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

In October 2016 we revisited the Pacific North West. The pages on Yellowstone National Park, Seattle, Spokane, Idaho and Wallace have all been updated and there is a new page on Jackson Hole!

Oklahoma has been revised and expanded to five pages,


We have now completed our update of the Midatlantic states. We have revisited New York City, adding a page on The Bronx and extending the Staten Island, Upper East Side, Upper West Side  & Uptown Manhattan pages. We have also expanded Maryland to ten pages, added three pages to Pennsylvania, expanded Delaware to five pages and New Jersey to eight!


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