We're on a mission to get a picture by each state entrance sign. We only have 6 states left! Follow us along in Part 3 of our journey!

Hey friends! I’m SO EXCITED to be sharing our 50 State Sign Challenge Part 3 with you today! To get caught up, check out Part 1 & Part 2! My fiancé, Trevor, will be taking over today to talk to you about our recent road trip out to Clearwater Beach and New Orleans, where we took the long way to and from Wisconsin in order to get 9 more states! 

50 State Sign Challenge Part 3

Hello all! Chelsea’s picture-taking, future Instagram-husband here. I’m taking over today because Chelsea has been asking me to do a guest post for a while now. My idea of good fashion is a plain colored t-shirt and old jeans….so Chelsea recommended that I stay away from the fashion posts and stick to what I’m good at…a travel post.

We decided to tackle our road trip through the southern states during the middle of winter, when Wisconsin can see wind chills hit 50 degrees below zero. We decided on Clearwater Beach as the final destination for our trip (where we would meet up with friends), with a stop in New Orleans along the way. I had previous road trips through the south, but Chels had not, so I was excited for her to experience this region of the country.

Our first day started out with about 12 hours of driving, ending with an overnight stay in West Memphis, Arkansas. There was some major flooding this region of the country during January, and our planned Kentucky sign stop was on a road which was closed due to the flooding. We had to make our own detour in order to get the Kentucky sign, as well as the Tennessee sign. After a night of dining on cheap Chinese food in a cheap hotel room, we were ready for a day of driving to New Orleans.

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We try to stay off interstates as much as possible (two lane highways are the real way to see America), but in order to cover so many miles in one week, we had to use interstates for most of this trip. We acquired the Mississippi sign with ease, and ventured down to Louisiana. Louisiana began a 3 state streak (Alabama and Florida as well), in which road construction completely blocked us from the signs. We were forced to get out the maps and figure out some alternative routes to other signs. I enjoyed this because it gave us an excuse to get off the freeway and explore a little bit.

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After 5 nights, tons of food, and a lot of drinks in Clearwater, we were on our way back north. Georgia was state number 4 in the streak of signs that were taken away by road construction, so we had to venture on to an old state highway, where we found a beautiful welcome sign peppered with bullet holes. While Chelsea was thinking of Deliverance, I was brought back to the stupid crap I did when I was younger. I wish I had the opportunity to enjoy some beers with the fine people in southern Georgia.

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South Carolina and North Carolina were the last two states we needed to hit in order to get every state east of the Mississippi River. Neither of us had ever been to the Carolinas, and we were both looking forward driving through them. We were not disappointed. We found the welcome signs with ease, and took in the beauty these states have to offer. I love Wisconsin, but I could easily see myself living in either of the Carolinas.

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Overall, our trip was a huge success. This region of the country never fails to impress me. Southern Hospitality is real, and the people down south make me want to keep going back. After returning home from this trip, I began planning for our next trip out west. It began to sink in that we are only 6 state signs away from hitting all of the lower 48. At the end of this summer, we will be heading out towards west coast, and will be checking off Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada from our list. Right now I hope to make it a two week trip, with at least 7 National Park stops, as well as stops in Seattle, San Fransisco, and Las Vegas. I can already feel myself holding the camera and taking pictures for Chelsea’s blog posts…I’m sure she won’t disappoint!

Until next time,
Trevor

Catch up on our travels!
50 State Sign Challenge: Part 1
50 State Sign Challenge: Part 2

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  • This is so cool! I would love to do this eventually, thanks for the inspiration :)

    • We love doing it. We are so close to being finished! Hope you can travel someday if you don’t already!

  • So exciting! Good luck with the last few! I have quite a few but hardly any on the west coast!

    • We need to get the north west. :)

  • I know the KY and TN signs well! I am from southern Indiana and my sister lives in Nashville. Currently I am in Florida very close to Clearwater beach, visiting my aunt! When we travel we also try to get state sign pics but we are not as hardcore as you guys! LOL. I love this journey though! And I lived in Oregon for a bit and have traveled the state so let me know if you need any recommendations there!

    • lol!!! I love seeing your pictures though! I think it’s so cute when your head hangs out of the window! haha. Thank you, we just might hit you up!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Trevor, so glad to read your guest post!!! Yay, great job – you’re officially a writer : ) How does it feel? I am insanely jealous of your travels. I’ve done a lot of travelling overseas but would love to do more in-state traveling in the future with my family. By the way Chelsea, your outfit in the Kentucky picture is ON POINT.

    • Thanks Linds! I would LOVE to get more travel experience OVERSEAS!!! haha. We always want what we can’t have. Trevor has a great writing voice. He has a great personality overall so I knew my readers would love him. (:

  • So nice to have a guest post! It looks like you guys had an amazing time!

    • We had a blast! Thanks for reading!

  • This is such a cool idea! And so glad to hear you all liked the Carolinas. I’m biased, but I think they’re absolutely gorgeous!

    • Oh, we LOVED it. If we didn’t live in WI, I would definitely want to live in either North or South Carolina.

  • I’m glad you guys loved the south so much! The Carolinas and Georgia are all really great.

  • AbbyH

    Nice job! Although I have one note: Is it coincidence that all of the pictures of Trevor by the state signs are blurry? I think you two better stick to your roles, Trev seems to be more skilled at the art of photography, or maybe Chelsea is just more photogenic? :) xoxo

    • LMAO. I actually thought of this when I was putting the photos together!!!! hahaha. Maybe it’s a sign….

    • Actually really weird, I just went through and re-sized the photos and they aren’t blurry. Good catch

  • This is SO COOL! I can’t believe how quickly you two are getting to all the states! I also can’t believe how close you are to hitting them all :) Hawaii and Alaska will have to be big trips, but it will be an amazing way to celebrate meeting your goal! :)

    • I think Hawaii will be for the honeymoon. And Alaska…that will be a tough one!!! But Alaska is like my ultimate bucket list item so I know it will happen.

  • What a fun challenge! You’re so close, it will be so exciting when you get them all!

    Molly and Stacie

    • Thanks Molly! We are so excited!

  • You guys are really impressive. That’s a lot of driving, but such a cool way to see the Country. We actually just got back from a road trip, and we went from WI to IL, IN, KY, AL, and TN. Not quite as long a trip as yours, but we had 3 kiddos along, so I’m guessing our car was louder :)

    • LOL! Yes I don’t think we could handle all of the driving if we had kids! Thus why we are making this a goal right now. Yes, it is a lot of driving, and some days feel longer than others when doing so. The nice thing is that we genuinely enjoy each others’ company and we really don’t get (that) sick of each other in the vehicle! 😉

  • Anita E. Baffoni

    This is the cutest thing! Did you hit Rhode Island yet? I might start doing this myself :)

    -A
    http://www.theaveragegirlchronicles.com

    • Yes, we have! Rhode Island is in Part 2! 😉

  • Nicole Pharr

    I’m a North Carolina girl born and raised and I’ve already told the hubs that we’ll more thank likely retire here near one of our beaches. I obviously love my state, lol!

    This is pretty amazing! What a neat, memorable adventure for you and your future husband to look back on and share with your children. So, so cool!

    • Thank you so much! We are pretty excited to complete the challenge (:

  • So awesome that you were able to travel to so many places in one trip? Have you made it to TX yet? :)

    xoxo, Jenny

    • We have! It was super short though, and we just passed through! Someday we are going to go back and stay a few nights!

  • haha this is so funny and cute! My fiance’s idea of fashion is also a pair of jeans and a t-shirt even though he has taken so many photos of my outfits for me lol. It looks like a very fun trip you guys had. Can’t wait to see San Francisco and Vegas, those are my favorite places!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    • Thanks so much, love! I am BEYOND excited to see Vegas!!

  • What a fun project! I love this! And so sweet that your finance wrote this post. :)

  • Neely

    I love that you guys are doing this! How fun!

    • Thanks love! We are having so much fun with it.

  • Ashley Chase

    This is such a neat idea!! I wish my husband and I had time to visit all 50 states!

    • Thanks Ashley! We have so much fun doing it.

  • Sort of jealous of you guys! Would love to do this.

    • Lol. We are sooo close to being done!

  • Veronica Pototska

    Such an amazing idea! I would just love to travel all around the States! How about Hawaii and Alaska?

    • We are not quite sure what the plan will be for those states yet. I think Hawaii may be the honeymoon!

  • Nicole Leith

    The South is so amazing! I went to college in South Carolina and it’s completely different there than the mid-Atlantic. I’d love you go to Louisiana soon!

    • Aw so cool! We loved South Carolina so much!!

  • Daria

    This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing….

    • Thanks for stopping by! xo

  • Leslie Soto

    Y’all made it to my home state-the one with the sign peppered with bullet holes. Not proud of that but I can say it wasn’t my family who did that. Glad y’all got to see some of our sweet Peach state.

    • LOL it’s okay…each state has their own kind like that!!! 😉

  • I love this mission!! I would love to do a similar travel adventure with my husband! what an amazing way to see the country and keep track of where you’ve been!

    • Thanks Libby. We feel that it’s important to know our own country before venturing off to others. (:

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    What a cute idea!! I have so many more states to visit, but want to see all the states for sure. :)

    • Thanks Jessica! It’s been an absolute blast!

  • This is so cool! I also love Chelsea’s pants for the Kentucky picture. I’m from Tennessee and live in Florida now; I’m glad y’all liked this part of the country. Have fun out west. That sounds amazing.

    • Thank you so much, Meghan! These pants are as comfy as PJs 😉

  • I love that you guys do this! & I totally love that Chelsea thought of Deliverance! Totally made me laugh out loud. I hope to make it to New Orleans someday!

  • What a fun adventure! I would love to do this one day!

    • Thank you so much, Dara!!! We have so much fun with it!

  • Bethany Magnie

    This would be so awesome to do with my little family. It’d make a great gallery wall!!

    • I would love to cut each photo and paste it on a map of the US when we are done! 😀

  • This is so cool! Such a fun idea. I’d love to do this with my husband :)

  • Awesome! I’ve always wanted to visit all 50 states (but don’t have pics with the state signs of the ones I’ve visited). Guess I’ll have to start over, lol!

    • LOL. Funny you mention that. We went to California 2 years ago before we ever had this idea. So now we have a problem of having gone there (which is very far from where we live, in Wisconsin) to not having the photo! We are actually going to go back this summer and pass through on our way to Washington!