We both like to collect things. We've visited so many States now we figured it was time to devise a system to track them.

It's actually a bit more complex than you might imagine. Yes, visiting States sounds like a simple construct but there are different levels of visitation. Living in a State shouldn't count the same as driving through one now should it? Thus, our visitation matrix was born:

Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Lived there Stayed 5+ nights Stayed 2+ nights Driven through
Born there OR OR * Flyovers / layovers not valid
2 silver trips Eaten there (not fast food)

Our current scorecard

Based on the grading system above, here's our current scorecard. (Red is Platinum as it's too close to Silver otherwise!).