Updated: Sep 28, 2020
This list will help you find the Top 25 Bucket List Ideas in the United States from glorious National Parks to culturally rich museums. Take a peak at the list and start jotting down where you would like to vacation!
25. Big Sur, California
Big Sur has always been a spectacle alongside the California coast. From never-ending wildflowers, condors circling overhead to chattering sea-lions and green, lush forests - the Big Sur is sure to inspire. There is amazing hiking along the cliff sides and fantastic beaches with giant crashing waves where whales and other marine life can be viewed. If you have your top down, drive thru the Big Sur on Highway 1 for an incredible motoring view of the amazing landscape.
24. Taos Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico
The mud and straw adobes climbing multiple stories have sheltered Tiwa-speaking Native Americans for nearly 1,000 years, making them a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The homes are frozen in time making them a window into the past. Tours are available and this is a unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
23. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The rugged solitude of the massive mountains of the Grand Teton range offer is a glorious site to behold. Photographers and outdoor enthusiasts will snap up glacier-slick Mt. Moran and the variety of gleaming blue lakes at its base along with bears, wolves, elk and bald eagles.
22. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
This National Landmark of sheer red-rock formations will leave you breathless. It took more than 300 million years for the elements to carve out the main formations of the Garden of the Gods that can be visited today by hiking, biking and mountain climbing. For an in-depth look into visiting The Garden of the Gods, please visit our Colorado Springs, Colorado Destination Guide
21. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Built in 1870 this is considered America's Greatest Theme Park and The Roller Coaster Capital of the World. Cedar Point is a place like no other with 18 world-class roller coasters. The riding experiences are so diverse, there’s a roller coaster for every thrill seeker. From pint-sized starters like Woodstock Express to the 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster – if you love roller coasters, this should be on your bucket list.
20. The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
With over 300 Years in the making, the epic story of the Alamo is renowned all over the world and the Battle at the Alamo and themes like "Remember the Alamo" are embedded in American history. The site is free and offers a historical perspective and why Texas remains one of the best States in the US.
19. The French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans' French Quarter is a historical landmark oozing with vibrancy and life from the food, to the music, to the drinks and the cobblestone corridors and lush gardens and of course the whispers of Voodoo and Vampires.
18. Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Sure Disney World is bigger, but Disneyland is authentic and where the dream all started. There are notable differences between the two parks, but there is a classic charm and authenticity about the original that makes it a must visit.
17. Zion National Park, Utah
Natural arches and unique rock formations jut up from the earth on this red rock landscape. The geological wonders abound for those looking for a unique adventure and endless hiking.
16. Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon offers a dazzling array of natural land formations and expansive amphitheatres that simply are mind-blowing. From red rocks to pink cliffs to the greatest concentration of Hoodoos on the planet, Bryce Canyon will provide endless photography opportunities.
15. Redwood National Park, California
You will stand in awe at the largest trees on earth, but also marvel at the vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild river ways and 40 miles of rugged coastline.
14. Hawaii Volcano National Park, Hawaii
Where else can you hike up to five active volcanoes and see molten lava pour into the ocean? Grabbing a helicopter ride over top of this National Park will leave you breathless.
13. Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Red Sox have played at Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball ballpark, since 1912. Baseball legends Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Carl Yastrzemski all stepped up to bat here and the park is preserved as a true American icon.
12. The National Mall & Museums, Washington DC
The National Mall & Museums in Washington DC are exceptional and they are all free to enjoy. Take in the Air and Space Museum or the Museum of Natural History and then walk to the Lincoln Memorial and then the White House.
11. Historic Route 66
Route 66 is known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road and it was one of the original highways connecting cities and states throughout America. Route 66 goes from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California and stretches 3,940 km. You can still drive on parts of the old highway - just make sure you rent a convertible!
10. Joshua Tree National Park, California
Marvel at the strange trees, desert life and rock formations in this one of a kind place on earth. For more information on Joshua Tree, check out our Joshua Tree Visitor's Guide.
9. Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
Elvis is the destination if we are talking about Rock n Roll and your bucket list must include the 2nd most visited house in the USA - Graceland. To learn more about Graceland check out our Graceland Visitor's Guide
8. Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California
From amazing rides, shows and attractions, this theme park has it all including the world-famous tour of an actual film lot at Universal Studios.
7. Glacier National Park, Montana
One of the most spectacular National Parks where you can drive up through the 6,646ft Logan Pass at the top of Going-to-the-Sun Rd to hike the Highline Trail and discover snow covered ranges and crystal-clear waters.
6. Havasu Falls & Pools, Arizona
Havasu Falls is the most famous of the aqua-blue Havasupai Waterfalls that spill over deep-orange, travertine cliffs in a desert oasis of stunning beauty. The stark contrast between the arid desert landscape of the Havasu Canyon and the lush vegetation near the water is a juxtaposition of harsh desert and a sumptuous tropical paradise. The five Havasupai Falls include: Navajo Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls. All are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon. The waterfalls of the Grand Canyon are like no other in the world, and visiting them is the opportunity of a lifetime.
5. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Over 700 years in the making, Mesa Verde is one of our favorite National Parks and one of the most unique destinations in the State of Colorado offering history, adventure and beauty like none other. Mesa Verde has over 4,700 archaeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings and the mesa top sites of pithouses, pueblos, masonry towers, and farming structures, with many more yet to be revealed. These sites are some of the most notable and best-preserved dwellings in the United States. For more information visit our very own Mesa Verde National Park Visitor's Guide
4. Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada. It’s known for its beaches and ski resorts and has become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts who love fresh water, fresh air and amazing views.
3. Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico
For nine days in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta creates an enchanted world of special-shaped balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows and vibrant balloon-filled skies.
2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana & Idaho
Yellowstone is perhaps the most complex National Park, but is very accessible even for those wanting to make a day trip to the famous sites within. Yellowstone National Park is breathtaking with geysers and geothermal points of interest the highlight of many visitors. But Yellowstone is also very diverse offering much more than Old Faithful and hot water pools. For more information on visiting Yellowstone National Park take a look at our Yellowstone National Park Visitor's Guide
1. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is an American icon presenting the expansive, larger-than-life ruggedness of the West. From amazing vistas, to hiking, to waterfalls, whitewater rafting and canyon expeditions, the Grand Canyon will not leave you in awe and wonder. Bucket List Deals for the Grand Canyon