Now in the digital age there are apps for tracking, but back int he day, most people just printed out a list of the states and you made a check mark on the ones you find. But as we spent a month in New England last summer, our 8 & 10 year olds were keen on taking photos of all the different plates to see if they could get all 50. And being a typical 10 year old boy, about 5 days into our trip, he deleted ALL the photos on his sisters camera wiping out all photos. GRRR!!! Anyway, we of course, we knew it would be a huge challenge, but it was a fun thing to do as we went around the various states and did our touristy things. As we were visiting Cape Cod and Maine – both huge vacation areas in the summer, I was sure we’d see some cool ones. And we did – Wyoming, Washington State, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado to name some.
Not bad that we got 34 plus some bonus ones.
The 50 States and the District of Columbia (HAVE THE ONES IN GREEN)
Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Utah
Alaska Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Vermont
Arizona Illinois Mississippi Ohio Virginia
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Oklahoma Washington
California Iowa Montana Oregon West Virginia
Colorado Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Connecticut Kentucky Nevada Rhode Island Wyoming
Delaware Louisiana New Hampshire South Carolina
District of Columbia Maine New Jersey South Dakota
Georgia Maryland New Mexico Tennessee
Florida Massachusetts New York Texas
Alaska and Hawaii are the most difficult and we didn’t find them. But my sister sent me a photo of Alaska on her recent move from Maine to South Carolina – so we can’t take credit for that super unique find!
We consider these two, a US Government & Consul, to be bonus ones.
But the most super cool one which we’d never expect to get was MEXICO!
What I like most about the license plate game is that not only is it fun for the kids and easy to play. It is also educational, because as the person plays, they learn the names of all the states that make up the United States of America. And while our kids are half American, they spent more of their lives living abroad, so this helps with their knowledge and geography of the USA.
Arkansas Indiana North Dakota
Delaware Louisiana Oregon
Georgia Montana South Dakota
If we’re in Orlando, I bet we’d find the rest of the plates super fast.
After I look at the list another time, how is it possible that after spending a month in New England, how didn’t we get a photo of a NEW YORK or CONNECTICUT plate?? Probably on the photos my 10 year old friend “accidentally” deleted after pushing tons of buttons when he shouldn’t have 🙂