No sooner does one vacation end when you start thinking about the next one. My next vacation will be the culmination of my quest to visit all 50 states. My final four are Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Planning is part of the fun and with the Internet, it can be more fun than ever. Like last year, I have been programming my WiFi clock radio with links to radio stations along my route. I am also looking for audio podcast feeds but have not yet found any that suit my needs. Some are outdated, others are video podcasts.

Last year I followed the Twitter feeds of the tourism departments of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. This year, I’m doing the same thing but different. Rather than just passively follow the feeds of my final four, I reached out and asked the departments to suggest must-see attractions.

Iowa enticed me with the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair but unfortunately the dates don’t line up with my trip. Nebraska asked what I liked and responded with a few suggestions.

North Dakota had a few ideas too and sent a link to the attractions page on their website. South Dakota either figured out or took a lucky guess that I would love a place that offers free ice water and five-cent coffee. It’s a famous tourist stop known as Wall Drug.

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