there’s a man with GOOD taste !The Hudson and Mohawk river valleys make the Rhine look bad . The Thousand Island area with the mighty St. Lawrence River draining
the entire Great Lakes , NY on one side and the greatest city in North America , Montreal , on the other is to die for !
And about a hundred other places unrivaled any where else in the world .Minnesota , where I live has ,more state owned land open to public than any other state . MN is FLAT . Second state is NY with 6 million acres is second and is NOT flat !
I had nice time at Disney World for 3 days.
I will head to North Carolina through South Carolina tomorrow.
Another +1 for New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment
Some of my favorite places; Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Chaco Canyon Pueblo ruins, Chimayo, Sandia Peak, Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Great hiking in the Carson National Forest, Pecos Wilderness and Cibola National Forest.
And for all train buffs, the Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge RR in Chama is a must. The scenery on the train ride to Osier through Cumbres Pass (10,000 ft elevation) is spectacular.