Everyone has a bucket list filled with things they want to eventually do and accomplish. Exotic destinations and unique vacations top many bucket lists. Though many have destinations in other countries on their bucket lists, there are plenty of locations right here in the United States for people to see. The U.S. is home to many historical sites and natural wonders.
Though it is not a single destination, everyone should take time to explore the country on a road trip at least once. Pack up the car and drive along the east coast or drive cross-country from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Here is a list of some of the top U.S. vacation destinations that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
- Boston, Massachusetts: Boston is home to many historical sites and is rich in culture. Spend time exploring taverns used by Revolutionists and sites along the Freedom Trail.
- Washington, D.C.*: There is plenty to do at our nation’s capital, including museums, arts and entertainment. Spend time along the National Mall where you can explore many of the capital’s monuments.
- New York City: Home to a variety of attractions and entertainment, including food, fashion and art, New York City is a place everyone should experience at least once in their lives! Do not forget to visit Times Square during your trip to the Big Apple.
- Glacier National Park, Montana: Explore the mountains and tunnels found in Glacier National Park. You will be amazed by the beauty of this park.
- Hawaii: I have selected no particular location in Hawaii to visit, because everything about this island state is breathtakingly beautiful. Do not forget to check out Pearl Harbor while in Hawaii.
- New Orleans, Louisiana: Everyone has to visit the French Quarter at least once in their lifetime. You do not have to wait for Mardi Gras (though it is more exciting during this time) to visit the French Quarter, there is plenty of things to do all throughout the year.
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Watch Old Faithful spout warm water into the air or explore the area of land that was designated as the country’s first national park.
- Highway 1 in California: Travel along one of the country’s most beautiful highways, where you can explore the Pacific cost as Highway 1 winds along the coast.
- Las Vegas, Nevada*: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Step out of your shell and experience the night life of the Vegas Strip!
- Grand Canyon, Arizona: visit one of the country’s most known landmarks while exploring the shores of the Colorado River. Take a four-wheel tour down into the Grand Canyon for amazing views of the area.
- Nashville, Tennessee*: Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. However, you do not have to be a country music fan to visit Nashville, but it would not hurt to enjoy boot-scootin’ once in awhile.
- Walt Disney World*: You are never too old to enjoy all the amazing attractions at the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida.
- Miami, Florida*: Experience the Latin-tropical feeling the way it was meant to be enjoyed along South Beach. The area is filled with colorful hotels, shops, restaurants and cocktail bars, where everyone can find something to enjoy while listening to the music that continually fills the air.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: See where it all began at Independence National Historic Park, where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed. Do not forget to visit the Liberty Bell for a great photo op!!
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania*: Take a guided tour of the most visited Civil War battlefields. Do not forget to see the dark side of Gettysburg by taking a candle light ghost tour!! (One of my personal favorite things to do!)
- Chicago, Illinois*: The Windy City is home to some of the country’s finest architecture, including the 110-story Willis Tower (held the record for the world’s tallest structure until 1998). There is a lot of buildings with unique features, including the Tribune Tower, the Skybridge and Aqua Tower.
- Ellis Island: Did you know that four out of every 10 Americans have at least one ancestor who passed through Ellis Island on their journey to America? Ellis Island is a place to visit, especially if you have ancestors who may have signed in when passing through.
Now that you know what is on my U.S. destination bucket list, what is on yours?
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