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25 States to Visit (or Maybe Avoid): The Controversial List

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Pack your bags, set your out-of-office email, and get ready for a reality check. We’re diving into the bustling streets and tranquil retreats of America’s most visited states. But remember, more foot traffic doesn’t always mean more fun.

25. Missouri

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The Show-Me State shows off its charms with jazz, BBQ, and the Gateway Arch. Just be prepared to show a little patience for the weather’s mood swings and the occasional tourist trap.

24. Wisconsin

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Cheeseheads unite in a state known for dairy delights and lakeside leisure. However, if you’re not into cheese or chilly lake breezes, you might find Wisconsin’s appeal a bit…cultured.

23. Pennsylvania

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History buffs revel in Pennsylvania’s storied past, from the Liberty Bell to Gettysburg. Just brace yourself for the traffic in Philly and the possibility of running up those “Rocky” steps in more ways than one.

22. Massachusetts

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Massachusetts boasts colonial history and top-notch universities. If you can navigate the Boston streets without getting lost or tapping into your college fund for a lobster roll, you’re doing well.

21. Texas

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the distances between its attractions. Be ready for long drives and the debate over who has the best BBQ while keeping an eye on your gas tank and waistline.

20. Arizona

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Grand Canyon State, grand views, and grand heat. It’s a breathtaking sight that’s worth the dehydration, just don’t forget your water bottle and a hefty respect for the sun.

19. Michigan

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Surrounded by the Great Lakes, Michigan offers fresh water and fresh views. Just beware the winter chill that can freeze your outdoor plans faster than you can say “lake effect.”

18. Tennessee

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Home of the blues and the birthplace of country music. Nashville and Memphis beckon, but so do high decibel levels and endless streams of bachelorette parties.

17. Oregon

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Oregon’s lush landscapes and hipster havens are a magnet for nature lovers and coffee connoisseurs. Just don’t let the rain dampen your spirits or your sneakers.

16. North Carolina

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks, North Carolina’s beauty is undeniable. Just be ready for unpredictable weather and the battle between vinegar or tomato-based BBQ sauce.

15. Georgia

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Peach State, peachy keen with a side of Southern hospitality. Atlanta’s traffic, however, might just peach-slap your patience away.

14. Virginia

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Historic battlegrounds and beautiful coastlines. Just prepare for the history lesson to potentially come with a side of traffic congestion, especially near D.C.

13. New Jersey

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The Shore, the diners, and…the turnpike tolls. New Jersey’s charm is as diverse as its landscape, but those tolls can take a toll on your wallet.

12. Nevada

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Las Vegas shines bright, offering entertainment and nightlife. Just remember, the house always wins, and what happens in Vegas… might hurt your bank account.

11. Washington

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From Seattle’s Space Needle to the Hoh Rainforest, Washington is a mix of urban and natural wonders. Just a heads up, though: the coffee addiction is real, and so is the rain.

10. Illinois

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The Windy City boasts architectural marvels and deep-dish pizza. Brace yourself for the wind chill and the occasional street blockage by filming crews.

9. Colorado

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The Rocky Mountains call to adventurers and ski enthusiasts. Just be mindful of altitude sickness and the temptation to become a full-time mountain hermit.

8. Pennsylvania

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Yes, it’s here again, because Pennsylvania is just that packed with stuff to do. But seriously, navigating Amish country requires patience and a respect for slower, simpler ways of life.

7. Hawaii

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Tropical paradise with a side of volcanic adventure. Just remember, paradise comes at a cost, both financially and in the form of sunburn.

6. New York

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The Big Apple, where dreams are made and sometimes crushed in rush hour. Broadway and bagels are worth it, but so is remembering that a New York minute can feel like the shortest and longest minute of your life.

5. Utah

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Home to stunning national parks and outdoor activities. Just don’t underestimate the desert’s vastness or the need for a good hydration plan.

4. Maine

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Lobsters, lighthouses, and the lure of the Atlantic. Just watch out for those sneaky seagulls eyeing your seafood.

3. Alaska

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The Last Frontier offers wilderness and wildlife. Just prepare for daylight quirks and a sense of isolation that can either be blissful or just plain cold.

2. California

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Yes, again, because California’s got it all, from beaches to tech hubs. But, the cost of living and visiting isn’t as sunny as the weather.

1. Florida

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The endless summer state, theme parks galore, and retirees’ paradise. Just brace yourself for the humidity, hurricanes, and the occasional alligator crossing.

Think Twice

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That’s a wrap! Before you go ticking these off your bucket list, remember that sometimes the road less traveled offers the most adventure. Or, at the very least, fewer tourists and tolls.

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