Remember the old “license plate game” you played as a kid? It occurs to us that there’s an easy, fun way to play this game with friends as an adult, and Florida’s unique status as “most visited” state makes it easy. Go for a walk in Naples, or Fort Myers, or any other reasonably-sized city in Florida, and as you go, check out the plates on each car.
Be the first to call out plates from Florida, Georgia or Alabama, and give yourself one point. For South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee or Mississippi, make that two points. Three points for Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky or Virginia. Four points for Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas. Five points for Delaware, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, or New Mexico. Six points for New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, or Arizona. Seven points for Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. Eight points for Rhode Island, New Hampshire, or Maine. Nine points for the Canadian Provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. And, finally, ten points for the three Canadian Territories, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, and for Alaska and Hawaii. If, by some miracle, you spot a plate from one of the five US Territories, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, or American Samoa, you just win automatically!
If you call out one that’s already been called, or you mistake a plate for another, you lose the amount of points the ACTUAL plate is worth.
Pick a street to walk the length of, an area of a street to walk, or maybe even an entire neighborhood, and tally up your points at the end to see who won!
Need a primer on what all of those plates look like, to give yourself an advantage? Or need the points handy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
1 POINT: AL, FL, GA
2 POINTS: MS, NC, SC, TN
3 POINTS: AR. KY, LA, MO, VA
4 POINTS: DC, IA, IL, IN, KS, MD, NE, OH, OK, TX, WV
5 POINTS: CO, DE, MI, MN, NM, PA, SD, WI, WY
6 POINTS: AZ, ID, MT, ND, NJ, NY, UT
7 POINTS: CA, CT, MA, NV, OR, VT, WA
8 POINTS: ME, NH, RI
9 POINTS: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK
10 POINTS: AK, HI, NT, NU, YT
AUTOMATIC WIN: AS, GU, MP, PR, VI
And, don’t forget to check the backs AND fronts of cars!