My U.S. Travel Bucket List

The United States is an incredible country for traveling. You can find everything here from sandy beaches, luscious forests, fabulous cities, rivers, mountains, and everything in between. I decided to finally make a bucket list of all the things I want to do in America. I will change and adapt this list as I travel. The items highlighted in green are completed while those in red still need to be accomplished.

Alabama

Play on the beach in Gulf Shores

Alaska

Visit a national park

See some glaciers and a moose

Spend some time in Anchorage

Arizona

Yell obscenities into the Grand Canyon

Enjoy a quaint meal in Flagstaff

Explore downtown Phoenix

Arkansas

Heal myself at Hot Springs National Park

See a ghost at one of the haunted hotels in Eureka Springs

California

Drive through Los Angeles traffic

Get panhandled at Santa Barbara beach

Take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge

Colorado

Enjoy the nightlife in Denver

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

Smell some flowers in Colorado Springs

Try to ski and fail miserably

Connecticut

Stroll along the coast in New Haven or elsewhere

Delaware

Learn about history at one of the museums in New Castle

Florida

Build a sandcastle on one of the many white beaches

Get nauseated on one of those really intense rides at Universal Studios

Pose with Mickey Mouse at Disney World

Georgia

Appreciate nature and history at the same time in Stone Mountain Park

Channel my inner Scarlet O’Hara in Atlanta

Eat some peaches

Pretend I’m rich at the Gold Museum in Dahlonega

Hawaii

Drink out of coconut on one of the islands

Idaho

Take a beautiful picture at Idaho Falls

Go whitewater rafting on one of the rivers

Illinois

Admire the architecture in Chicago

Go to the top of the Sears Tower

Indiana

Try to distinguish between a bog, swamp, and marsh at Indiana Dunes State Park

Iowa

Appreciate some art in Des Moines

Kansas

Marvel at the flatness, the unending flatness

Kentucky

Dance to some Bluegrass tunes

Wear one of those Daniel Boone hats

Louisiana

Listen to some Jazz in a New Orleans night club

Eat a plate full of crawdads on the bayou

See a naughty show on Bourbon Street

Maine

Eat lobster on a dock

Drive along the Loop Road in Acadia National Park

Maryland

Admire the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Learn about the Civil War

Massachusetts

Read about the Salem witch trials and hope that we’ve learned from our past

Eat something tasty at Cape Cod

Try to imitate the Boston accent while learning about the American Revolution

Michigan

Pretend to be a rapper in Detroit

Go for a swim in Lake Michigan

Minnesota

Take a boat out on one of the lakes

Say hello to a pelican at Voyageurs National Park

Mississippi

Drink a beer while listening to the blues

Missouri

Go to one of the many attractions in Branson

Lay out under the arch in St. Louis

Montana

Experience all four seasons at Glacier National Park

Nebraska

Try not to get dysentery while walking the Oregon Trail

Nevada

Lose money at a casino in Las Vegas

Party in Black Rock City at Burning Man

New Hampshire

Spot some wildlife in White Mountain National Forest

New Jersey

Ride in one of those Rolling Chairs in Atlantic City

New Mexico

Take a pueblo tour in Santa Fe

Learn more about our Hispanic roots in Albuquerque

Wear an alien mask in Roswell

New York

Get drenched in Niagara Falls

Spend New Year’s Eve at Time’s Square

Get lost on the streets of New York City

Give the finger to Wall Street

Imitate the Statue of Liberty

Find out if I have any family who went through Ellis Island

Relax in Central Park

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

North Carolina

Try to unravel the mystery of Roanoke

North Dakota

Thank Theodore Roosevelt while visiting the National Park

Ohio

Visit the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland

Go to a museum in Cincinnati

Oklahoma

Drive the historic Route 66

Oregon

Enjoy good food and good company in Portland

Visit Crater Lake National Park

Pennsylvania

Learn about history in Philadelphia and Gettysburg

Stroll through Longwood Gardens

Enjoy the scenery while learning about the Amish community

Rhode Island

Do a little sightseeing in Providence

South Carolina

Unwind at Myrtle Beach

Do some history studies in Charleston

South Dakota

Appreciate our Native American culture

Visit Mount Rushmore

Roll down a hill in “Paha Sapa”

Tennessee

Walk the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Appreciate some good ole American music in Nashville and Memphis

Texas

Yell “YEE-HAW” out the car window

Listen to some good music in Austin

Visit the Alamo in San Antonio

Utah

Stay in an RV park in Salt Lake City

Watch the sun rise in Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park or Zion National Park

Vermont

Enjoy the nature of Green Mountain National Forest

Eat some icecream at the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory

Virginia

Learn all about the first English settlements

Take a drive through Shenandoah National Park

Washington

Visit the Space Needle in Seattle

Washington D.C.

Smell the old books in the Library of Congress

Learn all about our government

Visit as many museums as I possibly can

Take my picture in front of the White House

West Virginia

Listen to the waterfalls in Monongahela National Forest

Wisconsin

Drink a beer in Milwaukee

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Admire the wildlife at Yellowstone National Park

5 thoughts on “My U.S. Travel Bucket List

  1. When in Georgia, you have to visit The Guidestones. I haven’t…yet.
    You must visit The Polar Caves while in New Hampshire.
    Visit Key West while in Florida.
    Take a stroll through Mall of America while in Minnesota.

    So many places, so much to do.

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