Follow the thick green line on each of the pictures to figure out where I am right now.  The most recent will be on top.  Also, check out the fun state facts that I find as I continue my journey.

Boston, MA

Fun Fact:  If you don’t include college students, only about 600,000 people reside in Boston.

New York, New York

Fun Fact:  More than 26,000 people live in each square mile of New York City.

Fishkill, New York

Fun Fact:  When Henry Hudson was on the Hudson River for the first time, he was not looking to settle the New World.  Instead, he was looking for a Western passage to the Orient.

Niagara Falls, New York

Fun Fact:  Niagara Falls is the second largest falls on the globe next to Victoria Falls in southern Africa.

Columbus, Ohio

Fun Fact:  Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.  This explains why Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace was so amazing!

St. Louis, Missouri

Fun Fact:  The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.  Thank you St. Louis World’s Fair for inventing the thing that is my kryptonite!

Denver, Colorado

Fun Fact: Denver is one of the few cities in history that was not built on a road, railroad, lake, navigable river or body of water when it was founded. It just happened to be where the first few flakes of gold were found in 1858.

Escondido, California

Fun Fact:  Many tourists come to Escondido to visit the San Diego Wild Animal Park, which shares some of its fame with its sister park, the San Diego Zoo. The Wild Animal Park shows world animals in open habitat, where they can roam, graze, and even fly.

Stockton, California

Fun Fact:  Prior to its incorporation in 1850, Stockton had several names, including ‘Tuleburg’, ‘Gas City’ and ‘Mudville’.

San Francisco, California

Fun Fact:  The gold rush at Sutter’s Mill in 1852 is what transformed San Francisco from a fishing village into the sprawling city that it is today.

Sacramento, California

Fun Fact:  Sacramento is where the Sacramento River and American River meet.  They meet at a park called Discovery Park.  The place where two rivers meet is called a convergence.

Oregon

Fun Fact:  There is a local business in Portland called Keep Portland Weird.  What does that mean?  Basically, Portland supports small local businesses really well.  Check it out:  http://www.keepportlandweird.com/.

Washington

Fun Fact:  Mount St. Helen’s lost 1,131 feet in its May 1980 eruption.

Idaho

Fun Fact:  The man who first publicly demonstrated the television was from Idaho.  His name was Philo Farnsworth.

Montana

Fun Fact:  Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.

North Dakota

Fun Fact:  North Dakota’s state bird is the Meadowlark.

Minnesota

Fun Fact:  Minnesota’s state bird is the Loon.

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