Top 13 Bucket List Destinations in the US

These are just a few of the places in the U.S. to visit on our bucket lists! Feel free to add any of your bucket list destinations to this list!

#1 Washington DC

Washington DC is a hub for American politics and history. Attracting as many school field trips as it does travelers the district offers a peek into the country’s democratic origin. There are plenty of free museums to take advantage of but the real draw here is the memorials and monuments dedicated to great American leaders. Spend some contemplative time at the Reflecting Pool within the National Mall, among the most patriotic places in the country. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g28970-Washington_DC_District_of_Columbia-Vacations.html) 

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#2 New York City, NY

Even if the city’s soaring skyscrapers and monuments do not mesmerize you, you'll be blown away by its flourishing arts, food, fashion and nightlife scenes. You can spend your morning browsing Fifth Avenue's designer racks and your afternoon catching stunning city views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Or, if you're an art lover, you can admire the striking works on display at the Met and the Guggenheim before feasting on ethnic fare in Chinatown or Little Italy. If you still have, some energy (and cash) left over, don't miss the chance to snag tickets to an award-winning Broadway show or hop over to one of the low-key rooftop bars and jazz clubs illuminating the Meatpacking District after dark. (https://travel.usnews.com/New_York_NY/Things_To_Do/

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#3 Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, at the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is an ideal base for a family looking to explore the park's numerous offerings. After you've gone hiking, fishing, rafting or horseback riding, ride an elevator 342 feet to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle for stunning views of the Smokies. There's also an amusement center next door with nifty rides and games https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60842-Gatlinburg_Tennessee-Vacations.html

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#4 New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Following Mardi Gras in springtime is Jazz Fest, celebrating New Orleans as the birthplace of the genre. Lively bars and cafes line Bourbon Street, which runs through the center of the architecturally ornate French Quarter. This area is also home to several iconic Creole and Cajun restaurants serving dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. The Garden District is known for well-preserved antebellum mansions in styles like Italianate and Victorian. In Faubourg Marigny, Frenchmen Street is home to bars and clubs offering live jazz, blues and rock music. Streetcar lines cross the city, including the St. Charles route, operating since 1835. (https://www.google.com/destination?q=attraction+in+new+orleans&site=search&output=search&dest_mid=/m/0f2tj&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_56T7w_jWAhWH14MKHWwcD10Qri4I2QEwFw)

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#5 Las Vegas, NV

The famous Las Vegas Strip is still lined with flashy mega-resorts, but venture past the flashing neon and dazzling lights and you might just be surprised with what you will find. Each grand building is a destination unto itself, bursting with magnificent amenities and attractions to satisfy anyone under the sun. For the fashionista, there’s Caesars Palace and the designer boutiques at The Forum Shops. Shore lovers will adore The Beach at Mandalay Bay, which is miles and miles away from your typical hotel pool. Sun-seekers can also soak up rays at resort pools at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palms and pretty much anywhere else in between. For a good dose of family fun, there are even live animal exhibits begging to be enjoyed at many resorts, like Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. From Bellagio’s world-class spa to roller coasters and more at Circus Circus, Stratosphere and New York—New York, each day in Las Vegas can be a whole new vacation. (https://travelnevada.com/regions/southern/las-vegas?t=Search-Google-General-Booking&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl8z9-b741gIVw0OGCh04TQyGEAAYASAAEgIOo_D_BwE)

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#6 Maui, HI

Maui is renowned worldwide for many things: its beauty, its atmosphere, its history, and its never-ending supply of pristine beaches, waterfalls, Maui tours, landmarks, Maui Snorkeling, and gardens - just to name a few. It's a wonderful place for a Hawaiian vacation. There aren't a whole lot of places in the world you can go and experience all you can on the small island of Maui. From postcard-perfect beaches, volcanic landscapes, and tropical forests and gardens, Maui just might be the closest thing to paradise we've ever seen. Plus, the island's roads skirt the edge of the coastline in a large sideways figure "8" shape, which makes seeing everything Maui has to offer a snap. Many people famously say Maui no ka oi which means Maui is the best - and for good reason. (https://www.hawaii-guide.com/maui)

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#7 Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

"Grand" doesn't begin to do this canyon justice.Measuring approximately 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles in width and a miledeep, this massive chasm in northern Arizona is truly a natural wonder. For sixmillion years, the Grand Canyon has expanded with the help of the mightyColorado River, and for centuries, people from all over the globe have traveledto gaze out over its red and orange grandeur. Managed by the National ParkService and officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the GrandCanyon leaves its approximately 4.5 million visitors per year awestruck.

But if you're seeking a secluded escape to Mother Nature, you should be prepared: The Grand Canyon can be very crowded. The South Rim— home to the Grand Canyon Village and the well-worn Bright Angel Trail — is particularly popular for sightseers and hikers. It is on this side that you'll find the most amenities.However, for a true escapist experience, head to the North Rim. This is the place for backwoods camping and hardcore hiking. (https://travel.usnews.com/Grand_Canyon_AZ/

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#8 San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It's known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. The Financial District's Transamerica Pyramid is its most distinctive skyscraper. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison.

Fisherman’s Wharf features souvenir shops, seafood and a colony of sea lions. Russian Hill is home to Lombard Street, made up of 8 sharp, steep downhill turns. Sprawling green spaces include the Presidio, a onetime military base-turned-national park. Golden Gate Park has fine-arts on display at the de Young Museum, plus natural history exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences. The Castro neighborhood is a historic hub of gay culture, while Chinatown is the oldest community of its kind in North America. The gritty, artistic Mission District hosts taquerias alongside colorful murals. (https://www.google.com/destination?q=san+francisco&site=search&output=search&dest_mid=/m/0d6lp&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSptLNwvjWAhWJ1IMKHZ-PAMMQri4I3AEwGA)

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#9 Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yellowstone National Park's 2 million acres are home to an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks and abundant wildlife, as well as the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features. The iconic spots—Old Faithful, Lower Falls and Yellowstone Lake—may be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling, enthralling experience that visitors can enjoy year-round. https://www.travelwyoming.com/national-parks-and-monuments/yellowstone

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#10 Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood beckons to tourists who long for a brush with Tinseltown glamor. Tour movie studios, slip your hands into the famous prints at the TCL Chinese Theatre, or indulge in a celeb sighting at one of LA’s white-hot nightspots. Spot your favorite star while shopping at The Grove, or forget all about the famous eye candy as you take in the iconic artwork at The Getty Center. For a different type of stargazing, peek through the telescopes at the Griffith Observatory. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32655-Los_Angeles_California-Vacations.html

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#11 Sedona, AZ

Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot.

Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.

Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms, Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts.

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#12 Seattle, WA

In Seattle you simply can’t skip the Central Public Library – a modern architectural marvel of glass grids, unusual shapes, and a “book spiral” that climbs four stories. Stroll over to Pike Place Market to visit the original Starbucks and play catch with a fishmonger. In the heart of the city lies Chihuly Garden and Glass, which will dazzle you with its colorful and delicate works. Glide to the top of the Space Needle for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound.

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#13 Denali National Park, AK

Denali National Park and Preserve is Alaska's most-visited attraction for a reason: the most accessible of Alaska's national parks and one of only three connected to the state's highway system, the 6-million-acre wilderness offers views of mountains so big they seem like a wall on the horizon; endless wildlife, from cinnamon-color Toklat grizzlies to herds of caribou, to moose with antlers the size of coffee tables; glaciers with forests growing on them; autumn tundra the color of a kid's breakfast cereal. Denali is a chance for a visitor to have the wildlife and scenic experience that Yellowstone offered 50 years ago, but Denali has ever so much more as well.

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