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How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips

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.

Over the last year, I’ve posted travel ideas for most of the states, but I really haven’t written about HOW to travel to all 50 states. That’s because putting this information together was a huge effort that’s taken me this long to write. 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 37-page e-book 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 the site and you’ll receive a link to download the book.

How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips

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. 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 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 last summer.

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.

Happy Travels!


41 comments to How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips

  • In 12 trips? Wow, that’s pretty ambitious!

  • so cool! i’m hoping to reach a few highpoints with my kids this summer!

  • Terri

    Sherry – well, if you want to do it before your kids grow up, 12 is a good number. That’s one trip a year from Kindergarten to 11th grade.

  • Great, can’t wait to read it!!

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  • Love the thought of being able to do this! I have my own personal goal to hit all fifty states in my lifetime, but I hadn’t really thought about bringing my son along with me. Obviously he goes on many trips with me. He’s past Kindergarten though so not sure I can do it, but I am going to download your book and see what trips I can plan from now until he graduates!

    • Terri

      How old is he and how many states has he been to? There’s a good chance you’ll be able to eliminate some of the trips based on the ones he’s already been to. Good luck!

  • What a great idea for a book!!! We are on a quest to get all of our National Parks cancelled in our Passport book.

    • Terri

      Michelle – I love that goal too. I’ve thought about making that a future goal. Some of those Alaskan parks are pretty remote though. Are you just doing parks, or historic sites, etc. too?

  • My children are 12 and 13. My goal has been for them to experience all modes of travel, visit all 50 states from a cultural prospective as well as tourist prospective, and experience 3 countries by the time they graduate. As of now we they have traveled all modes of transportation, been to 42 of 50 states, seen Canada, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Marteen, Honduras, Belize, Bahamas, Cozumel, and Costa Maya. This summer we will travel to 3 more states leaving us with only 5 more before reaching my dream goal. I generally travel for 18-21 days in June. We look for off the beaten path places but also seek out national landmarks, presidential museums, and a few std. must see tourist sites. I am really thrifty when it comes to travel lodging and food expenses. I can proudly say that our summer trips cost less than, a great deal less, than a 1 week cruise and we cover a lot of ground. Planning begins in March or April, with actual mapping and scheduling occurring in May, for a June 3-5th departure. I began these trips when my children were 4-5. More than any thing I have every given my kids, I truly believe that ours travels are the greatest gift. Travel teaches tolerance, appreciation, respect, maturity, independence, and most importantly brings to light boundless opportunities that exist from geography to culture to religion- to possible employment. Blogging became a part of our journeys within the past few years. Unfortunately I have those blogs on separate sites. If anyone would like some ideas or tips, I would be happy to share our journeys.

  • Loved the E-book! We haven’t explored much of the East Coast yet on a road trip and would love to follow your itinerary one of these days. Great job, Terri!

  • Elizabeth

    Laura, You are brilliant! What a blessing to be able to travel so much! My older children only got to see Florida, Washington D.C. and California besides the mountain west where we live. I say “only” , because we got the chance to go abroad later and they are all sad they didn’t get to go! We lived in Europe a few years but I was hesitant to take the (younger) kids out of school to take trips till my husband reminded me, “you should never let school interfere with a child’s education!” He was so right. We lived in the Czech Republic and saw England, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Poland. It was more than eye opening for them (and for me!)

    • Terri

      I agree that travel is an important part of education. How wonderful that you were able to see so much of Europe. My sister lives in Sweden and one summer we spent a month touring the Scandinavian countries. I haven’t written about it here because it doesn’t fit with the theme, but I’d highly recommend jumping on opportunities like that.

  • JJ Taylor

    Thanks for this resource! Planning a trip to Washington, DC. This is the first place I checked! :)

    • Terri

      JJ – You came to the right place. :-) I recently wrote a bunch of articles about D.C. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Can’t wait to download your book and plan another road trip! Thanks Terri!

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    Great idea!!!

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  • shiloh

    Very cool!

  • amy

    i love this! my daughter is 4.5 and i am planning our adventures for the next 12 years. thanks for the details, the idea, and all the information! i’m so excited!!

    • Terri

      Amy – Your daughter is the perfect age to get started! I’m so happy to feel your excitement and am glad that the information is helpful. Please keep coming back to tell me about your adventures.

  • Eva

    I’m looking forward to reading your book. My son is 7 & although he’s been to 17 states already I would like to plan a trip when he turns 12 & do all 50 states in that year. I hope your book will give me some ideas on where to narrow down the trips as we will have to travel in the summer & during school breaks. Thanks!

    • Terri Weeks

      Eva – I hope you enjoy it. You hit the nail on the head. When you have are trying to visit all 50 states in a limited amount of time, you have to make some tough choices when narrowing down the many options. I’ve tried to pick attractions in each state that are unique to the state. I’ve also tried to balance activity types to make each trip an appealing family vacation. Please keep in touch and give me feedback about the places I’ve picked and let me know if there are other must-sees that I haven’t included.

  • cheryl

    Cant wait to read!

  • Faith

    I tried signing up and it didn’t work.

    • Terri Weeks

      Faith, you should have received two emails. The second one will have the link to the ebook. Let me know if that doesn’t work.

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    • Terri Weeks

      Wow! Thanks for the great review, Denny! We will definitely have to meet sometime! I wish you the best with your book!

  • Rachel

    Hi Terri, I found your site after I decided my family and I were going to visit the 50 states in ten years, before my son’s HS graduation. I was thinking about how we might document this journey and was wondering if your kids had a travel journal they used, or if you had any tips for picking a travel journal.

    I am super excited to begin this adventure with them! Thanks for your website and the ebook. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Terri Weeks

      Rachel – I am so excited for you! I hope you enjoy the ebook. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten into travel journals for the kids. We tried one once and it didn’t go over well. :-(

  • Johne790

    It’s a mammoth playground built of mountains, hills, lakes, dgdkbdeeddac


  • I play disc golf and it is for disc golf I have hit many road trips across the United States. To date I have 3 complete journeys of all 50 states from 2002 through 2013.

  • All road trips are on youtube under kirk disc