Welcome to Explore All 50!

I created this website with three purposes in mind. First, it’s a travel guide filled with itineraries, tips, and not-to-be-missed places to visit across the United States. It’s also a how-to tool to help you craft educational adventures while creating wonderful experiences of your own. Finally, it is the story of my family, a single mom’s … MORE

The Travel Stress-Less Checklist!

The Travel Stress-Less Checklist!

Embarking on a road trip can be a fun and exciting time but it can also be a time to stress out over a multitude of things related to your adventure. Have I got everything I need? Have I got all my reservation info organized? Have I taken care of things to make sure my home is safe while I’m gone? These are all questions I ask myself in the days … MORE


Reader Profile: Joy Rosen – Sharing smiles across the miles

Joy’s parents could not have picked a more appropriate name for this Las Vegas resident and transplanted Brooklynite with the bubbly personality who brings smile and joy wherever she travels in her quest to see all 50 states. This former New York tour guide, is up to 12 states so far and can’t wait to hit the road again meeting interesting … MORE

New Orleans

To Plan Or Not To Plan? That’s The Question!

So I was speaking to my friend Becky the other day encouraging her to take a look at my website as she was considering a trip to New Orleans. After perusing the things we’d seen and done and taking a look at our itinerary, “Wow!” she exclaimed ,“You’re a real planner. To be honest, I prefer to just land in a city and be totally … MORE

OK Joe's Banner and Jeff

Where There’s Smoke … There’s BBQ!

Guest blog post by: Jeff Shoer What would a good road trip be without the hunt for great tasting Barbecue? The origins of the word Barbecue may have come from foreign lands long ago (the word itself comes from the Spanish Barbacoa translating to sacred fire pit), but these days Barbeque or BBQ (for short) is right at home in the States. You can … MORE

The White Family

Reader Profile: The White Family – Giving Their Kids “Wings”

As the Explore All 50 Project has grown and is now reaching more readers, it's really given me the opportunity to "meet" some amazing people all across the country who like me, share a real passion to see all of America. About two weeks I got to know Nicole White from Maryland who along with her husband Chad and kids Gavin (13) and Lucy (10) have … MORE

Factory Tours

Factory Tours!-Fascinating Fun Learning How Things Are Made

It all started with a show I happened to catch on TV called “Watch It Made In The USA.” I bought the book from the show that listed all the factory tours across the US, and it turned out to be an amazing resource.  Sadly, the show is no longer on the air and the book is no longer in print, but you can visit, another … MORE

Soundtrack #4

Soundtrack for Trip #4: New Mexico and Colorado

There is something so incredibly peaceful as you travel through the magnificent and unique landscapes of New Mexico and Colorado. These states share a natural spirituality but each is vastly different. Just like John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" and The Champs "Tequila!" The painted desert of New Mexico is vibrant and almost otherworldly. Home to … MORE