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Welcome to Where Odyssey Is Not, a fan feature so unique, so intriguing----that it got us mentioned on page 200 of The Official Guide!

Commercial courtesy of The Ceiling Fan Podcast. You may also want to check out their special podcast series in which the show's fictional characters take a trip across the country to find Odyssey ... inspired by our Where Odyssey Is Not feature!

Discover where Odyssey is, based on where it is not.
Throughout the years on Adventures in Odyssey, many characters on the show have given hints as to where the town of Odyssey is located. While the AIO team has never specifically revealed Odyssey's location on the map, the town's characters have helped to unveil some clues. This section is devoted to those moments on the show where Odyssey characters tell us where Odyssey is not. What follows are states that have been mentioned on the program by the characters themselves, along with information and evidences to prove where Odyssey is not.

The main purpose of Where Odyssey Is Not is to highlight specific mentions of states, affirmed by the Odyssey characters throughout the series. Many times on the show, spoken clues and events may lead listeners to assume that a specific region is ruled out as a location for Odyssey. We wanted to give exact proofs that Odyssey is not in some states (i.e. a character literally mentions a state). Statements said within the series that provide clues and no 100% facts are revealed below and on appropriate states' pages under The State of Things. It's up to you to decide where Odyssey is located, based on the clues.

Our records indicate that 38 of the United States of America are ruled out on Adventures in Odyssey in 168 specific mentions on the show. This list will continue to grow, so there's more to come!


  Where Odyssey Is Not   Where Odyssey Is?
Alaska Alabama
Arizona Delaware
Arkansas Georgia
California Illinois
Colorado Louisiana
Connecticut Minnesota
Florida Missouri
Hawaii North Dakota
Idaho Ohio
Indiana Rhode Island
Iowa South Carolina
Kansas Wyoming
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

U.S. Regions

  New England
  Washington D.C.


"The State" References

Periodically, characters on Adventures in Odyssey mention "the state," but they never say which state that is. The writers are very clever in keeping the fans guessing. What follows is a brief overview of "the state" as mentioned throughout the show.

  • Chris introduces What Happened to the Silver Streak? by stating that Whit's End has one of the largest train sets in the state. Whit also reveals that some of the kids' train cars will be considered for the state fair.

  • In One Bad Apple, Mr. Whittaker mentions that he will call the state capital the next morning regarding a pollution concern near Tom Riley's farm.

  • "The state" is referenced multiple times in the episode Timmy's Cabin. Not once is it helpful in determining where Odyssey is. The only thing we learn in this episode is that "the state" can get really annoying.

  • In Family Values, Mr. Johnson talks about a resort he wants to take his family to. He simply says, "It's up state."

  • Tom for Mayor is good with teasing avid fans. Again, "the state" is referenced and one can almost lose count. Re-phrasing's not a problem, either. It's also considered "our beloved state" by a certain well-known resident genius.

  • Again, "the state" is given some airtime in Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard, not the actual name we want to hear.

  • In The Pact, when referencing how long it will take to get to a certain camp, Tom Riley says that it is just across the state line and that it will take up to three hours to get there. However, he does not mention the name of the state in which Odyssey is located.

  • In Dead Ends, Eugene wants to know if "the state" gave his foster parents any information regarding his father, Leonard Meltsner.

Let's "State" the Facts

Although Odyssey's residing state has not been declared on the show, some valuable clues have been revealed over the years. Some make you think, while others make you wonder if the writers even know where Odyssey is.

  • While presenting a riddle to the kids at Whit's End, Whit references the cities of Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Detroit in Promises, Promises, although he doesn't say any states. He attempts to prove that he is in neither of the cities. It can be deducted that Cincinnati and Buffalo are closer to Odyssey than Detroit is.

  • The town of Odyssey experiences all four seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Many episodes indicate this.

  • The town of Odyssey experiences bad storms, including occasional tornadoes. The show never indicates that tornadoes are rare occurrences in Odyssey, though when a tornado strikes, the town's citizens take extra safety precautions. This could indicate that Odyssey is located in a state that experiences tornadoes, but not in excess.

  • Kids Radio originally began as KYDS Radio in Kid's Radio. In reality, only stations west of the Mississippi River have call letters that begin with K. All stations east of it start with W. However, later on, the Adventures in Odyssey team decided to toss "KYDS" as it would be too confusing for radio stations in real life and transformed KYDS Radio to Kids Radio. Where would that place Odyssey? Also in Family Vacation, George and Mary Barclay are trying to get their car to start when the voice on the radio announces the KFOF call letters of the station.

  • Terry and George Johnston take a train ride nonstop from Odyssey to New York in The Last Great Adventure of the Summer and arrive in Manhattan within hours.

  • In The Ill-Gotten Deed, Horace and Grover McAllister race from their homes in Virginia to somewhere "out west" where they will later found the town of Odyssey. According to the episode, it takes them weeks (on horseback) to reach their destination.

  • In the episode Lincoln, Jimmy is asked if he is a Yankee or a Confederate, and he replies that he's neither; he's from out West.

  • The town of Odyssey is only a few miles from the state line. (Not One of Us)

  • If traveling by train, it is a day's journey from Chicago to Odyssey. (Train Ride) Whit and Eugene board an Amtrak train in Chicago and head home to Odyssey. It is brought to their attention that some of the passengers on another train car (mannequin salesmen) are on their way to a convention in Cincinnati. According to Amtrak's website, a trip from Chicago to Cincinnati is approximately 8 1/2 hours in total. If traveling by train, it is a day's journey from Chicago to Odyssey, as revealed in the episode as well. Now, where is Odyssey in relation to Cincinnati? It is revealed that the stop to Odyssey is before Cincinnati.

  • The episode Timmy's Cabin reveals that the legendary Johnny Appleseed supposedly planted the apple orchard on Tom Riley's farm. Johnny Appleseed's route spanned through the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

  • Odyssey is located near or around an area with mountains. In the episode Flash Flood, Whit, Eugene, Bernard, and Tom go camping in the mountains near Odyssey. Many other references to the mountains near Odyssey are dispersed throughout the show.

  • In On Solid Ground, Whit takes a caller during Kids Radio's "Adventures of the Bible" segment. When asked what "foundations" are, one caller responds, "Aren't they those big farms down south?" It can be deduced that Odyssey is in one of the northern states.

  • A city named Connellsville is located near Odyssey, as referenced by countless episodes.

  • In The Mysterious Stranger, Whit is told that the Tate House is "on old Route 40, towards Connellsville", implying that it's in the Odyssey area. Route 40 goes through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and even Nevada and California.

  • A city named Waynestown is located near Odyssey, as revealed in And the Glory.

  • During Eugene and Bernard's trip across the country, their known stops on their route include Iowa, Colorado, California, and even a brief stop to Disney Land. (First-Hand Experience, Second Thoughts, The Fifth House on the Left I, It Happened at Four Corners, and The Fifth House on the Left).

  • In First-Hand Experience, Eugene and Bernard begin their roadtrip near a city called Cleveland. However, there is not enough evidence to prove which Cleveland the episode refers to. (There are several cities named Cleveland in the United States.)

  • Jason Whittaker makes a phone call in A Name, Not a Number and mentions that it will take him a couple days to drive from Phoenix (Arizona) to Odyssey. Now what is Jason's interpretation of the phrase, a couple?

  • In Unto Us a Child Is Born, Katrina Shanks Meltsner mentions that she will be making the drive to Chicago to be with her family during their Christmas Day brunch. This downside is that she has to leave early enough Christmas Day to be there on time for it. On the other hand, she lives close enough to Chicago that she can make the trip and be at her destination all on the same day.

  • Carl Ross tells Jack Allen the story of the Underground Railroad and establishes that it takes place in the "southern United States." Also, the ultimate destination of the sojourners is in the north. It can be assumed that Odyssey is in one of the northern states. (The Underground Railroad)

  • Erica Clark learns in Rewards in Full that it is illegal in their state to ride a bike without a helmet. No wonder we've seen illustrations of Odyssey kids wearing helmets on older editions of Adventures in Odyssey cover artwork.

  • A writer named Mark Herring bicycles across the United States in Best Face Forward and stops at Whit's End.

  • In New Year's Eve Live!, Harlow Doyle accidentally gets on a bus headed to Chicago shortly before midnight. When he asks the bus driver what time they will arrive, the driver says "around 8:30 tomorrow morning."  Therefore, Odyssey has to be located somewhere that the trip to Chicago takes 8 1/2 hours or slightly longer by bus.

  • A woman named Alice refers to the camp where she met Timmy Riley as being "out west" (Passages: Fletcher's Rebellion). This indicates that Odyssey is planted within one of the eastern states.

  • The Barclay family flies to the New England states to visit, and ultimately move to, Pokenberry Falls, in Pokenberry Falls, R.F.D. Edwin Blackgaard later says that he and Walter Shakespeare will be touring New England in The Taming of the Two. It can be assumed the Odyssey resides outside of the cluster of states in New England.

  • Alex Jefferson claims that he, Mandy Straussberg, and Cal Jordan will fight them [the Bones of Wrath] "on our beaches." Cal, taking his comment literally, corrects him and tells him that Odyssey doesn't have any beaches. (Snow Day) Thus, Odyssey is landlocked. But does the state have beaches?

  • Upon arriving home from her road trip with Joanne Allen, Connie is greeted by a warm embrace from her mother and a brief reminder that she traveled 1,000 miles to Washington D.C. In other words, Odyssey is located at least 1,000 miles away from D.C. Either that, or June Kendall threw a number out there. (Eggshells)

  • A city named Odenton is located near Odyssey, as revealed in The Black Veil.

  • Malcolm Lear states in The Taming of the Two that Odyssey is in the "less illness-bound area of the country." Chew up the meat and spit out the bones on this statement. Last time we checked, even Whit gets sick and needs Connie to deliver an occasional bowl of chicken soup (Bad Company).

  • Whit claims that daisies can be seen around the entire state in which Odyssey is located. (True Calling)

  • In Odyssey Sings!, a producer from a national hit television show, America Sings, is trying to decide where to take the show on tour. He throws a dart and hits the town of Odyssey on a map, determining where to go next. However, no clues are provided to indicate where in the country Odyssey is.

  • A girl named Lindsay travels 500 miles to intern at Whit's End in Best of Enemies, but she doesn't say where she is from. However, we do know that she has taken a bus.

  • A city named Greensburg is located near Odyssey, as revealed in The Other Side of the Glass.

  • In A Capsule Comes to Town, it is explicitly stated that Odyssey is "a small, midwestern town."

  • State Senator Hoines makes a visit to Odyssey in License to Deprive. Unfortunately, he is not a senator in real life or we would know exactly which state's senator he is... and where Odyssey is, too!

  • A talking painting of Frederick Douglass in the Whit's End Gallery tells the story of the Jubilee Singers and references "the South." It can be deduced that Odyssey is in one of the northern states. (The Jubilee Singers)

  • More clues are revealed throughout our Where Odyssey Is Not section.

Well Stated

We discovered that other mentions of states have been made throughout the series, but they only give small clues and don't make it to the pages above. So we thought it would be good to share some more clues of Odyssey's location.

  • In the special audio release of Passages: Darien's Rise, John Avery Whittaker reads the manuscript titled, "The Chronicles of the Chosen" about a mysterious world named Marus. At one point, Anna, one of two main child characters, catches a first glimpse of a room in Marus: "It reminded her of a room in her great grandfather's house. He was the governor of a neighboring state." However, not enough evidence is provided to tell us where Odyssey is or isn't. Let's call it a good teaser for avid fans.

Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey

Throughout the series, characters occasionally travel to far away places. Sometimes they drive to nearby cities, and other times they fly across the globe. Click here for a complete listing.


We Need Your Help!

Plainly stated, there's too many episodes to keep track of. We'd like to be as thorough as possible, but so many goodies are tucked within the audio series, that we can't keep up! As you listen to the audio series, keep your ears open for clues about the location of Odyssey. Find something we don't have. Jot it down. Make a list. Send it to us. If you're a history buff, send that knowledge our way. We'd love to add to this section.


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