Where I’ve Been

U.S. States

Ahh, the U.S. States. Reaching all of them is the goal of any intrepid American-born traveler. For me, it’s my No. 1 priority – but that doesn’t mean I plan all my trips around catching every state. With a good chunk of them off my list, I’d prefer to savor the thrill of the chase…though don’t be surprised if, when given the chance, collect a handful in a matter of days.

Current status: 50 of 50 states visited. In addition I’ve spent at least one overnight in 43 different states and have been to 34 state capital cities.

 

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  • Alabama (Capital City: Montgomery. Spent a night: N)
  • Alaska (Capital City: Juneau. Spent a night: Y)
  • Arizona (Capital City: Phoenix. Spent a night: Y)
  • Arkansas (Capital City: Little Rock. Spent a night: Y)
  • California (Capital City: Sacramento. Spent a night: Y)
  • Colorado (Capital City: Denver. Spent a night: Y)
  • Connecticut (Capital City: Hartford. Spent a night: N)
  • Delaware (Capital City: Dover. Spent a night: Y)
  • Florida (Capital City: Tallahassee. Spent a night: Y)
  • Georgia (Capital City: Atlanta. Spent a night: Y)
  • Hawai’i (Capital City: Honolulu. Spent a night: Y)
  • Idaho (Capital City: Boise. Spent a night: Y)
  • Illinois (Capital City: Springfield. Spent a night: Y)
  • Indiana (Capital City: Indianapolis. Spent a night: Y)
  • Iowa (Capital City: Des Moines. Spent a night: N)
  • Kansas (Capital City: Topeka. Spent a night: N)
  • Kentucky (Capital City: Frankfort. Spent a night: Y)
  • Louisiana (Capital City: Baton Rouge. Spent a night: Y)
  • Maine (Capital City: Augusta. Spent a night: Y)
  • Maryland (Capital City: Annapolis. Spent a night: Y)
  • Massachusetts (Capital City: Boston. Spent a night: N)
  • Michigan (Capital City: Lansing. Spent a night: Y)
  • Minnesota (Capital City: Saint Paul. Spent a night: Y)
  • Mississippi (Capital City: Jackson. Spent a night: Y)
  • Missouri (Capital City: Jefferson City. Spent a night: Y)
  • Montana (Capital City: Helena. Spent a night: Y)
  • Nebraska (Capital City: Lincoln. Spent a night: Y)
  • Nevada (Capital City: Carson City. Spent a night: Y)
  • New Hampshire (Capital City: Concord. Spent a night: Y)
  • New Jersey (Capital City: Trenton. Spent a night: Y)
  • New Mexico (Capital City: Santa Fe. Spent a night: Y)
  • New York (Capital City: Albany. Spent a night: Y)
  • North Carolina (Capital City: Raleigh. Spent a night: Y)
  • North Dakota (Capital City: Bismarck. Spent a night: Y)
  • Ohio (Capital City: Columbus. Spent a night: Y)
  • Oklahoma (Capital City: Oklahoma City. Spent a night: N)
  • Oregon (Capital City: Salem. Spent a night: Y)
  • Pennsylvania (Capital City: Harrisburg. Spent a night: Y)
  • Rhode Island (Capital City: Providence. Spent a night: Y)
  • South Carolina (Capital City: Columbia. Spent a night: Y)
  • South Dakota (Capital City: Pierre. Spent a night: Y)
  • Tennessee (Capital City: Nashville. Spent a night: Y)
  • Texas (Capital City: Austin. Spent a night: Y)
  • Utah (Capital City: Salt Lake City. Spent a night: Y)
  • Vermont (Capital City: Montpelier. Spent a night: N)
  • Virginia (Capital City: Richmond. Spent a night: Y)
  • Washington (Capital City: Olympia. Spent a night: Y)
  • West Virginia (Capital City: Charleston. Spent a night: Y)
  • Wisconsin (Capital City: Madison. Spent a night: Y)
  • Wyoming (Capital City: Cheyenne. Spent a night: Y)

U.S. Territories + Districts

This is where it gets a bit trickier. Once the states are done, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been everywhere in the U.S. (Heck, that holds true for everyone but the most ardent county-counters). There are still those pesky territories!! Some are harder to get to than others – namely the Pacific Ocean destinations (Pro-tip: Try to plan to visit Guam and the Northern Marianas in one trip!). Some diehards may count the U.S. minor outlying islands (such as Wake, Baker, etc) and other various claims. I won’t for now – unless I’m fortunate enough in my wealth and exploits that I manage to forge a path to those places in my life.

Current status: 4 of 6 U.S. Territories and Districts visited

  • Washington, D.C. (Capital Area: Capitol Hill. Spent a night: Y)
  • American Samoa (Capital City: Pago Pago. Spent a night: N)
  • Guam (Capital City: Hagåtña. Spent a night: Y)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (Capital City: Capital Hill. Spent a night: N)
  • Puerto Rico (Capital City: San Juan. Spent a night: Y)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (Capital City: Charlotte Amalie. Spent a night: N)

Canadian Provinces + Territories

I have an undying love for Canada. I can’t quite put my finger on it – but for the serious traveler with a love of roadtripping through all nature has to offer, Canada is the place to be. Everything is a little more remote and relaxed in Canada than in the U.S., and I guess that’s what brings me back and makes it a destination I could visit year after year.

A note – I count Newfoundland and Labrador as two separate entities – as I’d feel like I cheated myself if I went to one and not the other.  So, in my case I count 14 separate provinces and territories in the country. The self-governed Nunatsiavut area of Labrador could theoretically pose a No. 15 – but for now I won’t – unless it officially breaks away as it’s own entity. 

Current status: 9 of 14 Provinces and Territories visited. In addition I’ve spent at least one overnight in 6 provinces and have been to 5 provincial capitals (as well as the national capital, Ottawa).

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  • Alberta (Capital City: Edmonton. Spent a night: Y)
  • British Columbia (Capital City: Victoria. Spent a night: Y)
  • Labrador (Administrative City: Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Spent a night: N)
  • Manitoba (Capital City: Winnipeg. Spent a night: N)
  • New Brunswick (Capital City: Fredericton. Spent a night: Y)
  • Newfoundland (Capital City: St. John’s. Spent a night: N)
  • Nova Scotia (Capital City: Halfiax. Spent a night: N)
  • Ontario (National Capital: Ottawa, Capital City: Toronto. Spent a night: Y)
  • Prince Edward Island (Capital City: Charlottetown. Spent a night:Y)
  • Quebec (Capital City: Quebec City. Spent a night: Y)
  • Saskatchewan (Capital City: Regina. Spent a night: N)
  • Northwest Territories (Capital City: Yellowknife. Spent a night: N)
  • Nunavut (Capital City: Iqaluit. Spent a night: N)
  • Yukon (Capital City: Whitehorse. Spent a night: N)

Countries and Major Territories

I’m quite deficient in my country goals. While I’d be fine being a world traveler, truth is I don’t yet have the means or the time to satisfy a hobby of collecting countries. Though I have a long term goal of visiting every island in the Caribbean or gathering up all the European microstates and other various locations I want to see (Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Greenland, etc), I don’t really view countries as my top traveling priority yet. Nevertheless, this humble list will keep track of them as I go…

Current status: 20 Countries visited.

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Canada
  • Chile (Easter Island)
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • England (U.K.)
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Mexico (States visited: Quintana Roo, Yucatan)
  • Montserrat (U.K.)
  • Netherlands (Airport only)
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru (Airport only)
  • Sweden (Port of call only)
  • Taiwan (Airport only)
  • United States

Travelers’ Century Club Status

If you are not familiar with the Travelers’ Century Club, you can check out their website here. Their definition of what is a “country” is a bit more liberal than most, separating the world into 324 separate entities. This list is similar to the one above except you will notice a few additions (like Hawai’i being and Prince Edward Island being represented separately). You need to have visited at least 100 of these to join the club. 

Current status: 26/324

  • Alaska
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Easter Island
  • England
  • France
  • Guam
  • Hawai’i
  • Iceland
  • Mexico
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands (Airport only)
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru (Airport only)
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Puerto Rico
  • Sweden (Port of call only)
  • Taiwan (Airport only)
  • United States (Continental)

Continents

A bigger deal to me, over the course of my life, is to step foot on every continent. Yes, this includes on of my major priorities, Antarctica. This seems to be a reasonable lifetime goal for even the most budget-minded traveler.

Current status: 3 of 7 Continents visited.

  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

U.S. National Parks

There are slightly more National Parks than U.S States and major territories combined (58 to 56) and while collecting States may be the most popular goal of stateside travelers – U.S. National Parks is probably a close second. I have been lazy when it comes to collecting the parks – even passing up chances when I was nearby – though it is slowly creeping up my list of priorities as I become more enamored with North American travel as a whole. These areas represent some of the finest forms of nature in our country and I hope I can add more to my list in the coming years.

Current status: 26 of 59 U.S. National Parks visited (44%).

  • Acadia National Park
  • National Park of American Samoa
  • Arches National Park
  • Badlands National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Congaree National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Denali National Park and Preserve (flightsee)
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Gates of the Artic National Park and Preserve
  • Glacier National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park

U.S. National Park Units

The goal of collecting a visit to every U.S. National Park Unit is a steep, steep one indeed. Some people do it – especially influenced by the National Park Passport Program. Included in this list are the National Parks as well. The units are one of those things that you can add as roadside stops, since these are literally scattered throughout the country and it’s difficult to keep track of them all. My goal – for now – is to just keep track of the ones I add along the wayThis is the official list of all 417 units, although many of these have sub-units as well. While a visit to merely one sub-unit of a park counts as a visit to a park, some hardcore travelers will visit every site. Many sub-units also have their own passport stamp, making it a “new” unit to collect and visit in the mind of stamp collectors. I recently started collecting stamps as I go and have used that as an excuse to visit some of the sites as well. A great resource for park stamp collectors is parkstamps.org.

Current status: 137 of 417 (32.85%) sites visited

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park
Acadia National Park
Adams National Historical Park
African Burial Ground National Monument
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Alagnak Wild River
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Amistad National Recreation Area
Andersonville National Historic Site
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Aniakchak National Monument
Aniakchak National Preserve
Antietam National Battlefield
Apostle Island National Lakeshore
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Arches National Park
Arkansas Post National Memorial
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Assateague Island National Seashore
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Badlands National Park
Bandelier National Monument
Basin and Range National Monument
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Big Bend National Park
Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Hole National Battlefield
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Big Thicket National Preserve
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Biscayne National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park
Blue Ridge Parkway
Bluestone National Scenic River
Booker T. Washington National Memorial
Boston African American National Historic Site
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston National Historical Park
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site
Bryce Canyon National Park
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Buffalo National River
Cabrillo National Monument
Canaveral National Seashore
Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyonlands National Park
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Krusenstern National Monument
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Capitol Reef National Park
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument
Castle Mountains National Monument
Catoctin Mountain Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
César E. Chávez National Monument
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chamizal National Memorial
Channel Islands National Park
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chiricahua National Monument
Christiansted National Historical Park
City of Rocks National Reserve
Clara Barton National Historic Site
Colonial National Historical Park
Colorado National Monument
Congaree National Park
Constitution Gardens
Coronado National Memorial
Cowpens National Battlefield
Crater Lake National Park
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Craters of the Moon National Preserve
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
De Soto National Memorial
Death Valley National Park
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Denali National Park (flightsee)
Denali National Preserve
Devils Postpile National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Eisenhower National Historic Site
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
Everglades National Park
Federal Hall National Memorial
Fire Island National Seashore
First Ladies National Historic Site
First State National Monument
Flight 93 National Memorial
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Stanwix National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument (includes Fort Moultrie)
Fort Union National Monument
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Washington Park
Fossil Butte National Monument
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Historical Park
Freedom Riders National Monument
Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Gates of the Artic National Park
Gates of the Artic National Preserve
Gateway National Recreation Area
Gauley River National Recreation Area
General Grant National Memorial
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Carver National Monument
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Preserve
Glacier National Park
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Governors Island National Monument
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
Great Basin National Park
Great Egg Harbor Scenic & Recreational River
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Preserve
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Greenbelt Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Haleakalā National Park
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Hampton National Historic Site
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Hohokam Pima National Monument
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Homestead National Monument of America
Honouliuli National Monument
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Hot Springs National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Independence National Historical Park
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Isle Royale National Park
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Jewel Cave National Monument
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Joshua Tree National Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Katmai National Park
Katmai National Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings Mountain National Military Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Kobuk Valley National Park
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Lake Clark National Park
Lake Clark National Preserve
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Lewis & Clark National Historic Park
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Memorial
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Lowell National Historical Park
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Mammoth Cave National Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Manzanar National Historic Site
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Mesa Verde National Park
Middle Delaware National Scenic River
Minidoka National Historic Site
Minute Man National Historical Park
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
Missouri National Recreational River
Mojave National Preserve
Monocacy National Battlefield
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Moores Creek National Battlefield
Morristown National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Muir Woods National Monument
Natchez National Historical Park
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
Natchez Trace Parkway
National Capital Parks
National Mall
National Park of American Samoa
Natural Bridges National Monument
Navajo National Monument
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
New River Gorge National River
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Nicodemus National Historic Site
Ninety Six National Historic Site
Niobrara National Scenic River
Noatak National Preserve
North Cascades National Park
Obed Wild & Scenic River
Ocmulgee National Monument
Olympic National Park
Oregon Caves National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Ozark National Scenic River
Padre Island National Seashore
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Pecos National Historical Park
Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
Petersburg National Battlefield Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Petroglyph National Monument
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pinnacles National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Pipestone National Monument
Piscataway Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Poverty Point National Monument
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site
Prince William Forest Park
Pullman Historic Chicago District National Monument
Pu’uhonau o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Reconstruction Era National Monument
Redwood National Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Rock Creek Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Roger Williams National Memorial
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Russell Cave National Monument
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saguaro National Park
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Juan Island National Historical Park
San Juan National Historic Site
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Saratoga National Historical Park
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sequoia National Park
Shenandoah National Park
Shiloh National Military Park
Sitka National Historical Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Statue of Liberty National Monument (includes Ellis Island)
Steamtown National Historic Site
Stones River National Battlefield
Stonewall National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Thomas Edison National Historic Park
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
Tonto National Monument
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tupelo National Battlefield
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
Tuzigoot National Monument
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
Virgin Islands National Park
Voyageurs National Park
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Washington Monument (National Memorial)
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
White House, The
White Sands National Monument
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
Wind Cave National Park
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Women’s Rights National Historical Park
(National) World War I Memorial
(National) World War II Memorial
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wupatki National Monument
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yucca House National Monument
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Zion National Park

Canadian National Parks

Because I declare myself an “honorary travel citizen” of Canada, it is, of course, in my best interest to keep track of all my “Parks Canada” visits. Canadian parks have a whole new intrigue – some are so far off the beaten path, they are essentially impossible for the common traveler to visit. In some ways I welcome the challenge of visiting these wonderful parts of our northern neighbor. It’s certainly a more unique travel goal for the U.S.-based traveler.

Current status: 10 of 46 Canadian National Parks visited.

  • Aulavik
  • Auyuittuq
  • Banff
  • Bruce Peninsula
  • Cape Breton Highlands
  • Elk Island
  • Forillon
  • Fundy
  • Gatineau Park
  • Georgian Bay Islands
  • Glacier
  • Grasslands
  • Gros Morne
  • Gulf Islands
  • Gwaii Haanas
  • Iwavik
  • Jasper
  • Kejimkujik
  • Kluane
  • Kootenay
  • Kouchibouguac
  • La Mauricie
  • Minegan Archipelago
  • Mount Revelstoke
  • Naats’ihch’oh
  • Nahanni
  • Pacific Rim
  • Point Pelee
  • Prince Albert
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Pukaskwa
  • Qausuittuq
  • Quttinirpaaq
  • Riding Mountain
  • Sable Island
  • Sirmilik
  • St. Lawrence Islands
  • Terra Nova
  • Torngat Mountains
  • Tuktut Nogait
  • Ukkusiksalik
  • Vuntut
  • Wapusk
  • Waterton Lakes
  • Wood Buffalo
  • Yoho

Parks Canada National Historic Sites

Canada, like the U.S., has a plethora of areas protected by its federal park agency. Parks Canada (akin to the U.S. National Park Service) not only protects and runs Canada’s National Parks, but oversees over 160 of the nearly 1,000 National Historic Sites of Canada (many are run by other various organizations, private and public alike). I took the time to list the sites protected directly by Parks Canada and eliminated sites that are already situated within Canada’s National Parks (Parks Canada seems to distinguish these as protected entities on their own merits). Is that confusing enough? Basically I separated ones that you wouldn’t just find while traversing one of the main parks – these all take a separate and exclusive trip to go see.

Current status: 6 of 123 Parks Canada National Historic Sites visited.

ALBERTA

  • Bar U Ranch
  • Frog Lake Massacre Site
  • Rocky Mountain House

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Chilkoot Trail
  • Fort Langley
  • Fort St. James
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery
  • Kitwanga Fort
  • Stanley Park

MANITOBA

  • Linear Mounds
  • Lower Fort Garry
  • Prince of Wales Fort
  • Riel House
  • St. Andrews Rectory
  • The Forks
  • York Factory

NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Beaubears Island
  • Carleton Martello Tower
  • Fort Beauséjour
  • Fort Gaspareaux
  • La Coupe Dry Dock
  • Monument Lefebvre
  • St.Andrews Blockhouse

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

  • Cape Spear
  • Castle Hill
  • Hawthorne Cottage
  • Hopedale Mission (Labrador)
  • L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Port au Choix
  • Red Bay (Labrador)
  • Ryan Premises
  • Signal Hill

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (No National Historic Sites run by Parks Canada in Northwest Territories)

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Alexander Graham Bell Site
  • Fort Anne
  • Fort Edward
  • Fort McNab
  • Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Georges Island
  • Grand-Pré
  • Grassy Island
  • Halifax Citadel
  • Marconi
  • Port-Royal
  • Prince of Wales Tower
  • St. Peter’s Canal
  • Scots Fort
  • York Redoubt

NUNAVUT (No National Historic Sites run by Parks Canada in Nunavut)

ONTARIO

  • Battle of the Windmill Site
  • Bellevue House
  • Bethune Memorial House
  • Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse
  • Butler’s Barracks
  • Canal Lake Concrete Arch Bridge
  • Cathcart Tower
  • Fort George
  • Fort Henry
  • Fort Malden
  • Fort Mississauga
  • Fort St.Joseph
  • Fort Wellington
  • Glengarry Cairn
  • Inverarden House
  • Laurier House
  • Merrickville Blockhouse
  • Mnjikaning Fish Weirs
  • Murney Tower
  • Navy Island
  • Peterborough Lift Lock
  • Point Clark Lighthouse
  • Point Mississauga Lighthouse
  • Queenston Heights
  • Rideau Canal
  • Saint-Louis Mission
  • Sault Ste. Marie Canal
  • Shoal Tower
  • Sir John Johnson House
  • Southwold Earthworks
  • Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Woodside

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

  • Ardgowan
  • Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst
  • Province House

QUEBEC

  • Artillery Park
  • Battle of the Châteauguay Site
  • Battle of the Restigouche Site
  • Carillon Barracks
  • Carillon Canal
  • Cartier-Brébeuf Site
  • Chambly Canal
  • Coteau-du-Lac
  • Forges du Saint-Maurice
  • Fort Chambly
  • Fort Lennox
  • Fort No.1 at Pointe de Lévy
  • Fort Témiscamingue
  • Fortifications of Québec
  • Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial
  • Lachine Canal
  • Louis-Joseph Papineau Site
  • Louis S. St. Laurent Site
  • Maillou House
  • Manoir Papineau
  • Montmorency Park
  • Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse
  • Quebec Garrison Club
  • Saint-Ours Canal
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Site
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Site
  • The Fur Trade at Lachine

SASKATCHEWAN

  • Battle of Fish Creek Site
  • Batoche
  • Fort Battleford
  • Fort Espérance
  • Fort Livingstone
  • Fort Pelly
  • Fort Walsh
  • Frenchman Butte
  • Motherwell Homestead

YUKON

  • Dawson Historical Complex
  • Dredge No. 4
  • S.S. Keno
  • S.S. Klondike

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

We are pushing closer to the 1,000 mark for UNESCO’s (officially the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) count of World Heritage sites. Despite the large number of sites, the UNESCO list is a fairly exclusive group. In fact, only 22 sites are within U.S. states or territories (a small group, considering the near 400 strong list of U.S. National Parks sites). Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, Cahokia Mounds in Illinois and Poverty Point in Louisiana aren’t even National Parks! While visiting every World Heritage Site is an almost impossible mission, I decided it is worth noting the ones I’ve visited. 

Current status: 22 visited.

  • Canada (Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Historic District of Old Quebec, Rideau Canal, Waterton Glacier Int. Peace Park)
  • Chile (Rapa Nui National Park)
  • France (Paris – Banks of the Seine)
  • Mexico (Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza)
  • United Kingdom (Stonehenge, Tower of London)
  • United States (Everglades NP, Monticello, Grand Canyon NP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, La Fortaleza/San Juan NHS, Independence Hall, Mammoth Cave NP, Statue of Liberty, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Yellowstone NP, Waterton Glacier Int. Peace Park, Redwood National and State Parks, Olympic NP)

Major U.S. Metro Areas (Top 50)

I’m not keen on visiting big cities – I’d rather escape to smaller locales and nature. That said, our country is filled with some of the biggest and most important cities in the world. I don’t go out of my way to visit them, but I’ve been to many. This list is just to keep track and isn’t a major travel goal.

Current status: 40 of the top 50 U.S. metro areas visited.

  • New York City, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Houston, TX
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Riverside, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Seattle, WA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • San Diego, CA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Denver, CO
  • Pittsburgh, PA (train only)
  • Portland, OR
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Orlando, FL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • San Jose, CA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Austin, TX
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Providence, RI
  • Nashville, TN
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Richmond, VA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Hartford, CT
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Major Canadian Metro Areas (Top 25)

This is self explanatory. Again, not keen on visiting the big cities – with certain exceptions. Here’s the Top 25 Canadian metro areas…

Current status: 11 of the top 25 Canadian metro areas visited.

  • Toronto, ON
  • Montreal, QC
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Quebec City, QC
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Hamilton, ON
  • London, ON
  • Kitchener, ON
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • Halifax, NS
  • Oshawa, ON
  • Victoria, BC
  • Windsor, ON
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Regina, SK
  • Sherbrooke, QC
  • St. John’s, NL
  • Barrie, ON
  • Kelowna, BC
  • Abbotsford, BC
  • Sudbury, ON
  • Kingston, ON

Airports

A list of all the airports I’ve flown to (or through) in my travels (doesn’t count airports I only visited to drop/pick up passengers)…

Current status: 67 airports worldwide

  • Adak Airport (ADK)
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BOZ)
  • Capital Region International Airport (LAN)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH)
  • Cozumel International Airport (CZM)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)
  • Deadhorse Airport/Prudhoe Airport (SCC)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Duluth International Airport (DLH)
  • Eugene Airport/Mahlon Sweet Field (EUG)
  • Exuma International Airport (GGT)
  • Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
  • Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport (SPN)
  • General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Grand Forks International Airport (GFK)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Hector International Airport (FAR)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • International Falls Airport (INL)
  • John A. Osborne Airport (MNI)
  • Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • Mataveri International Airport (IPC)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Minot International Airport (MOT)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • North Eleuthera Airport (ELH)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
  • Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU)
  • Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport (BRW)
  • Zračna luka Zagreb (Zagreb/Pleso Airport) (ZLZ)

Airlines Flown

  • ABM Air
  • AirTran (now merged with Southwest Airlines)
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • China Airlines
  • Continental Airlines (now merged with United Airlines)
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Horizon Air (now merged with Alaska Airlines)
  • Icelandair
  • JetBlue
  • LAN Airlines (now merged with TAM Airlines)
  • Northwest Airlines (now merged with Delta Airlines)
  • Sansa Airlines
  • SAS
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • U.S. Airways (now merged with American Airlines)
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WOW Air

Baseball Stadiums

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB)

Current status: 12 of 32 current ballparks visited. 7 of 32 seen a baseball game in. 17 ballparks visited overall (past and present), 12 ballparks overall seen a baseball game in.

Current:

  • Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • AT&T Park *saw the first two home games of the 2016 season, including Ross Stripling’s “no-hit” debut
  • Busch Stadium
  • Chase Field
  • Citi Field
  • Citizens Bank Park *walked around the outside of the park during an exhibition game (was in the area for a 76ers-Suns basketball game)
  • Comerica Park *walked around the outside of the park after a Redskins-Lions football game in 2010.
  • Coors Field *saw a humiliating Nationals defeat in which the winning pitcher for Colorado did not throw a pitch.
  • Dodger Stadium *had tickets to a game and forgot them back home…ugh
  • Fenway Park
  • Great American Ball Park *seen from the outside before a football game at Paul Brown Stadium
  • Kauffman Stadium
  • Miller Park
  • Minute Maid Park
  • Nationals Park *saw the first ever Nationals games here, an exhibition against the Orioles and the regular season debut against the Braves in which Ryan Zimmerman won it on a walk-off HR in the ninth. 
  • O.co Coliseum *saw a Raiders-Redskins game here. Saw an Oakland A’s-Chicago White Sox game in April 2016.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards *seen many, many games here – including the first game for the re-christened Tampa Bay Rays (once they removed ‘Devil’ from their name). 
  • PETCO Park
  • PNC Park
  • Progressive Field
  • Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
  • Rogers Centre
  • Safeco Field *simply visited this park from the outside while driving by.
  • Target Field *went to the first regular season game (April 12, 2010) at the Park in which the Twins beat the Red Sox 5-2. 
  • Tropicana Field
  • Turner Field
  • U.S. Cellular Field
  • Wrigley Field *been to this classic field once to see the Cubbies take on the Rockies.
  • Yankee Stadium

Former parks visited/seen:

  • Comiskey Park (Chicago) *saw from a car window on a family trip
  • H.H.H. Metrodome (Minnesota) *took in too many games to count. Saw Mark McGwire hit a mammoth 470-foot shot to left field – the longest to that part of the stadium in Metrodome history. Saw the Gophers college team play here once the Twins moved out.
  • The Kingdome (Seattle) *saw at least a couple games here I believe. Witnessed a memorable homer by Ken Griffey, Jr (who I also saw homer in Minnesota) in which he flipped off the opposing dugout and was widely criticized for.
  • Memorial Stadium (Baltimore) *witnessed Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter for the White Sox against the Orioles on August 11, 1991.
  • Old Yankee Stadium (New York) *saw Don Mattingly homer on free baseball glove day.
  • RFK Stadium (Washington, DC) *attended the second ever Washington Nationals home-game as well as a few other contests after that.

Basketball and Hockey Arenas

NBA STADIUMS

Current status: 6 of 29 seen an NBA game in

  • Air Canada Center (Toronto)
  • American Airlines Arena (Miami)
  • American Airlines Center (Dallas)
  • Amway Center (Orlando)
  • AT&T Center (San Antonio)
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)
  • Barclays Center (Brooklyn)
  • Bradley Center (Milwaukee)
  • Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
  • FedExForum (Memphis)
  • Golden 1 Center (Sacramento)
  • Madison Square Garden (New York City)
  • Moda Center (Portland)
  • Oracle Arena (Oakland)
  • Pepsi Center (Denver)
  • Philips Arena (Atlanta)
  • Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland)
  • Smoothie King Center (New Orleans)
  • Spectrum Center (Charlotte)
  • Staples Center (Los Angeles)
  • Talking Stick Resort Arena (Phoenix)
  • Target Center (Minneapolis)
  • TD Garden (Boston)
  • The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, MI/Detroit)
  • Toyota Center (Houston)
  • United Center (Chicago)
  • Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)
  • Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City)
  • Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)

Defunct NBA Stadiums I’ve seen an NBA game in (*-still standing)

  • Key Arena (Seattle)*
  • Sleep Train Arena (Sacramento)*
  • USAir Arena/Cap Center (Landover, MD/Washington DC)

Other basketball venues where I’ve attended a game

  • Alterowitz Gym (Billings, MT: Montana State University Billings men’s basketball)
  • Bender Arena (Washington, DC: American University men’s basketball)
  • MetraPark (Billings, MT: NBA Preseason, NCAA basketball, IBA semi-pro basketball)
  • Xfinity Center (University of Maryland men’s basketball)

NHL STADIUMS

Current status: 4 of 30 seen an NHL game in

  • Air Canada Center (Toronto)
  • Amalie Arena (Tampa Bay)
  • American Airlines Center (Dallas)
  • BB&T Center (Sunrise, FL)
  • Barclays Center (Brooklyn)
  • Bell Center (Montreal)
  • Bridgestone Arena (Nashville)
  • Canadian Tire Center (Ottawa)
  • Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh)
  • Gila River Arena (Glendale/Phoenix)
  • Honda Center (Anaheim)
  • Joe Louis Arena (Detroit)
  • KeyBank Center (Buffalo)
  • Madison Square Garden (New York City)
  • MTS Centre (Winnipeg)
  • Nationwide Arena (Columbus)
  • Pepsi Center (Denver)
  • PNC Arena (Raleigh)
  • Prudential Center (Newark)
  • Rogers Arena (Vancouver)
  • Rogers Place (Edmonton)
  • Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary)
  • SAP Center (San Jose)
  • Scottrade Center (St. Louis)
  • Staples Center (Los Angeles)
  • TD Garden (Boston)
  • United Center (Chicago)
  • Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)
  • Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)
  • Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul)

Defunct NHL Stadiums I’ve seen an NHL game in

  • Met Center (Bloomington, MN)
  • USAir Arena/Cap Center (Landover, MD/Washington, D.C.)

Other hockey venues where I’ve attended a game

  • Centennial Ice Arena (Billings, MT: Billings Bulls Junior Hockey)
  • Gardens Arena (Warroad, MN: Minnesota High School Hockey)
  • Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (St. Cloud, MN: St. Cloud State University Hockey)
  • MetraPark (Billings, MT: Billings Bulls Junior Hockey)
  • Ralph Engelstad Arena (Grand Forks, ND: University of North Dakota Hockey)
  • The Rink Exchange (Eugene, OR: Eugene Generals Junior Hockey)
  • Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland Winterhawks/WHL Major Junior Hockey)
  • Verizon Wireless Center (Mankato, MN: Minnesota State University Hockey)

Types of Sporting Events Attended

The goal of this list is to compile a record of the types of sporting events I’ve attended. I’ve added sub-categories for each sport as well, which could also include various leagues and a separate postseason category in the major American sports

BASEBALL

  • Amateur Baseball (Little League, High School, SoftballLegion, College)
  • Pro Baseball (Independent Minors, Minors: Rookie, A, AA, AAA, MLB, MLB Postseason)
  • International Baseball

BASKETBALL

  • Amateur Basketball (High School, College, NCAA Postseason Tournament: Opening Round, First Round, Second Round, Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, Championship)
  • Pro Basketball (Minors, WNBA, NBA, NBA Postseason: First Round, Second Round, Conference Finals, NBA Finals)
  • International Basketball

FOOTBALL (AMERICAN/CANADIAN)

  • Amateur Football (High School, College)
  • Pro Football (Minors/Semi-Pro, Indoor/Arena, CFL, NFL, NFL Postseason: Wild Card, Divisional, Conference Championship, Super Bowl)

HOCKEY

  • Amateur Hockey (Junior, Major Junior, High School, College, NCAA Postseason Tournament)
  • Pro Hockey (Minors, NHL, NHL Postseason: Conference Quarterfinals, Conference Semifinals, Conference Finals, Stanley Cup Finals)
  • International Hockey

SOCCER

  • Amateur Soccer (High School, College)
  • Domestic Pro/SemiPro Leagues (USL Pro, NASL, MLS, MLS Postseason)
  • International Pro Leagues (England, Germany, Spain, France, Italy) *
  • International Football (World Cup, World Cup Qualifying Playoffs, World Cup Qualifying, Other Competitive, Friendly)

*it is worth noting that I watched a football tournament on Easter Island consisting of local amateur squads

Major Sports Teams I’ve Seen Play

This is, more or less, a work in progress. I’ve seen so many games in my childhood that I can’t possibly remember all of them – but I can piece together most of them. For now, these are the teams I’m SURE I’ve seen play at least once (home or on the road).

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (24 of 30 teams)

  • Atlanta Braves
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Houston Astros
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Miami Marlins
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Mets
  • New York Yankees
  • Oakland A’s
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Diego Padres
  • Seattle Mariners
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Texas Rangers
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Washington Nationals

BASKETBALL (NBA) (21 of 30 teams)

  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Houston Rockets
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Miami Heat
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New York Knicks
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (as Seattle Supersonics)
  • Orlando Magic
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Wizards

BASKETBALL (Men’s NCAA D-I)

(This is purely a list of all the NCAA D-I schools I’ve seen play, not a comprehensive cross-off checklist)

  • American Eagles
  • Brown Bears
  • Creighton Blue Jays
  • Duke Blue Devils
  • Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
  • Georgetown Hoyas
  • Manhattan Jaspers
  • Maryland Terrapins
  • Montana Grizzlies
  • Montana State Bobcats
  • Oregon Ducks
  • Pittsburgh Panthers
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • San Jose State Spartans
  • UNC-Charlotte 49ers

FOOTBALL (NFL) (20 of 32 teams)

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New England Patriots
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Jets
  • New York Giants
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • St. Louis Rams
  • San Diego Chargers
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tennessee Titans (as Houston Oilers)
  • Washington Redskins

FOOTBALL (NCAA D-I FBS & FCS)

(This is purely a list of all the NCAA D-I FCS and FBS schools I’ve seen play, not a comprehensive cross-off checklist)

  • Appalachian State Mountaineers
  • Arkansas State Red Wolves
  • Michigan State Spartans
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Montana Grizzlies
  • Montana State Bobcats
  • North Dakota (former “Fighting Sioux”)
  • Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
  • Tennessee Volunteers

HOCKEY (NHL) (15 of 30 teams)

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Calgary Flames
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Dallas Stars (as Minnesota North Stars)
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Florida Panthers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Nasheville Predators
  • New Jersey Devils
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • St. Louis Blues
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Washington Capitals
  • Winnipeg Jets

HOCKEY (NCAA Div. I) (7 of 59 schools)

(This is purely a list of all the NCAA D-I Hockey schools I’ve seen play, not a comprehensive cross-off checklist)

  • Harvard Crimson
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • North Dakota Fighting Sioux
  • Robert Morris Colonials
  • St. Cloud State Huskies

SOCCER (MLS) (3 of 19 teams)

  • Chicago Fire
  • Chivas USA
  • Colorado Rapids
  • Columbus Crew
  • D.C. United
  • FC Dallas
  • Houston Dynamo
  • Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Montreal Impact
  • New England Revolution
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Portland Timbers
  • Real Salt Lake
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Toronto FC
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC

SOCCER (National Teams)

(This is a list of all the national teams I’ve seen play, not a comprehensive cross-off checklist)

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Iceland

Bands/Singers/Performers I’ve Seen Live

Not a big concert-goer, but not any less a fan of music (especially all sorts of rock). Here’s a list of everyone I’ve seen live and in-concert…

  • Animals as Leaders
  • As I Lay Dying
  • August Burns Red
  • Beach Boys
  • Baroness
  • Between the Buried and Me (x2)
  • Buckethead
  • Bush
  • Cauterize
  • Chevelle
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Cole Swindell
  • Cold
  • Dark New Day
  • Dominic Balli
  • Emily Hearn
  • Evanescence
  • Fang Island
  • Filter
  • Henry Rollins
  • In Hearts Wake
  • Jewel
  • Lee Brice
  • Luke Bryan
  • Mastodon
  • Mychildren Mybride
  • Nick Howard
  • Panic! at the Disco
  • Papa Roach
  • Protest the Hero (x2)
  • Seether (x2)
  • Tesseract
  • The ’68
  • The Human Abstract
  • Tyrone Wells (x3)
  • Valient Thorr
  • Weezer

U.S. Inhabited Islands in the Contiguous 48

This list represents public civilian island communities (outside purely privately owned/military/research establishments) that are only accessible via water or air transport (no road linkage). This list is hardly exhaustive. The gist of this list was to include islands populated by civilians, are publicly (and reasonably) accessible by boat or airplane, and are not immediately and directly associated with a nearby island wherein they can be grouped with instead (with some case-by-case exceptions, like the islands off of Portland, ME I include separately as well as Ohio’s Bass islands and Washington’s San Juan islands). Using this rough guidelines, I’ve counted 50 (not including Alaska and Hawaii). Listed by state:

  • California (1) – Santa Catalina
  • Maine (14) – Chebeague Island, Cliff Island, Frenchboro, Great Diamond Island, Isle au Haut, Islesboro, Long Island, Mantinicus, Monhegan, North Haven, Peaks Island, Swan’s Island,Town of Cransberry Isles, Vinalhaven
  • Maryland (1)Smith Island
  • Massachusetts (2) – Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket
  • Michigan (8) – Beaver Island, Bois Blanc Island, Drummond Island, Grand Island, Harsens Island, Mackinac Island, Neebish Island, Sugar Island
  • Minnesota (1) – Northwest Angle Islands
  • New York (1) – Fishers Island
  • North Carolina (1) – Ocracoke Island
  • Ohio (1) – Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island
  • Rhode Island (1) Block Island
  • Virginia (1)Tangier Island
  • Washington (16) – Anderson Island, Blakely Island, Cypress Island, Decatur Island, Gedney (Hat) Island, Guemes Island, Ketron Island, Lopez Island, Lummi Island, McNeil Island, Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Shaw Island, Stuart Island, Vashon-Maury Island, Waldron Island
  • Wisconsin (2) – Madeline Island, Washington Island

U.S. Extreme Settlements

This list was taken from an earlier post I did in compiling the Northernmost, Southernmost, Westernmost and Easternmost populated “settlements” (whether it be a city, town, village, CDP, unincorporated area, etc…) for each and all of the 50 states, D.C. and the five territories. Read the post for further “rules” regarding the compilation (and continued maintenance) of this list.

  • AlabamaNorthernmost: Ardmore. Southernmost: Gulf Shores. Easternmost: Phenix City. Westernmost: Yellow Pine.
  • AlaskaNorthernmost: Barrow. Southernmost: Adak. Easternmost: Hyder. Westernmost: Adak (civilian – Shemya and Attu have military/government presence and are further west)
  • ArizonaNorthernmost: Colorado City. Southernmost: Nogales, Naco and Douglas (maybe Hereford, too) Easternmost: Window Rock, Lupton (note: Rodeo, NM spills over into Arizona but is not registered as an official populated place) Westernmost: San Luis (note: Gadsen could maybe be considered as well)
  • ArkansasNorthernmost: Blue Eye. Southernmost: Junction City. Easternmost: Blytheville. Westernmost: Maysville.
  • CaliforniaNorthernmost: New Pine Creek. Southernmost: San Diego (San Ysidro District). Easternmost: Parker Dam. Westernmost: Ferndale.
  • ColoradoNorthernmost: Julesburg. Southernmost: Arboles. Easternmost: Holly (note: also least elevated town in Colorado). Westernmost: Dinosaur.
  • ConnecticutNorthernmost: Quinebaug. Southernmost: Greenwich (Byram Neighborhood). Easternmost: Oneco (note: part of Sterling) Westernmost: Greenwich (Pemberwick Neighborhood)
  • DelawareNorthernmost: Granogue, Brandywine, Barkley. Southernmost: Fenwick Island. Easternmost: Fenwick Island. Westernmost: Newark.
  • FloridaNorthernmost: Esto. Southernmost: Key West. Easternmost: Palm Beach Shores. Westernmost: Walnut Hill.
  • GeorgiaNorthernmost: McCaysville. Southernmost: St. George. Easternmost: Tybee Island. Westernmost: Rising Fawn.
  • Hawai’iNorthernmost: Princeville. Southernmost: Naalehu. Easternmost: Pahoa. Westernmost: Pu’uwai.
  • IdahoNorthernmost: Eastport and Porthill. Southernmost: Franklin. Easternmost: Freedom. Westernmost: Eaton.
  • IllinoisNorthernmost: Apple River (note: South Beloit and Russell could be considered as well) Southernmost: Cairo. Easternmost: Allison Township (note: of Lawrence County). Westernmost: Warsaw.
  • IndianaNorthernmost: Hesston (note: worth considering both Simonton Lake and Granger). Southernmost: Tobinsport. Easternmost: Patriot (note: kind of a cheat here, but the outskirts of town stretch out a tad farther than places along the northeastern straight-line border). Westernmost: New Harmony (note: a populated place named Welborn Switch could be considered).
  • IowaNorthernmost: New Albin and Chester. Southernmost: Keokuk. Easternmost: Sabula. Westernmost: Westfield.
  • KansasNorthernmost: Summerfield. Southernmost: Elkhart, Waldron and Elgin (note: Elgin may have the southernmost town center of these three. The abandoned town of Treece still has a population of two and would qualify ahead of Elgin). Easternmost: Mulberry or East Galena (note: parts of Kansas City can be considered, but the two aforementioned towns have town centers that are more qualified here). Westernmost: Kanorado.
  • KentuckyNorthernmost: Dayton. Southernmost: Dukedom and Fulton. Easternmost: Woodman. Westernmost: Tyler (note: Kentucky Bend could be considered).
  • LouisianaNorthernmost: Junction City (note: Springhill could also be considered). Southernmost: Cheniere Caminada (note: Port Fourchon is further south but doesn’t appear to have a permanent population). Easternmost: Pilottown. Westernmost: Bethany.
  • MaineNorthernmost: Estcourt Station. Southernmost: Kittery (Kittery Point CDP) (note: Appledore Island is an uninhabited but staffed island much further south, but belongs to Kittery). Easternmost: Lubec. Westernmost: Wilson’s Mills (a village in Lincoln Plantation).
  • MarylandNorthernmost: Lineboro or Cardiff (note: other options may exist too). Southernmost: Crisfield. Easternmost: Ocean City. Westernmost: Red House (note: or possibly Kempton).
  • MassachusettsNorthernmost: Amesbury. Southernmost: Surfside-Nantucket. Easternmost: Siasconset-Nantucket (note: Nauset Heights may be considered as well). Westernmost: (Town of) Mount Washington.
  • MichiganNorthernmost: Copper Harbor (note: Just for fun – Mackinaw City could be counted as the northernmost outside of the Upper Peninsula and islands). Southernmost: Morenci (note: Just for fun – Menominee is the southernmost in the Upper Peninsula). Easternmost: Port Huron (note: Just for fun – Drummond Township is the easternmost in the Upper Peninsula). Westernmost: Ironwood (note: Just for fun – Pentwater could be counted as westernmost outside of the Upper Peninsula).
  • MinnesotaNorthernmost: Penasse. Southernmost: Elmore, Emmons and Lyle. Easternmost: Grand Portage. Westernmost: St. Vincent.
  • MississippiNorthernmost: Southhaven. Southernmost: Lakeshore or Pearlington. Easternmost: Eastport. Westernmost: Sibley or Natchez (and surrounding communities).
  • MissouriNorthernmost: South Lineville. Southernmost: Cooter. Easternmost: Deventer or Wolf Island. Westernmost: Watson.
  • MontanaNorthernmost: Del Bonita and Sweet Grass. Southernmost: Lima. Easternmost: Fairview (note: Westby could possibly be considered too). Westernmost: Heron.
  • NebraskaNorthernmost: Pine Ridge (note: also known as Whiteclay). Southernmost: Hardy or Byron. Easternmost: Rulo. Westernmost: Henry.
  • NevadaNorthernmost: Denio. Southernmost: Laughlin. Easternmost: West Wendover. Westernmost: Verdi or Border Town.
  • New HampshireNorthernmost: Pittsburg. Southernmost: Pelham. Easternmost: New Castle. (Note: Star Island could be considered if it has permanent population). Westernmost: Hinsdale.
  • New JerseyNorthernmost: Montague Township. Southernmost: Cape May Point. Easternmost: Alpine. Westernmost: Pennsville (note: Elsinboro may be able to be considered as well).
  • New MexicoNorthernmost: Costilla. Southernmost: Antelope Wells (note: This community only houses border agents. Columbus would be considered then if you dismiss Antelope Wells). Easternmost: Glenrio (note: The “tie” goes to Glenrio as it is split by the N.M./Texas border whereas Texico sits next to the Texas border). Westernmost: Rodeo.
  • New YorkNorthernmost: Rouses Point. Southernmost: Staten Island-New York City (Tottenville Neighborhood) Easternmost: Montauk. Westernmost: Findley Lake.
  • North CarolinaNorthernmost: Grassy Creek. Southernmost: Bald Head Island. Easternmost: Rodanthe. Westernmost: Wolf Creek.
  • North DakotaNorthernmost: Portal and Maida. Southernmost: Forbes. Easternmost: Wahpeton (note: Fairmount looks like a very close second). Westernmost: East Fairview.
  • OhioNorthernmost: Conneaut. Southernmost: Burlington. Easternmost: West Hill. Westernmost: College Corner.
  • OklahomaNorthernmost: South Coffeyville (note: Manchester appears to be a close second). Southernmost: Haworth. Easternmost: Arkoma. Westernmost: Kenton.
  • OregonNorthernmost: Astoria (note: Warrenton appears to be a close second). Southernmost: New Pine Creek or McDermitt. Easternmost: Ontario. Westernmost: Port Orford.
  • PennsylvaniaNorthernmost: North East. Southernmost: Blackrock or Pen Mar (possibly a place named Sylmar just east of Blackrock could apply too). Easternmost: Matamoras. Westernmost: Farrell (note: This one is difficult, taking suggestions here).
  • Rhode IslandNorthernmost: Woonsocket (note: possibly a neighborhood in Woonsocket called “Social” could apply, or a place called “Grants Mills” further east). Southernmost: New Shoreham. Easternmost: Adamsville. Westernmost: Watch Hill.
  • South CarolinaNorthernmost: Lake Lanier. Southernmost: Dafuskie Landing. Easternmost: Little River. Westernmost: Long Creek (or Battlecreek, note: most people probably consider Westminster as the westernmost).
  • South DakotaNorthernmost: Lemmon or Morristown. Southernmost: Dakota Dunes. EasternmostHudson. Westernmost: Camp Crook.
  • TennesseeNorthernmost: Tobaccoport (note: part of Bumpus Mills). Southernmost: Copperhill. Easternmost: Trade. Westernmost: Memphis (note: specifically Westwood neighborhood).
  • TexasNorthernmost: Texhoma. Southernmost: Brownsville or South Point (note: South Point originates further south than Brownsville, but Brownsville territory extends further south than South Point). Easternmost: Toledo (note: note sure if Toledo is populated. Nearby South Toledo Bend would be considered for this spot then). Westernmost: El Paso (note: specifically the West Valley area).
  • UtahNorthernmost: Portage. Southernmost: Hildale. Easternmost: Ucolo. Westernmost: Wendover.
  • VermontNorthernmost: Derby Line. Southernmost: Vernon (specifically South Vernon area). Easternmost: Beecher Falls. Westernmost: Chimney Point.
  • VirginiaNorthernmost: Reynolds Store. Southernmost: Danville (note: many qualifiers, but the southernmost point of the, in theory, slightly curved southern border is part of the Danville area). Easternmost: Chincoteague Island. Westernmost: Gibson Station.
  • WashingtonNorthernmost: Point Roberts (specifically Maple Beach neighborhood), Blaine and Sumas (the small boundary communities of Frontier and Laurier could maybe be considered as well). Southernmost: Washougal (specifically an area called Parkersville. Could also consider an area called Mount Pleasant even further southeast). Easternmost: Asotin. Westernmost: .
  • West VirginiaNorthernmost: Newell. Southernmost: Faraday. Easternmost: Harpers Ferry. Westernmost: Prichard or Fort Gay.
  • WisconsinNorthernmost: Sand Bay. Southernmost: Pleasant Prairie (specifically the Carol Beach neighborhood, which contains the southernmost point of Wisconsin). Easternmost: Detroit Harbor (also known as Town of Washington or Washington Island). Westernmost: Benson.
  • WyomingNorthernmost: Frannie. Southernmost: Washam. Easternmost: Pine Bluffs. Westernmost: Freedom.
  • District of ColumbiaNorthernmost: North Portal Estates Neighborhood. Southernmost: Bellevue. Easternmost: Northeast Boundary Neighborhood. Westernmost: The Palisades Neighborhood.
  • Puerto RicoNorthernmost: Isabella. Southernmost: Playita (south of Salinas) Easternmost: Culebra. Westernmost: Rincon.
  • U.S. Virgin IslandsNorthernmost: Peterborg. Southernmost: Whites Bay. Easternmost: Knight. Westernmost: John Oley.
  • GuamNorthernmost: Dededo (note: specifically the Potts Junction area). Southernmost: Merizo. Easternmost: Yigo (note: specifically Lupog area). Westernmost: Naval Station (note: if you disqualify military bases, then Agat would be next in line).
  • Northern Mariana IslandsNorthernmost: San Roque. Southernmost: San Jose. Easternmost: Kagman II. Westernmost: San Jose.
  • American SamoaNorthernmost: Alaufau or Ofu. Southernmost: Swains Island (note: if not considering this disputed territory, then Taputimu is the southernmost). Easternmost: Fitiuta. Westernmost: Poloa or Amanave.

6 thoughts on “Where I’ve Been

  1. I am thoroughly impressed with your list. I love to travel and when I retire (cough cough) my goal is to do just that, spend a month on the road here and there across the country. Maybe then my blog will change direction and scope, or I will add another blog.

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  4. impressive travel checklist! I love how many ways you’re charting your progress. I run Visit50.com, which chronicles my quest to visit all 50 States, and 50 countries, by age 50. It sounds up your alley as well.

  5. We’re in the same boat and it looks around the same age. I am going for 50 by 50. Last month, I ticked off Oklahoma and Texas leaving me at 4 1/2. I need to get back to Colorado to make it official and leave the airport. California, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii await over the next 14 1/2 years. I’m also doing ballparks, less so the other arenas. Where are you traveling from? DC or Minnesota?

    • Scott – I kind of travel from both, as I’m back and forth between D.C. and Minnesota at the moment, but D.C. being the more common jumping point for any major undertaking.

      I haven’t decided how to tackle Alaska yet, but I’m sure that’ll be my last state. I’ll tag Oregon sooner or later to get to 49. Montana is my former home, so I’m well traveled there. You definitely left four of the best states to finish up with (and Colorado is worth leaving the airport for, for sure).

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