US Bucket List: 50 Things to See & Do in the US Before You Die

Have you ever wondered what the top tourist destinations in the United States are? If you’re looking to start your bucket of things to see in the United States before you die,  take a look at our list of 50 ideas.

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Grand Canyon National Park

20 S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

The country’s most iconic national park, the Grand Canyon, encompasses over 277 miles.

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The Freedom Trail

139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

This 2.5-mile pathway passes over a dozen American landmarks including Paul Revere’s house and the Bunker Hill Monument.

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Niagara Falls State Park

332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

One of the highest waterfalls in America, Niagara Falls is located near the Canadian border.

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Central Park

Manhattan, New York, NY

Stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street in downtown Manhattan, Central Park has been a New York landmark since the 1850s.

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Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, NV

Featuring over 4 miles of upscale hotels and casinos, the Las Vegas Strip is one of the most popular tourist attractions in America.

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Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TV, 37214

Showcasing the country’s best country music since 1925, the Grand Ole Opry features a weekly concert in the heart of Nashville.

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The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

A landmark from the Texas Revolution, The Alamo is a San Antonio destination to remember.

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Kentucky Derby

700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Horse racing’s flagship event at Churchill Downs is a classic American sporting event.

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French Quarter

New Orleans, LA

Famous for its vibrant nightlife and iconic buildings, Bourbon Street and the French Quarter in New Orleans is known as the home of Mardi Gras.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, WY

With parts spanning Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is a bucket list item that you should see in the United States before you die. This park is full of natural wonders like geysers, mountains, and lakes.

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Redwood National and State Parks

Northern California

Featuring some of the tallest trees on Earth, the Redwoods in Northern California can live for well over 1,000 years.

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Mammoth Cave

1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Truly one of the top things to do in America, Mammoth Cave is one of the world’s largest caves. Try not to get lost!

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Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge is over a mile long and is recognized across the world as a symbol of the United States and California.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii, HI

Featuring two active volcanoes, this national park is one of the main attractions of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Overseas Highway

Miami Beach & Key West, FL

Connecting the Florida Keys to the United States mainland, the Overseas Highway allows access to America’s largest area of coral reefs.

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Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Get a birds-eye view of the Windy City from this breathtaking observation box on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (or, as locals still call it, the Sears Tower).

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Indianapolis 500

4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the Indy 500 every spring, and it’s a bucket list item for fans and non-racing fans alike.

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Space Needle

400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109

A Seattle landmark, the Space Needle features an observation deck and was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

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Route 66 Museum

2229 W Gary Blvd, Clinton, OK 73601

Offering a personal journey along the country’s legendary highway, the Route 66 Museum pays homage to the Main Street of America.

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El Capitan

Yosemite National Park, CA

A famous destination for work climbers, El Capitan is a 4,000-foot rock formation in Yosemite National Park.

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1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

In operation since 1955, Disneyland is the original theme park and continues to be a popular tourist attraction for visitors from around the world.

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, CA

Known for its extreme climate conditions, Death Valley is a desert between California and Nevada.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114

Documenting the history of rock n’ roll, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a popular Cleveland attraction regardless of your taste in music.

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Jacob’s Well

1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

One of the most dangerous, yet alluring diving spots in the world, Jacob’s Well is a karstic spring at least 140 feet deep, where divers can explore underwater caves at their own risk.

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Vail Ski Resort

Vail, CO 81657

One of the largest ski resorts in America, Vail Ski Resort is a world-class ski destination in the Colorado mountains.

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Disney World

Orlando, FL 32830

With four different theme parks, Disney World is one of America’s most popular tourist attractions.

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The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

The home of the President of the United States has been in use since 1800 and is an iconic American landmark.

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Iowa State Fair

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317

A tradition started in 1854, the Iowa State Fair is held over 11 days in August and attracts over a million people per year.

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Fenway Park

4 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

The oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park opened in 1912 and is located in a Boston neighborhood.

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Powell’s City of Books

1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Powell’s City of Books is the world’s largest independent bookstore and is a distinguished Portland tourist attraction.

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Millennium Park

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Located near The Loop in downtown Chicago, Millennium Park features several famous structures such as “The Bean.”

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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

An open-air theater built into a beautiful Colorado rock structure, Red Rocks is an unforgettable venue for a concert.

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Times Square

Manhattan, NY 10036

Famous for its bright lights and crowded streets, Times Square is a major Manhattan intersection that’s been featured in countless movies.

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Smithsonian Museums

Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institute offers over 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

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Statue of Liberty

New York, NY 10004

A neoclassical landmark dating back to the 1880s, the Statue of Liberty is a true American bucket list destination.

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Hollywood Hall of Fame

Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

More than 2,500 notable figures are honored on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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Hoover Dam

Nevada, 89005

Assembled during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam provides power to several states and is toured by over one million people each year.

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The Masters Tournament

2604 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30904

The most famous golf tournament in the world is held annually at Augusta National Golf Course during the first week of April.

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Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 344870

Featuring some of the biggest roller coasters in the country, Cedar Point is an amusement park in Ohio that opened over 150 years ago.

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Kennedy Space Center

Merritt Island, FL 32899

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is one of NASA’s main launch centers and includes a massive Visitor Complex.

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Sitting between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, Mackinac Island is famous for its historic dining and boating attractions.

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Mall of America

60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Complete with roller coasters, aquariums, and around 500 shops, Mall of America is one of the largest malls in the world.

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Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

A classic baseball experience on Chicago’s north side, Wrigley Field has been in operation since 1914.

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Zion National Park

Springdale, UT 84767

Known for its iconic steep red cliffs, Zion National Park in Utah contains beautiful rock formations along a river.

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The Gorge Ampitheatre

754 Silica Rd NW, George, WA 98848

Located in a scenic mountain range, The Gorge is often voted one of the best outdoor music venues in the world.

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Empire State Building

20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Construction on this historic skyscraper began in 1930, and it continues to be a symbol of the Big Apple.

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AT&T Stadium

1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011

Home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium is the biggest professional football stadium in the country and the best place to catch an NFL game.

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Northern Lights


Visible from many places in the beautiful state of Alaska, the Northern Lights are one of nature’s most incredible phenomena.

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Wine Country

Northern Bay Area, CA

One of the premier wine-growing regions in the world, Wine Country in California is a bucket list experience for tourists worldwide.

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Badlands National Park

South Dakota

With dramatic rock formations and canyons, Badlands National Park is one of the best natural parks in the country.


So, what’s on your bucket list of things to do across America? Let us know in the comments below!




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