I’ve been everywhere, man!

Here are a list of cities, towns, and places where we stayed–in order.

  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Oklahoma City, OK
  3. Albuquerque, NM
  4. Grand Canyon, AZ
  5. Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Las Vegas, NE
  7. Salt Lake City, UT
  8. Bozeman, MT
  9. Powell, WY
  10. Idaho Falls, ID
  11. Reno, NV
  12. Folsom, CA
  13. Fresno, CA
  14. San Francisco, CA
  15. Off the PCH, CA
  16. Los Angeles, CA
  17. Escondido, CA (San Diego(
  18. Scottsdale, AZ
  19. Santa Rosa, NM
  20. Clarendon, TX
  21. Fort Worth, TX
  22. Oklahoma City, OK
  23. Coffeeville, KS
  24. Branson, MO
  25. Poplar Bluff, MO
  26. Greeneville, TN
  27. Greenville, SC

Here is a list of states we were in and/or traveled through–in order. (It was 30 states, counting the ones we went in twice. It was 21 unique states.)

  1. South Carolina
  2. Georgia
  3. Alabama
  4. Tennessee
  5. Mississippi
  6. Arkansas
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Texas
  9. New Mexico
  10. Arizona
  11. Nevada
  12. Utah
  13. Idaho
  14. Montana
  15. Wyomyia
  16. Idaho (2)
  17. Utah (2)
  18. Nevada (2)
  19. California
  20. Arizona (2)
  21. New Mexico (2)
  22. Texas (2)
  23. Oklahoma (2)
  24. Kansas
  25. Missouri
  26. Illinois
  27. Kentucky
  28. Tennessee (2)
  29. North Carolina
  30. South Carolina (2)

Here is the list of towns that were the most intriguing and enticing to live in. I put a positive and negative beside each one. They are in order of first important to least important. The list above are towns we stayed in, while this list has a few towns we went through, though not spending any time there.

  1. Prescott, AZ – It was between Scottsdale to the south and Flagstaff to the north. It was a near perfect climate location, which is a main driver for me. I’m not fond of rattlers or scorpions.
  2. North Lake Tahoe, NV – Totally awesome. The tree huggers have done them a favor. Tons better than the touristy South Tahoe. But too cold in the winter. However, gorgeous.
  3. PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), which covers nearly any town from San Francisco to San Diego. Lots of options, including the next three in the list, but the drawback is no water. The PCH is amazing.
  4. San Diego, CA – Near perfect weather and the traffic and other moving around conditions were easy. Of course, they have no water like the rest of CA.
  5. Los Angeles, CA – There is a lot to do, but the traffic is horrible. Living outside of LA would work, which would make this area–north or south of it appealing. But, of course, there is no water. Venice Beach was a hoot.
  6. Carmel By The Sea, CA – Totally awesome. Near perfect weather. Too touristy and too tight/crowded. Drop dead gorgeous in many ways, i.e., homes, ocean, environment.
  7. Jackson Hole, WY – With the Grand Tetons for a backdrop, this very tiny town had a ton of character and sex appeal. The cold weather and too many tourist were drawbacks.
  8. Scottsdale, AZ – A beautiful and clean town. For a large town, it seemed nearly perfect. The drawback was that it was too hot in the summer, plus the rattlers and scorpions.
  9. Bozeman, MT – Laid back, low-key, tree hugger in a good way (they take care of the place), but it would be too cold for me in the winter, which comes early and stays late. It also gets dark late and light too early during the summer.
  10. San Francisco, CA – Ton of character and a million things to do. This town had all kinds of appeal. Of course it’s too small for all the people and a bit too foggy.
  11. Salt Lake City, UT – The Mormons, I suppose, have done a good job there. Other than the religion, the place seemed clean, friendly, and the landscape was really beautiful.
  12. Greenville, SC – Great place to live for a lot of reasons: location, four seasons, conservative, water, Atlanta/Charlotte nearby, beach nearby, mountains nearby. I really disdain the religion here.
  13. Grand Canyon, AZ – Was beautiful, but not a place that is made for year round living. They have no infrastructure for such a thing.
  14. Fort Worth, TX – Too hot.
  15. Oklahoma City, OK – No appeal. It was hot and the weather man is the most important person in town: lots of tornados.
  16. Branson, MO – A great little town and a significant improvement over its competitor (Las Vegas), but too touristy.
  17. Greeneville, TN – The next eight towns were all small towns that provided a place to stay, but no appeal to live. Too small, too out of the way, too little infrastructure, too little to do, etc.
  18. Twin Falls, ID
  19. Santa Rosa, NM
  20. Wichita Falls, TX
  21. Folsom, CA
  22. Coffeeville, KS
  23. Poplar Bluff, MO
  24. Powell, WY
  25. Fresno, CA – It came across as maybe a better version of Albuquerque. It was not and too inland. Plus, I think I was told there was high crime.
  26. Albuquerque, NM – Total armpit stuck in the desert. No appeal other than Old Town–the original town.
  27. Las Vegas, NE – The least favorite of all. Would not want to be put in that drying up place in the middle of the desert.
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