While it’s a term most people are at least familiar with, few can precisely define it. “Flyover states” is a term that National Geographic says started “as a way for Midwesterners, Southerners, and people from the plains and mountain states to define themselves relative to the rest of the country.”
An analysis of air traffic data several years ago ranked the most flown-over states based on the ratio of flights passing over to flights landing, and West Virginia came out as No. 1. But there’s a reason for that – its geography between major hub cities means that it will be flown over more. A state like Alaska or Hawaii would obviously not be flown over by domestic travelers.
All we know is that in these common flyover states, there are some fabulous towns that have plenty to offer. On your next flight, instead of passing them all by, you might want to plan a stop to explore.