Visited States Map Generator

Visited States Map
Visited Provinces Map

The Visited States Map shows off your road travels through the US – and, now, Canada. Whether you're an RVer or a road-tripper, show us where you've been!

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.

You can create your own map right here. Click the map to get started. Just fill in the states you've been to and you'll get an image in PNG format (suitable for web or print) in any reasonable size. Currently the size limits are a minimum of 80 pixels wide (it starts to look silly any smaller) and a maximum of 2400 pixels wide in case you want to print it in a photo book or whatever. 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.

(Obviously you don't have to use my color-coding if you want use the colors for your own purposes.)

The map generator now uses HTML5. If you have a sufficiently modern web browser (meaning, not Internet Explorer 8, for example), you can click directly on a map to set colors for the states or provinces. (This is awkward on a phone, though.)

You can also make a map of the US and Canada, or just Canada. Click the map of Canada to get started. The Canadian map was made possible by Evan at Evan sponsored development and created a great Canadian vector map.

Use the image on your blog or website, in your signature for forum posts, or 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.

Once you generate your image, save it to your computer: right-click it and choose “Save As” from the menu, or drag it to your desktop, or choose “Save” from the browser's File menu – however you would normally save an image from your browser. Do not link directly to the image on my server – the files are deleted after a short time, as 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.