Family Travel Goals Mt Rushmore

Visit All 50 States

Goal 1: Visit All 50 States

Why Seeing All 50 States is On Our Family’s Travel Bucket List

Our Progress on This Goal:


Highlights from Goal 1:

* You can find more Midwestern US destinations under our travel goal for exploring more of our backyard.


Our Family’s Deep South Road Trip Adventure: Twelve days, six new states (TX, LA, AL, MS, TN, AR) and one new country (Mexico) crossed off the kids’ bucket list!



California – San Francisco, Sequoia and King’s Canyon, Yosemite, Santa Cruz: Prisons, trees, waterfalls, mountains, beaches…this trip had it all!

Two Stunning Days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks With Kids

Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Ranch in Mariposa, California


Walt Disney World…happiest place on Earth? Yes and no.


A Long Weekend in Chicago Via Amtrak: A whirlwind tour of the Windy City.


Fun at Shakamak State Park, Jasonville Indiana: A fun adventure in my husband’s family’s backyard.

Fun at the Mascot Hall of Fame, Whiting Indiana: An interactive, zany exhibit honoring the mascots that help make sporting events a family affair.


Off the Beaten Path in Kansas City and Kansas: Some sights we saw while on a road trip through KC and KS.


Louisville Mega Cavern Mega Zips, Louisville Kentucky


Downtown St. Louis: A Whirlwind Tour

North Dakota:

Medora, North Dakota: Beautiful Badlands and Family Fun

Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit: Things to Do

Hiking the Caprock Coulee Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit


Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure, Cleveland Ohio

South Dakota:

Hiking the Sunday Gulch Trail in Custer State Park, South Dakota


Big Bend National Park: Two Days of Mountains, Desert, and the Iconic Rio Grande

Christmas Day in Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico


Six Amazing Days in Moab Utah Nature’s playground!

An Afternoon in Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District: Some great short hikes to  amazing canyon views.

Hiking the Grandstaff Trail to Morning Glory Arch: An adventurous, dog-friendly hike through canyons and creeks.

Raven’s Rim Zip Line Adventure in Moab, Utah