USA Bucket List: Things You MUST Do In The States

Whether you live in or are planning a visit, this USA bucket list is a comprehensive list of things you MUST do in the states.

Having been to all 50 states now, you can imagine there is so much to see and do and narrowing down a list could be challenging. So I have sorted the list down for you to make it easier. Most of these USA bucket list places are well known and others, not so much. There is a good variety to keep you busy in your travels.

So whether you are looking for extreme adventure or just a fun day exploring, this list of USA bucket list destinations has it all.

USA Bucket List: The Ultimate Guide Of Things To Do In America

See a Bald Eagle in the wild in Alaska – is there anything MORE majestic than seeing bald eagles in America’s Last Frontier? I think not. This should be high on your USA bucket list.

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Visit Sequoia National Park in California and feel about three inches tall. While you are there, take in these outdoor quotes that let you feel the power of nature. 

Visit the Capitol of the United States, Washington, D.C. – while here, see the White House and visit the Smithsonian Museums. It wouldn’t be a USA bucket list trip without stopping here to see where the central government operates from and the hustle and bustle of the city. Double points if you try one of the Michelin rated restaurants, like Masseria.

Graceland Tennessee – the man, the myth, the Legend – Mr. Elvis

Of all the things to do in Woodstock, Vermont – seeing the fall foliage is the top!

Head to New York for some EPIC sightseeing, Broadway and delicious food

Explore Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. Please note you need to join a tour to visit. While you are in the area, make sure to stop and see Horseshoe Bend which is equally as impressive.

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Visit the southernmost Point of the Continental US in Key West. You will need to wait in line to get your picture taken BUT this is a USA bucket list must!

Spend a day being a kid at the Disney Parks in Orlando, Florida. Plan in advance and if you can, go during non peak times like outside of summer, spring break and the holiday season. You will be able to avoid crowds and get to ride more things.

Attend BLINK, the outdoor immersive light and art experience in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee

See where the Salem Witch Trials were held in Salem, Massachusetts

View Arches National Park in Utah

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See the smallest state: Rhode Island

Catch a desert sunset in Saguaro National Park, Arizona. One of life’s simple joys is a sunset bursting in multiple colors in the desert of Arizona.

Plan a trip and take a tour of Chicago, Illinois and take in a baseball game and eat wieners to your hearts content

Cruise through stunning Glacier Bay in Alaska

Visit Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii

Attend Burning Man in Nevada and learn the art of survival in the hot desert

Drive Highway 1 in California


Eat all the cheese in Wisconsin and become a cheese head!

Feeling nostalgic, visit the Jersey Shore in New Jersey

See the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico


Attend the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Driving the Road to Hana in Maui

Eat at Zahav, The James Beard Award winning restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Visit the rushing water at Niagara Falls in New York

Experiencing the magic that is Mackinac Island in Michigan – this island is a top USA bucket list destination that should not be missed

Attend Mardi Gras in Louisiana – ride on a float in a parade for extra points

Drive the Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia during the fall


Take a schooner cruise off the coast of Maine and experience a Maine summer with cool winds and lobster

Experience the stunning Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. during the spring

Explore the red rocks and see the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona

Go on a wine trip through Napa in California

Get your epic Monument Valley photo like Forest Gump

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Eat beignets in New Orleans

Visit mini Las Vegas in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Take a beautiful jaunt on the Kanacamagus Highway during the fall in New Hampshire

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Spend a couple days exploring Zion with an epic itinerary

Grab your credit cards and visit the biggest Mall in the US: The Mall of America, located in Minnesota

Explore Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Visit New Hampshire in the fall

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Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Rent a convertible and drive from Miami to Key West – just don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Explore Yellowstone National Park during the winter on a “monster Truck”

Get a two for one: watch a sunset and see live music in Colorado at the Red Rocks Amphitheater


Visit Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a mind bending experience

Enjoy a summer beach trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina

Stop and get a selfie with the Biggest Fork in America in Colorado

Take a river boat gambling trip

Explore the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

Learn to ski in Aspen or Vail, Colorado

Head to Ann Arbor, Michigan to see an EPIC game at the Big House by the University of Michigan

Eat your way through Charleston, South Carolina while visiting Rainbow Row

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Take a trip to Las Vegas and experience all that Sin City has to offer

Get yourself a some proper attire and a mint julep and hit the Kentucky Derby

Visit the Hollywood sign in California

Drive what is left of Route 66

Take a boat out to Alcatraz 

Stay at the Stanley Hotel (YES! from the movie) in Estes Park, Colorado

Visit the St. Louis Arch in Missouri


Walk the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Spend some time on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii visiting the Beaches

Stay at the Versace Mansion in Miami

Drive to Mount Rainier in Washington

Sail the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland

Drive the amazing scenery at Glacier National Park in Montana

See the Northern Lights and all their glory in Alaska


See orcas at Orcas Island in Washington

Enjoy blue crabs in Annapolis, Maryland

Visit the narrowest house in Alexandria, Virginia. This USA bucket list destination is just minutes from Washington, D.C. so you can loop it in as a dual destination.

Take a trip to foodie paradise: The Minnesota State Fair. You will want to plan ahead for this event. See what is new, where things are located and make a plan. If you just show up, you could get lost and end up not even eating what you wanted.

Eat the world’s best BBQ in the state of Texas. I can’t say where you should go exactly because it is ALL good and Texas takes its BBQ very seriously.

Swim in the crystal clear blue waters of Havasu Falls in Arizona. Stick around and check out Beaver Falls along the creek. Note: this is a huge USA bucket list destination and getting there is not easy. Do your research before venturing out.

The Havasu Falls Hike will reward you with these views!

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Havasu Falls

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Beaver Falls

Rent a penthouse in Las Vegas and live it up for a weekend

Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts

Head to South Dakota to see the Badlands, Wall Drug and Mount Rushmore

See a Broadway show in New York

Visit Vermont in the fall!

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Calling all fans of the Goonies! Head to Oregon and pay a visit to Astoria and Cannon Beach

Stand up paddle board in Lake Tahoe, California where the water is crystal clear!


Heading to Alabama? Don’t miss a race at Talladega. SHAKE AND BAKE

Walk the San Antonio River Walk in Texas

Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in sunny Orlando, Florida. Make sure to get a park hopper pass so you can ride the Hogwarts Express between the two parks.

Visit Miami for the beaches, Wynwood Walls and Cuban food

Take the needle up to new heights in Seattle and see the city from a different perspective.

Explore The Wave in Arizona – pro tip – access is very hard as permits are only given at 20 per day!

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Take a cruise to Alaska

Hike Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park in Utah

Visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Big Sur in California

Visit the Neon Museum in as Vegas, where signs of buildings past go to die

Rent a boat for the day and enjoy the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri

Take the Jurassic Park ATV tour in Hawaii 

Ready to feel like a kid again? Visit Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio and ride the roller coasters ALL DAY!

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  1. Hannah
    November 16, 2019 / 3:20 am

    Gosh there’s so much to see! It’s difficult to know where to start. I’ll have to plan a huge roadtrip one day to see a few of the key things.

    • eatlivetraveldrink
      December 16, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      It took me 35 years to make it to all 50 states and there is still so much to see!!

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