The Day I Soar High – Musical Wicked on Broadway
August 7, 2012
Runaway to Sister’s City – Vilnius, Lithuania
August 11, 2012

Road Trip USA 2012 Recap – State Signs



During our Road Trip USA 2012, we drove 6,141 miles (9,883 kilometers) and passed thirteen states. I was trying to get all of the state signs, since, you know I’m a fan of the signs. Each state has really unique expression of their character. Some were really boring; I don’t know it’s the state or just we crossed too small of the road. Though, I enjoyed the project to get all the photos. Only one I missed was Missouri. Technically we weren’t really traveling to the state; just passed through the little tale near Arkansas.


One of our friend asked us ‘why do you have to take a picture?’, meaning I can get the sign from internet if I want. Well, I don’t think it’s the same. These are just everyday state signs for some people, but these were the moment of memory for me. Maybe just me.


“What about you? Do you take pictures of the state sign when you drive?” 


Here are twelve state signs of thirteen states I’ve been this summer. Only Missouri is missing. Which one is your favourite?



Crossed Virginia to Tennessee


State Sign Tennessee




Crossed Tennessee to Arkansas


State Sign Arkansas USA




Crossed Arkansas to Oklahoma


State Sign Oklahoma




Crossed Oklahoma to Kansas


State Sign Kansas USA



Crossed Kansas to Colorado
State Sign Colorado USA




Went to a day trip from Colorado to Wyoming


Wyoming State sign USA




Flied to Spokane, Washington

These two people were remarkable! What an idea! According to our friend, that is now a trend; taking picture with the state sign with an old chair. They were driving a pickup truck. Make sense.
State Sign  Washington USA




Crossed Washington to Idaho
State Sign Idaho USA



New Mexico

Crossed Colorado to New Mexico
State Sign New Mexico


Leaving New Mexico to Texas
State Sign New Mexico




Crossed New Mexico to Texas
State Sign TExas USA


State Sign Texas USA


Crossed Texas to Louisiana
State Sign Louisiana USA


State Sign Louisiana USA




Crossed Louisiana to Mississippi
State Sign Mississippi




Crossed to Alabama from Mississippi on Natchez Trace
State Sign Alabama USA


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Mark Wiens says:

    The last time I traveled through different states, was before I really used a camera! However, yes, if I traveled the the US again, I’d definitely take photos of state signs. Wyoming is really nice!

  2. Sky says:

    I would totally do this too! It’s great to have all those memories captured on photos.

  3. It is interesting to see how the different States represent themselves on the signs. Texas clearly spends the most money with their monument signs. Arkansas wants to make sure that you wear your seat belt because they have it on their sign twice. New Mexico signs are the most beat up.

    • Juno says:

      It was really interesting to see all the differences. Some signs are just so beaten up; have no idea what happened. They show really their characters. Loved it!

  4. Hmmm, I have been to all 50 states but I do not think I have any state signs pictures. Actually, I know I have one; a remote 4X4 trail crossed the AZ/NM border and had a remarkably prominent sign.

  5. Stephen says:

    It’s been a tradition in my family since our first road trip out west in 1988.

  6. Waegook Tom says:

    Now, those Alabama and Mississippi signs suck. Jazz it up, people! I’m fully loving that part of the Louisiana sign is in French, though!

    If I were you Juno, I’d have totally done the same thing and snapped photos of every state sign. Although I think I’d have had to decorate the last two!

    • Juno says:

      I know, but I had to point out the fact that I took those photos on Natchez Trace, which is not really a place for ‘jazz it up’. 🙂 But it’s a touristy trail, so they should do better!

  7. Barbara says:

    I LOVE this! State signs. That’s incredible that you took the time to stop and take all these pictures.

    My current fascination is with how freeways & highways get named. I drive down the freeways and see “The Filipino Veterans Memorial Freeway” and wonder how many miles that stretches, how it got its name, etc. I also always want to stop and take a picture, but driving at 60 mph without an exit, I usually pass up the moment.

    So interesting!

  8. I love capturing state/province signs. It’s a like a mile marker during road trips. I especially love border crossing signs between countries – I don’t think it’s common in Europe, but they were everywhere in South America!

  9. Laura says:

    I always take pictures of state signs as I cross the state lines. I think I learned this from my mother who would always make my dad stop so we could have photographic evidence we had just left one state for another.

  10. MarkG says:

    The bullet holes in the New Mexico border signs are none too welcoming!

  11. Ross says:

    Over 6,000 miles in the US and you didn’t make it to Utah? Oh well, maybe next time. I see you plan to visit all 50 states.

  12. Erica says:

    I take pictures of state signs too. It is incredibly important to me. I feel like I have to in order to check it off my list.


  13. Dave says:

    E for effort. lol. We all have that must-do rule at times in travelling.

  14. Alouise says:

    I totally love taking pictures of signs like this. I love the Wyoming one, and the leaving New Mexico sign is rather cute.

  15. I am a little surprised that only one of the New Mexico signs is bilingual since the state officially is. I think the only state sign I have a picture of is an ol one from Kentucky, and that was only because it was super cheesy and had really odd word choice (“Welcome to Kentucky, where education pays”).

  16. Priya says:

    This is a really cool photo project! you know, I’ve never actually tried to take pictures of the state signs or maybe I have but while in the car… never actually stopped, pulled over to take it. This looks like it was a lot of fun! Aww, I want to go on a road trip.

  17. Jill says:

    I’m from Washington… so I’m going to say that sign is my favorite! We also have a really nice sign made out of plants and flowers if you enter via the highway from Oregon. It’s quite nice in spring and summer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *