Driving around on our college tour, one of the games that we occupy ourselves with is searching for different license plates on surrounding vehicles. Up to this point, we managed to see license plates of 35 US states, plus Washington, DC, and 4 Canadian provinces.
The most exotic – for a Yankee such as myself – have been Utah, Washington (the state, not the city), Alberta, New Brunswick, and South Dakota. The truck bearing South Dakota plates came into our field of vision less than 5 miles from our home on the way back from Upstate New York. That made our long day all the more exciting.
These are the 15 states of the Union that eluded us so far: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, West Virginia, Wyoming. I have high hopes that a few more of these will reveal themselves on our remaining journeys. Though not Hawaii, probably.