10 U.S. Spots To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

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You don’t have to leave the country to achieve some ultimate travel goals. This USA bucket list is full of amazing stops, both expected and lesser-known, that will leave you with some amazing memories!

Many people have a travel bucket list or at least some ideas in their heads about places they would like to see at some point. While the planet is filled with exciting destinations of all types, it is amazing how many different locales there are right here in the United States.

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10 can’t-miss spots to add to your USA bucket list

From the diverse landscapes and climates to the varying types of activities and vibes, there truly is something for everyone. That being said, get filled with wanderlust by browsing through 10 travel suggestions below, and be sure to add them to your to-do list!

USA Bucket List

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

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Glacier National Park is a must on your USA bucket list

For those who want to enjoy the great outdoors, there is no better place to do so than Glacier National Park in Montana. This national park, which is on the Canadian border, has more than one million acres of mountains, lakes, trails and, yes, glaciers. Visitors who came to fly fish, rock climb and/or hike may even see grizzly bears, moose and mountain goats in this picturesque place.

2. New York, New York

A top destination in the world is NYC, and it features some very well-known and exciting landmarks; Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are just a few examples. Plus, going during the holiday season means getting to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in real life!

3. Orlando, Florida

Another suggestion for travelers seeking non-stop entertainment is Orlando, Florida, home to theme parks such as Universal Studios and Disney World. Kiddie rides and coasters, photos with characters, lands that transport people to Hogwarts, Cinderella’s Castle and beyond… This is a must-see spot.

4. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

For a slower pace, there is a quaint city in Arkansas: Eureka Springs. Its winding streets, Victorian homes and historic downtown look like something out of a storybook.

This is also close to attractions such as Thorncrown Chapel—which is nestled in the woods and has more than 400 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass. The Crescent Hotel, is also nearby and is a historic venue that just happens to be the most haunted hotel in the nation!

5. Washington, D.C.

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Washington Monument in Washington D.C. needs to be on your USA Bucket List

Next, hit somewhere every American should travel in their lifetime would be D.C. There is just so much rich history, with the White House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian. 

Another plus about visiting D.C.? So many events and attractions are free!

6. Palm Desert, California

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Palm Desert, California needs to be on your USA bucket list

Many want to and have visited hot spots in California, such as Los Angeles and San Diego, but another area to consider is Palm Desert. It’s in the Coachella Valley, it has mid-century houses/hotels to check out, and it’s close to two very unique roadside attractions: the Cabazon Dinosaurs, which are the world’s biggest dinosaurs, and Salvation Mountain, which is a piece of artwork like no other.

7. Kauai, Hawaii

Though there are vacations of all kinds, beaches usually come to mind, and they don’t get prettier than the ones in Hawaii. The Big Island is a popular spot, but keep Kauai in mind, as well. It is full of state parks, botanical gardens, waterfalls and picture-perfect areas that have been seen in films like Jurassic Park.

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

NOLA isn’t all about beads on Mardis Gras! This is another city full of history and culture, and while there, consider viewing the architecture in the French Quarter, eating beignets at Café du Monde and viewing the famous cemeteries.

9. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado USA bucket list

Colorado Springs, Colorado should definitely make your USA bucket list

Looking for a cooler climate? One of the last suggestions on this list is Colorado Springs. A little over an hour away from Denver, it boasts sights like the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

10. Austin, Texas

Finally, there is ATX, which is known for keeping it weird! This capital city of Texas is known for its outdoor recreation, live music and barbecue.

USA Bucket List - Austin, Texas

Add Austin, Texas to your USA Bucket List

Is there anywhere else you’d add to this USA bucket list? Which of these spots have you already visited? Let us know!

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Bri
From a Texas town of 300, I made my way to the University of Texas at Austin to study journalism, which spurred me on to write for publications like Us Weekly and to cover events such as New York Fashion Week. When I'm not writing, I'm playing with my cat, vacationing with my family or watching Netflix with my husband.

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