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.
Visit Sequoia National Park in California and feel about three inches tall
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
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.
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 With Trials were held in Salem, Massachusetts
View Arches National Park in Utah
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 to the windy city 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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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 Wave in Arizona – pro tip – access is very hard as permits are only given at 20 per day!
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.
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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