With another trip in the books, it’s time to update my travel maps! I know that some people aren’t super concerned with “checking things off”. But…. that’s how I roll, so I thought it was time to share an update!
3 new states visited
In transitioning between Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore, we went through Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. We didn’t HAVE to go through North Dakota, but we were so close, I simply “HAD TO” stop by!
These were states 46, 47 and 48 for me, leaving only Alaska and Hawaii on my list!
71 new counties visited
Of course, 50 states aren’t nearly enough for me! I am trying to visit all 3,143 COUNTIES in the United States. As such, I added 71 new counties, bringing my total to 1,498 (47.7%)
Actually, my 13 hour Amtrak delay was in part due to a reroute of the train, which got me 4 Nebraska counties that I wasn’t expecting!
New jurisdictions on MostTraveledPeople.com
MostTraveledPeople.com is a site that I reviewed about a few months ago – they divide the world into 875 different jurisdictions.
Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota count as jurisdictions, bringing my total up to 62.
I’ll be snagging several more when I head to Europe this fall, and I’ve even tentatively got a trip planned to Manitoba next month, so look for that total to go up soon!
Updating the travel bucket list
Taking an overnight train ride, seeing Old Faithful and Mount Rushmore were all on my travel bucket list, so it’s time to cross those off also!
Clinched maps updates (Interstates and US Highways)
You thought visiting every 50 states or 3,143 counties was out there? Well, two of my other travel goals are to travel on every Interstate highway and US numbered highways. I know… I know… I’m ludicrous.
During this trip I drove on US16, US85, US87, US 189, US 191, US212, US 287, US310, and US385 and Interstates 190 (South Dakota) and 270 (Colorado)
That leaves me at 106/315 Interstates and 112/218 US Highways visited.
World Heritage sites
I also track my number of World Heritage sites visited. Yellowstone National Park is considered a World Heritage site, which brings me to a grand total of …. six! :-D. Clearly I need to do better in this department! I’ve got my eye on a few of those for when we’re in Europe this fall.
- Introduction: Big heads, Trains and Bears, oh my!
- My (free) $6500 family train vacation on Amtrak
- Holy Toledo! The lunacy in trying to book this Ohio hotel
- Why you want to transfer Amtrak points to Choice Hotels
- How I spent 350,401 miles and points
- You can book unlimited Choice Hotel award nights?
- Checking historical Amtrak delays
- Amtrak Union Station Toledo parking
- 4 reasons my Amtrak trip was a blast…
- … but I’ll probably never take another Amtrak trip
- 4 laundry hacks when you're doing long term travel
- Amtrak Union Station Chicago Metropolitan Lounge
- Boiling River Yellowstone
- Do you take hotel toiletries, pens and other amenities?
- Finding the REAL geographic center of the United States
- How to get compensation for Amtrak delays
- Amtrak tips: Tipping on Amtrak
- Ranking the 8 hotels we stayed at on our vacation
- Updating my travel map with new visited places
- How I spent 350,401 points
- Why I didn’t spend $9,144.92 on my vacation
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Nice job on getting closer to your goal! I loved Yellowstone, need to get back!
You’re making great progress on your goals – I invite you to take the Visit50 travel challenge –