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50 States in 30 Days

You may have heard of "Mark On AirTran" a few years back when a man spent a month straight on an airliner in order to get over his fear of flying, all while staying connected with the world via his blog and social media. I, Kyle Dunst, will be doing something along those lines but with a different goal in mind. I have always wanted to visit every state in the U.S.A. and I know that if I put it off it will never actually happen. So in September of 2014, the month after I graduate from College, I will be visiting all 50 states in a single month. What does this have to do with aviation? That’s right, I’ll be doing it all on commercial airlines. I'll be writing, photographing, and seeing almost every aspect of our nation's airline system, all within a months time. Some people might think I'm crazy, as being stuck in airport for a month is literally some people's worst nightmare. For me, it is the best opportunity to combine my passion for aviation and my dream to see the country. The journey will begin from my home in Rochester, NY  and take me through all 50 states and Washington DC. Yes, that includes Hawaii and Alaska. I'll visit about 53 airports, ranging from the largest hubs to some of the smallest around, on at least 9 airlines. I'll be traveling over 40,000 miles on almost every commercial aircraft in operation. Below is the rough schedule of what I plan on doing, which will probably change 10 times by then as airline service changes, etc. I am dedicating www.thirtythousand.us/50states to this whole ordeal, so check there for updates. Let me know of any comments or questions you have and be sure to spread the word. Sept 1: Rochester, NY - Philadelphia - Portland, ME (US Airways) Sept 2: Portland, ME -  LaGuardia - Burlington, VT (Delta) Sept 3: Burlington, VT - Orlando - Houston (JetBlue/United) Sept 4: Houston - New Orleans - Atlanta - Manchester, NH (United/Delta) Sept 5: Manchester, NH - Newark - Charlotte (United) Sept 6: Charlotte - Cleveland - Indianapolis (United) Sept 7: Indianapolis - Chicago O'Hare - Des Moines (United) Sept 8: Des Moines - Milwaukee - Baltimore (AirTran) Sept 9: Baltimore - Newark - Providence, RI (United) Sept 10: Providence - Detroit - Kansas City, MO (Delta) Sept 11: Kansas City, MO - Phoenix - Las Vegas (US Airways) Sept 12: Las Vegas - Portland, OR - Billings, MT (Alaska Airlines) Sept 13: Billings, MT - Seattle - Boise (Alaska Airlines) Sept 14: Boise - San Francisco - Honolulu (United) Sept 15-16: Honolulu - Anchorage (Alaska Airlines) Sept 17: Anchorage - Salt Lake City - Albuquerque (Delta) Sept 18: Denver - Cheyenne, WY (Great Lakes Airlines) Sept 19: Cheyenne, WY - Denver - Omaha ( United) Sept 20: Omaha - Denver - Oklahoma City - Dallas - Little Rock (Frontier/American) Sept 21: Little Rock - Atlanta - Minneapolis - Bismarck, ND (Delta) Sept 22: Bismarck, ND - Denver - Wichita (United) Sept 23: Wichita - Denver - Sioux Falls, SD - O'Hare - Louisville (United/American) Sept 24: Louisville - Memphis - Jackson, MI - Memphis - Washington Reagan (Delta) Sept 25: Washington Reagan - Birmingham - Charlotte - Charleston, SC (US Airways) Sept 26: Charleston, SC - Charlotte - Charleston, WV (US Airways) Sept 27: Charleston, WV - Washington Dulles - Boston (United) Sept 28: Boston - Washington Reagan - Windsor Locks, CT (US Airways) Sept 29: Windsor Locks, CT - Washington Reagan (US Airways) *****Somehow Flying from DC to Delaware, which as of right now has no commercial service, also on this day. I'll fly a Cessna myself if I have to.***** Sept 30: Washington Reagan - Rochester, NY (US Airways)

6 Comments

  1. June 27, 2012    

    I want to do the same thing in a car I build. Might take a little more than a month, however.

  2. Lucas Stoflet Lucas Stoflet
    June 27, 2012    

    What are you guessing your total cost will be?

    • thirtythousand thirtythousand
      June 27, 2012    

      Right now it’s looking like it will cost about $6,000 total. I’m hoping to maybe get sponsors from Airlines, Travel Companies, or other businesses or individuals to help cover some of the costs.

  3. Nikolas Wagenknecht Nikolas Wagenknecht
    June 27, 2012    

    I think this is great!!

    I tried looking for options on your DE leg.

    I found a company called OpenAir. You can technically classify it as a “commercial” operation 🙂 They operate SR-20s as an Air Taxi operation. I don’t know how much it would go for but worth a shot!

    Do a leg from KDCA to KGED and back.

    Best of luck!!!

    • thirtythousand thirtythousand
      June 27, 2012    

      Thank you so much! I’ll definitely have to look into that. Great to see someone supportive out there!

  4. Cedarglen Cedarglen
    July 2, 2012    

    I think this is a hilarious, silly, but FUN trip. Sort of like the post-grad trip of a hundred years ago to “See the World” before settling down, if perhaps in modified form. That said, I hope you understand that passing through an airport is a bit short of ‘seeing’ any of our fifty states. The first 10 segments of your Trip Report should be interesting reading and I’ll be following. After the first 10, you can probably resort to boilerplate text for the reports as most of the airports will begin to look like… hold on… wait for it… AIRPORTS. If I had a spare $6k and no immediate obligations, I think my travel plans would be a bit different, but each to his/her own, especially for that new graduate who is still thinking like the prankster student. College life some strange things to our brains. Best wishes.

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I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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