Back in 1981, Mike & Jen left their home in the UK to visit North America for the first time. It was a long trip down the West Coast from Vancouver in Canada to Los Angeles via Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Many trips later, in October 1999, they were in Tennessee at Davy Crockett’s birthplace near Limestone. At the Crockett birthplace was a monument with the names of all the US states, so Mike & Jen decided to count how many they had visited. The answer was 34 plus Washington DC. So, they decided, why not visit the remaining 16 states?

Thus was born the 50 Plus DC project (50 US States plus Washington DC) which they completed at Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 2nd, 2002. They have also visited many (but not all) of the Provinces in Canada. This website commemorates over 30 years of travelling in both the USA and Canada, providing a perspective on both countries as well as a brief introduction to a couple of the US’s neighbours, Cuba and Mexico.

So, if you fancy an armchair trip around North America, just click the buttons at the top of the page or select from one of the drop-down menus. Alternatively, you may prefer a special interest guided tour (or trail), in which case look further down the page and click on the one that interests you.

Begin US Landmarks Trail

To visit some of the best known sights in the US click the button above and keep following the US Landmarks Trail signs

Or, to visit some of the best known sights in Canada click the button and follow the Canadian Landmarks Trail signs

Begin Canadian Landmarks Trail

Or, how about visiting a few towns that have seen better days. Click the button and follow the trail signs

Begin Ghost Town Trail
Begin Railroad Trail
Begin Wild West Trail

But if you want to follow in the bootprints of Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok and other (in)famous characters, click this button

Or perhaps it is the sight of steam engines for you. Click the button and follow the trail signs

New in 50 plus DC

New York City has had another update,. Following our 2018 trip to Manhattan we have added a page on Governors Island and updated several other pages.

As if bankruptcy and hurricanes Irma and Maria was not enough, Puerto Rico now has to suffer the indignity of being included in 50 plus DC. The first page was published a couple of months ago, now there are five pages!

The wildfires that struck Northern California in November 2018 with appalling loss of life took place just 6 weeks after we visited Paradise and the surrounding area. We have added some photographs of the area to the Gold Country page.


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