TravelBuzz - The least visited States in the Country?
I assume most of us have been to Illinois, New York and California but, yesterday my seatmate and I were talking about the states we had never visited. This got me wondering which are states least visited by frequent flyers.
The states I don't remember having visited are Maine and Arkansas. What about you?
The list of all nations/states of our world that I haven't been visiting yet, is too big to be listed here on this international forum - sorry Punki. There are 190 sovereign nations/states (UN 1998).
And if you mean with states something smaller than a nation - I have been at least visiting all 25 states/cantons of Switzerland.
Aug 7, 99, 11:22 am
Awhile back I remember watching some TV documentary related to travel. One of the topics covered was exactly what you are asking - what is the least visited state in the US? The answer was North Dakota.
I was presumptuous in saying "the Country" without specifying the U.S.A. (We Americans are so provincial--of course, it's a pretty big province.) http://talk.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
Sometimes I get the feeling you enjoy being ornery just for the sake of being ornery. Who? You? No, not you. Never http://talk.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
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"ornery"? (it's not in my big, big diccionary) - but I am often quite good in assuming/guessing the meanings of words ...
but anyway: I miss merry for my defense (you should have followed his online strydent outcries when someone called us Europeans "overseas" on this board) - or the discussions we had, when I posted once in german (in real german, not my nativ swiss-german).
"Ornery" while a real English word, is chiefly dialectical. Where I grew up it meant devilish. Like little boys who did things intentionally to disrupt the flow. You had to act like they made you mad, but secretly their antics made you laugh. They were ornery. Merry was ornery. http://talk.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
Being an American is a funny thing. On one hand we are so proud and grateful for the accident of our birth. On the other we miss the wide diversity, history and culture. Be patient with us.
I am defenetly (and proud) ornery! - and didn't you just post your psychologial test-result --- the same insanity as I ? http://talk.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
Yes, but that is only because of a technicality about the yellow line. The day we sat on the yellow line was March 17 and we had painted the line green, in honor of St. Patrick, earlier in the day. So I felt that I had to answer "no" to that question.
Whew, if it had been any other day I would be even crazier than you. http://talk.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif Too much for me to live up to.
Just Alaska- and again I'm not going for salmon this month! I'll be "stuck" in the Sierras! Next year for sure! Finally, I hope.
Aug 7, 99, 5:12 pm
Rudi - Ornery: gemein, stoerrisch. Das sind Sie nicht. Gel?
Aug 7, 99, 5:23 pm
I'm down to four "US" states that I haven't visited: Arkansas, Alabama, South Dakota, Mississippi. Just hit OK three weeks ago.
BTW, this thread begs a question I've had for a while, that I was intending to pose at the PIP. How many countries have we visited? However before this is formally introduced as a topic, how does one define a "country"?
For example, do you count a US territory such as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands as a separate "country"?
Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and, of course, North Dakota. (But I did see "Fargo" a couple of years ago.)
Aug 7, 99, 11:25 pm
I have visited all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces...all before I was 25 years old.
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Aug 8, 99, 12:05 am
I married a man 20 years ago that had been to all 50 states so I had to play catch-up. My last state was Alaska. I cleaned up two southern states I had missed by visiting my brother in MS and going over the border to Mobile (a pretty but smelly town). Did a run in 1993 to grab the last of the midwest, in the northern part mostly and loved WI - Taliesen, the Dells and Madison. My husband is very goal oriented and I am competitive so we joined Travelers Century Club in LA where full fledged members have been to 100 countries (by their definition which sometimes cheats). You can also be aspiring. They have newsletters where members share experiences getting in and around challenging places. My husband and I are at parity for the moment and both hit 100 this spring on a cruise to the Persian Gulf. He says he will relax now but I do not trust him not to reset his goal to 200 countries! We have also been to all 4 oceans and both above the Arctic Circle and below the Antarctic Circle. We subscribe to the Erma Bombeck Theory of Travel which is to do the tough stuff while you are young and save the easy stuff for your old age. In our book, that includes getting into potentially dangerous countries at their peak of safety - like Cambodia when the UN was there and Peru while the Japanese guy is Prez. We completely blew it on Yugoslavia, pegging it as an easy spot so missed it.
Aug 8, 99, 7:33 pm
I guess I'm a piker.....been to all 50 states,7 Canadian Provinces, and only 31 countries.
This year I'll be adding 4 more countries to my miniature flag collection.
I'm rather proud of having been to all 50 states - too many people have explored the rest of the world to the exclusion of their own country.
I had four missing by 1983: Oklahoma, Hawaii, Florida, North Dakota. Try combining those into one itinerary! I got the first three by 1986, but North Dakota waited until I stopped work in 1993...and I cashed in a mileage award to do it!
Aug 9, 99, 8:09 am
Fortunately I was born in North Dakota (Grand Forks) so that one got crossed off the list early! We then moved to warmer climes - South Dakota. Then Iowa. Then Illinois. Then Nebraska. Still have fambly in all of those places... forgive me if I don't go back to visit as much as I should!
Aug 9, 99, 11:41 am
I have yet to visit 2 states, North and South Dakota. They have been on my list of places to go to for the past 5 years.
There is an organization of frequent travellers called the Century Club. Their definition of country includes areas that are geographically or ethnographically separate from the mother country. For the US, Alaska and Hawaii are separate. St Pierre and Miquelon off Canada's shores are separate.
They allow provisional membership at 75 countries and full at 100. So far I am in the upper 60s. Their phone 310-393-7419
I've heard of these clubs and often wondered if they are worthwhile. Any particularly good/bad experiences?
Aug 9, 99, 2:55 pm
AusTXHiker - I'd suggest going to SD the first couple weeks of August and take in the rally at Sturgis. What a sight! As for ND, if summer falls on a Saturday next year, you could go then.
Dakotas and UTAH and Arizona and New Mexico.
And I have a lifetime honorary passport to the secnd greatest state in the world, Texas.
Been to at least 40 countries, including China and Australia.
Aug 10, 99, 7:04 pm
Doc, Actually you can be provisional in Traveler's Century Club with no countries, just pay $20/yr dues for the newsletters, etc. The members send in stories of interesting, out of the way places, they go to accumulate countries. Some travel agents mail to the group so when we went last year to West Africa on Pacific Princess, about half the ship was made up of members of TCC. We actually had a couple of ship board meetings with like-minded fellow travelers. The travel agent (we did not buy from him) tried to set up an extra-country excursion for members but it got terminated early due to a Spanish ferry boat's being late. If you live in certain cities in the US, there are get togethers, the most members being in L.A. where there are luncheons at least every other month. The club is good for travel tips and fellowship.
Aug 10, 99, 7:27 pm
Made it to most states, but lack Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Indiana and Minnesota. It would be interesting packing for a trip with all five on the itinerary! Then, on the other hand, there are still places in Texas I haven't visited.
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I hit all 50 states by the time I was 23, but I think part of the real question, is have you really experienced the flavor of each state. For instance, I've only been in an airport in Georgia. Does that count? I go back and forth on it.
And, BTW, AusTXhiker -- I would actually suggest the Black Hills in SD. Custer State Park is as nice as anywhere I have ever been. And I have been to all of the crown jewels in the national park system. ND is just a short hop across the border.
Aug 10, 99, 9:56 pm
Ditto on the Black Hills and Custer State Park. The entire Rapid City, SD area is quite a great place to visit. Mount Rushmore is in the same vicinity and Badlands National Park is not too far east.
Aug 11, 99, 8:35 pm
Hammertoad and DBK: Thanks for the heads up. At least now I have an idea on what time of year is best to visit.