Pedal to the Metal

Travel Avenues

A majority of the traveling adventures I’ve taken have been road trips. We’re not ones for visiting the same vacation spot every year or for staying in one spot. Like vacationing nomads? Gypsies? Eh, take your pick. After months of planning, read blogs and reviews, and seeking advice from friends, we pack up the car and go on our way!

Here is a list of road trips we’ve taken and the 34 states we’ve been to:

New Jersey – Born and raised in Jersey, so I’d say I’ve been here

New York – Being not far from the state border, I’ve visited numerous times. I’ll just put this one here on the list…

Massachusetts (2001) – Salem in October

Florida (2003) – Wrapped up our senior year of high school in Orlando

Maine (2009) – Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

Alaska, Washington (2011) – A pit stop in Seattle before boarding a cruise ship to the largest state 

Connecticut, Rhode Island (2012) – A relaxing trip for spring break

Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee (2012) – What better place to visit in the summer than the South…

Washington, D.C. (2013) – What better time to visit our state’s capital than winter!

Vermont, New Hampshire (2013) – I remember breweries and Ben & Jerry’s

Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming (2013) – Touring through the beautiful landscape of these states

West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware (2014) – Taking this one on a whim, we hit up a few states

Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana (2015) – Our first trip with 5 adults and 3 kids…yea…

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, Maryland (2016) – Putting miles on a 15 passenger van

California and Arizona (2017) – Started in San Diego, rode out to Saguaro and, of course, Disneyland

Pennsylvania (2017) – Kept our annual family trip small this year to prepare for next year’s adventure

16 States Still Not Conquered
Mississippi, Louisana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Hawaii

(Our trip for 2018 is planned to Utah, Idaho, and Montana and we are pumped.)

Going Abroad
Cruise to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and British Virgin Islands (2008) – Our honeymoon cruise…awwww

Canada (2011 and 2013) – Part of our Alaskan cruise and road trip to VT/NH

It wasn’t until my husband and I were a few states in until we committed to our 50 state challenge. “50 Staters” have different qualifications for what “counts” as a state: have to sleep overnight, eat a meal, do a specific activity, drive through (This doesn’t count. Ever. Cheaters.). For us, we have to be together and “do something”.  What is “something”? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. In future posts, I’ll be giving the rundown of the stops we made along the way and where our traveling avenues have taken us. Stay tuned folks!

What has been your favorite place to travel to? Any recommendations for the places we still need to get to? Leave it in the comments below!


5 thoughts on “Pedal to the Metal

  1. NJTraveler March 19, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Check out Minneapolis, Minnesota. Long before microbrews were the rage, there was a small brewery in Minneapolis that brewed awesome beers. Today there are more than 20 downtown within walking distance of each other. Another interesting fact is there is a network of underground tunnels and elevated skyways throughout the downtown that allows you to travel on foot from building to building without having to go out into the frigid winter weather. Supposedly you can cover 11 miles of downtown without ever having to go outside. It would also be cool to check out the USBankStadium (former metrodome) while in the area.

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    • Ashley Sargent March 19, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Awesome suggestions. While I love seeing the natural landscape, we’ve certainly seen some amazing things while stopping in cities around the country. From walking on beautiful, cobblestone River Street in Savannah to the sloping sidewalks of Seattle, there are some features that make each unique. The underground tunnels sound like something we need to check out! Being football fans, the US Bank Stadium may be a stop as well.Thanks for the suggestions!


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