Alabama: Driving along I-10 right on the coast. The road is often causeway-ish and the openness with the water is beautiful (well it was, don't know how it looks now, sadly).
Arizona: The Grand Canyon, misty in the August rain. I was cold and wearing a very large t-shirt--long sleeves on a six year old--because the gift shop didn't sell sweatshirts.
Arkansas: Getting amazingly dirty at Crater of Diamonds State Park. It was hot and muddy and so much fun. I still have the rocks though, sadly, no diamonds.
California: Panning for gold/taking a tour of a gold mine. The drive to the mine entrance was terrifying and I really think we almost went off a cliff. Obviously we didn't.
Colorado: Exploring the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. Ladders were involved as were steep cliffs, both of which I'm very afraid of. Worth it.
Connecticut: Visiting friends who used to live there. Boring, huh?
Delaware: I remember a very clean bathroom at a rest stop somewhere. Sorry Delaware.
Florida: Wakulla Springs with its alligators, manatees, and lush canopies of trees. Snakes too, but I don't much like them. Cool, refreshing, and beautiful, worlds away from Disney. Not that I don't love Disney... it was a toss-up between this and the original Figment ride at Epcot.
Georgia: Southeastern Georgia is so flat and open it can be a little eerie. During a thunderstorm, I mean. Streaks of lightning light up the purple sky. Driving through that was both scary and incredible.
Idaho: Nice train tracks, very straight and even. I assume, as the train did not derail.
Illinois: The Art Institute of Chicago. Great museum, somewhere I still have a Degas print from their gift shop.
Indiana: The shore along Lake Michigan; the Great Lakes are incredible.
Iowa: Prairie Lights, great independent bookstore right in Iowa City. If you find yourself there, don't miss it!
Kansas: Fields and fields of sunflowers. Words don't do it justice, neither does the picture:
Okay, I'm done for now. I know this was pretty pathetic but, believe it or not, it kinda helps me organize thoughts. So there you have it. The rest to come.