~ places i’ve been in the u.s.a. ~

I’ve traveled extensively around the United States as I’ve lived here most of my life. Below is a round-up of the most recent road trips I’ve taken.  Before the age of digital photos, I also took a huge road trip all around the U.S. in 1979, right after I graduated from college.

I’ve lived most of my life in Virginia (Yorktown, Mathews, Richmond and Northern Virginia), but I lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for four years. I also spent 4 1/2 years living abroad in South Korea, Oman, China, and Japan.


  1. Four Corners Road Trip (May 2018): on returning home from the four corners
    1. Colorado: Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Durango, Silverton, Crestone, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, San Juan Skyway, Telluride
    2. Utah: Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges National Monument, Valley of the Gods
    3. Arizona: Canyon de Chelly, Coal Mine Canyon, Hubbell Trading Post, Monument Valley, Navajo National Monument, limited Route 66, Petrified Forest National Park, Sunset Crater National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff, Window Rock, Winslow, Wupatki National Monument
    4. New Mexico: Bisti Badlands, Chaco Canyon, Gallup
    5. Missouri: Gateway Arch National Park.
  2. Midwestern Triangle Road Trip (February 2019): on returning home from a midwestern triangle road trip
    1. Kentucky: Louisville, Lexington, Covington.
    2. Illinois: Carbondale, Murphysboro, Shawnee National Forest (visit my sister).
    3. Indiana: Lincoln Boyhood Home, George Rogers Clark National Historic Park.
    4. Ohio: Cincinnati.
  3. Road Trip to Nowhere (September 2019): on returning home from a road trip to nowhere.
    1. Ohio: Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, Cincinnati: William Howard Taft National Historic Site.
    2. Illinois: Springfield: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Murphysboro/Carbondale (where my sister lives).
    3. Nebraska: Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center, Omaha, Tower of the Four Winds, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Atkinson, Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland, Norfolk, Ponca State Park, Toadstool Geologic Park, Fort Robinson, Scotts Bluff, Chimney Rock, Ogallala, North Platte, Gothenburg, Homestead National Monument, Willa Cather’s birthplace in Red Cloud.
    4. South Dakota: Yankton & the Missouri National Recreation River, Spirit Mound, Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Palisades State Park, Mitchell, DeSmet (Ingalls Home & Museum), Brookings, Watertown, Sisseton, Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Sturgis, Wall Drug, Badlands National Park, Rapid City, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Chapel in the Hills, Jewel Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park.
    5. Minnesota: Moorhead (Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center)
    6. North Dakota: Fargo, Jamestown, International Peace Garden, Minot, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, Knife River Indian Villages, Bismarck, Mandan, Enchanted Highway, Dickinson, Fort Union Trading Post, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora.
    7. Wyoming: Devils Tower National Monument, Cheyenne.
    8. Colorado: Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park, Lory State Park, Flatirons Vista, Denver.
    9. Kansas: Topeka: Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site.
    10. Missouri: St. Louis: Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.
  4. Canyon & Cactus Road Trip (October – November 2020):
    1. Colorado: Denver.
    2. Utah: Little Wild Horse Canyon in the San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley State Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Pipe Spring National Monument, Snow Canyon State Park, Sprindale, St. George.
    3. Arizona: Sedona, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Red Rock State Park, Tuzigoot National  Monument, Jerome, Prescott, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Tucson, Saguaro National Park (East & West units), Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac, Bisbee, Tombstone, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
    4. Nevada: Valley of Fire State Park.
    5. Texas: El Paso, Abilene.
    6. Arkansas: Little Rock, Hot Springs National Park, William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.


  1. California: Death Valley (1979); Redwood National and State Parks (1979); Los Angeles (2014); San Simeon (2014); San Francisco & Monterrey (1982, 2014); Venice (2014); Anacapa Island (Channel Islands National Park) & Joshua Tree National Park (2015).
  2. Delaware: Cape Henlopen, Nemours Estate, New Castle, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Rehoboth, Winterthur, & Dover (June, 2019).
    1. on returning home from delaware
  3. District of Columbia: Washington: Smithsonian Museums, Union Market, National Art Gallery, Cleveland Park, Renwick Gallery, U.S. Capitol, and much more (1988-2020).
  4. Florida: Florida Keys & Key West (1979); Orlando (Disney World, Sea World, Epcott) (2002).
  5. Georgia: Savannah (2000); Atlanta (2008).
  6. Hawaii: The Big Island, Oahu, & Honolulu (1989).
  7. Idaho: Coeur d’Alene (lived here 1980-1984); Salmon River (1983); Hayden Lake (1980-1984).
    1. on returning home from coeur d’alene, idaho


      me on the Salmon River in Idaho

  8. Illinois: Chicago (August, 2020).
  9. Louisiana: New Orleans (1979).
  10. Maine: Acadia National Park (1990?).
  11. Maryland: Deep Creek Lake (2011, 2012); Blackwater Wildlife Refuge (2013); Cunningham Falls (2013); Annapolis (2014); Solomon’s Island (2014); Assateague Island National Seashore (2015);  Sharpsburg & Antietam (2015); Baltimore (2020): fort mchenry & returning home from baltimore before the pandemic.
  12. Massachusetts: Cape Cod (2000).
  13. Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (1979).
  14. Missouri: St. Louis (1979), Gateway Arch National Park (1979, 2018), Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (2019).


    Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO

  15. Montana: Glacier National Park (1979, 1983).
  16. New Hampshire: Lake Winnipesaukee, White Mountains & Kancamagus Highway (1979, 2014).
  17. New Jersey: Cape May & Wildwood (2001, 2017).
    1. on returning home from cape may
  18. New York: New York City; Adirondacks (2001); Catskills (2014); Buffalo & Niagara Falls (2018).
    1. on returning home from the adirondacks
    2. on returning home from niagara falls
  19. North Carolina: Asheville; Ocean Isle; Cataloochee Ranch & Smoky Mountains National Park (2003); Nag’s Head (many years).
  20. Ohio: Cuyahoga Falls National Park (August, 2020).


    Cuyahoga Falls National Park

  21. Oklahoma: Oklahoma City National Memorial; Chickasaw Museum (2016).
  22. Oregon: Crater Lake (1979).


    Crater Lake, Oregon

  23. Pennsylvania: Lancaster (1988, 2016); Ohiopyle & Fallingwater (2012); Philadelphia (2016); Pittsburgh (2018).
    1. on returning home from pittsburgh
  24. South Carolina: Hilton Head (many years); Beaufort; Charleston (November 2019).
    1. on returning home from charleston, south carolina in 2019
  25. Tennessee: Nashville (2017); Greeneville (2019).
    1. on returning home from nashville
  26. Texas: Dallas, George W. Bush Museum, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, Plano, & Early (all 2016), Abilene (2020).
  27. Vermont: Bennington (2014).

    2014-07-13 18.27.35

    painted moose in Bennington, VT

  28. Virginia: Yorktown (my hometown 1961-1980); Williamsburg (my college town 1974-1978); Virginia Beach; Mathews (lived 1984-1985); Richmond (lived 1986-1988); Northern Virginia: Vienna (lived 1988-1992) & Oakton (where I live 1992-present); Arlington (lived 2007-2008); Alexandria, Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park (many years), Monterey (2013), Douthat State Park (2013), Lexington & Staunton (2013) Mason Neck (2014), Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge (2015), Great Falls National Park (many times).
  29. Washington: Seattle (1979); Olympic National Park (1979); Spokane (1981-1984).
  30. West Virginia: Berkeley Springs (2001); Lost River State Park; Babcock State Park & Shepherdstown (2015); Thurmond, New River Gorge, Kanawha & Fayetteville (2016); Harpers Ferry (2017), .
  31. Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park (1979), Grand Teton National Park (1979), Cheyenne & Devils Tower National Monument (2019).

I’ll add more places to this as I continue to travel. 🙂

Last updated 12/13/2020.