The Visited States Map shows off your road travels through the USA and Canada. Whether you’re an RVer or a road-tripper, show us where you’ve been!
NEW: I’ve released the Visited States Map Generator as an iOS app for your iPhone or iPad! It includes the ability to save and load maps, and share directly to social media, text messages, or email. It’s available on the App Store for free—no ads, no in-app purchases.
ALSO NEW: Multiple color palettes. You can now choose three other sets of colors to fill in your map.
My map is color-coded according to how much time I’ve spent in each state. Other map generators can overstate the case; sure, I’ve been to Minnesota, but I didn't even stop for gas, so how can I fill it in the same as someplace I’ve been many times for weeks at a stretch? The states are given one of four colors:
Red means I’ve just passed through, maybe seen a thing or two.
Amber means I’ve at least slept there and seen a few things. I have a first-hand idea of what the state is like.
Blue means I’ve spent a good amount of time in that state.
Green means I’ve spent a lot of time in that state, weeks at at time on multiple visits—or lived there.
Or, choose to color your map with shades of blue, shades of green, or shades of red and blue.
You can create your own map right here. Click the map images or one of the links to get started. Fill in the states you’ve been to, click Create, and you can share your map to Facebook or elsewhere, or create an image in PNG format (suitable for web or print) in any reasonable size. The map is generated from vector data, so it will look good at any size. (Alaska and Hawaii are only included on the map if you give them a color.)
The map generator uses HTML5. If you have a sufficiently modern web browser (meaning, not Internet Explorer 8, for example), you can click directly on the map to set colors for the states or provinces. This is awkward on a phone, though, so there is a form with buttons for each state and province as well.
You can make a map of just the USA, just Canada, or both. Click the image of the USA to make a USA map, and click Canada to create a combined map or a map of Canada. The Canadian map was made possible by Evan at campinnforum.com. Evan sponsored development and created a great Canadian vector map.
Share your map with all your friends on Facebook or Google+. Use the image on your blog or website, in your signature for forum posts, to share on other social media, as an illustration in a printed photo book, or any other way you like. If you use it on the web, I ask (but do not require) that you provide a link back to this page. This page explains the color-coding, so it’s useful anyway.
If you generate a PNG image, save it on your computer. Do not link directly to the image on my server—I can’t spare the bandwidth or server resources to host images for everyone.
Enjoy, and please feel free to if you have any comments.