We play the license plate game every year - my wife pays more attention than I - and just started again January 1. We are familiar after all these years which ones are hardest to get: Hawaii, obviously, though we nearly always get Alaska. Montana, Idaho, the Dakotas, then Wyoming and Utah. Last year we didn't get New Mexico, which we always get, and had to have help to get West Virginia, which is not all that far. But we got Utah already this year. Whoohoo!
We go for Canadian provinces while we are at it, and got both Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 2019, which are rare for us. One year we did get the Yukon Territory plate in the shape of a polar bear, right out on Rt 93. We get Guam and American Samoa every few years.
I asked myself a different question this year. Which states are the easiest to get all the other states from, and which are the hardest? Hawaii hardly counts, it must be enormously more difficult. You wouldn't even teach you children to play the game there, just oohing and ahhing whenever you saw anything else. Fairbanks Alaska might not be so terrible, as adventurous sorts from all over like to take the ALCAN highway. I am betting that the states that are difficult for me to get, in the Mountain West and Upper West are the worst places to play the game, largely on account of the states around me here. Seeing a VT or RI plate in South Dakota must be unusual. We get a lot of states quickly when we start, and similarly, have a much better chance of getting New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island than people in Wyoming would. Probably more easily than people in British Columbia would. PEI and NL are rare even up here.
Tracy thought that Washington DC was probably the easiest place to play the game. I agreed, and thought that NYC and the immediate area was likely good as well. Orlando, maybe, even though most people going to the parks would fly. I don't know how much people in regions visit each other. Is Mississippi an easy get in South Carolina? Do experienced plate-spotting schoolchildren in Arizona immediately recognise Idaho? Do people even play this game outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic?