Maps showing every country, state, and county I have ever been in

Every few years, I have posted maps of every country, U.S. state, and U.S. county I have ever been in. It is time for an update.

Since I last posted, in August 2009, I have added one country (South Korea), zero states, and thirty-one counties (in Kansas, Nebraska, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Arizona). I do not have any airport-only countries or states, but I do have one airport-only county (Queens, New York), and one port-only county (Norfolk, Virginia).

World map — 11 countries:

from http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=world
from http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=world

U.S. map (states) — 46 states:

http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=world
http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=usa

U.S. map (counties) — 931 out of 3109 counties (excluding Alaska and Hawaii):

Created with ArcGIS 10.1
Created with ArcGIS 10.1 — Click for larger image

I believe that this is pretty accurate, especially after about age ten. I can remember, for example, the route my family took for family vacation from Montana to California and back in 1973 when I was twelve years old. I also remember the routes of some long bus rides: Billings, Montana to New Orleans for a national Lutheran youth gathering in 1976 (?), and Bozeman, Montana to Daytona Beach, Florida for a Campus Crusade for Christ conference in 1982.

I have lived in Montana, Utah, Montana again, Washington, Missouri, Romania, Colorado, Missouri again, and Montana again.

Since I was in my early twenties, I have kept track of my travels with a highlighter in Rand McNally road atlases. I’m on my second highlighted atlas, and it is getting rather worn.

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Page from my Rand McNally “every place I’ve ever been” atlas

I was able to create the “Counties I’ve Been In” map by looking at which counties had highlighted roads in the the atlas.

Grace and Peace, from a map nerd.

Where I’ve been — updated world, US state, and US county maps

This summer, I’ve added a new state (New Mexico) and at least nine new counties, so here are some updated maps.

World map — 10 countries — nothing new:

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http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=world

U.S. map (states) — 46 states — up from 45:

http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=world
http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=usa

U.S. map (counties) — 900 out of 3109 counties (excluding Alaska and Hawaii):

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Created with ArcGIS 9.3

I believe that this is pretty accurate, especially after about age ten. I can remember, for example, the route my family took for family vacation from Montana to California and back in 1973 when I was twelve years old. I also remember the routes of some long bus rides: Billings, Montana to New Orleans for a national Lutheran youth gathering in 1976 (?), and Bozeman, Montana to Daytona Beach, Florida for a Campus Crusade for Christ conference in 1982.

Since I was in my early twenties, I have kept track of my travels with a highlighter in Rand McNally road atlases. I’m on my second highlighted atlas, and it is getting rather worn.

RandMcnally3
Page from my Rand McNally "every place I've ever been" atlas

I was able to create the “Counties I’ve Been In” map by looking at which counties had highlighted roads in the the atlas.

Grace and Peace, from a map nerd.

Ten places to take your kids — Yahoo’s list and mine

From Yahoo Travel: 10 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

Here they are:

  1. The Brooklyn Bridge
  2. The Pacific Coast Highway
  3. Niagara Falls
  4. New Orleans
  5. Devil’s Tower
  6. Mount Rushmore & The Crazy Horse Memorial
  7. Dinosaur Valley (Glen Rose, Texas)
  8. Gettysburg National Park
  9. National Air and Space Museum
  10. The Grand Canyon

My kids have been to Niagara Falls, Devil’s Tower (which is our camping disaster family memory), and Mount Rushmore. I’ve been to the Pacific Coast Highway (my childhood  memories include car sickness), New Orleans (a rather adult-oriented city in my mind; why is it on the kids’ list?), and the National Air and Space Museum.

One doesn’t have to Texas to see great dinosaur footprints. We live just a couple miles from Dinosaur Ridge, which is west of Denver.

My thumbs up to taking the kids to Niagara Falls, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Grand Canyon (I’ve never been there).

For what its worth, here is my list of ten great places I’ve taken my kids to, in no particular order:

  1. Yellowstone National Park — How in the world did this not make the Yahoo list?
  2. The Eiffel Tower, Paris — I’m sure it beats the Brooklyn Bridge hands down.
  3. Bucharest, Romania — Doesn’t make most people’s list of top spots, but my children have tons of wonderful memories of spending over five years of their childhoods in Romania.
  4. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah — A wonderful family vacation.
  5. Mountain biking near Red Lodge, Montana, and Reutte, Austria — I wish I could do this with the family a whole lot more often.
  6. Great nature museums — The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  7. Great art museums — The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, and the St. Louis Art Museum.
  8. St. Louis, Missouri — Free zoo, free art museum, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
  9. Beartooth Highway, Montana and Wyoming — The most amazing and scenic highway in America.
  10. Whitewater rafting, Arkansas River, Colorado — I did this with two of my kids this summer, plus rappelling.

Places we haven’t been that I’d like to take my kids to:

  1. The Grand Canyon — my dream trip.
  2. Glacier National Park, Montana — I’ve been there, but the kids haven’t.
  3. Ekalaka and Miles City, Montana — I had to go there as a kid, why shouldn’t they? And the museum in Ekalaka has a two-headed calf!

Grace and Peace

P.S. The entire family says, “No, not Miles City and Ekalaka!”

Where I’ve been: US counties

A few days ago I had a post with maps showing states and countries I have been in. Here’s another map: counties I’ve been in.

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I’ve lived in Billings, MT; Salt Lake City, UT; Bozeman, MT; Pullman, WA; St. Louis, MO; Bucharest, Romania; and now Lakewood, CO. The greater amount of red in the Western US is due to two factors. I have traveled more extensively in the West, whether on family vacations as a child, or on geological field trips as a college student and adult. Second, the counties tend to be larger, leading to a blockier appearance to the region, at least in places like Southern California, Nevada, and Utah. Taking one trip through San Bernadino County in Southern California made a rather disproportionate area red on this map.

I tend to like variety in my routes, and this explains the multiple routes leading from St. Louis to Florida to visit relatives, or the high density of visited counties in Missouri and Iowa. While we were working on developing our financial support base for our work with ReachGlobal/Bucharest Christian Academy in Romania, we took dozens of trips from St. Louis to Central Iowa, where we ended up having five supporting churches. I tried to see some new places on each trip.

I’ve been in 891 out of 3109 counties (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Only 2218 to go!

This map was created with ArcGIS software from ESRI.

Grace and Peace

P.S. My first thought was that there were no airport-only counties on this map, but that is not true. I’ve been at both JFK and LaGuardia airports in Queens County, New York. On this type of map, Queens is an insignificant speck, dwarfed by the more significant Carter County, Montana (population: 1360, county seat: Ekalaka). I also have a port-only county: Norfolk, Virginia. I didn’t even get off the boat, but I’ve been there.