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10 Bucket List Destinations in the USA

Posted by Sandra Thomas-Comenole on Oct 14, 2021 6:30:00 PM

From the pristine wilderness of Alaska to the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys, the USA is a country of diverse landscapes, cultures and cuisines. Most Americans have a bucket list of destinations in the USA, we have compiled a few of our favorites.


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Explore the majesty of this wild, pristine state with a journey through some of Alaska’s most breathtaking landscapes. Visit Anchorage and Fairbanks, journey through the spectacular Turnagain Arm, learn about the history and culture of this unique area, and enjoy exciting outdoor activities surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.

Why is Alaska on our bucket list? Alaska tops our bucket list with rugged coastlines, river canyons, glaciers, waterfalls, spectacular wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities.

How to get there? Travel to Alaska with Alaska Adventure

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets in New Orleans. It is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnival to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. It is a city going through a kind of rebirth after the destruction of Katrina, reconstructing whole neighborhoods, but it has lost none of its charm, its spark, its magic, its people's inextinguishable joie-de-vivre, none of what makes it a unique city in the United States and in the world. Steeped in cultural references, first-time visitors will feel somehow familiar with the city, and never want to leave.

Why is New Orleans on our bucket list?  New Orleans brings music, architecture and night life to our bucket list.

How to get there?  Travel to Louisiana with Rhythms Of The South

Estes Park, Colorado

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Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, Estes Park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures make ideal conditions for such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and wildlife and bird watching. Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences.

Why is Estes Park on our bucket list?  Sit back and breathe in the mountain air and gorgeous scenery with this bucket list add.

How to get there?  Travel to Colorado with Rocky Mountain High Colorado

Key West, Florida

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Enjoy acres of spectacular beaches with powdery white sand and immerse yourself in the colorful flora. Swim with dolphins, shred frosty Atlantic Ocean waves by surfing, and immerse yourself in the perpetual warm waters by snorkeling or swimming. The endless activities will keep you entertained from morning till dusk with jet skiing, and Ferry trips to the Dry Tortuga National Park.

Why is Key West on our bucket list? Key West makes it on our bucket list with breathtaking beaches, outdoor activities and a plethora of shopping.

How to get there? Travel to Florida with South Florida Breezes

Napa Valley, California

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The Napa Valley region has long since been synonymous with two things: luxury and wine. Here you can relax in a Tuscan style villa complete with vineyard and wine cellar, horseback ride through the Vaca Mountains or take a slow ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train and sip the finest vintage on a vintage locomotive. Beautiful landscape and fabulous wines, Napa's greatest accomplishments; relax, sip and enjoy!

Why is Napa Valley on our bucket list? Napa Valley has the goods with beautiful scenery and delectable wine tastings.

How to get there?  Travel to California with San Francisco And Napa Valley

Washington, D.C.

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Think big in Washington–as soon as you arrive in D.C., you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface, while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants, and clubs around every corner.

Why is Washington, D.C. on our bucket list? There is no better place to connect with USA history than the nation's capital. 

How to get there?   Travel to Washington, D.C. with American History Discovery Drive

Maui, Hawaii 

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Initially the island of tribes with mysterious history, Maui, the second largest in the Hawaii archipelago, has become an immensely popular tourist attraction where everyone can find something to their taste. Whether you hike in mighty Haleakalā or take the Road to Hana on its eastern side, or sip on your cocktail at one of the pristine beaches of western Ka'anapali or Wailea, Maui will surely spoil you with unforgettable natural beauty.

Why is Maui on our bucket list? Trade winds that rustle palm tree branches, pristine beaches of every color you can imagine and regional cuisine make Maui a sure bet on our bucket list. 

How to get there? Travel to Hawaii with Jewels of Hawaii

New York City, New York

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With a globally recognizable skyline and 8.4 million people who call it home, New York City is bursting with diversity and excitement – from the iconic attractions you've seen on TV and in the movies to hidden gems waiting to be uncovered.

Why is New York City on our bucket list? The city that never sleeps offers 24/7 excitement with roof top bars, world class museums, a thriving arts scene and a literal melting pot of cuisine offerings. 

How to get there? Travel to New York with Taste Of New York City


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The Grand Canyon gets most of the attention, but it's far from Arizona's only natural wonder to leave you breathless at its beauty. From rust-red cliffs cut through by blue ribbons of water, to towering rock formations that defy belief, to a massive living cave beneath your feet, Arizona is full of incredible parks and monuments worthy of a visit. Arizona’s cities and towns are a delightful mix of sprawling urban centers, tiny charmers, historic haunts and cultural gems.

Why is Arizona on our bucket list? Arizona makes our bucket list as the home to the famous National Park, the Grand Canyon. 

How to get there?   Travel to Arizona with Arizona Valleys And Canyons

Portland, Maine

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From the iconic lighthouses perched along sparkling bays to Portland’s cobblestone streets boasting award-winning restaurants, Maine offers unique year-round experiences for everyone.

Why is Portland on our bucket list?  Escape to the shores of New England for seaside villages, rugged coastlines and the best lobster roll is the USA with this bucket list favorite.

How to get there? Travel to Main with Shores of New England

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