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


Why You’ve Just Got To Buy Those Crazy Souvenir Photos!

I'm sure you've seen this a million times. You head to an attraction and at some point during the visit you get attacked by a photographer plying you to take a free photo which you can buy if you like it before you leave. The first thought that goes through your head is "heck no-I'm not getting suckered into shelling out big bucks for a photo … MORE

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A 10-day July 4th Adventure in Yellowstone and Cody, Wyoming (by Guest Blogger Madeline Jason)

Most of the road trips here on Explore All 50 move at a pretty quick pace, but that can be a little daunting for seniors like us. If you are looking for a little more leisurely experience through Yellowstone, here's a 10 day road trip that allowed us to spend some truly memorable time in America's first national park as well as take in the 4th of … MORE


Cruising Alaska or Hawaii: Is It Right For You?

As we sat on the dock in Juneau, Alaska a couple of weeks ago we couldn't help but notice the gargantuan cruise ships docked in the port.  As they easily floated in and out of the harbor it was hard not to think about whether we'd made the right decision not to do a cruise, which is the way most folks choose to tour Alaska. My family has had some … MORE

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Our Top 10 FREE Things To See And Do In The USA

As a single mom, I know how expensive it can get seeing and doing lots of activities on a road trip.  All those great museums, national parks, and other awesome attractions can really add up fast. That's why it's especially amazing when we come across free activities which are most times as good if not better than most of the things we pay for. … MORE


Alaska: Exploring The Last Frontier

After exploring more of Alaska than most tourists get to see, I can say without hesitation, that Alaska is one of the last if not the only truly wild places left in the USA. Our 49th state is known as the "last frontier" and I know I am gushing here (we've literally just gotten back as I am writing this) but visiting Alaska was a life changing … MORE


Important Lessons To Touch Your Heart In America’s Heartland

So often in our travels we are wowed-mesmerized by stuff that is incredibly fascinating, unique and different, but it's the emotional stuff that always leaves a deeper and more lasting impression on all of us. On every road trip we always seem to encounter something emotionally moving but it was our trip to America's heartland -Nebraska, Kansas, … MORE

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Reader Profile: Craig Rhodes, On A Quest to Run A Marathon in All 50!

I had the pleasure of "meeting" Craig when we discovered we had a mutual friend on Facebook. Turns out he's also a huge fan of The Explore All 50 Project. Thanks to technology and especially sites like Facebook, the world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. I found out that Craig, a single dad of three girls Meadow 21, April 18, and Woodlyn … MORE