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How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips – Second Edition

It’s been nearly a year since I released the first edition of How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips, so it was time for an update. In case you didn’t receive the first edition, here’s what it’s all about:

People are intrigued by the idea of visiting all 50 states. I’ve met many, many people who can tell me the exact number of states they have been to. Visiting all 50 states is a very doable goal. There are fewer people who want to take their kids to all 50 states, but they do exist. Some I’ve met in person and others have found me via this site through a Google search.


So, how do you do it? Planning to see all 50 states is both simple and complicated. It’s simple because there are really just two basic principles you need to follow:

  1. Visit multiple states on every major trip (well, except for Alaska and Hawaii).  AND
  2. Plan out your trips in advance so that you make sure you visit all of them by your goal date.

Simple, right? But the devil is in the details. Planning a multi-state itinerary is complicated. The good news is that I’ve done the work for you. How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips is a 40-page ebook I’ve written that lays out 12 trips with attractions in all 50 states. And I’m giving it away FREE.  Just sign up to receive email updates from this site and you’ll receive a link to download the book.

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Inside you’ll find maps and itineraries for each trip, with suggested sights to see in each location.  I’ve already written about many of those attractions on this site and will continue to write about the others. Where applicable, there’s a link to the article. In this second edition, I’ve tweaked some of the routes and added several more links. My family has taken many of these trips. There are some that we have not taken yet, but plan to.  (The side benefit is that I have my vacation planning done for the next several years.)  I do not like to write about places where I haven’t taken my own family, so I turned to my fellow family travel bloggers and asked for their input on the trips I have not yet taken. I trust their advice.

Here’s an example of one of the maps in the e-book. This is basically the trip that we took in 2011.

Mid-Atlantic States Map

So, are you ready to receive your own copy of How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips?  Subscribe to Travel 50 States with Kids here and you’ll receive an email with a link to download the e-book.


30 comments to How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips – Second Edition

  • Jill Forsthoefel

    Hello, I have been following your post for a while but don not remember receiving your booklet. Will you please forward the url to me?
    Jill Forsthoefel

  • Sherry

    I just recently subscribed to your site and I received the first edition but not the second! I am thrilled by what you are offering and the possibility of using your tips for our family travels!
    Would you mind sending me the 2nd edition? I would greatly appreciate it!
    Sherry Alford

  • Esther

    Hi, I haven’t received the link to the 50 states in 12 sites. Could I get that too? =)

    • Terri Weeks

      Esther – it should have arrived in your email on Monday. I’ll send you another copy. Thanks for reading!

  • I didn’t know it is possible to visit all 50 states in 12 trips. I wonder how affordable. Can wait to read how. Thanks.

  • Laura

    How do I sign up to follow your site?

  • Tammy Cortel

    Hi. I have signed up for your newsletter however I can not seem to download the eBook. I’m very anxious to read it as my husband and I are almost halfway to visiting all 50 states. Please help. Thanks.

  • Kendra Blackerby

    Terri, I am subscribed but cannot access the second edition; please advise. Thank you for all you do; our entire family looks forward to your posts. Also, we are trying to squeeze Ohio into our trip this summer. If you could only choose one stop for nine year old fraternal twins, what would it be? Thanks so much! :0)Kendra

    • Terri Weeks

      Kendra – I just emailed you a copy of the ebook. Thanks so much for your kind words! I love that everyone in your family reads my posts!!! It’s a tough choice to pick just one stop for Ohio. I’m going to have to go with the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH. You’ll learn about the history of Wright Brothers and aviation in general. Then, for dinner, try some Cincinnati Chili, then Graeter’s Ice Cream for dessert. Those are Cincinnati things, but you can find them in Dayton too.

  • Bonnie

    Hi there! I haven’t received the link to the e-book. I would love to start planning on how to visit all 50 states. Thanks!!!

    • Terri Weeks

      Bonnie – I just sent you a copy. I’m excited for you as you get started on your mission to see all the states. Have fun!

  • Ellie

    Hi! I grew up driving around the states and am so excited to do this with my kids. Thanks for the hard work! I got the email but was unable to download the book. Any chance you’d be willing to resend it to me too? Thanks so much!

  • ashley

    cool! sign me up!!!!

  • Chelsea Young

    Hi Terri,

    I am very excited about this book, as we have just made a goal of traveling with our 6 kids to all 50 states. I signed up, but didn’t receive the link for the book. Am I missing something? Thanks so much!

    • Terri Weeks

      Chelsea – Thanks for your excitement! You should have received two emails after you subscribed. The first one asks you to confirm that you really do want to subscribe and the second one contains a link to the ebook. You aren’t the first person who has had trouble though, so I will email it to you directly.

  • Monica Hawkins

    Please send the trip itineraries, we are ready to go!

  • Ashlee

    This has always been something I’ve wanted to do!! Please send me a copy of your new edition on how to travel all 50 states in 12 trips :)

  • Sharon

    Greetings from NC! I am a public school teacher and saw your site. LOVE IT!!! My theme next school year is to take my students on a “virtual” trip through each of the 50 states. Cannot wait to get my copy of your travel trips. Please email all editions. Thanks!!!

  • Heidi Ziomek

    This is my dream/goal to do with my family….I’m hoping this is exactly the planning I need!!! please send me your updated edition!

  • Davina

    I have not received a copy of your book. I tried unsubscribing and then subscribing again, but that didn’t work either. Would you please email a copy of your book. I am very interested in reading it. Thank you!

  • Terri K

    woukd love to receive your book. Thank you!

  • Christine

    I would like a copy of this book

  • Tammy Stepp

    I think this sounds great. I signed up but didn’t receive the ebook to download. I would love reading both editions if possible. Please resend. Thank you.