Last November I finally achieved one of my Bucket List goals… to visit, and geocache in, all 50 US states. Although I do say so myself, it was quite an achievement. Especially for someone who doesn’t live in the USA, who wasn’t even born in North America, and is only 3½ inches tall!
That doesn’t mean I’m finished with the United States. Far from it. There’s still so much to see and do there, so many Bucket List places to experience, not to mention friends to visit.
Yet I decided I needed a new goal to help steer my future trips south of the border. And a few weeks ago, I came up with one… to visit all the US State Capitol Buildings.
In retrospect, I discovered I’d been pretty close to quite a few of them on my previous adventures. For example, I’d driven past the capitals of Washington (Olympia) and North Dakota (Bismarck) on the interstate without even realising it. Also from the interstate, I remember seeing the domes of the Georgia (Atlanta) and Connecticut (Hartford) Capitol Buildings. And I’ve actually briefly visited at least three state capitals, without setting eyes on the Capitol Building: New York (Albany), Rhode Island (Providence) and Arizona (Phoenix).
Ultimately, I was quite shocked to discover I’d only actually visited four Capitol Buildings: Alaska (Juneau), Texas (Austin), Hawaii (Honolulu) and Florida (Tallahassee). Although, to be fair, In the case of the latter, I had done a tour of both the new and old Capitol Buildings.
Last month, I checked off another two, Delaware (Dover) and Virginia (Richmond), while visiting friends in Richmond itself. And next month I hope to add at least one more, during a trip to Connecticut.
That’s not a bad start, I suppose. But I know the challenge I’ve set myself will keep me busy for several years to come. And mean quite a few Journeys through the United States. Oh, well. It’s a tough challenge, but someone has to do it!
How many States / State Capitol Buildings have you visited?
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