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My journey so far has taken me to the following cities in order: New York (where I started from), Baltimore, Cincinnati, Sioux City, Monroe (La.), and Columbus (Ga.). What's my next stop?

Hint:

I can never go back to New York.

Another hint, added later:

I can never go back to New York. That's not just because the route is determined and it happens never to lead back to New York — though that's true — but because there's some quality of New York's that implies that a route of this sort can never lead to it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is it really a trip around the U.S. if it's primarily central/east U.S.? :P $\endgroup$
    – Adib
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 22:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Adib Yes. If you say you went around town, it doesn't necessarily mean you went literally all over town. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 3:35
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe another hint would be nice...? $\endgroup$
    – Enigma
    Commented May 3, 2020 at 15:41

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Jacksonville, Florida

Because:

Placing all locations on a map, you get an outline of the borders of the United States mainland(except Alaska), in approx. half size. This is hinted at in the title; «around the US» It seems as the cities are placed at locations where there is a major change in direction of the border. Jacksonville is located approximately where Brownsville, Texas would be.

See attached image

Around the US

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting. Not my intention. And that image you included really doesn't outline the US in miniature: for example, you drew Washington State as farther north than the rest of the western half of the lower 48, but it's not. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented May 3, 2020 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ @msh210 I just inserted all locations in Google Maps, and drive by car. Of course I understand that I could made a more elaborate drawing, but if isn’t correct, why bother? $\endgroup$
    – Enigma
    Commented May 3, 2020 at 15:49
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Your next stop would be:

in Castle Pines, Colorado, since averaging all of the coordinates of the given cities results in this coordinate.

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    – gabbo1092
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 19:43
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    $\begingroup$ The sounds like a great answer if each location listed is the average of the previous ones. Alas, it's not the intended answer. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ Come to think of it, I haven't tried averaging all the coordinates, but am pretty sure the answer isn't in Colorado, considering that all the places mentioned are east of Colorado. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 20:57
  • $\begingroup$ I think the actual average would be somewhere near Louisville. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ @msh210 For every location (other than the first, of course) to be the average of the previous ones, they would all have to be in the exact same place. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 21:14

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