2016 Year in Cities

Apparently I did a lot of flying last year — 101584 miles worth. I was lucky enough to carried via British 747-400 for many of my trips (my first trip on a 747 since 2006). I climbed the Alaska Airlines points ladder pretty quickly, finally hit MVP Gold 75K (after a couple of close years), and was in their top 10% of mileage earners for 2016.

Many new cities this year, and one state (Hawaii) and one new country (Spain).

  • Seattle, Washington*
  • Bournemouth, United Kingdom*
  • Arbon, Switzerland
  • Lindau, Germany
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Retford, United Kingdom*
  • Tenerife, Spain
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Heathrow, United Kingdom*
  • Snoqualmie, Washington
  • Stanwood, Washington
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Orange County, California
  • Jamaica, New York
  • Kaua’i, Hawaii

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an asterisk (*) were visited mul­ti­ple times on non-consec­u­tive days. Roughly in order of appear­ance.

2013 Year in Cities

After missing MVP Gold by about 2000 miles last year, I started 2013 back at square one:

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I started climbing back up the points ladder again, hitting up two new states: Pennsylvania and Missouri, as well as one new country: Honduras!

  • Seattle, WA*
  • San Diego, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT*
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Solomons, MD*
  • Chicago, IL
  • Bozeman, MT*
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • West Bay, Roatan Island, Honduras
  • La Ceiba, Honduras
  • Copan Ruinas, Honduras
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Saint Louis, MO

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an asterisk (*) were vis­ited mul­ti­ple times on non-con­sec­u­tive days. Roughly in order of ap­pear­ance.

Unfortunately, while I was able to secure Alaska MVP for another year, I still fell short of MVP Gold by 6,991 miles:

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…foiled again.

2012 Year in Cities

I neglected to share my escapades for 2012, which is a shame because I flew almost about 50,000 miles, missed Alaska Airlines MVP Gold by about 2,000 miles, and rode a train!

I added four new states and a district: New York, Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Alabama.

  • Billings, MT*
  • Seattle, WA*
  • New York, NY*
  • Islip, NY*
  • San Diego, CA*
  • Solomons, MD*
  • Arlington, VA*
  • Missoula, MT
  • Circle, MT
  • Portland, OR
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Bozeman, MT

Unfortunately, no international travel this year.

Rules: One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were vis­ited mul­ti­ple times on non-con­sec­u­tive days. Roughly in order of ap­pear­ance.

Two nights sleeping on the road (well, actually one on a plane and the other on a train).

Here are some selected highlights:

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New York, New York, United States


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New York, New York, United States



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Seattle, Washington, United States

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2011 Year in Cities

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Roughly in order of appearance.

Seattle, WA*1
Eden, Utah
Passe Catabois, Haiti
Oklahoma City2, OK*
Broomfield, CO*
Leavenworth, WA
St. Regis, MT
Billings, MT*
Smith Rock, OR*
San Diego, CA
Colstrip, MT
Gig Harbor, WA
Mount Baker, WA
Bozeman, MT

I added one new State, Oklahoma.


  1. For the sake of completeness 

  2. and Midwest City 

Year in Cities 2010

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Roughly in order of appearance.

Seattle, Washington*
Miami, Florida
Passe Catabois, Haiti
Cap Haitian, Haiti
Boca Raton, Florida
Quilcene, Washington
Leavenworth, Washington
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Wenatchee, Washington
Broomfield, Colorado
White Salmon, Washington
Mount Baker, Washington
Gig Harbor, Washington
Hansville, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington

I added one new state, Florida, and one new country, Haiti. For comparison, here’s the list for 2009.

2009: Year in Cities

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Roughly in order of appearance.

Seattle, Washington, USA*
Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
Fraser, Colorado, USA
Fairplay, Colorado, USA
Lucerne, Colorado, USA
Broomfield, Colorado, USA*
Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Moscow, Russian Federation
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Tallinn, Estonia
Kiev, Ukraine
Istanbul, Turkey
Goreme, Turkey
Kuşadası, Turkey
Samos, Greece
Paros, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Athens, Greece
Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy
Huemoz, Switzerland
Arbon, Switzerland
Vienna, Austria
Budapest, Hungary
Prague, Czech Republic
Warsaw, Poland
Krakow, Poland
Berlin, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Hansville, Washington, USA
Mount Baker, Washington, USA
Stanwood, Washington, USA

I feel I should also make note of the approximate ten nights I spent traveling by train, plane, and automobile (i.e. bus). Here is my list for 2008.

2008 Year in Cities

Bozeman, MT
Evanston, IL
Fairplay, CO*
Grand Teton National Park, WY
San Luis Obispo, CA
Seattle, WA*
Wilson, WY

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

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