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Travel guides to help you plan your trip to the United States. 1-4 day itineraries and things to do in popular states including New York, Boston, Chicago and Austin.

Epic USA Bucket List: 150 Things to do in Every State

Diverse landscapes from deserts to waterfalls, free things to do like beaches and national parks, food from the farm, nightlife in the city. Whatever is on your kind of USA bucket list, we’ve got it covered. So whether you are a local looking for staycation itinerary ideas or a visitor ticking off the big USA bucket list travel ideas, this guide details the top USA attractions and things to do in each state. Missed your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.


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Alabama Bucket List

  • Explore the natural preserves, white sand beaches, and coastal waters at the beautiful Orange Beach.
  • Buy some precious and interesting items at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro.
  • Train like an astronaut at Huntsville Space Camp.
  • Drink craft beer, eat meat and two and throw axes in hip Huntsville.
Marshall Flight Center Huntsville

Alaska Bucket List

  • View Denali peak, alpine ranges, and glaciers in the Denali National Park.
  • Kayak through icebergs and glacier-carved fjords near the coastal waters.
  • Get amazing views of the Mendenhall Glacier from the observatory at the top of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre.
  • Observe the beautiful animals from the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area inside Tongass National Park.
  • Try the locally sourced products and seafood on the menus of Alaska’s restaurants.
  • Grab your partner and take to the floor at a pub or club.
  • Shop Alaska’s modern and traditional arts and crafts.
  • Have fun at the 5-day festival dubbed Golden Days in July.
Denali National Park grizzly bear in a field

Arizona Bucket List

  • The Grand Canyon is one of those places to see in the USA before you die.
  • Take a dip in Havasupai Falls situated in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon.
  • Experience the wonders of Mother Nature at the Painted Desert.
  • Enjoy the serenity and vistas in the desert town of Sedona. Sedona is enclosed in spiritual whirlpool energy, and many people experience a lift in spirit when they visit the town.
  • Go wine tasting at the wineries on the Verde Valley Wine Trail.
  • Eat mouthwatering foods like chimichangas, Navajo tacos, posole, and salsa.
  • Attend the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, held in October every year.
view of the Grand Canyon from a helicopter cockpit

Arkansas Bucket List

  • Go on a hike along the bank of the Buffalo National River and explore the river on a canoe, kayak, or raft.
  • Get breathtaking views of Arkansas from the top of Mount Magazine State Park.
  • Take a dip at Hot Springs National Park.
girl paddling along the Buffalo River in Arkansas

California Bucket List

  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in northern California to get impressive views and have a surreal experience. More San Fran? Read this.
  • Get thrill rides at California Adventure.
  • Go wine tasting in Napa Valley that is home to more than 450 vineyards.
  • Hike by the waterfall in Yosemite, one of the most romantic national parks.
  • Make your visit memorable by eating some fantastic Mexican foods like burritos and guacamole at Highway 99.
  • See geological wonders at Yosemite National Park. The park is enclosed by high granite peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan and is heavily forested with pines.
  • Backpack the national parks in California.
  • Have fun at the Fresno Fair in Fresno’s Central Valley.
  • Check out the art and enjoy beach walks at Carmel-By-The Sea.
  • Visit the lavender farms during summer.

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aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge

Colorado Bucket List

  • Have fun with activities like skiing, biking, hiking, and dining in Aspen.
  • Try jet skiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking in the lakes and rivers of Colorado.
  • Do adventure activities like paragliding and skydiving.
  • Climb a 32-two foot ladder and then crawl through a tunnel to get to Balcony House.
  • Take a free ride to Telluride Mountain Village Gondola. Jump on the gondola, relax, and take in the breathtaking views!
  • Taste some wine at the vineyards on the Western Slope in Palisade and Grand Junction.
  • Feast on Colorado’s fruits and vegetables and make friends at the farmers’ market.
  • Drink, eat, see a show in the Mile High City, Denver.
Denver Colorado

Connecticut Bucket List

  • Try scrumptious farm-inspired culinary and finest seafood at celebrity chef-owned restaurants, and get delightful experiences with agri-tourism and wine and beer tours.
  • Take a fall foliage road trip to the beautiful town of Kent.
  • Have a pizza in Mystic. Just like the 80s movie. Wander around the town reading the historic plaques.
  • Photograph Connecticut’s covered bridges such as Hartford Turnpike Bridge in New Haven.
  • Buy local at Westport Farmers’ Market.
  • Relax at the 83-acre park with sandy beaches, Cove Island.
Mystic Seaport, CT

Delaware Bucket List

  • Get inspired by Du Pont’s all 77 exquisite collections of arts and antiques at the 47,000 square feet Nemours Estate in Wilmington.
  • Visit the Ryves Holt House and other historic buildings in Lewes.
  • Spend time fishing at one of the best Delaware beaches.
Lewes Delaware purple house street view

Florida Bucket List

  • Bring storybook fantasies to life for your children in Walt Disney World.
  • Drink Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Ride the loops at Universal Studios.
  • Dine and drink cocktails on iDrive.
  • Have lunch with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center.
  • Seek out the small-town East Coast beaches.
  • Tour the Dry Tortugas National Park and enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters.
  • Glide through the Everglades while on gator watch.

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Georgia Bucket List

  • Kick back and relax at the little-known Golden Isles in the mainland port city of Brunswick.
  • See amazing monumental architecture at the Savannah Historic District. It is one of the largest districts of its kind in the United States.
  • Experience genuine Southern hospitality and enjoy locally made cuisines like tomato pie, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits at the 70-year-old Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta.
  • Go shopping and dine at a fine restaurant at Pone City Market in Atlanta.
  • Sip from the source and enjoy delicious wines with picturesque views at the Georgia Wine Country in Dahlonega.
  • Attend the Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival in Tifton. The festival is held in March each year.

Savannah features in our warm US destinations guide which you can read here.

Atlanta skyline view with blue skies

Hawaii Bucket List

  • Take a snorkel tour with your family or friends to the astoundingly scenic Hawaiian Islands.
  • Relax and unwind all the stress of your daily life under the Hawaiian Sunshine on the beaches of Hawaii.
  • Hike along the cliffs to Puu Pehe, a rock formation rooted in Hawaiian mythology.
  • Have fun at one of the traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian-style party called Luau feast.
  • Embark on a sunset cruise and witness some of the best likely sunsets.
  • Tantalize your taste buds with traditional Hawaiian cuisines like Poi, Laulau, Kalua pig, and Lomi Salmon.
  • Enjoy a warm winter trip to Hawaii.

Kauai Hawaii blue sea, dramatic cliffs Idaho Bucket List

  • Have mountain biking adventure on the trails of The Route of the Hiawatha.
  • Chase the waterfall at Shoshone Falls.

Illinois Bucket List

  • Hike on the trails while watching beautiful flowing waters and canyons at the Starved Rock State Park.
  • Enjoy the famous Italian beef sandwiches and deep-dish pizza at the restaurants.
  • Touch the shiny bean in Chicago.
  • Get festive at the Chicago Christmas parade on Magnificent Mile.

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Millennium Park Chicago

Indiana Bucket List

  • Experience the weekend festival vibes at Festival Country in the south of Indy.
  • Engage in outdoor adventure activities in Brown County.

Iowa Bucket List

  • Trip along the scenic Great River Road in the east of Iowa and do shopping and dining in the beautiful towns, such as Le Claire and Dubuque.
  • Celebrate Iowa’s farm heritage at the 11-day-long Iowa State Fair.

Kansas Bucket List

  • Get amazing Instagram photos at Rocky Kansas High while touring within 30 miles of the interstate in east-west Kansas.
  • Get a break from the busy city life by escaping to the 116-acre Ernie Miller Nature Center and see the wonders of nature.

Kentucky Bucket List

  • Enjoy art performances, attend exhibitions, and do other fun things at Kentucky Artisan Center.
  • Be close to nature at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Louisiana Bucket List

  • Explore Eunice, Mamou, and Lafayette for amazing food, culture, and music in Louisiana.
  • Try the local specialty cuisines comprising pork, rice, and seasonings in Boudin.
  • Get stupidly drunk on Bourbon Street and listen to jazz in New Orleans.
  • Get involved in Mardis Gras which features in our US in March travel guide.
Bamboulas New Orleans

Maine Bucket List

  • Swim in the alpine pond situated between three peaks on Tumbledown Mountain near Mount Blue State Park.
  • Take a kayak ride to explore the picturesque islands in Merchant Row.
  • Do a New England road trip covering Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • Take a foliage tour of New England to see the region at its best.
  • Hike the highest mountain in the US, MT Katahdin.
  • Vacation at the Rangeley Lake region, regardless of the season.
  • Take a picture of Lumberjack Paul Bunyan.
  • Watch the first sunrise in the US at Lubec.
  • Catch the unique Bed Race at Bar Harbor. Yes, locals run down the road with beds.
  • Drive through Acadia National Park, one of the US top 10 visited parks.
  • Go shopping at Freeport.
  • Eat all the oysters in Portland.
  • Get ‘that’ pic of Cape Elizabeth at sunset.
  • Visit the Trolley Museum at KPT.
  • Spend time in the young, lively and liberal Ogunquit for food, bars and beaches.
  • See the beacon of light that is Nubble Lighthouse in York.
  • Go scuba diving at Rockport.
Portland Head Light Maine New England

Maryland Bucket List

  • Experience nature walks, adventure sports, and buzzing city life in Maryland.
  • Enjoy local, regional, and international Irish music, dance, and cuisine, besides attending workshops and exhibitions at the Maryland Irish Festival held in November each year at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Massachusetts Bucket List

  • Visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
  • Take a trip to Coast Guard Beach and enjoy great swimming.
  • Explore history strolling on the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail in Boston.
  • Take a trip back in time in the Old Sturbridge Village. Don’t forget to visit the history museum and other interesting historical landmarks like Tantiusques.
  • Go to the Boston or Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parades.
  • Cheer on the Boston Red Sox from atop the wall at Fenway.
  • Hunch some famous foods like fluffernutters, grilled blueberry Muffins, and Boston baked beans.
  • Relax at Waldon Pond. Read more about the best lakes on the East Coast here.
  • Eat Dunkin Donuts!
  • Beach hop in Rockport or paint the famous Motif No. 1.
  • Check out the Singing Beach at Manchester-by-the-Sea.
  • Learn about the witch trails in Salem.
  • Visit Hancock Shaker Village or Mass MoCA at the Berkshires.
  • Party in Provincetown at Cape Cod.
  • Drink and dine on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Smell the sea air and appreciate the peace on Nantucket.
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Michigan Bucket List

  • Get a horse-drawn carriage ride in Mackinac Island State Park. Enjoy the high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, and vibrant scenes.
  • Swim and relax on the beach at Holland State Park. The park comprises separate Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan constituents on the north of the channel that links Lake Macatawa with Lake Michigan.
  • Spend a couple of hours sailing on Lake Michigan. Explore the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs and unique sandstone creations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock.
  • Enjoy freshly picked cherries and have fun at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City every July.
  • Put your ice skating skills to the test at Campus Martius Park in Detroit.
  • Eat scrumptious foods like Detroit-style pizza and Greek Salad.
  • Take a tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and enjoy the rugged beauty and thrilling adventure, including mountain biking, sea kayaking, and dog sledding.
buckets of cherries at the festival in Michigan

Minnesota Bucket List

  • Have fun in Brainerd, which is famous for its trails, parks, shops, and restaurants.
  • Visit the beautiful Munsinger Clemens Gardens to see beautiful flowers, annuals, and perennials.
  • Take a tour of Minneapolis’ Grand Rounds to get impressive views of the downtown skyline.
  • Attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee that features a mix of delicious food, shows, and jousting.
  • Enjoy delicious foods like walleye, lefse, and lutefisk.
  • Take a boat ride on the Boundary Waters.
canoe on the edge of Boundary Waters in Minnesota

Mississippi Bucket List

  • Venture deep into the forests and wildlife refuges to watch birds and wildlife, including migratory birds in Mississippi.
  • Have the ultimate Mississippi experience by visiting a corn maze, spending the night in a sharecropper’s hut, fishing on the Gulf Coast, or picking organic vegetables and fruits from the farms and orchards.

Missouri Bucket List

  • Get a Jeep-drawn tram ride through the Fantastic Caverns in Springfield to explore the state’s wonderful underground phenomenon.
  • Visit the Titanic Museum and get acquainted with the tragic experiences that the crew and passengers of Titanic endured during the ship’s maiden voyage.

Montana Bucket List

  • Do snowshoeing and skiing at the Big Ski Resort.
  • Do a tour of Yellowstone National Park.
  • Look out for grizzlies and American Bison/buffaloes!
  • Enjoy the Cowboy Capitol.
Herd of bison in Montana

Nebraska Bucket List

  • Walk between colorful daffodils, tulips, and other beautiful flowers and celebrate the onset of spring in Sunken Gardens.
  • Get on an off-road jeep tour at Fort Robinson State Park or walk the trails at Chadron State Park.

Nevada Bucket List

  • Take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon or a hot-air balloon ride over Las Vegas.
  • Have fun at live music shows or take Slotzilla Zipline Thrill Ride at Fremont Street, Las Vegas.
  • Enjoy amazing sights, gambling, nightlife, food, neon signs, and dancing fountains in the buzzing city of Las Vegas.

» Check out our Las Vegas itinerary!


Welcome to Las Vegas sign at night

New Hampshire Bucket List

  • Take amazing pictures inside the Ice Castles in North Woodstock.
  • Get adventurous with tame mountain escapades or thrilling adventures like river rafting at Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

New Jersey Bucket List

  • See the most extensive collection of fluorescent rocks in the world at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
  • Get amazing views of Atlantic City from Steel Pier amusement park.
  • See the Victorian-style holiday homes in the Old Victorian Cape May, the heyday stylish resort town of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Head over to Ocean City Boardwalk and walk along the world-famous and award-winning boardwalk.
  • Try some of the state’s popular foods like pork roll, sloppy joe, and Trenton tomato pie.
  • Dine at the 24-hour diner.
  • Gorge on a Taylor Ham (pork roll).
  • Shop at Wawa.
Steel Pier New Jersey

New Mexico Bucket List

  • Cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and get priceless views of the surrounding areas.
  • Get lost in New Mexico’s wilderness areas like Gila Wilderness or the Bisti Badlands and create unforgettable memories.
  • Get high at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
  • Hop on the famous Route 66, in a Cadillac or on a bike. USA road trip bucket list must!

Albuquerque features in our guide to US cheap cities to visit. Find out more here.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

New York Bucket List

  • Walk from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge and take some selfies.
  • Get amazing views from the top of the Empire State Building and explore the immersive experience.
  • Take a free ride with the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
  • Visit The MET or American Museum of Natural History, the top two impressive museums in New York.
  • Get lost in Central Park on the twisting paths and make amazing discoveries.
  • Get dazzling experience with the digital displays, billboards, and flashing lights in Times Square.
  • Pay homage at the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Try Manhattan clam chowder and New York-style cheesecake and pizza.
  • Dine at Montauk’s famous beachfront restaurant and snap the lighthouse of ‘The End’.
  • Drink wine at Fingerlakes, the biggest wine region in New York.
  • See the foliage at Lake Placid.
  • Spend a night at Singer Castle on Dark Island.
  • Eat wings in Buffalo.
  • Spend time at the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park.
  • Visit the vineyards of The Valley (Hudson).
  • Go hiking at The Catskills.
  • Explore Boldt Island from May – October.
  • Go see the fantastic waterfalls at the Niagara Falls State Park on the US-Canada border.

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Beautiful skyline of Central Park and New York city from Rockefeller Observatory - Top of the Rock - New York, USA

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North Carolina Bucket List

  • Photograph the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Have fun swimming, shopping, or dining at the Wilmington area’s Carolina, Kure, or Wrightsville beaches.
  • Visit the very first documented commercial gold find in the USA at Reed Gold Mine.
  • Slide down Sliding Rock, Pisgah National Forest (image).
Sliding Rock Falls on Looking Glass Creek in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA in the autumn season

North Dakota Bucket List

  • Explore the famous Theodore Roosevelt National Park and take pictures with the amazing canyons while seeing bison grazing along the road.
  • Enjoy open-air, broadway-style music at the Medora Musical along the hills of Medora.

Ohio Bucket List

  • Take roller coaster rides at Cedar Point in Sandusky.
  • See the marvellous Great Serpent Mound situated along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County.
  • Hike through forests, caves, and rock formations on the trails at Hocking Hills.
  • Visit Ohio College in Columbus during the cherry blossom season. See our guide to the US in April for more.
  • See spectacular waterfalls and beautiful scenery in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are around 100 waterfalls in the valley. Most of them are located in the northern part.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with buckeye candy.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park waterfall view

Oklahoma Bucket List

  • Explore amazing artworks by artists from Europe, Asia, America, and Africa at the Philbrook Museum of Art.
  • See and photograph bison, longhorn cattle, and elk roaming free at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve.
  • Visit Mukogee in spring for the Azalea Festival at Honor Heights Park.
  • Learn more about native influence and culture at Five Civilized Tribes Museum.

Oregon Bucket List

  • Feast on famous Oregon oysters.
  • Walk the Cannon Beach towards Haystack Rock featured in our romantic places to visit guide.
  • Feel the spray of Multnomah Falls
  • Test the notorious beer scene at the Ale Festival this winter in Portland.
  • Try the food trucks, every type of food, fast in Portland.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List

  • Hike the trails or swim and take a sunbath at the scenic Presque Isle State Park.
  • Try some delicious Asian, Mexican, or Italian food at the new restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Rhode Island Bucket List

  • Witness an impressive sunrise from Fort Adams State Park in Providence, and then go to the Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Museum to learn about the traditional food history.
  • Spend some peaceful moments at Narragansett Bay.

South Carolina Bucket List

  • Do shopping, walk along the scenic river, and stroll through the peaceful streets of the beautiful Georgetown.
  • See the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest at Congaree National Park.

South Dakota Bucket List

  • Try the famous Snickers Salad and Klub at the restaurants in South Dakota.
  • Visit the Badlands National Park to see nature’s blessings, including protected wilderness, grasslands, and towering mountains.

Tennessee Bucket List

  • Get a boat ride and explore the intricate cave system of the famous Lost Sea, an underground lake.
  • Explore the history and heritage of Tennessee at the Museum of East Tennessee History.
  • Stomp out a line dance in Nashville.
  • See where Elvis lived at Graceland, Memphis.
Graceland in Tennessee

Texas Bucket List

  • Go to Hamilton Pool – a breathtaking natural oasis situated 23 miles west of Austin. The pool developed naturally when the dome of an underground river broke due to huge corrosion thousands of years ago.
  • See space artifacts and attend fun shows at Space Center Houston.
  • Walkway along the San Antonio River and see parades and artisan walks.
  • Experience canopy tour, flying through cypress and pine timberlands in Spicewood.
  • Try the slow-smoked pit barbecue, one of the delicacies, of Texas, and don’t forget to taste the famous Texas wine.
  • Head over to the National Polka Festival to have fun with your family.
  • Drink craft beer and eat Tex Mex in the cool city of Austin.
  • Attend the annual 10-day festival, South By Southwest.
  • Take a road trip to Big Bend and sleep under the stars.
  • Catch a ballgame at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros stadium.
Camper Van Big Bend Texas

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Utah Bucket List

  • Be adventurous climbing to the top at the Brave Angels Landing.
  • Explore the lofty sandstone monoliths, slot canyons, rock creations and suspended gardens at Zion National Park.
  • Run like Forrest Gump and check out the mesa tops at Monument Valley.
Monument Valley Utah

Vermont Bucket List

  • Pay your culinary condolences at Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard in Waterbury Village.
  • Spend time in the Queen City of Burlington drinking craft beer and people watching.
  • Have fun outdoors hiking, biking, waterskiing, waterboarding, and lake cruising at Basin Harbor.
  • Visit the Lake Champlain Islands for tranquility.
  • Go skiing in Stowe or Killington.
  • Buy Rabble-Rouser chocolate in the smallest state capital, Montpelier.
  • Leave a message for your dog angels at Dog Mountain.
  • Enjoy the serene and calm atmosphere of the picture-postcard village of Woodstock.
  • See a show and admire art in the liberal, Brattleboro.
  • Try award-winning cheese in Grafton.

Vermont is particularly special in fall. Here’s our list of places to visit to see spectacular foliage in the US.

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Virginia Bucket List

  • Relax and enjoy amazing views while driving the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain views and waterfalls along the way will surely lift your spirit.
  • Attend the annual Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester and enjoy tasty apples.
  • Get epic views of Virginia from Mt. Rogers, the tallest peak in Virginia. It has a height of 5,729 feet above mean sea level.
  • Head over to the James River for swimming, rafting, or kayaking.
  • Spend a day or two camping in Shenandoah National Park.
  • Explore the forests and the vast network of trails, such as the long-distance Appalachian Trail.
  • Don’t forget to try Virginia wine and Virginia oysters.
  • Pay tribute to King Neptune and have fun at the Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, every September.
Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

Washington State Bucket List

  • Eat chowder at Pike Place Market and drink in the first-ever Starbucks in Downtown Seattle
  • Go boating on Ballard Locks.
  • Hit the slopes at Mount Spokane.
  • See the tulips explode with color at Skagit Valley.
  • Read our Washington bucket list next.
Pike Place Market sign at night

West Virginia Bucket List

  • See spectacular waterfalls at Blackwater Falls and Elakala Falls.
  • Visit Harpers Ferry and explore the rocks where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River.
  • While you’re there, see the historic high street, too.
  • Dark tourism fans should check out Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, the abandoned theme park from the 1920s.
Harpers Ferry High Street West Virginia

Wisconsin Bucket List

  • Meet Door County’s cool and friendly community and have fun at the lighthouses, beaches, and forested state parks.
  • Drive on the scenic Wisconsin Great River Road parallel to the magnificent Mississippi River.
  • Grab some good luck by rubbing the nose of the honey badger statue at the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison.
Madison Wisconsin Capitol Building

Wyoming Bucket List

  • Experience winter and summer adventures like skiing, snowboarding, rafting, and horseback riding at Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park.
  • Take a dip at Hot Springs State Park – the largest single mineral hot spring in the world and known for its relaxing effects.
Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

Washington, DC Bucket List

  • Take a free, guided tour of the US Capitol building, home of the US Congress.
  • Explore the beauty of nature while hiking in Rock Creek Park and enjoy some recreational activities.
  • Do some quality shopping and dining in Georgetown.
  • Explore the free Smithsonian Museums.
  • Attend a concert or show at the Kennedy Center.
  • Explore the attractions and historical buildings in the old town of Alexandria.
  • Have fun at fall-themed celebrations like Oktoberfest, focused on food, beer, and games.
  • Taste mouth-watering foods like smoked sockeye salmon, sauteed geoduck, and oyster stew.
  • Visit in March for the Cherry Blossom Festival and April for peak bloom.
Washington DC. Cherry Blossom

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Washington Bucket List: 26 Things to do in Washington State

Moulton Falls Park. Washington
Looking for a fun Washington bucket list challenge? Thriving with a lively urban culture, beautiful mountains and parks, and big cities, and small towns, Washington State has something for everyone. Whether you are planning a weekend outdoors adventure, searching for quality farmed foods, fancy a unique festival or a relaxing road trip, The Evergreen State could be the answer. Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Washington State.

Fun Things to do in Washington State

Seattle

Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle is an excellent place for people who have a thing for buzzing markets, restaurants, and theatres. Have a cup of coffee at the Westgate Center and then head over to the 5th Avenue Theatre to enjoy some music. The restaurants offer many delicacies, but the best food in downtown Seattle has to be oyster.  Take the elevator to the Seattle Sky Tower to see 360 views of the city. 

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Seattle skyline against a blue sky Festivals

Seattle buzzes with festivals throughout the year. Don’t miss Bumbershoot if you are visiting Seattle in September. It is one of the biggest concerts held in the area every year. If you have a liking for crafts, foods, and music, go to Northwest Folklife and Bite of Seattle festivals.  

Ballard Locks

Enjoy some unusually mesmerizing scene watching boats load into the busiest Ballard Locks. The best scenes happen at the locks in the afternoon. You may get a chance to see species like Coho, Steelhead, and Cockeye. Boating in the waters is always a pleasant experience. 

West Seattle

West Seattle is the city’s most prominent residential area. The area is known for its unique ambience, shops, and eateries. You can spend an hour or two walking in the streets or have a surreal evening experience watching the horizon across the water. I highly recommend strolling along the waterfront boardwalk.  

Pike Place Market

The most recognizable Washingon State attraction has to be Pike Place  Market. Established in 1937 for local farmers to sell their produces, Pike Place Market has turned into a tourist landmark. The restaurants and vendors here serve fresh foods. It is a popular dockside lunch stopover, having a unique vibe and lively scenes. It is an excellent place for food tours. 

Bellingham and Skagit Valley

Visit the Skagit Valley in April to see the tulips in full bloom! Each year the area puts on a festival to celebrate the explosion.  Here you’ll also find Larrabee State Park, the 2,748-acre park along miles of shore line. Yellow Red Purple Tulips Flowers Snow Mountains Skagit Valley Washington

Bellevue

Festivals

Bellevue is always buzzing with festivals and celebrations all year round. If you have a liking for workshops, dancing, and performances, go to the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in February. To get a taste of regional and national acts, attend the Bellevue Jazz Festival in May. The Bellevue’s Strawberry Festival is held in summer and features agricultural products. Other events of interest include Bellevue’s Independence Day and Bellevue Arts Fair.  

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is a small park located on the outskirts of Bellevue. The splendid waterfall and hazy river gorge are the main attractions here. You can spend a few hours enjoying the pristine atmosphere and vistas before heading to Woodinville – western Washington’s main wine district. Here you can visit the vineyards and taste some amazing wines. 

Try the Miso Ramen

Miso ramen is delicious. If you are in Bellevue, I recommend you to give this ramen a shot. Order chicken with the ramen, and you’ll thank me for this genius dinner idea. 

Kent

Enjoy views of Mount Rainer from ‘Sportstown USA”.

Soos Creek Trail

Passing through woods and beautiful meadows, Soos Creek Trail is a perfect trail for hikers. While hiking on this trail, you would get beautiful views of the Lake Meridian and the forests, besides seeing wildlife. It is an amazing place to get closer to nature. Lake Meridian is a great place for a family picnic. The fun activities here include fishing, swimming, live music, and watching the sunset. 

Downtown Kent’s Historic District

You wouldn’t have the real Kent experience without a visit to Downton Kent’s Historic District. The old-fashioned, small businesses are unique and reflect Kent’s culture and traditions. You can do some shopping at the small shops and mingle with the locals or just stroll through the streets to explore the area.  

Kent Food Trails

Kent Food Trails are perfect for food tours. You can feast on the spiced stews and craft brews while socializing with the local chefs or walk around to explore the unique and delicious foods. Carpinito Brothers are famous here for their farm-fresh products. Most restaurants here use locally sourced ingredients.  If visiting in summer, check out these lavender fields. Why not check out the coastal towns in Oregon too? View of Mount Rainer from Kent

Forks and La Push

Forks and La Push are two lovely coastal Washington towns. The Forks section of the Olympic National Forest and is popular wit Twilight fans as this is where Stephenie Meyer located her books! For more beach locations, check out our guide to dreamy coastal towns in Washington.

Tacoma

Point Defiance Park

The 760 acres Point Defiance Park is a forested park with lush green spaces and beautiful vistas. It is a good place for hiking, hanging out, and relaxing at a beach.

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Point Defiance Park

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 

Built in 1833 as an outpost for a Hudson’s Bay Company, the historic Fort Nisqually is now a living history museum. Located inside Point Defiance Park, this unique museum is where you can see live demos of the 19th-century life. Go back in time by watching demonstrations of sewing, farming, working with firearms, and other 19th century activities. 

Bob’s Java Jive

Want to literally have a drink inside a giant teapot? Bob’s Java Jive is a huge teapot-shaped building that has been operating since 1927. This place is not only historic and unique but also serves fantastic drinks. 

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park is a waterside garden with a rotunda contributed by Fuzhou, China, which is Tacoma’s sister city. Here, you can acquaint yourself with Tacoma’s history and enjoy the picturesque views of Puget Sound and the mountain ranges in the vicinity. Or you can simply stroll on the trails and see the stone statues. 

Vancouver

Sample Brewcouver

Your beer-drinking experience is incomplete without a taste of Vancouver’s beer. Vancouver is a burgeoning beer destination where you can sample your favorite ones in one place at the seasonal brewfests. Or you can stroll down or drive on Main Street and stop at the dozens of breweries in the street. 

Vancouver Mall

The large mall has more than 75 stores and above 25 places to dine. There is also a play space for children and a luxury theatre. You can shop at large stores like JCPenney and Old Navy and then feast on some steaks at Outback Steakhouse or try Thai cuisine at Ruby Thai Kitchen.

Farmers Market

If you want to buy some local produce on weekends, head over to Vancouver’s Farmer Market. Local farmers sell fresh fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, dairy products, flowers, and seafood at the famous Farmers Market. The market is open on weekends every March to October. You can shop around and enjoy jamming sessions by the local musicians.

Moulton Falls

Moulton Falls offers enthralling scenes and a serene ambience. The river is densely forested on both sides and there is a trail along the river. If you are an avid and skilled hiker, I recommend you to put your skills to the test on the steeper Bells Mountain Trail. Other things of interest at the Moulton Falls Park include the historic Indian meeting grounds, the swing bridge, and rock formations.  Moulton Falls Park in Washington State

Spokane

Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

Located in the northeast of Spokane, Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is a ski resort known for outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. There are chairlifts at the base that take skiers and snowboarders to the top. I highly recommend visiting the historic Vista House that serves scrumptious foods and tasty drinks. 

Spokane Falls & Spokane River

Spokane Falls is a waterfall on the Spokane River in central Spokane. Visit the area in spring to see the powerful falls plunging along the river, and the torrents raging with snow bursts. Head over to the Monroe Street Bridge to get the best views and capture some beautiful Instagram pictures.

Perry District 

A serene neighborhood on Spokane’s South Hill, Perry District is a great place to spend a soothing, sunny day. There are endless dining options in Perry District. I loved the shrimp and grits at Casper Fry and beer at Perry Street Brewing. During summer, Perry Street gets a farmers market every Thursday where you can buy fresh, local products. 

Greenbluff Farms

If you want to pick your own fresh fruits, head over to the Greenbluff Farms. Pick your cherries, peaches, berries, apples, and other fruits at the farms owned by different people. If you are visiting on weekends, you may get a chance to see a festival or other exciting activities.    

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LA Bucket List: 20 Things to do in Los Angeles 

Los Angeles Bucket List

Looking for the ultimate LA bucket list challenge? Los Angeles is the city of stars and angels, of the rich and famous, a place that is undoubtedly on the bucket list of many people. And there is a reason for this. The city features in many movies and is an important hub in the US for business, entertainment, and culture. So let’s dive into the things to do in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. 

Fun Things to do in LA 

Walk on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame is an iconic landmark for Los Angeles. With over 2500 stars, you’ll certainly find here your favorite celebrities. 

Walk of Fame Star Los Angeles California

Enjoy the Garden at the Getty Center

The museum hosts a comprehensive art collection and is considered to be one of the best art museums in the United States. The center also features a superb garden, an oasis for relaxation. 

Enjoy the Street Art on Venice Beach

Venice Beach is one of the most popular beaches in LA, and also a place of gathering for different types of street performers. Here you can enjoy seeing painters, musicians, and sculptures at work and get amazing souvenirs. 


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Venice sign

Visit the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library

The Huntington Library is one of the most impressive research libraries in the world. With over 120 acres of botanical gardens, make sure to plan at least two or three hours to spend here. 

Go to the Griffith Observatory

With spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean and the center of the city, Griffith Observatory is an essential cultural sight in Los Angeles.

Griffith Observatory view over LA skyline

Universal Studios Hollywood

If you want to see the sets of some famous movies and also enjoy some rides, Universal Studios Hollywood is the place to be.

Spend a day on the rides, avoiding The Walking Dead and hanging with the Minions in LA. 

Potterheads will want to go to Hogwarts, buy a wand at Diagon Alley and drink butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Reserve your ticket, with free cancellation options, here

Harry Potter glasses and book

Take a Selfie with the Hollywood Sign

You can hike to the Hollywood Sign or just take a selfie with it from afar.

This will undoubtedly get a lot of likes on your social media profile!

This 5/5 star tour transports you to Griffith Park and the Hollywood sign while sharing the stories about the city of dreams. 

Go Shopping on Rodeo Drive

Or just go window shopping on Rodeo Drive, depending on your budget!

Either way is a memorable experience. If luxury goods are your thing, you’ll have a blast here!

Visit Queen Mary, the Floating Hotel

About half an hour south from Los Angeles, you can find Queen Mary, which is now a floating hotel.

With all the legends about it being haunted and the spectacular interiors, it certainly deserves a place on your LA bucket list!

Go to Santa Monica Pier

Featuring an amusement park (Pacific Park), an aquarium, and great places for seaside shopping, Santa Monica Pier is positioned on the west part of the city.

The big Ferris wheel will confirm you got to the right place. 


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Santa Monica Pier at night

Go For a Drive in Beverly Hills

The area is just as famous as the people who live here, so it’s a must-do if you get to Los Angeles.

There are many TV shows and movies that might have given you the idea that you know what’s going on there, but you should give opulence a try and go sightseeing in the neighborhood. 

Hang Out in Echo Park 

Head to the Echo Park on the Eastside for street art, nightlife and live music. 

Feed the hangover at Sunset Boulevard food trucks and get your sweat on doing water sports or tanning at Echo Park Lake.

Aerial view of Echo Park Lake in LA

Have Dinner at Fig and Olive on Melrose Place

If you watched and enjoyed the TV series, you should know that Melrose Place it’s a real place.

The Fig and Olive Mediterranean restaurant will give you a taste of the French Riviera lifestyle.  

Eat Sushi in the Valley

A trip to the Valley is an experience in itself; however, to feel like a local, you should also stop for lunch and eat sushi in the Valley.

There are lots of restaurants to choose from, and you can’t really go wrong with any of them as the standards are pretty high.

Grab Lunch at the Restaurant of the Chateau Marmont Hotel 

Located on Sunset Boulevard, the restaurant of Chateau Marmont Hotel is among the best places to be if you want to have lunch just a few tables away from celebrities.

But more than celebrity sightings, the restaurant has a lush, legendary interior garden and a spectacular menu. Remember to make reservations way in advance!

Eat Pasta at Felix

The Italian food served here is out of this world, but you might need to book your table months in advance.

If you just want to pop in for a look, you can always get something quick at the bar.

Ice Cream from Salt & Straw

I know that for many of us ice cream is pretty good anywhere, but Salt & Straw offers an entirely different ice cream experience.

Forget about your two scoops of vanilla and chocolate and go for a scrumptious Banana Peanut Butter and Tofu Pudding or another of their signature flavors.

Your taste buds will certainly experience multiple orgasms. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Get Spooky on Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Each year on the 31st of October, you can participate in one big Halloween party.

Concerts, contests, and shows, as well as thousands of participants, make this an unforgettable event.

So plan your trip to LA around this date if you want to experience a real Halloween party!

Celebrate Love and Acceptance at LA Pride Festival

LA Pride Festival used to be known as the LA Gay Pride Parade and is famous all over the world.

It is held in June, every year, in West Hollywood. 

Run in the LA Marathon

If running is your thing, you might want to participate in the LA Marathon held every year in March.

Probably the best thing about this marathon is that you’ll get to discover most of the iconic places of the city before getting to the finish line in Santa Monica. 


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Final Words

Los Angeles, the home of Hollywood is a popular choice on USA bucket lists but there’s more than just the Walk of Fame. 

Get high at the Observatory, take a stroll around Echo Park and hit the Harry Potter experience at Universal. 

How many of these places to visit in LA have you been to so far? Tell us in the comments below.


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Florida Bucket List: 101 Things to do in Florida

Florida Bucket List

Ready for the Florida bucket list challenge? Vast coast, fun theme parks, everglade adventures, Florida has a lot on offer! Whether you are planning a weekend away, searching for sun, fancy a platter of seafood or a relaxing road trip, The Sunshine State could be the answer. Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Florida. 

Fun Things to do in Florida

Bucket List Miami

  • Visit the iconic Miami Beach.
  • Explore Jungle Island, one of the most popular attractions in the city.
  • Check out the Bayside Market – home to more than 150 speciality and tourist shops, cafes, and restaurants.
  • Go to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which is famous for its unique architecture and artwork.
  • Enjoy a Little Havana food tour.
  • Sail through the Everglades National Park on this airboat tour.
  • Catch a live event at The American Airlines Arena.
  • Visit Miami at Christmas for winter sun and festive events.

Bucket List Fort Lauderdale 

  • Visit the Bonnet House – a historic house museum dedicated to the conservation of the area’s history and environment.
  • Go to Las Olas Boulevard – the best place for shopping, dining, entertainment, nightlife, and things to do. 
  • Check out the contemporary and 20th-century art at NSU Art Museum.
  • Love water skiing, surfing, or swimming? Go to Fort Lauderdale Beaches. The Clean Beaches Council of Washington DC has certified many of these beaches as Blue Wave Beaches.
  • Get some fun in the sun at the picturesque Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
  • Indulge in fun and adventure at the famous Museum of Discovery and Science.
  • See some exciting sights and experiences at the Everglades Holiday Park, which is famous for its thrilling airboat rides.

Bucket List Orlando

  • Witness a rocket launch at the renowned Kennedy Space Center, which hosts two rocket launches every month.
  • Have lunch with an astronaut like Craig from Two Scots Abroad did.
  • Get high at iFly on International Drive.
  • Drink cocktails on iDrive then try to work out if Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is real or not.
  • Explore the whole world in a single day at Epcot.
  • Get a taste of Hollywood experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. Dance to the Blues Brothers at Universal. 
  • Ride the train to Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 
  • Then drink Butterbeer!
  • Love gliding? Go to Wallaby Ranch, a popular aerotowing flight facility. 
  • See the Disney fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.
  • Soak up the sun and sip a chilled drink on vacation
  • → Hey veggies, check out this vegetarian food guide of Florida.

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Bucket List Tampa Bay

  • Take to the floor at the famous 260 First nightclub – a hotspot for dancing.
  • Refresh yourself and have fun with 30 acres of water adventures and beachside relaxation at the Adventure Island Water Park.
  • Visiting Tampa Bay with your family? Let your kids bounce and fly on the huge trampolines at the Airheads Trampoline Arena while you play some AirSports like dodgeball.
  • If you are a beer lover, go to Big Storm Brewing Company to watch live beer making.
  • Looking for a tranquil place to soak up the southern Florida sun? Clearwater Beach is the best place.
  • Canoe along the adventurous Hillsborough River with Canoe Escape.
  • Go snorkeling on Honeymoon Island – famous for its scenic beach and wildlife.
  • Here’s more of winter sun destinations in the USA.
Tampa Bay Florida skyline

Bucket List Cocoa Beach 

  • Explore the night sky with one of the largest public telescopes in Florida at Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory. 
  • Enjoy seafood at the world-famous Cocoa Beach Pier.
  • Broaden your knowledge of the history of East Coast surfing at the Florida Surf Museum.
  • Do shopping, dine, and entertain yourself at the Historic Cocoa Village.
  • See historic spacecraft and memorabilia at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Visit the Lori Wilson Park, which is famous for its boardwalk type trail that goes past a tropical maritime hammock. 
Kennedy Space Center Orlando, Florida

Bucket List Jacksonville

  • Check some of the best art collections at the Cummer Museum of Art.
  • Head to Downtown Jacksonville’s North and South banks of the river to enjoy buzzing nightlife and dine at the eateries. 
  • Attend science and local history exhibitions at The Museum of Science and History. 
  • Sunbathe on Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach.
  • Visit the Riverside Arts Market on Saturday, where local people showcase their artwork.
  • Relax at Little Talbot Island State Park that is popular for its vast beaches, forests, pristine salt marshes, dunes, diverse wildlife, and exciting outdoor activities.

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Bucket List Key West

  • Relax at this warm winter destination while others layer up around the States.
  • Encounter dolphins, kayak the backcountry, and dive and snorkel at Fort. Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.
  • Roam around and take photos with the lovely flowers and incredible trees at the historic West Martello Tower. 
  • Walk down Duval Street, listen to a local band and do some shopping. 
  • Visit the very busy Smathers Beach if you are a hustle and bustle person.
  • For people seeking peace and silence, the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor is heaven.
  • Learn about the local history at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, where you will also see countless historical gems and jewels.

Key West features in our guide to most romantic spots in the USA.

view of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas from above

Bucket List Daytona Beach

  • Have fun in the sun on the 23 miles of white-sand beaches.
  • Taste some of the Sunshine State’s best seafood at the famous Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club.
  • Visit the Museum of Arts & Sciences.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the beach from the 175ft tall Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
  • Meet the fervent people behind Daytona’s unique brews and spirits at Daytona Beach Ale Trail.
  • Explore Tomoka State Park and Bulow Creek State Park on a bicycle.

Bucket List Pensacola 

  • Join some great events like concerts and CrossFit competitions at Pensacola Beach.
  • Go to the Palafox Market on Saturday to shop at the food and artifacts stalls by local artists, vendors, and farmers.
  • Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the scenic regions like Big Lagoon State Park, Perdido River, Johnson Beach, Fort Pickens, and Blackwater River State Park. 
  • Meet dolphins and other wildlife in Pensacola Bay and camp by the beach.
  • Love fishing? Take a charter boat and go on a fishing expedition just off Pensacola’s coast.
  • Do you believe in the supernatural? Hunt for ghosts at the historic Pensacola Lighthouse if you are brave enough. 

Bucket List St. Augustine 

  • Visit St George Street for shopping and dining and to explore boutiques and historical sites.
  • Expand your knowledge of history at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
  • See the historical items from the Victorian period at The Lightner Museum.
  • Explore the historical landmarks in the Old City.
  • Spend some time with your kids at Anastasia State Park, known for its rich ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Know the history of early Spanish St. Augustine at the Old Florida Museum.
  • Enjoy St. Augustine Festival of Lights at Christmas.

St. Augustine made it on to our cheapest cities you’ll want to visit list. Read the guide here.

St.-Augustine-Florida with palm trees

Bucket List Boca Raton 

  • Spend an hour or two at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. The main attractions here include an elevated boardwalk and a butterfly garden.
  • Want to delve into the past? Visit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum.
  • Take a helicopter ride to get amazing views of the white beaches, oceans, and vibrancy of the city.
  • Spend some peaceful hours with Mother Nature in Red Reef Park.

Bucket List West Palm Beach 

  • Have a love for arts? Go to the Norton Museum of Art to see local and international collections.
  • Visit Downtown West Palm Beach for shopping and dining.
  • See more than two thousand types of tropical plants originating from six continents at Mounts Botanical Garden.
  • See historical sculptures at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
  • Attend exhibitions and interactive events at South Florida Science Center.
  • Get the local, homemade produce like vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, and baked foods at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket. 
aerial view of Palm Beach in Florida

Bucket List Naples

  • Take a stroll along the historic iconic Naples Pier and munch some scrumptious food at the nearby eateries.
  • Go to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to see the wetlands, pine flatwoods, a marsh, and a wet prairie.
  • Witness the world’s only Swamp Buggy Races. 
  • Go to the Revs Institute and see more than 100 of the most popular cars built between 1896 and 1995.
  • Enjoy miles of stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.
  • Do shopping at the luxurious The Village on Venetian Bay.
  • Explore the history of the region at the Collier County Museum.  

Bucket List Tallahassee

  • Enjoy outdoor and recreational amenities at Cascades Park. 
  • If you are brave enough, go to the haunted house called Terror of Tallahassee.
  • Spend a day on St. George Island and enjoy the pristine, white-sand beaches.
  • Explore and enjoy the nightlife at the nightclubs and bars in Tally. 

Bucket List Destin 

  • Charter a yacht and spend a day at Crab Island in a luxurious atmosphere.
  • Get epic views of the coastline from a helicopter.
  • Head to Henderson State Beach Park for swimming or sunbathing.
  • Go shopping or dining at The Village at Baytowne Wharf.
  • Go fishing, Destin is the ‘world’s luckiest fishing village’ after all! 

Bucket List St. Petersburg 

  • Enjoy recreational and outdoor activities in Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.
  • See the fantastic work of artist Salvador Dali at the Dali museum.
  • Catch tons of fish at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
  • Reconnect to the broader environment at the Weedon Island Preserve.
  • Enjoy crazy flavored beers at St. Pete Brewing Company.

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skyline at sunset in St Petersburg Florida

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Final Words

There are so many fun things to do in Florida in the water, on the water and by the water! Did I miss something amazing to do in Florida? Let me know in the comments. 


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100 Things to do in New York State Before You Die

Things to do in New York State

Looking for the perfect New York State bucket list? Hikes, festivals, food and of course, Niagara Falls, let’s dive into the best things to do in New York State.

Best Things to do in New York State By Area

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New York City

  • Get a sneak-peek into the impressive old City Hall train station from 1904, which features tiled ceilings and brass fittings.
  • Wander around the beautiful streets on Arthur Avenue, dine at the restaurants serving authentic Italian-American delights.
  • Hit the famous bars like JJ’s Hideaway and Formerly Crow’s for some booze.
  • Walk across the Insta-famous Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Take an enjoyable subway trip to Coney Island – a vintage New York State attraction.
  • Enjoy eating the famous burger and steak at Minetta Tavern.
  • If you have a thing for northern Vietnamese flavors, head over to Hanoi House.
  • Get a free ferry ride to Staten Island to get spectacular views of lower Manhattan.
  • Walk around the streets in the West Village for shopping and dining.
  • Attend the historic Kings Day Parade at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue on January 4.
  • Enjoy the foliage of New York in fall.
  • Listen to jazz in Harlem.
  • Visit the Great White Way to see a Broadway show one of the best things to do at night in NYC.
  • Hangout on the High Line.
  • For great views, check out the Empire State Building. Reserve your ticket here.
  • Find the best observatory decks in our guide.
  • Visit during December for festive fun, shopping and shows.

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View from Empire State Building NYC

Long Island

  • Run through lavender fields evocative of the French countryside at Lavender by the Bay.
  • Try wine and cheese at Catapano Farms.
  • Swim, surf, or take a stroll on the white sand at Cooper’s Beach.
  • Have fun with your family at Adventureland Park.
  • Don’t miss the annual Oyster Festival held every October 19th to 20th.
  • Feast on the spicy tuna on crispy rice at Toku or head over to Commander Cody’s Seafood on Shelter Island to try some the freshest local catches.
  • Spend a night or two at the Surf Lodge in Montauk. It is a 1960’s inspired beach dream house.
  • Dine at Montauk’s famous beachfront restaurant and snap the lighthouse. Montauk is where The Affair was filmed.
  • Visit the 3,000 acres of vineyards in Long Island’s easternmost region.
  • Spend some calm moments at Sands Point Reserve.
  • Check out the lavender farms in summer.
Long Island lighthouse coastal view

Central New York

  • Head over to the CNY Regional Market that features local produce, food, fruits, vegetables, and crafts.
  • Have fun at Destiny USA – a large entertainment complex and shopping mall. The mall has abundant dining and play areas.
  • Go adventurous exploring the mountains, lakes, grassy valleys, and sharp cliffs in the Adirondack Mountains, read more about East Coast lakes here.
  • Have hands-on experience with art and crafts, music, poetry, culinary arts, and literary arts at the famous Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival held in September every year.
  • Enjoy craft beer, dance to live music, and experience the CNY nightlife at Brew Central, the region’s famous craft brew destination.
  • Feast on the delicious and culturally phenomenal spiedes.
  • Spiedie and Rib Pit at 1270 Upper Front Street Binghamton is famous for serving many varieties of spiedes.
  • Have a storybook getaway at Foxfire Mountain House and spend a night in one of the beautiful guest rooms.

Chautauqua County

  • Hike through a half-mile long rim of 60 feet high rocky caverns, crevices, and pathways in a historic forest at the Panama Rocks Scenic Park.
  • Get closer to nature at the beautiful Cassadaga Lake.
  • Join the celebration of local farmers at the annual Fredonia Farm Festival held in August. The 3-day-long festival features food, music, and entertainment.
  • Spend a night at The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake, overlooking the picturesque lake. The luxurious resort has a unique vibe that is sure to mesmerize you.
  • Feast on Italian cuisine along with traditional steaks and seafood at the famous La Scala Restaurant.
  • Attend local history exhibits at the Fenton History Center in Jamestown.
  • Experience outdoor activities like snowboarding and skiing at the Peek’n Peak Resort.

Niagara Falls

  • Be thrilled watching the spectacular waterfalls at the Niagara Falls State Park on the US-Canada border.
  • Explore the beautiful islands on the Niagara River.
  • Embark on the Maid of the Mist to explore the waterfalls.
  • Explore the 18th century Old Fort Niagara
  • Stay at the charming 1923 English Tudor style Red Coach Inn History Bed and Breakfast Hotel, overlooking the waterfalls.
  • Dine for local and American flavors at the top of the Falls Restaurant in Goat Island.
  • Learn about the history of Underground Railroad at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Center.
  • Enjoy concerts and Broadway shows at Art Park.
Niagara Falls at night with colour

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Finger Lakes

  • Get amazing views of Skaneateles Lake’s sparkling waters, besides dining and shopping at the surrounding shops and restaurants.
  • Visiting Finger Lakes in winter? Do skiing at famous resorts like Bristol Mountain and Greek Peak.
  • Explore the shimmering waterfalls and scenic trails at Watkins Glen State Park.
  • Get a taste of the local craft wine at the more than 35 wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
  • Relax, romance, or rest at the Quiet Place – your own private cottage snuggled in the woods.
  • Have a first-hand experience of the traditional and modern culture at the Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival. The seven-day-long festival is held at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor every July.
  • Go berry picking at Tomion’s Farm Market in Penn Yan.
Niagara On The Lake Red Wine

Thousand Islands

  • Take a boat ride to the spectacular Boldt Castle, one of the most popular wedding destinations in New York and one of the castles in New York State.
  • Have a delightful experience walking the Thousand Islands Bridge.
  • Catch diverse varieties of fishes in the St. Lawrence River
  • Explore the stories of the past of the Horse Island Lighthouse in Sackets Harbor.
  • Taste craft beers, wines, and hard ciders at the famous Dark Island Spirits and Distillery in the village of Alexandria Bay.
  • Enjoy Thousand Islands’ traditional ‘shore dinner.’ It comprises freshly caught and fried fish, salad, French toast, sandwiches, and pork strips.
  • Camp at 1000 Islands Camping Resort and engage in outdoor activities like boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and golfing.
  • See a variety of antique boats at the Antique Boat Museum.
  • Spend a night at the majestic Singer Castle on Dark Island.
  • Spend some peaceful time at Sandy Island Beach State Park.
New York Boldt Castle on the water

Adirondacks

  • Do rafting, kayaking, and tubing at Sacandaga Outdoor Center.
  • Catch large fishes at the famous Lake George that is known for its large fish population.
  • Experience a touch of Finland by staying in a tupa (cottage) at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center. Recreational activities at the resort include swimming, hiking, skiing, and paddling.
  • Taking a breathtaking thirty minutes walk at High Falls Gorge, enjoying the impressive views across the bridges and trails.
  • Sample Adirondacks’ seasonal flavors prepared with freshly picked local harvests at fine dining places like Jeb’s Restaurant and The View Restaurant at Mirror Lake Inn.
  • Enjoy a craft beer on the outdoor patio at the Bolton Landing Brewing Company.
  • Have fun at the annual Sparkle Village Arts & Crafts Fair held every December at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
  • Live like a royal at Adirondack Safari Luxury Tent Camping.
  • Get wet at Enchanted Forest Water Safari.

Albany

  • Visit the New York State Capitol and explore the Million Dollar Staircase, the Senate Chamber, and the War Room.
  • Have fun staying at Rocking Horse Ranch, a great place for a family adventure.
  • Pick pumpkins and explore the corn maze with your family at Ellms Family Farm.
  • Head over to Berkshire East Mountain Resort to enjoy summer outdoor activities like mountain biking, ziplining, and whitewater rafting and winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
  • Go shopping and dining at Crossgates Mall. Have fun at the mall’s entertainment venues.
  • Taste amazing, award-winning handcrafted wine at Ledge Rock Hill Winery & Vineyard.
  • Explore human and natural history at the New York State Museum.
  • Go hiking at Albany Pine Brush Preserve and see different species of plants and animals on the way.
Night view of Albany New York

Catskill Mountains

  • Take a breathtaking 11-minute ride to the top of Hunter Mountain.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the Northern Catskill Mountains, Vermont’s Green Mountains, and the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts.
  • See the marvellous Kaaterskill Falls that drops in two tiers and is over 260 feet high.
  • Wander in the Catskill Mountains and have adventure experiences with activities like zip-lining.
  • Spend a calm night in the woods, sleeping in a handcrafted timbered hut with a wood-burning stove.
  • Try food prepared with locally sourced ingredients and served in farmhouses at Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room.
  • Have fun at the largest craft beer festival in New York State during the TAP® NY at Hunter Mountain from 25-26 May.
  • Go hiking on the trails of Slide Mountain.
  • Learn history about the Revolutionary War at Minisink Battlefield County Park.
  • Try the Catskills Beverage Trail challenge.
  • See the foliage colors during autumn, for more read our things to do in Upstate New York in fall guide.

Marvellous Mrs Maisel fans will recognize The Catskills from season two. Dirty Dancing’s Kellerman’s Resort was also influenced by this area. The “Borscht Belt” heyday came to end but the region is still popular with outdoors and beer fans.

Hudson Valley

  • Go to the Samascott’s Garden Market, Kinderhook, to sample the locally sourced fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, pork, and chicken and homemade foods.
  • Explore the historic and picturesque Hudson River on a cruise ship tour.
  • Get picturesque views of Hudson Valley while cycling or hiking the Walkway Over the Hudson, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
  • Watch the beautiful landscapes, natural habitat, and wildlife while hiking down the trails of Constitution Marsh.
  • Do outdoor activities like fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and ice-skating at the Bear Mountain State Park.
  • Spend a night at famous Shinglekill Falls B&B, a renovated 18th-century house situated near the 32 feet Shinglekill Falls.
  • Try a sizzling grilled octopus at 8 North Broadway.
  • Have fun sampling more than 50 craft beers and hard ciders and feast on some delicious local food at the Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival on June 8.
  • See Thomas Cole’s paintings at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.
  • Enjoy watching the spectacular Cohoes Falls at Falls View Park.
Hudson River Valley view in early autumn

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