Ohio – Middle of the Road

Ohio isn’t a bad state, it just isn’t that exciting. I’m not sure anyone says, “I really have to go to Ohio to see x.” I think more often people say, “I am from Ohio and here to see x.”

Again, didn’t have a bad time in Ohio, just not rushing to go back. In saying that, though, I am glad I went to the American Sign Museum. It was quite interesting and very informative. OH Signs

I would rate Ohio at 6.2.

Kentucky – Mammoth State

We visited Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. It was a big surprise. Before visiting, I had no idea that such a large and complex cave system existed in the states. The great thing about Mammoth Cave is that it is suitable for basically everyone. They have hard core caving expeditions, if you want to try that, but they also have some relatively easy walks. I visited here after badly dislocating my ankle and still really enjoyed the trip.

Mammoth Cave is a great example of one of the wonders of America. It is just so unexpected. It is an amazing natural wonder, but it also has history and stories to tell and fantastic , unique experiences.

Kentucky is also a great place to drive.

This is one of those places that is great to explore and find hidden treasures.

I would rate 8.4.

KY Cave

KY Cafe

Tennessee – The King

Memphis is one of those places everyone goes. It was where Elvis lived and his home has been turned into a museum / memorial. Memphis also has a cool modern art scene, good food and rockin’ atmosphere.

A few things about that. Visiting Memphis has a real American vibe to it. The BBQ, the music, Graceland. All of this combines to make Memphis a compulsory stop on a road trip. It is just somewhere you have to go. Also it is kinda in the middle of the country, so a good place to aim for anyway.

I would rate Tennessee 7.2 out of ten.TN Elvis

TN Graceland

Arkansas – Kinda Hot

I am not really sure that Arkansas has that much to do, but it does have one really awesome thing to do. You can dig for diamonds in the world’s only public diamond mine. That is awesome – good for you Arkansas!

I remember it being really hot and dirty and I didn’t find any diamonds, but there was something really unique and oddly American about the whole thing. What is more American than people coming to try their luck on a one in a million shot.

There is also a really good café in the town and had a great cheese sandwich!

I would recommend a visit for anyone who is fit enough to sit in a hot field for a while!

I would rate 8.7.Arkansas field

Arkansas Sign

Oklahama – OK!

I liked Oklahoma. The drive is lovely (where the wind come whistling down the plains.) It is pretty laid back and certainly affordable.

It is known as the native state as there are quite a lot of reservations. I definitely think that is what you should spend your time doing in this state. The fantastic Chickasaw Cultural centre is a great way to spend the day. Seriously, I would eat there every day if I could.

Visiting Oklahoma is a great opportunity to learn more about the original inhabitants of the country. It is definitely worth a visit and would be an enjoyable day for everyone.

I would rate it 8.3 out of ten.OK statue

Texas – If you are so big where is all your stuff?

Texas spends a lot of time talking about how big Texas is. It has a lot (and I mean a lot) of Texas themed stores. But it doesn’t really have that much stuff. It has a lot of houses that are very similar and a lot of road construction. For a state this large it should have lots more to do.

I think this state fails from the perception gap. People who live in Texas perceive that it is still traditionally Western, but mostly it is just suburban. I think Texas needs to step up its game to better cater for tourists. Seriously you have lots of space. Be cooler.

I would rate Texas 5.6. for tourists. TX bumper