Least Visited U.S. States by JetPunkers

Which U.S. states have been lived in or visited by the fewest JetPunk users who have filled out a map?
As of 1 September 2021
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Last updated: September 1, 2021
First submittedApril 12, 2019
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State
5.1
North Dakota
5.5
Alaska
7.6
South Dakota
7.8
Nebraska
8.2
Oklahoma
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State
8.4
Arkansas
8.8
Idaho
8.8
Mississippi
8.8
Montana
9.1
Kansas
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Level 68
Apr 12, 2019
Proposal: The same kind of quizes but weighted by the current population of the states.
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Level 79
Apr 12, 2019
The closest I came to visiting these 10 is passing by bus through MS.
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2021
id count that as visiting
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Level 86
Sep 1, 2021
the closest I came is suggesting a road trip across the US to my brother and then he went when I wasn't free without me.
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Level 57
Sep 22, 2021
Oof that sucks.
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Level 71
Sep 1, 2021
My rule is that I count a state or country as visited even if I only pass through on a bus or train, but do not count it if I only spend time in an airport during a transfer or layover.
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Level 85
Sep 2, 2021
Gotta at least get out of the car/bus/train, IMHO. I have a friend whose rule is "you have to eat a meal in the state to count it as visited."
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Level 41
Sep 12, 2021
I've never been to the USA, but for European countries (which I'm guessing is somewhat comparable), I have to leave the vehicle and be outside of any airport.
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Level 56
Sep 12, 2021
My rule as of now is if there’s something memorable I did there, I count it as visited.
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Level 64
Sep 16, 2021
for me its the same. but i had a layover in Sofia, Bulgaria once and i took a shuttle bus to a nearby hotel to sleep for a few hours. so i dont know if i can count that i have been to sofia. i left the airport but i didnt see anything.
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Level 28
Apr 13, 2019
bruhhhh i read this and thought it said least visited countries lmao
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Same
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Level 82
Apr 13, 2019
Got everything but Idaho. Kinda surprised West Virginia failed to make the list, even though I've been there several times myself.
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Level 83
May 22, 2019
I drove through West Virginia frequently when I lived in Ohio. Personally I don't consider that having "visited" there, but probably others would.
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Level 82
May 30, 2019
yeah I guess there's that little bit that sticks out to the east that many people drive through when traveling between Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. But at most they might stop to visit a gas station or convenience store.
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Level 40
May 30, 2019
They are missing some great hiking and white water rafting. Getting to the Carolinas or VA from OH, MI, IN, Western PA or NY etc nearly requires travel through WV.
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Level 66
Jun 27, 2019
I guess I'm one of the few of people who actually visited the state.
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Level 82
Sep 29, 2019
I also actually visited but only because we have some relatives there.
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Level 74
Oct 5, 2020
We have visited a few times, proximity probably help though
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Level 68
May 30, 2019
Delaware is in a similar situation. I wonder how many people included Delaware because of a trip on I-95 or a stop on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor rather than an actual visit to the state.

I don't know anyone besides vacationers from DC and Maryland and a couple of corporate lawyers who have actually visited Delaware.

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Level 82
May 30, 2019
I've got a friend who lives in Wilmington and I visited a couple times. Plus, they've got the original Fight Club franchise there.
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Level 70
May 31, 2019
I think a lot of people go there for business. A lot of corporate HQ are there because of the tax advantages.
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Level 85
Sep 2, 2021
I actually doubt that people visit for that reason. Most of those businesses registered there for tax reasons have no real office space; just a place for official mail to be delivered. I've dealt with dozens of Delaware incorporated businesses, and if I had to visit them, it was never to Delaware.
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Level 84
Sep 8, 2021
What? It's got BEACHES! People flock there from the DC/MD/VA area for those beaches. (Not so much to visit presidential relatives.)
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Level 82
Sep 12, 2021
I'm originally from the NoVA area. The only local-ish beaches I've ever been to are Virginia Beach (probably 2-3x), Ocean City, Maryland (2-3x), Chincoteague (once), and Rehoboth Beach (once) which is in Delaware but the opposite end of the state. I can list multiple far-off states and at least seven different countries with beaches I've visited more often than the ones around here, which to me never really seemed worth going to.
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Level 31
May 30, 2019
Brit here. West Virginia is one of the only states I have visited, but I expect I'm probably an exception.
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Level 57
Sep 1, 2021
You would be surprised how many people travel the Appalachian Trail. Even though only 4 miles goes through West Virginia, it does go through the state, plus 20 miles of the trail is along the West Virginia Virginia border.
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Level 50
Apr 13, 2019
I'm not very well traveled and I've been to 3 of these states. Granted one is a neighboring state and another is a neighbor of that one. I'm really surprised at how low Alaska is on this list.
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Level 40
Apr 13, 2019
i guess i'm apart of the 5% who has been to North Dakota
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Level 45
Aug 15, 2019
I was born there. It was really cold and there were a lot of storms all the time.
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Level 57
Sep 22, 2021
Sounds like Florida but cold.
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Level 63
Oct 24, 2019
born and raised in bottineau, nd. glad people don't come here. don't want them to lol.
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Level 53
Apr 14, 2019
Surprised more people have been to Maine than Kansas, honestly.
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Level 51
Sep 12, 2021
Except Acadia... a place that a LOT of northeastern JetPunkers visit... while tell me how many JetPunkers live near Kansas? And what to even do there...
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Level 85
Apr 15, 2019
So less than 10% of "state map filler outers" have been to South Dakota? Bummer. Really owe it to yourselves to spend a bit of time at Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills. Seriously beautiful country, the Badlands are amazing, and some really cool caving as well.
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Level 71
May 30, 2019
I was a bit surprised by SD being on this list as well, I thought Mount Rushmore was widely visited by Americans.
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Level 68
May 30, 2019
It is extremely difficult for most of us to get to Mt. Rushmore. I believe the closest truly decent-sized airport is Minneapolis, which is an 8-hour drive away.
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Level 82
May 30, 2019
South Dakota campaigned to get Mount Rushmore put there precisely because there's no other reason to visit.
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Level 56
May 30, 2019
Me too. We go there almost every year. There is a lot of fun touristy stuff to do around the area and it's not very expensive. But we also only live about 4 hours away so that helps.
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Level 56
Sep 12, 2021
I went to South Dakota while on a road trip to Yellowstone. We got to see Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands. It was definitely worth then time spent there.
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Level 50
May 20, 2019
Interesting quiz. I have been to Idaho, out of these 10, but just drove through for about half an hour from BC, so not sure it really counts.
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Level 73
May 30, 2019
The only one here I haven't been to is Alaska, and I'm dying to go. But I think all the states are wonderful, you just need to get to know them.
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Level 63
May 30, 2019
Quite interesting to see alaska there, I would expect more tourism there since it has so much natural beauty. Also, I lived in Montana for 5 years, reccommended if you like national parks, beautiful state as well
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Level 62
May 30, 2019
I like this quiz. Maybe one but instead of states, it's countries? Great quiz!
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Level 67
May 31, 2019
Yes
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Level 71
May 30, 2019
As the story goes, when Indiana had a contest a few years ago for a new license plate slogan someone submitted "Indiana: Bring Something To Do."
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Level 20
May 30, 2019
Lol, its so trueeee...
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Level 74
May 30, 2019
How did you compile this?
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Level ∞
May 30, 2019
Users can fill out a map of states they have visited. This is stored in our database which I queried to compile the information.
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Level 67
May 31, 2019
Is a country version coming up?
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Level 85
May 30, 2019
I'm really skeptical about a couple of these. Maine, Rhode island and Delaware are tiny and/or really out of the way. I've always heard people say I saw all the New England states in a single day. Maybe it's a matter of perception. To me visited means that you walked outside for a couple of hours, but some may think as long as my car or train went through it or my plane landed there it counts while others might say visited only happens after spending a couple of days. One thing that might skew numbers is foreign travelers. You can fly into New York get a car and hit about 15 states in a week. For someone that might never come back to the country that sounds a lot more appealing than flying into Houston driving the same distance and not hitting another state.
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Level 66
May 30, 2019
Those state are also close to the most densely-populated area of the country, and they're small, which helps. Lots of people from Boston dip into the other New England states because they're easy to hit. Providence is a 45-minute train ride from Boston. When I lived in Boston, sometimes we'd take the train to Providence just to do something new. Ditto New Hampshire. You've got the skiing in Vermont. Leafpeeping in Maine. People from New York and New Jersey come up with ease too. That area is so tiny that you can drive from anywhere. Compare that to the states on this list, all of which are sparsely populated, enormous (i.e., it's unlikely you'll just pop into and out of one), and whose biggest cities are not really driving distance from any population centers. It's a much bigger commitment to get to them, so fewer people make the effort.
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Level 67
May 31, 2019
I read leafpeeing... thought wow people go especially to a state for that? Still dont know what it is though..
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2021
Leafpeeping is when people go to see the fall foliage when the leaves turn all sorts of colors. Maine has a high trees density so people go up to see the colors.
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Level 84
Sep 8, 2021
Oh. On reading the comment, I thought, "My dog enjoys leafpeeing..."
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Level 67
May 31, 2019
I love the things people are/get skeptical about
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Level 69
May 30, 2019
Seems pretty accurate. I've been to all but 10 states, and 7 of those are in this list.

@idontkn1: Maine, Rhode Island, and Delaware are all close to major metropolitan areas, so get a lot of visitors. Maine is the most out of the way, but it still isn't too far from Boston and has Acadia National Park, which is the 7th most visited national park in the country. Rhode Island is an hour or so from Boston, and you have to pass through Delaware to get from Baltimore/DC to Philadelphia/NYC, so almost anyone who lives in any of those cities passes through Delaware pretty regularly.

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Level 76
May 30, 2019
Only been to Idaho and Montana of the ones on this list. Would like to get to all of them someday.
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Level 59
May 30, 2019
Genuine question, not trying to be rude. But for those of you who live in these states, why? These all fit the bill of states that if you can leave, you do. But surely that isn't everyone?

I'm from Pennsylvania, and other than the two major cities everybody I know just wants to leave. And PA certainly has more to do than North Dakota or Mississippi. Looking for some insight.

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Level 73
May 30, 2019
Perhaps because they don't subscribe to the "if you can leave, you do" mentality?
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Level 72
May 30, 2019
Some people prefer the attractions outside cities. Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota in particular have strong economies, beautiful natural landscapes, and abundant recreation opportunities.
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Level 40
May 31, 2019
There are plenty of dive bars to get black out drunk at 8am in any town in north dakota if the population is over 10,000 (there are a few of them and I made a quiz about it), so there is that to do. You're not rude though, I left because, yes, I could and did. Many are flocking there because of jobs though which encouraged me to leave even more. There is much good there to be fair, but I like the travel lifestyle.
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Level 27
May 30, 2019
quizes by jetpunkers is a good idea
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Level 25
May 30, 2019
really suprised texas didn't make it
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Level 66
May 30, 2019
If you like the outdoors, these states have plenty to do.
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Level 40
May 31, 2019
North Dakota represent! You suckers are missing out... on nothing. There is nothing worth seeing in my home state, look away, pass by, nothing to see there... The money spent on add campaigns for tourism is funny though. I've been traveling for work and seen advertisements about "legendary" or what have you and it cracks me up. Oof da.
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Level 57
May 31, 2019
What's a "North Dakota"?
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Level 69
May 31, 2019
Shocked that Wyoming isn't on this list.
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Level 66
Jun 27, 2019
Yellowstone (Also drive through state, I guess)
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Level 60
Jun 1, 2019
when i typed in Rhode Island and saw no confirmation i nearly lost my mind when i typed in Delaware and the same thing "non" happened i questioned the reliability of Jet Punk and my entire understanding of Gods creation , i am now convinced this is part of a worldwide conspiracy led by Interpol ,against me , i am now going into deep incognito mode , please pray for me
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Level 55
Jun 20, 2019
I live one of these and been two seven of them Owo
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Level 28
Sep 29, 2019
That's a complete stab-in-the-dark quiz
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Level 58
Dec 29, 2019
I've been to all of the states. I am surprised that Maine is not on this list.
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Level 85
Sep 2, 2021
Maine is pretty easily reachable from Boston and other population centers in the NE. On a work trip to Boston once, I spent my evening driving up to Kennebunk in Maine for dinner, then drove home. No problem.
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2020
Alaska? most of our population is tourists
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Level 56
Jan 13, 2021
As a South Dakotan, I've been to 4 of these. Never been to North Dakota though, which shows just how boring the state really is.
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Level 54
Jan 13, 2021
why would u even create a quiz like this?
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2021
I am surprised Wyoming is not on the list
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2021
I'm guessing that's solely because of Yellowstone.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2021
Alabama is a huge tourist destination??

Jokes aside, it's too bad that states like Montana and Alaska are on here. Neither of them get a lot of publicity, but I've heard both places are beautiful and they've both been on my bucket list. I'm guessing remoteness is probably a factor working against them though.

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Level 22
Feb 9, 2021
Ive been to alaska yay :D never been to ND though...
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Level 88
Sep 1, 2021
Only two states I haven't been to are the top two on this list. The only circumstance I can envision for visiting the top one would be to go to the national park there - I'm into the national parks and have visited over 40 of them. The second on the list is on my bucket list for a lot of reasons so someday soon . . .
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Level 88
Sep 1, 2021
As far as doing a country one is concerned, as some folks have suggested, I would guess that very few folks here except for the intrepid travelers like kalba have been to more than a few dozen of them, so there would be 170-180 countries that tie for the top position in terms of fewest visits. W/r to the converse, I believe there is a "Most Visited Countries by Jetpunkers" quiz already.
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Level 91
Sep 1, 2021
I have been to none of these states, so getting them all was relatively easy. The only one I got stumped on was Mississippi. Great quiz!
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Level 91
Sep 1, 2021
To some of the comments... the quiz does not say that people are going there as tourists or to specifically visit the state - it's based on how people filled out the map on their profile.

I, for instance, have driven coast-to-coast, and some of the states I've listed that I have "been to" were only as long as it took to drive through to my actual destination.

For instance, Oklahoma... I've been to Oklahoma maybe a total of 2 hours, driving the 1 hour diagonal through the panhandle on 2 different road trips.

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Level 66
Sep 2, 2021
I'm still on zero visits
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Level 75
Sep 2, 2021
I've been to all 50 states - have any other quizzers done that? Dan, since you can access the states-visited info for everyone, are you able to do a graph of the % of quizzers who have visited each number of states? Finally, do the percentages in this quiz include those who haven't visited any states at all?
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Level ∞
Sep 3, 2021
In response to your questions.

1) Yes, it is virtually certain that other users have been to all 50 states, although 50 is very impressive for a non-American. I've been to 46 personally.

2) The % who've been to 50 will certainly be inflated by people who enter all 50 states as a gag.

3) Yes, the percentages in this quiz include those who haven't visited any states at all.

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Level 84
Sep 8, 2021
Not a blue state among 'em. Does this lack of interaction possibly explain the lower tolerance prevalent in the red states?
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Level 88
Sep 12, 2021
Maybe the reverse - maybe residents of blue states have little tolerance for visiting red states. Or maybe who cares since maybe a lot of us visit quiz sites to get away from the same old, same old tired red state/blue state political crap.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2021
It's actually fairly non-partisan I think, an example of correlation not causation. Sparsely populated, rural states like the ones on this list tend to be Republican. Accessing many of these places can be inconvenient, as they don't have major cities with direct flights. This is compounded by the fact that these states aren't very close to other very populous states, which makes it also makes it difficult to drive to them. You can contrast this with West Virginia and Kentucky, which are also rural but are also close to larger population centers like Pennsylvania and Illinois, making them somewhat more frequent stopping points on car trips.

TL;DR: I think it relates to demographics and geography, not policy. (Also, for the record, I think there's plenty to still see/do in many of these states, it's just a matter of inconvenience.)

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Level 47
Sep 12, 2021
I haven't been to any states on this list, but I've been to 17!
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Level 52
Sep 12, 2021
Only been to Montana, thanks Glacier National Park. Love to check out Alaska and Idaho too, one day.
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Level 57
Sep 22, 2021
I've never been to Spain, but at least I've been to Oklahoma!