The United States is very big. With some states being the size of countries, planning a bucket list may seem like a daunting task. After all, you could find just about everything under the sun to do in Texas so why spend any time in Colorado? This of course if foolish, as if you’re planning a bucket list you want to go big! Here are the 20 Best Places to Visit in the USA Before You Die:
List of the 20 Places in the USA:
20. New York City, New York
No list is complete without mentioning one of America’s finest cities. You could practically make a bucket list out of all the places in New York to visit. When planning your New York trip include places that interest you like a museum, restaurant, or the nightlife. Never forget to spend some time in Central Park, be it enjoying one of the activities on offer or just relaxing. Whatever it is you’re looking for, New York is sure to have it.
19. New Orleans, Louisiana
Right after The Big Apple comes The Big Easy. Everyone knows New Orleans is the place to be for Mardi Gras but the city is much more than that. Explore the historic section to see vintage homes and parlors, where there are ghost tours for those brave enough. With a vibrant nightlife and great food abound, it’s no wonder why New Orleans is a must-visit destination. Don’t forget the beignets while you’re there!
18. Las Vegas, Nevada
The famous city of sin and vice should always be on your bucket list if just for the sights and sounds of the city. If you’re a gambling man or woman try one of the many casinos that dot the city, your luck might just score you big. Want to try something less risky? Enjoy some fine dining experiences provided by chefs from around the world. Whatever you desire, Vegas will have it. Just remember; what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Alaska is a massive state of untapped natural wonders. From majestic glaciers to whale watching, camping, and hiking, Alaska has it all for the outdoors type. If you’re not one that enjoys the cold, book an Alaskan cruise instead and enjoy the sights and activities from the comfort of your cabin. Always try to find a cruise that offers glacier viewing. You won’t be disappointed.
16. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon national park offers plenty of fun and adventure for the traveler in you. Take a trip down the Colorado River and see the vast size of the canyon yourself or take a guided tour for a story of how the Grand Canyon was formed. For the more adventurous, you can even find hiking trails down the canyon. Just make sure to watch your step!
15. Yellow Stone National Park, Wyoming
America’s oldest national park and, for many, its best. Yellow Stone is actually a supervolcano, but don’t be worried about it erupting while you’re on vacation. Instead, take the time to watch one of the erupting geysers like Old Faithful. Enjoy the beautiful hiking trails and spend hours watching the wildlife. With Yellow Stone, there is no rush. Take the time to be one with nature.
14. Sedona, Arizona
While traveling through Arizona, which you should also do at some point, don’t forget to make a stop in Sedona. A small town, what really puts Sedona on the map and this list is the wonderful sandstone formations. If you can afford to do so spend the day watching the sun dance off the rocky cliffs, changing color as it does so. You’ll never see such a vibrant sunset than one in Sedona.
13. Natchez, Mississippi
When traveling through Mississippi, put Natchez as your destination. This small town boasts the best antebellum homes in the country. With daily tours, you can’t miss the chance to enjoy the splendors and mystique of the Old South. While no one said any of the houses are haunted, always keep your eyes peeled for any Southern Ghosts that might cross your path.
12. Washington, D.C.
With historic buildings and great museums, going to Washington is a capital idea! The National Mall is the place to be with its landmarks and museums. the Smithson being the crown jewel of Washington’s museums. Try to visit Washington during the Spring so you’ll be able to catch the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself in front of the White House!
Warm beaches, beautiful people, an exciting culture, all found in the state of Hawaii! Hawaii is composed of 137 islands in the Pacific Ocean with Hawai’i being the largest island. Much like New York, an entire bucket list can be written about what to do on the islands. The beaches are always a popular option, as are the parks. It’s unwise to visit Hawaii without attending one Luau; remember that the authentic Luaus are the better!
10. Manchester, Vermont
To some, there is no greater season than Fall. Regardless if you’re a Fall lover or more of a Summer lover, never miss the chance to go to Manchester during the Autumn months. The foliage on the trees is unbelievable and while you’ve seen plenty of vibrant pictures it’s not the same as seeing the colors in person. Even if it’s just a day trip, going to Manchester should be on your list.
9. Miami, Florida
Miami is a city that’s alive with music and food. If you’re soaking up the sun on the beach, visiting the bars at night, or enjoying the historical part of Miami there is always something to do! Maimi should always be on your list and if your party-goer Summer and Spring months are the best time to be in the city. You’ll have the time of your life!
8. Dahlonega, Georgia
Have you ever wanted to be a prospector and dig for gold? You don’t need to go to California for gold, but Georgia! Dahlonega is a historic mining city and as such has several old mines around town. Visit these mines for guided tours and see how gold was mined. Afterward, test your luck with panning or digging for gold. Gold nuggets are found to this day in Dahlonega so don’t write a bucket list without a trip to search for gold!
7. Aspen, Colorado
Have you ever been skiing? If you haven’t, put Aspen on your list. Aspen has the best ski resorts in the country and whether you’re an amateur or a professional, never pass on the opportunity to enjoy the slopes. Try snowboarding if you want to try something different, or just enjoy the scenery that Aspen has to offer.
6. Hollywood, California
The city of dreams, Hollywood is a cultural cornerstone of modern-day America. You may not see celebrities walking down the street don’t let this stop you from sightseeing. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame or some of the famous theaters. Enjoy the local shops and last but not least take the time to enjoy the nightlife. When you’re in Hollywood, you’re the star!
5. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
One of America’s greatest landmarks, the Mount Rushmore monument is a tribute to legendary figures from America’s history. Take the time to learn the history behind the monument’s creation and enjoy the tours on offer. If you have the time, explore the surrounding Black Hills to spend time with nature. A trip to Mount Rushmore is never a trip wasted.
4. Rocky Mountains
One of the longest mountain chains in the United States, the Rocky Mountains are perfect for hiking, camping, and sightseeing. Find whichever portion is nearest to you and explore the wilds and meet the people who call the mountains home. The small town is the best to hear the colorful local history and find little known hiking trails.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is the place to go for music. From the clubs and bars with nightly live performances to museums and estates of those in the music industry, there is much to do in Nashville. You’ll find all genres of music from modern and contemporary to the blues. Of course, there is plenty of country music as well. Don’t forget the great food and atmosphere this city has to offer!
2. Disney World, Florida
The most magical place on Earth is located near the heart of Florida. Disney World is a part theme park like no other. In fact, it is the theme park other theme parks are judged upon. Regardless if you’re going with family or yourself, you’re bound to make memories that last a lifetime once you enter the park. Word of advice always gets the fast pass.
1. Columbia River Gorge, Organ
The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its wilderness experience, and the Columbia River Gorge is one of the best places to experience this wilderness for yourself. From hiking, camping, or a trip downriver there is never a moment wasted. Why not try your hands at some fishing while there? The fish are said to be true fighters and are rewarding for both amateur and professional anglers.