When it comes to travel, we tend to focus more on international destinations. However, over the past few years Kim and I have made it a point to try to see more of the USA.
When visiting different states it’s definitely impressive to think of just how much there is to see at home. In 2015 we only had the chance to visit one new state. (Back in March, Kim, Lucas and I had a fun time checking out Charleston, South Carolina.)
To date I’ve been to 32 states and would love to finish visiting all 50 at some point sooner than later. In recent years we spent a little time in places like Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Not exactly states that typically come up as popular travel destinations.
Thrillist took a look at the 12 Least- Visited States in America and gave some ideas of reasons we might want to visit them.
Let’s take a look at which states made the not so popular list.
(Listed below are the states, annual visitors and reasons to visit.)
- 12- Arkansas– 25.8 million- Visit for the outdoors.
- 11- Alabama– 24.3 million- Civil rights sites & a large space museum.
- 10- North Dakota– 24 million- National and State Parks, college hockey.
- 9- Mississippi– 22 million- Great burgers, Elvis’s birthplace, beaches.
- 8- Nebraska– 19.1 million- College football, Hunting & National Monuments.
- 7- Rhode Island– 19.2 million- Historic mansions, 40 miles of coastline.
- 6- Iowa– 16 million- Skiing, the party lake scene & the great bike race
- 5- West Virginia– 15.2 million- Outdoor beauty- moutain biking, white water rafting.
- 4- Vermont– 12.8 million- breweries, bike riding and skiing
- 3- Montana– 11 million- National parks, resorts towns with skiing.
- 2- Wyoming– 10.1 million- Yellowstone and other parks. Skiing at Jackson Hole.
- 1- Delaware– 7.3 millions- Tax free shopping,beaches,mansions & historical America.
Have you been to any of America’s least visited states? If so which do you find most worthy of a visit? I’ve been to 7 of the 12 and If I had to pick one that I’ve been to visit again, I’d go with Rhode Island.
Find out more from Thrillist here.