If I am allowed to include states where I never left the airport then add in Illinois(ORD).
This is most incorrect; regardless of who gets to count what state on which list, you are required yes REQUIRED to set foot in the world's greatest city.
Iwe drove up I-95 through New Hampshire and into Portsmouth, Maine, just across the NH border!
Which means you drove over the Piscatacqua River Bridge, which is most correct. Good onya.
For my list, I don't count states that I've only changed planes in (MI, KY, TN) or the ones I trundled yes TRUNDLED through by train. I've been across the country by train three times (Broadway Limited
in 1991, Sunset Limited
in 1992, and Lake Shore Limited-California Zephyr in 1993. The Crescent
took me through Mississippi, 'Bama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware and I didn't set foot in any of them; though I have since visited Georgia and N.C.
So, in alphabetical order:
Arizona (Hoover Dam, 2002)
California (lived there for 17 years)
Colorado (stepped off of the California Zephyr
at Denver Union Station in 1993, have driven through the state several times since)
Connecticut (family driving from Boston to New York several times in the 80's)
Florida - Disney World 1979; Grandma in Fort Lauderdale 1984, Palm Beach, home of an architecturally significant post office in 2010
Georgia - Drove up from Jacksonville on a business trip in 2010. Mailed something from the architecturally insignificant post office in Folkston.
Hawaii - Vacay on Kaua'i in 2001. Utilized the NRHP-registered post office in Lihue though I'm not convinced the building merits the listing.
Illinois - Whole freakin' fambly is from Chi-town; attended pre-school in Arlington Heights
Indiana - Road trips 'twixt Boston and the Midwest. Bought gas at the Marathon station in Howe.
Iowa - October 2013 road trip from Minneapolis to Santa Fe; bought a bottle of water (mmmm water) at the "Country Store" in LeMars.
Kansas - Returning from Santa Fe, took U.S. 36 from Colorado through Cheyenne County, then up to Benkelman, Nebraska.
Louisiana - Nawlins 1992, overnighted ("overnit?") between arriving on the Sunset Limited
and departing on the Crescent
Maine - dropped Sis off at summer camp many times in the early 80's. Did Mom a favor and visited a psychic in Kennebunk in 1990.
Massachusetts - grew the hell up there for like a trillion years (or it seemed like it)
Minnesota - live there now. Am typing this there.
Missouri - visited St. Louis when a toddler; Mom's college roommate lived there. Remember nearly nothing of that trip; but returned in 2016 and was really struck and engaged by the WPA murals in the lobby of the main post office
Nebraska - same October 2013 road trip referenced above. Got to observe Bertram Goodhue's unique state capitol building in Lincoln.
Nevada - Holiday in Las Vegas in 1997. Several trips to there and Reno since. (Reno schmeno.)
New Hampshire - as many N.H. trips as are normal for someone growing up in Massachusetts
New Jersey - attended NYU for a bit, used to ride the PATH train just for a mild change of scenery. Also schlepped out to Newark to drop off toys for the WBGO toy drive. However, PATH's destination "indicators" inside the cars need work ("WTC" for World Trade Center, "JSQ" for Journal Square, "NWK" for Newark, "HOB" for Hoboken, but "33RD" for 33rd Street? What's wrong with "33D" for 33rd Street? Everything was working fine with three yes THREE letters till this "33RD" mess comes along and makes everything all uneven. I require compensation.
New Mexico - Mom lived and died in Santa Fe. First visited her out there in 1991.
New York - many times, growing up a Northeasterner.
North Carolina - Charlotte for work in 2010.
Ohio - the ol' I-90 trek
Oregon - weekend in Portland in 96. Just to get out of San Fran.
Pennsylvania - the usual I-90 stop in Erie, plus Sis went to college in Philly area so coupla road trips thereto
Rhode Island - see previous notes about Massachusetts upbringing.
Texas - long weekend in Dallas for some reason in 2000. Had just scored permanent employment, like an a.nutter, bought an airline ticket for the sake of it
Vermont - again with the Massachusetts thing
Washington - AWESOME week in Seattle for my 23rd birthday. Hooray for the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, Smith Tower, and a performance of Greater Tuna
at the Velvet Elvis Theater.
Wisconsin - Milwaukee City Hall is the correct piece of architecture. (Unless we're limiting this to post offices, in which case the one in Ladysmith.)
Pancakes are delicious.