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    1. Oh, Montana is one of the prettiest states to visit (I have no idea why I didn’t include it on this list – it should be number one)! I hope you get a chance to visit (it’s gorgeous)! xx – Anshula

  1. One of the best ways to get information about a state and/or region is to request a visitor’s guide from the State Department of Tourism or Chamber of Commerce. They typically will send you a book about the state, broken down by regions, often including a state map and a calendar of events by season.
    You have New Mexico on your list for 2020. I went to college in Portales, NM! It is another state that lives up to its slogan, Land of Enchantment. There are some wonderful things to do in New Mexico. I highly recommend taking the time to go through Roswell to the blink-and-you-miss-it village of Lincoln. There is so much history! They have the most interesting cemetery with headstones dating back to the early to mid 1800s. I was pledging to a service fraternity, and we spent an entire weekend there cleaning the cemetery and other parts of the community. There’s an outhouse behind the post office/ community services building. We would have to walk out past that building to “go” whether it was day or night. It just so happens that the boardwalk around the building is the very place where Billy the Kid was gunned down! You can find history such as this throughout NM.
    I am a Native Daughter of Idaho and I have to say that it is one of the hidden gems of the United States! People who don’t know what we have to offer tend to make jokes about the potatoes but we are oh, so much more!
    Did you know that the Star Garnet is found in only 2 places in the world? India and the Idaho Panhandle! Idaho has so much land that if you could flatten the mountains in Idaho, you could fit the State of Texas inside the State of Idaho! Idaho has 4 distinct seasons. North Idaho is lush and green while much of South Idaho is a high desert. We have some of the best skiing in the country. Celebrities have homes all around the state. Vin Diesel is from a city in eastern Idaho. Eric Estrada is a reserve police officer in St. Anthony. Cataldo Mission is the oldest building in the state, built in 1848. Ruts from the Oregon Trail are still visible in southern Idaho. Oh, I could go on and on! If anyone wants more information from me, you can email me: [email protected].

    1. Hi Karma, thank you so much for sharing all of this information! I spent a month in New Mexico last year (but I definitely need more time there). I had no idea there was so much history in Lincoln (I only stopped by long enough to see the San Juan Mission). Oh, I’m definitely adding Idaho to my list of places to visit this year! I had no idea that North Idaho and South Idaho had different landscapes – how cool. Thank you so much for stopping by! xx – Anshula

  2. Oh! One more thing to add about New Mexico! Portales is one of the peanut growing capitals in the country. Each year, in October, the Peanut Valley Festival is held to signify the end of the growing season. The fair grounds fill with artisans from around the region, food vendors, chatter and high spirits from the community, and the intoxicating smells of freshly dug peanuts being roasted at the local peanut factory.

    1. Ooooh! I was planning on visiting New Mexico in October to see the hot air balloon festival anyway. Will definitely be accounting for this suggestion! xx – Anshula

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy your trip. I haven’t been posting for a bit but hopefully I’ll swing back into blogging soon 😊

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  5. Oh my goodness, I love your list! Having driven to most (but not all) of them, I agree with much of what you wrote. I’ve actually even lived in 5 of those states!

    Headed to San Antonio next month and Florida in the spring- Happy wandering!

    1. Thank you. That’s amazing that you’ve lived in five of these states! Hope you enjoy San Antonio (it’s one of my favorite cities in Texas). And warm wishes for your trip to Florida. 😊 xx – Anshula

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