State Capitols · River States Tour
March 2007 - Route Overview

S t a t e s    W e ' l l    V i s i t
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South Carolina (-)

Georgia (8)

Tennessee (5)

Arkansas (2)

Missouri (3)

Illinois (2)

Iowa New!

Minnesota (1)

Wisconsin (1)

Michigan (1)

Indiana (3)

Ohio New!

Kentucky (4)

North Carolina (8)

The number after each state name is the number of times we have visited that state since these trips started in June, 2004. South Carolina, our home state, is unrated.
The state's name is a link to the route through that state.

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All of the maps for this trip were carefully created by The Navigator using DeLorme Street Atlas mapping software.

As you can see from the map to the left (click on it for a larger view), we'll be driving a circular route from Aiken North to St. Paul, MN, then to Louisville, KY where we'll stay for a week or so and then back to Aiken. Along the way we'll visit the capitols of Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

The start of the route is indicated by a green dot and the end of the route by a red dot. Stops along the way, in this case the state capitols, are indicated by a blue dot.

We'll be driving the Interstates quite a bit on this trip since the goal is to visit the state capitols. But we'll drive the "back roads" a little in Arkansas and Missouri as there isn't an Interstate that offers a convenient route.

According to the Street Atlas software, this trip will be 3,753 miles long and take 62 hours to drive. Depending on how many days we sleep late and how many detours we take, The Navigator is estimating six or seven days for this trip.

Special note:

When I first gave the routing assignment to The Navigator, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan were not part of the plan. But when I looked at the State Capitols We've Visited map I realized how easy it would be to add these states. However, when I told The Navigator of the change he had a fit. His points were mainly about the weather and how cold it would be in these states in March and, while I have a nice warm sleeping bag, what about him?

I have to admit he made good points. We could get stranded in a snowstorm, etc. So, extra precautions will be taken:

  • I'll keep the van's gas tank at least half full all the time
  • I'll make sure we have a good supply of water and food in case we get stranded. Not fun. Look what happened recently in Pennsylvania
  • I've tested the sleeping bag at 30 degrees and it kept me plenty warm. But if the temperature should drop to 10 or 20 or even lower, the warmth may become iffy. To compensate, I'll have another sleeping bag available.
  • Regarding The Navigator, he has stayed warm in his bed by using a doggie blanket. But in case it gets really cold, I'll let him sleep with me in the sleeping bag (it's queen size so we should both fit :)
  • And, if all else fails, we can sit in the front of the van with the engine and heater running.
  • In total desperation, we can bail to a motel.
Check out the routing through each state below.
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S o u t h    C a r o l i n a
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We'll take I-20 West to the Georgia/South Carolina border. Simple beginning for a long trip.
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G e o r g i a
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We'll stay on I-20 to Atlanta, then get on I-75 North to the Tennessee/Georgia border.
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T e n n e s s e e
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Just over Tennessee border, we'll get off I-75 and onto I-24 which we'll take Northwest to Nashville, the capital of Tennessee. From Nashville, we'll hop onto I-40 and take it West to the Arkansas/Tennessee border.
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A r k a n s a s
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We'll continue West on I-40 until we get to Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas. Leaving Little Rock we'll stay on I-40 for a few miles and then get on US-65 which runs North to the Missouri/Arkansas border.
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M i s s o u r i
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We'll stay on US-65 North until we get to Forsyth, MO and then get on US-160 and continue North to I-44 and take it East. We'll get off I-44 onto Hwy-133 and take it North to US-54 which we'll take Northeast to Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri.

After visiting the Missouri capital, we'll get back on US-54 and continue North to the Illinois/Missouri border.

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I l l i n o i s
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We'll stay on US-54 until it intersects with I-72 which we'll take East to Springfield, the capitol of Illinois. We'll take I-55 Northeast from Springfield to the intersection with I-155 which we'll take North to Peoria. There we'll get on I-74 which runs Northwest to Galesburg where it turns due North and runs to the Iowa/Illinois border.
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I o w a
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Iowa is a new state. This is our first visit since we started taking these trips in 2004.

We'll continue on I-74 for a short ways and then get on I-80 West. I-80 run to Des Moines, the capitol of Iowa. There we'll get on I-35 and take it North to the Minnesota/Iowa border.

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M i n n e s o t a
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We'll stay on I-35 North to St. Paul, the capitol on Minnesota. Then we'll take I-94 East to the Wisconsin/Minnesota border.
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W i s c o n s i n
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We'll continue on I-94 which turns to the Southeast until it intersects with I-39. I-39/I-94 runs South to Madison, the capitol of Wisconsin. We'll take I-94 East from Madison. When we get to Milwaukee, I-94 turns South to Chicago.

I'll won't go into detail about our route through Chicago. Except to say we go back into Illinois for a few miles, loop around the bottom of Lake Michigan, briefly travel through Indiana and enter Michigan.

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M i c h i g a n
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Here's an interesting map with a loop. Unusual. The Navigator says he worked extra hard on this one :)

We'll take I-94 East and hang a left on I-69 which runs Northeast to Lansing, the capitol of Michigan. From Lansing, we'll take US-127 South to I-94 which we'll take West to I-69 which we'll take South to the Indiana/Michigan border.

Note that from Lansing we could have just retraced our route back down I-69 for about 40 miles. But The Navigator decided a little scenic route driving was in order. If we get into a snow storm on the scenic route, he'll be hitched to the van to pull us through the snow drifts :)

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I n d i a n a
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Indiana is very straight forward... I-69 South to Indianapolis, the capitol of Indiana and then I-70 East to the Ohio/Indiana border.
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O h i o
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Which state is round on both ends and high in the middle. Why, OHIO of course! That riddle was one of my Dad's favs.

Ohio is a new state. This is our first visit since we started taking these trips in 2004.

I have to admit this is a strange looking route through Ohio. However, The Navigator followed my instructions exactly. We'll take I-70 East to Columbus, the capitol of Ohio. And then take I-71 Southwest to Cincinnati and the Kentucky/Ohio border.

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K e n t u c k y
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Normally the route from Cincinnati to Louisville, our next stop, is South on I-75 for a few miles then Southwest on I-71 to Louisville.

When I moved from New Jersey to Louisville in the summer of 1968, I-75 and I-71 were not complete in Kentucky. I had to take US route 42 from Cincinnati to Louisville. So, just for old time's sake, I'm going to take US-42 to Louisville.

Once in Louisville this trip will pause for about a week so Mr. Snoopy and I can work at the Kentuckiana Cluster All Breed Dog Show.

We'll be back on the road sometime around Sat, 3/17 - Mon, 3/19.

We'll take I-64 East to Frankfort, the capitol of Kentucky. Then I-64 for a few more miles and then turn left on I-75 to the Tennessee/Kentucky border.

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B a c k    t o    A i k e n
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I won't bore you with the rest of the trip. This routing is one we've traveled many times: I-75 to Knoxville, I-640 around Knoxville, I-40 to Ashville, NC, I-26 to Columbia, SC and I-20 back to Aiken.
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