Don’t seek forbidden places, explore the places in your own backyard.

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There are many places on this planet that you can’t visit. There are various reasons tourist can’t visit them. If you’re an adventurer who likes new areas to explore, you’ll find the following articles interesting.

Khanyi Molomo’s article 25 Stunning Photos of Places the World Tourist Can’t Visit lets you view 25 cities, towns and islands that are closed to visitors. Check out Wibke Carter’s Businessinsider’s article that takes you on a journey to 100 places you will never visit.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”   — Ray Bradbury

Now that you checked out the places you can never add to your travel bucket list. I have some suggestions of places you can read about and visit in the 50 states of America.

Join the 50-state book tour. Before you pack your bags, you may want to pick the state’s best book to become familiar that state’s culture.

Enjoy the books for these states on 50 state book tour.

South Carolina


South Carolina’s Best read is Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Alison

The publication of Dorothy Alison’s Bastard out of Carolina drew comparisons to Harper Lee and launched Alison into the literary spotlight. This now-classic of rural southern literature centers on Ruth Anne Boatwright, known as Bone, who finds herself on a collision course with her increasingly violent and abusive stepfather.

South Dakota


South Dakota ‘s Best Read is The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber










Ann Weisgarber’s debut novel offers an insightful and harrowing view into the harsh life of homesteaders at the turn of the century. The novel follows Rachel and Isaac, an African-American couple, struggling to make a life for themselves after claiming a parcel of land in the South Dakota Badlands



Tennessee’s Best Read is A Death in the Family by James Agee










A Death in the Family is a nearly flawless narrative, and possibly James Agee’s finest work. It is an autobiographical novel centering on the tragic death that threatens to consume an entire family. A Death in the Family is among the most powerful examinations of grief in American literature.


Texas Best Read is Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry










A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.

Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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