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Logging Miles and Collecting States

December 29, 2009

I have a goal that by the time they are 18, the adorables will have visited all 50 states. Lofty, I know, but we’re big on road trips around here. To keep track, I log all of our travels in the kids’ individual atlases.

You can find them at any Wal-Mart, Target or here: Rand Mcnally 2010 the Road Atlas: United States / Canada / Mexico (Rand Mcnally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico)


I have a big sticky note with all 50 states listed on the full U.S. map, so I can cross them off as we visit.


Then I take a highlighter to the individual state maps and mark our routes.  This is our home state, so we’ve covered a lot of ground here.  I also use the big sticky notes on other state pages, when I want to keep track of the dates or itineraries when we have visited a state multiple times.

I keep the atlases, the highlighter, and the sticky notes together in a drawer, so when we return home from somewhere it’s all ready to go.

Happy Travels!

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  1. themotherlist

      on December 29, 2009 6:29 am

    I LOVE this idea!


  2. Marla

      on December 29, 2009 9:41 am

    What a great learning experience for the kids. They will really know their states. You will probably have to do a world map soon. :-)


  3. Susan Knipper Watson

      on December 29, 2009 4:43 pm

    Love this idea! Anxiously awaiting a new mini van in 2010 so we can begin our family adventures.


  4. Lynsi

      on December 29, 2009 7:51 pm

    That is a really fantastic idea.


  5. RLR

      on December 29, 2009 9:22 pm

    I’m thinking of road-tripping with my two this coming summer. The older is very interested in maps, so this would be a great idea!


  6. Jules Greenaway

      on December 30, 2009 8:24 am

    What a great idea! Love it!!!!


  7. Jeff

      on January 2, 2010 7:33 pm

    excellent idea, thanks


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