ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST: NORTH AMERICA

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Out of all the continents, at the moment I feel like I am drawn to North America the least. I can’t tell you why, because I’m not entirely sure. I think it has something to do with my absolute love of small charming historic towns as opposed to large commercialised cities (Okay, I know I love London, but London has a decent amount of history too!).

However, the area of North  America that really appeals to me is the National Parks. I absolutely love the ridiculously beautiful unspoilt landscapes. The Grand Canyon is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been and Yosemite National Park is high up on my wanderlust list!

So, I need some help. I’ve compiled a list of the things I can think of that I’d like to do. But if anyone has some suggestions/hidden gems that might help me to fall back in love with North America, I’d love to hear them!

Bucket List

  1. See the sloths in Costa Rica
  2. See the Grand Canyon (read: here)
  3. Take an American Road Trip
  4. Visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico (read: here)
  5. Visit Niagara Falls
  6. Drive along the Big Sur
  7. Go celebrity spotting in Los Angeles
  8. See the beautiful Yosemite National Park
  9. Visit Alcatraz Prison
  10. Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  11. See the famous New York skyline from Liberty Island
  12. Visit the beautiful Vancouver
  13. Experience the city of sin, Las Vegas
  14. Rent an RV and go on an unplanned adventure
  15. Visit 50% of the states
  16. See the volcanoes of Hawaii
  17. Spot wolves in Yellowstone National Park
  18. See the colossal sculptures of Mount Rushmore
  19. Tour the Panama Canal
  20. Tour Havana in a traditional car, Cuba
  21. Relax in the hot springs in the Canadian Rockies
  22. Go hiking in any of the beautiful mountain ranges of Canada (I’m not fussy)!
  23. Skydive over the Great Blue Hole
  24. Get the iconic photo of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
  25. Drive into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater
  26. Get lost in Redwood National Park
  27. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  28. Drive through Monument Valley

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Comments (6)

Girl! If your thing is small towns then North America is where it’s at! I know they don’t get as big of a rep as say NYC or LA but this is a huuuge continent made up of relatively few countries – meaning lots and lots and lots of small towns. I’d definitely recommend Nova Scotia (it’s like going back in time, drive along the coast of the entire province!) and the town of Peggy’s Cove. Also in the USA the Midwest is known for its small towns and friendly people – say the upper peninsula of Michigan (national park there!) or places in Ohio like Gambier or Door County in Wisconsin. New England and the south are also full of adorable small towns. I’d add driving down the coast of Florida (Sanibel island is amazing and you can swim with manatees in crystal springs!) and end at the bottom where you can swim to Dry Tortugas national park! There is so much to be excited about in North America!!

I have to agree. The cities here are a bit lacking in comparison, but I’ve always been a fan of the National Parks. There’s so much to see! It’s just too bad everything is so far apart haha

Hello hello!
I recently discovered your travel blog and have been binge reading your posts which is led me down the Skyscanner app rabbit hole…
I moved to the U.K. from Alberta, Canada about seven months ago and thought I could recommend some amazing places (small prairie and mountain towns) you should visit which have the most amazing hiking and views you’ll ever see ^.^
– Banff, Alberta
– Waterton, Alberta
– Goat Haunt, Montana (connected to Waterton by boat with the most amazing hiking trails)
– Drumheller, Alberta
– Calgary, Alberta (specifically the Calgary Stampede if your looking for the biggest rodeo you’ve ever seen)
– Jasper National Park, Alberta
– Longview, Alberta
– Lake Louis, Alberta
Here’s a link of the top 10 hiking trails in the area: http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/ten-best-hikes-alberta

Of course this list is completely biased but I hope you’ll take a gander

Thank you so much!! I love recommendations from locals! My first ever trip to Canada will be in December for a quick stop in Toronto, I wish I would go and do all of this list though! The scenery in Canada looks unreal!!

Ooo I hope you do enjoy! Make sure you find yourself some poutine and root beer! (Also a Tim Hortons as this is the most Canadian coffee shop you’ll ever see).

Amazing! Thank you so much again! Poutine is definitely on my list of things to try!

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