~ places i’ve been in the u.s.a. ~

I’ve traveled extensively around the United States as I’ve lived here most of my life. Below is a round-up of the most recent road trips I’ve taken.  Before the age of digital photos, I also took a huge road trip all around the U.S. in 1979, right after I graduated from college.

I’ve lived most of my life in Virginia (Yorktown, Mathews, Richmond and Northern Virginia), but I lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for four years. I also spent 4 1/2 years living abroad in South Korea, Oman, China, and Japan.


  1. Four Corners Road Trip (May 2018): on returning home from the four corners
    1. Colorado: Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Durango, Silverton, Crestone, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, San Juan Skyway, Telluride
    2. Utah: Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges National Monument, Valley of the Gods
    3. Arizona: Canyon de Chelly, Coal Mine Canyon, Hubbell Trading Post, Monument Valley, Navajo National Monument, limited Route 66, Petrified Forest National Park, Sunset Crater National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff, Window Rock, Winslow, Wupatki National Monument
    4. New Mexico: Bisti Badlands, Chaco Canyon, Gallup
    5. Missouri: Gateway Arch National Park.
  2. Midwestern Triangle Road Trip (February 2019): on returning home from a midwestern triangle road trip
    1. Kentucky: Louisville, Lexington, Covington.
    2. Illinois: Carbondale, Murphysboro, Shawnee National Forest (visit my sister).
    3. Indiana: Lincoln Boyhood Home, George Rogers Clark National Historic Park.
    4. Ohio: Cincinnati.
  3. Road Trip to Nowhere (September 2019): on returning home from a road trip to nowhere.
    1. Ohio: Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, Cincinnati: William Howard Taft National Historic Site.
    2. Illinois: Springfield: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Murphysboro/Carbondale (where my sister lives).
    3. Nebraska: Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center, Omaha, Tower of the Four Winds, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Atkinson, Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland, Norfolk, Ponca State Park, Toadstool Geologic Park, Fort Robinson, Scotts Bluff, Chimney Rock, Ogallala, North Platte, Gothenburg, Homestead National Monument, Willa Cather’s birthplace in Red Cloud.
    4. South Dakota: Yankton & the Missouri National Recreation River, Spirit Mound, Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Palisades State Park, Mitchell, DeSmet (Ingalls Home & Museum), Brookings, Watertown, Sisseton, Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Sturgis, Wall Drug, Badlands National Park, Rapid City, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Chapel in the Hills, Jewel Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park.
    5. Minnesota: Moorhead (Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center)
    6. North Dakota: Fargo, Jamestown, International Peace Garden, Minot, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, Knife River Indian Villages, Bismarck, Mandan, Enchanted Highway, Dickinson, Fort Union Trading Post, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora.
    7. Wyoming: Devils Tower National Monument, Cheyenne.
    8. Colorado: Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park, Lory State Park, Flatirons Vista, Denver.
    9. Kansas: Topeka: Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site.
    10. Missouri: St. Louis: Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.
  4. Canyon & Cactus Road Trip (October – November 2020): (utah: points southwest and arizona {points south})
    1. Colorado: Denver.
    2. Utah: Little Wild Horse Canyon in the San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley State Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Pipe Spring National Monument, Snow Canyon State Park, Sprindale, St. George.
    3. Arizona: Sedona, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Red Rock State Park, Tuzigoot National  Monument, Jerome, Prescott, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Tucson, Saguaro National Park (East & West units), Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac, Bisbee, Tombstone, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
    4. Nevada: Valley of Fire State Park.
    5. Texas: El Paso, Abilene.
    6. Arkansas: Little Rock, Hot Springs National Park, William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

5. Great Lakes Road Trip: Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Michigan (May-June, 2021): (minnesota {points south}; minnesota {points north}; a wisconsin road trip: of apostle islands & cheeseheads; michigan’s upper peninsula to mackinac island and michigan’s lower peninsula: “the mitten”)

  1. Minnesota: Winona, Lake Pepin, Frontenac State Park, Red Wing, Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea, Blue Earth, Luverne, Blue Mounds State Park, Pipestone National Monument, Jeffers Petroglyphs, New Ulm, Minneopa State Park & Falls, Mankato, Northfield, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Stillwater, Taylors Falls, Banning State Park, Cloquet, Duluth, Voyageur’s National Park, International Falls, Ely, Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Tettegouche State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park.
  2. Wisconsin: Dickeyville, Prairie du Chien, Wyalusing State Park, La Crosse, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, Port Wing, Cornucopia, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield, Washburn, Ashland, Hayward, Chippewa Falls, The Highground, Wisconsin Dells, Devil’s Lake State Park, Madison, Milwaukee, Door County, Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay.
  3. Michigan: Escanaba, Marquette, Munising, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Whitefish Point, Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Locks, Mackinac Island, Mackinac Bridge, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Grand Haven, Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, River Raisin National Battlefield Park.
  4. Pennsylvania: Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Flight 93 National Memorial.

6. South Florida: Miami, Everglades, Keys, Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine (March 2022)

7. West Texas and New Mexico (Fall 2023): Big Bend National Park.


  1. California: Death Valley (1979); Redwood National and State Parks (1979); Los Angeles (2014); San Simeon (2014); San Francisco & Monterrey (1982, 2014); Venice (2014); Anacapa Island (Channel Islands National Park) & Joshua Tree National Park (2015).
  2. Delaware: Cape Henlopen, Nemours Estate, New Castle, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Rehoboth, Winterthur, & Dover (June, 2019).
    1. on returning home from delaware
  3. District of Columbia: Washington: Smithsonian Museums, Union Market, National Art Gallery, Cleveland Park, Renwick Gallery, U.S. Capitol, and much more (1988-2020).
  4. Florida: Florida Keys & Key West (1979); Orlando (Disney World, Sea World, Epcott) (2002): South Florida (Miami, Everglades National Park, Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale) (2022); St. Augustine (2022) (see above under Road Trips).
  5. Georgia: Savannah (2000); Atlanta (2008).
  6. Hawaii: The Big Island, Oahu, & Honolulu (1989).
  7. Idaho: Coeur d’Alene (lived here 1980-1984); Salmon River (1983); Hayden Lake (1980-1984).
    1. on returning home from coeur d’alene, idaho


      me on the Salmon River in Idaho

  8. Illinois: Chicago (August, 2020): three days in chicago
  9. Louisiana: New Orleans (1979).
  10. Maine: Acadia National Park (1990?).
  11. Maryland: Deep Creek Lake (2011, 2012); Blackwater Wildlife Refuge (2013); Cunningham Falls (2013); Annapolis (2014); Solomon’s Island (2014); Assateague Island National Seashore (2015);  Sharpsburg & Antietam (2015); Baltimore (2020): fort mchenry & returning home from baltimore before the pandemic.
  12. Massachusetts: Cape Cod (2000). Boston (2021).
  13. Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (1979).
  14. Missouri: St. Louis (1979), Gateway Arch National Park (1979, 2018), Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (2019).


    Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO

  15. Montana: Glacier National Park (1979, 1983).
  16. New Hampshire: Lake Winnipesaukee, White Mountains & Kancamagus Highway (1979, 2014).
  17. New Jersey: Cape May & Wildwood (2001, 2017).
    1. on returning home from cape may
  18. New York: New York City; Adirondacks (2001); Catskills (2014); Buffalo & Niagara Falls (2018).
    1. on returning home from the adirondacks
    2. on returning home from niagara falls
  19. North Carolina: Asheville; Ocean Isle; Cataloochee Ranch & Smoky Mountains National Park (2003); Nag’s Head (many years).
  20. Ohio: Cuyahoga Falls National Park (August, 2020).


    Cuyahoga Falls National Park

  21. Oklahoma: Oklahoma City National Memorial; Chickasaw Museum (2016).
  22. Oregon: Crater Lake (1979).


    Crater Lake, Oregon

  23. Pennsylvania: Lancaster (1988, 2016); Ohiopyle & Fallingwater (2012); Philadelphia (2016); Pittsburgh (2018).
    1. on returning home from pittsburgh
  24. South Carolina: Hilton Head (many years); Beaufort; Charleston (November 2019).
    1. on returning home from charleston, south carolina in 2019
  25. Tennessee: Nashville (2017); Greeneville (2019).
    1. on returning home from nashville
  26. Texas: Dallas, George W. Bush Museum, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, Plano, & Early (all 2016), Abilene (2020).
  27. Vermont: Bennington (2014).

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    painted moose in Bennington, VT

  28. Virginia: Yorktown (my hometown 1961-1980); Williamsburg (my college town 1974-1978); Virginia Beach; Mathews (lived 1984-1985); Richmond (lived 1986-1988); Northern Virginia: Vienna (lived 1988-1992) & Oakton (where I live 1992-present); Arlington (lived 2007-2008); Alexandria, Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park (many years), Monterey (2013), Douthat State Park (2013), Lexington & Staunton (2013) Mason Neck (2014), Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge (2015), Great Falls National Park (many times).
  29. Washington: Seattle (1979); Olympic National Park (1979); Spokane (1981-1984).
  30. West Virginia: Berkeley Springs (2001); Lost River State Park; Babcock State Park & Shepherdstown (2015); Thurmond, New River Gorge, Kanawha & Fayetteville (2016); Harpers Ferry (2017), .
  31. Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park (1979), Grand Teton National Park (1979), Cheyenne & Devils Tower National Monument (2019).


AND Puerto Rico, a U.S. Territory (August 2014).

I hope to keep exploring the world until I keel over, so I will add to this page as I visit new states. 🙂

Last updated 11/07/2022.