As 2021 comes to a close, I’m doing as so many others are: looking back on my journey and counting my blessings. In September 2021, I was fortunate to meet this milestone: visiting my 50th state (Vermont — see the photo above!).
I had set this goal when I initially embarked on nomad life in 2020, and it took me just over a year. This means, in one year of traveling the U.S. by car, I visited 14 new states (the other 36 I had been to previously, including Hawaii and Alaska).
Check out my route! As you’ll see, I zig-zagged around the U.S. (including three weeks in Canada!) and caught one flight to central America.
2020 (starting September 2020): Phoenix, AZ · Zion National Park · Boise and Coeur d’Alene, ID · Glacier National Park · Missoula & Bozeman, MT · Yellowstone National Park · Grand Teton National Park · Jackson, WY · Salt Lake City, UT · Arches National Park · Overland Park, KS · Fayetteville, AR · Orange Beach, AL · Ocean Springs, MS · Pensacola, FL
2021: Miami and Key West, FL · Everglades National Park · Savannah, GA · Charleston, SC · Wilmington, NC · Virginia Beach & Richmond, VA · Nashville, TN · San Pedro, Belize · Dallas, TX · Branson, MO · Lexington, KY · New River Gorge National Park · Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA · Wilmington, DE · Jersey Shore, NJ · Rhode Island · Cape Cod and Boston, MA · Portland, ME · Acadia National Park · White Mountains, NH · Burlington, VT · Montreal, Quebec City, and Saguenay, Quebec, Canada · Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · Syracuse, NY · Cleveland, OH · Cuyahoga National Park · Milwaukee & Madison, WI · Twin Cities, MN · Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ · Overland Park, KS · Austin, TX
2022: Mexico… TBD!! (I plan to drive from Austin to San Miguel de Allende, and then… see where the next few months take me. Follow along!)