Having been born and raised in the United States my entire life, I continue to find it incredible just how little I’ve seen in my own home country, compared to my travels throughout Europe (and parts of Asia). If you were to ask me what there is to see in the U.S., I wouldn’t be able to say much except the big cities (Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., etc.) that every tourist would know about anyway. I would go as far to say that I know more about travel in Europe than my own country!

For instance, I was born and grew up in Los Angeles until I was 22 years old, and I still can’t tell you where places are located, geographically-speaking. From neighborhoods like Westchester to Echo Park to Sherman Oaks, I don’t know where they’re situated in relation to where I live in the city. Funny enough, I’m more familiar with the districts in Paris than LA!

While it’s true that I’ve visited some of the States throughout my childhood, I would say that most of my visits have been almost-exclusively concentrated on the West Coast (e.g. Pacific Northwest, California, the Grand Canyon) and the East Coast (e.g. New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Florida) and nothing really in between. Some Americans might say that there’s really nothing to see in Middle America, anyway but, I realize that there’s so much to those places than otherwise thought of.

This past summer road-tripping the Pacific Northwest with my family re-instilled my love and appreciation for my country– before, I’d thought that traveling was all about the grand adventures abroad, e.g. Europe, Asia, South America, but in fact, they can be just as enriching in your own backyard. Having talked with foreigners while traveling, I continue to be surprised by their interest for going to the United States– whether it’s a month-long road trip from coast to coast or a week in New York (fyi almost every French person I’ve met say that they want to visit New York…so not bitter that Los Angeles doesn’t cross their mind *just kidding), people from other parts of the world are drawn to the good ol’ US of A. By hearing all of this, I realize that I could do so likewise with my own travels domestically.

I’ve decided to compile a list of places that I would like to visit in the United States. Although it’ll take some time (a lifetime, even) to see all of these destinations, it can’t hurt to dream a bit, right? From the home state to across the country, here are some places on my bucket list.

1. Antelope Valley, California.

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Source: AVSpecialed.

2. Chicago, Illinois.

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Source: TimeOut.

3. The Badlands, South Dakota.

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Source: History.com.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Source: Thrillist.

5. Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

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Source: ArtWolfe.

6. Hawaii.

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Source: National Geographic Kids.

7. The Deep South.

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Source: Map Quest Travel.

8. Napa Valley, California.

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Source: Napa Valley.

9. Texas.

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Source: Visit The USA.

10. Crater Lake, Oregon.

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Source: Crater Lake Trust.

*bonus! Arches National Park, Utah.

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Source: Utah.com.

 

Where would you like to go in the United States? Let me know!

 

— Rebecca

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36 thoughts on “Bucket List for the United States!

  1. Chicago was one of my favourite cities on my US trip a couple of summers ago! I loved how the centre felt compact yet had lots to do, and the lakeside location was enviable – beats the murky waters of the Thames any day! I’d love to see more of the national parks in the US one day, as from what I’ve read on others’ blogs, there’re some seriously stunning and varied landscapes out there.

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    1. It’s interesting to hear that downtown Chicago is compact, since many major cities in the U.S. are otherwise! There’s definitely a lot of natural diversity from the West to the East and vice versa– it would be great to see all of what they have to offer, I agree!

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      1. It was a contrast to the usual sprawling cities, that’s for sure! It’d be nice to at least make a dent in seeing more of the states, even if seeing all of them might be a stretch given how many other places I’d like to see over the years.

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      2. You have a point. Even as an American, I’d say that it would take a lifetime, even more, just to see everything in my home country! Really, there are just too many amazing places out there in the world!

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  2. Wow, I’d never heard of Antelope Canyon or Antelope Valley. Something to check out next, I suppose. Chicago, New Orleans, and Texas are all great, in my opinion! I grew up in the Midwest and I’d agree that at first glance it can seem quite uninteresting; you just have to know where to go in order to find the good things! 😀 Though it’s definitely not as “glamorous” as New York or LA (which I still have yet to get to).

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    1. The Antelopes (canyon and valley) look so beautiful that they’re almost surreal; it’s interesting, because Antelope Valley is right in my hometown of Los Angeles, and I haven’t visited it at all! If you have any recommendations of places to see in the Midwest, I’d like that (even if that means adding more to my already-long bucket list)!

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  3. I love that you did this for the US!!! People always look at me funny when I say I have seen more famous places outside of the US than in my own home country. As for your list, I’m a big fan of Chi-town being from the Midwest 🙂 I would add a trip to the rocky mountains in Colorado and the Appalachians somewhere in North Carolina. I’ve also heard the Gulf beaches are nice and since people usually head to Florida, it’s kind of underrated. I’m going to Louisiana this December so I’ll let you know what that’s like!

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    1. I know what you mean: as Americans, perhaps people expect us to have been everywhere in the US, but that’s simply not true! So exciting you’ll be visiting Louisiana soon; you’ll have to let us know how it goes!

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  4. You’re so right about being surprised that people wanna visit your home country. I’m from England and will never understand the appeal of wanting to go on holiday here. Although I have actually been to quite a few places here, it just doesn’t have the same draw as going to the big ol’ USA!! :’)

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    1. I suppose the fact of the matter is that other countries have that “mysterious” vibe that we’re curious about discovery. Considering that where we’ve grown up in isn’t mysterious, we don’t feel that touristy draw to our home country. Funny enough, I would like to revisit England some day, as an American!

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      1. I totally get the ‘mystery’ thing- like London, to me, is LA to you. Seeing something different and experiencing a different way of life is the ‘mystery’. Whereabouts in England you fancy going? I might be able to give you some ideas/ tips if you like 🙂

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      2. Not been to Bath, but the others! Lake District is beautiful and Brighton is full of all sorts of quirky places, the lanes in particular!

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    1. It’s been years since I last visited Yellowstone, but I can imagine that it’s 1000x more amazing during the solar eclipse! I’ve been to Sequoia and Grand Teton national parks, and they’re both different, but lovely. Hope you can go someday!

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  5. love this idea! i have thought about places i’ve wanted to visit in the U.S. but haven’t put them down on paper (or computer) but I have so many trips planned in my head. I love the places you’ve chosen for future destinations! the US is so big and theres so much to see and things can be so different from one corner of the country to the other. it’s pretty cool! if you ever do find yourself in the deep south, let me know and stop by tennessee!

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    1. I know! Never thought that South Dakota would interest me (aside from Mount Rushmore), but the Badlands look really fascinating! Antelope Canyon looks so surreal that it merits a visit over, no matter how hard it is to secure a tour there!

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      1. All depending on his allotted time off, we hope to see several different national parks such as Glacier and Olympic, plan on spending a lot time in the four corner area especially Utah and Colorado. If we haven’t used up all our time by then hit the east coast and head on home.

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  6. Those are all great picks! *-* I’ve been to…one of these places! (I lived about a 1.5 hours from Napa for most of my life!) There’s definitelya tonnn of places in the U.S. that I’d really love to visit someday!

    I made a travel bucket list earlier last year and had to split it up by section, haha. x_x There are too many places I wanna go to!

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    1. Napa Valley looks like a gorgeous region, and the fact that it produces good wine isn’t bad, either! Bucket lists are great, although it’s true that you end up adding more destinations to the list than checking them off!

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