By the Numbers: A Recap of the First Third of the Continental U.S.

Brittany Swanson   December 31, 2015   Comments Off on By the Numbers: A Recap of the First Third of the Continental U.S.

As of Georgia, state sixteen, I’ve been to 1/3 of the continental United States. Woo! In honor of that accomplishment, here is a recap of the cumulative numbers and some other fun facts from Maine to Georgia and everywhere in between:

Total miles: 8,583

Total money earned*: $167.88

    *One day freelancing in NYC, one trip to the slots in Atlantic City, and a whopping $3.83 in revenue     from the blog’s ads.

Total money spent**: $2,894.55
Gas: $754.42
Other transport (mostly car maintenance): $561.79
Food: $681.20
Attractions: $441.12
Other: $456.02

    **This amount does not include money spent on phone bill or car insurance as those have a separate     budget.

Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $2,714.28

Total over budget***: $180.27

    ***Considering I included the unanticipated car maintenance, phone and computer repairs, and     doctors visits in this, which together amount to well over the over budget amount, this is pretty good.

Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $217

North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $91 out of $100

National Park Interagency pass: $62 out of $80

Number of free meals: 106

Total nights spent on the road: 94

Total nights spent with people I already knew: 41

Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 49

Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 2

Total nights spent in the car: 2

Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 51

Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 35

Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 16

Total dates: 3

Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 8

Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 42

Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” moments: 11

Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 85



Best Art Museum: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Best Historical Museum: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA.

Best Library: FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY.

Best Bookstore: Battery Park Book Exchange, Asheville, NC.

Best Performance: Everything is Wonderful, New York, NY.

Best Garden: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC.

Best National Park: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert, ME.

Best Playground: Freedom Park, Charlotte, NC.

Best Waterfall: Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY.

Best Weather: Georgia

Best Sunset: West Virginia

Best Oddity: Lenny, the 1,700 pound chocolate moose sculpture, Scarborough, ME.

Best City: New York, NY.

Best Public Transportation: New York, NY.

Best Free Public Transportation: Baltimore, MD.

Best Food: Life Alive, Salem, MA.

Best New Food I Tried: Ethiopian at Keren, Washington D.C..

Best Chocolate: Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, VT.

Best Ice Cream: The Charmery, Baltimore, MD.

Best Pizza: Artichoke pizza (and I HATE artichokes…), Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, New York, NY.

Best Dancing: Blues Dancing at Angles, Washington D.C..

Best Date: Paul, Savannah, GA.



Most Beautiful Drive: Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire.

Most Charming City: Charleston, SC.

Most Awesome Art Display: Artomatic in Hyattsville, MD.



Oceanfront: Cliff Walk, Newport, RI.

Building: Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA.

House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA.

Small Town: Williamsburg, VA.

Restaurant: The Chemist, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Graveyard: Churchyard of Unitarian Church in Charleston, Charleston, SC.



Watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Mount Desert, ME.

Getting locked in the Old Gaol in York, ME.

Milking a couple goats in Candia, NH.

Taking a glass blowing class in Corning, NY.

Crashing a wedding reception in Charleston, WV.

Getting sick, being allergic to the antibiotics, and getting headaches from the anti-nausea medicine to combat the allergic reaction, Arlington, VA.

Meghan and Ashley getting busted (and getting off scot-free) for breaking into an abandoned hydro plant, Richmond, VA.

Trying unsuccessfully to use the Metro Card for five minutes straight, asking the guy working to help me, not understanding what he said, and finally realizing I was trying to use the Boston card in D.C..

Bar hopping and staying up until 6:00 a.m. in Raleigh, NC.



Maine Solar System Model – Hwy 1, ME.

Castle in the Clouds – Moultonborough, NH.

Bridge of Flowers – Shelburne Falls, MA.

Mattress Factory – Pittsburgh, PA.

National Constitution Museum’s LGBT Exhibit – Philadelphia, PA.

The Loop Pizza Grill, Chapel Hill, NC.


Whew. Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!