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Ultimate Travel Bucketlist: North America

So I completely realised I missed off North America when doing my bucket lists, and now this post has been sitting in my drafts for far too long! I’ve been wanting to do a whole i-can’t-drive version of the classic American road trip for years (I even planned it all out in my second year of uni), and now here is my bucket list of all the things I have to hit up.

And even more exciting news – I’ve finished all of my uni work! I’M FREE! I’m so excited because a few days after I printed my last essay I just felt so free and motivated to actually do the things I love doing again! WOO!

Anyway, here’s my North American bucket list… Feel free to comment whatever you think needs adding!

Canada

Alabama

Alaska

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

  • Dry Tortuga National Park
  • Disney World
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Visit Universal Studios
  • The Seven Mile Bridge
  • Miami
  • Kennedy Space Centre
  • See a shuttle take off
  • Cedar Key
  • Crystal River (Manatees)
  • Key West

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

  • Visit Chicago
  • Roadtrip Route 66
  • Sears Tower Sky Deck, Chicago
  • Millenium Park, Chicago
  • Eat Chicago style pizza
  • See the musical Chicago
  • See anything at the Chicago Theatre

Indiana

  • Indianapolis City Market
  • Indy 500 track

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

  • Kentucky Derby
  • Mammoth Cave National Park

Louisiana

  • New Orleans
  • Baton Rouge
  • See a swamp??
  • The longest continuous bridge in the world
  • See the American Horror Story house
  • Visit the House of Blues
  • Abita Mystery House
  • Learn about the voodoo history
  • Sing songs from the Princess and the Frog tbh
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
  • Eat beignets (from Cafe Du Monde, even though I’m not sure what they are)
  • Liz’s Where Y’at Diner because it my name
  • Other small towns like St. Francisville, Breaux Bridge, Lafayette, Madisonville for food etc

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

  • Visit Hibbing (Bob Dylan’s birth place)
  • Road trip Highway 61
  • Path to Park Point Beach
  • Minneapolis
  • The Weisman Art Museum

Mississippi

  • Visit the cross roads
  • Sail/Riverboat down the Mississippi river
  • Visit the birth place of Elvis Presley
  • Windsor Ruins
  • Visit Jackson
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

Missouri

  • St Louis
  • Gateway Arch

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

  • Pink Canyon, Valley of Fire
  • Valley of Fire in general
  • Hoover Dam
  • Sand Harbour, Lake Tahoe
  • That big highway though
  • Fly Geyser
  • Las Vegas
  • Do some gamblin’
  • Pretend I’m in the Hangover
  • See some ghost towns
  • The Extraterrestrial Highway (aka Nevada State Route 375)
  • Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Hoboken
  • Visit Jersey Shore because why not
  • Visit Elizabeth
  • Hang out in Liberty State Park
  • Cape May
  • Atlantic City

New Mexico

New York

  • Watkins Glen State Park
  • Niagara Falls
  • Visit New York City (again)
  • African Slaves Memorial (??)
  • Climb the Empire State 
  • Climb the Rock
  • Climb the World Trade Centre
  • Visit Ground Zero
  • Chelsea Market
  • Play at (???)
  • Shop on 5th Avenue
  • MoMa
  • Natural History Museum
  • MET Museum
  • Walk around quoting Friends/Sex and the City
  • Central Park
  • Visit Brooklyn and actually figure out where to go this time
  • Cafe Grumpy
  • Walk the High Line
  • See a game at Madison Sq Garden
  • Visit the reading room at NYC Public Library
  • Visit the Friends building
  • Slyly walk past Taylor Swift’s house
  • Have a cocktail at a rooftop bar
  • Go to Brighton Beach
  • See Times Sq
  • Governor’s Island

North Carolina

  • Smokey Mountains
  • The Land of Oz in Beech Mountain
  • Wilmington (One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek)
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Serendipity House
  • Chimney Rock
  • Pisgah Forest
  • Outer Banks

North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island, Bridge into Newport
  • Block Island
  • Scarborough Beach
  • Newport
  • Castle Hill Lighthouse
  • Beavertail State Park

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Visit Nashville
  • Visit ALL THE COUNTRY MUSIC THINGS
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Bluebird Cafe
  • Buy a resonator guitar
  • Drink Jack Daniels even though I don’t like it
  • Chattanooga Tennessee’s Incline Railway
  • Memphis
  • The Minister’s Treehouse
  • Rock Island State Park

Texas

  • Hamilton Pool
  • Austin
  • Oasis on Lake Travis
  • Jacob’s Well
  • Lonesome Highway, Guadalupe Mountains
  • Buy cowboy boots
  • San Antonio
  • Dallas
  • Texas State Fair

Utah

  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon
  • The Wave
  • Lake Powell
  • Navajo Arch
  • Mystic Hot Springs, Monroe
  • Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake Temple
  • Great Salt Lake
  • Famous Highway into Monument Valley, Utah
  • Arches National Park
  • Deadhorse Point, Moab

Vermont

  • Visit in the autumn tbh
  • Green Mountains

Virginia

Washington

Washington D.C

  • Visit the White House
  • Pretend I’m in NCIS
  • Visit the Smithsonian
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetary
  • Library of Congress
  • United States Botanic Garden
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Smithsonian National Art Gallery

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

The final geographical instalment of the ultimate bucket list series! Here's some serious travel inspo for Canada and the USA! Click through to see where to go in North America (and to leave your own suggestions!)

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6 Comments

  • Sharon Drakeford

    You missed Itasca State Park in Minnesota. Lake Itasca is the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. Also you missed Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue Oxen.

    March 4, 2017 - 1:30 am Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thanks for the tips! I’ll look into those!

      April 14, 2017 - 7:51 pm Reply
  • Hannah Reneaud

    You missed Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island in Michigan.

    May 1, 2017 - 9:50 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thanks!! I’ll have to check those out!

      May 24, 2017 - 10:46 am Reply
  • MamaChewning

    Great list! Love the references to pop culture (particularly NCIS-I’m a big fan). You might consider including the Baltimore Inner Harbor in Maryland. It’s got a wealth of options-the National Aquarium, Science Museum, Visionary Museum, Ft. McHenry, etc.

    July 16, 2017 - 6:48 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thank you for the tips!! 🙂

      August 6, 2017 - 9:52 pm Reply

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