Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
These are the 24 states I’ve been blessed to be able to visit so far in my life. We’ve all heard people talk about Rome and Paris and London and the experiences that come with visiting a foreign country. But with the economy the way it is, not everyone has the money to go explore distant lands. This is my challenge to you: go explore a land not so distant.
National and state parks are everywhere in addition to awesome places that aren’t organized as parks. Just be sure not to go on private lands without express permission of the owner.
Here’s 5 tips to make your next trip wonderful:
1. Take pictures! Don’t be afraid to look like a tourist. After all, that’s what you are! So sport your camera with pride, because honestly, who know when you’ll be back? And while your kids might hate being drug to every photo op in the state now, they’ll be thankful later! It may also be a good idea to keep a couple of disposable cameras on hand in case you run out of battery!
2. Turn off the DVD player, cell phone, and video games. Adults and children alike can’t begin to appreciate the world outside the window with their nose buried in a screen. Play “I Spy” while your driving. Try to see how many different license plates you can spot. Its a lot harder to pick the fruit when you can’t see the tree.
3. Research! Not all of us have all the time in the world to visit a location, parks like Yellowstone can be huge! By researching ahead of time, you can make sure to get the best bang for your buck! If this trip is on a whim, try stopping at the visitor’s center before heading into the park. Often, they will have similar information about the park, as well as important safety information. Remember: the park rangers are there to protect both you and the park!
4. Look at the calendar. If its January and you drive a 2WD sedan, you might not want to head north. Try heading south or renting a car with 4WD and snow tires. No one has any fun when the car is in the ditch, and as always, safety is very important.
5. Go camping! As much as we all love the Holiday Inn, its a lot harder to enjoy nature from inside a hotel. Just remember to properly secure all food items. Not all bears are as friendly as Yogi and Boo-Boo!
Hope yall enjoyed my tips, and come back next time for another installment of MotherNaturesPen!