America is one of those countries that you must visit at least once in your life. But because it is so large, it will probably take you a couple of trips in order to see a substantial part of it.
In this post, I will show you some (yes some, definitely not all) of the national parks, cities, and monuments that you should try to visit. Keep in mind that America is very large and that there is no way I can add every single cool spot 🙂 This post would be 10.000 plus words, and it would take me months and months to write. So again, I have selected some of the amazing highlights that I think are a must-see.
Sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy these amazing spots in my great American bucket list!
ALASKA | THE STATE OF ALASKA
Pretty much this whole state is a must-see. It is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It’s known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains, and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking.
Massive Denali National Park is home to Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak. And outdoors persons paradise.
ANTELOPE CANYON | ARIZONA
A photographers paradise! The Antelope Canyon in Arizona in the American Southwest is a is a slot canyon, which is a narrow gorge formed by water rushing through rock.
The only way to see Antelope Canyon is to use local authorized tour operators. I have seen video’s where there are literally hundreds of people trying to take the same cool shot, but if you like photography like me, then this is a canyon you should photograph.
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK | UTAH
This national park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets. A stunner of a park that should be seen at least once!
BRUCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK | UTAH
Bryce Canyon is not a single canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters or bowls, carved into the edge of a high plateau. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheater, which is filled with irregularly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK | ARIZONA
I think pretty much everyone in the world has heard of the Grand Canyon. This canyons unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide, and a mile (1.6 km) deep.
Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size and stunning and rough exterior.
HORSESHOE BEND | ARIZONA
Horseshoe Bend is the intimate Grand Canyon experience (although technically located in Glen Canyon.) The trail head to this 3/4 mile hike is located just outside of Page, Arizona. It overlooks one of the most spectacular views on the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam, and 7 miles north of mile zero of the Grand Canyon.
LA VEGAS | NEVADA
Reason: You just go to play the sloths once… What if you win!@!
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL PARK | SOUTH DAKOTA
I have seen many bucket list and post as research for this bucket list. And most people said they did not want to check out Mount Rushmore National Park. Which I don’t understand. Just look at the picture! How amazing!
Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the USA! From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today.
NA PALU COAST STATE PARK | HAWAII
Nā Pali Coast State Park is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful places on earth, and most people probably have to agree with this claim. Hight green mountain tops, steep clips, sea caves, and breathtakingly beautiful valley to make your heart sing with happiness.
An amazing way to see this stunning coastline is by a helicopter tour! How cool would that be!
NEW YORK CITY | NEW YORK
I could not have written a decent American Bucket list without adding New York City. A dream city for millions of travelers (Including myself) I am sure you know that the big apple that a lot to offer and a big part of what makes New York so great is its atmosphere, Times Square, The 9/11 Memorial, Central Park and so so so much more.
NIAGARA FALLS | NEW YORK
Niagara Falls is a city on the Niagara River, in New York State. It’s known for the vast Niagara Falls, which straddle the Canadian border.
There are three absolutely magnificent falls, two American and one Canadian, mark the point at which the Niagara River rumbles over the Niagara Escarpment.
ROUTE 66 | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS TO SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
Who has not heard of this infamous stretch of road? I am certain most people have. The road is a symbol of a changing America. Known as “America’s Highway” during its heyday, Route 66 was driven by millions of drivers between Illinois and California.
Route 66 can be completed in about two weeks. Ideally, however, you should spend a whole month on the road. In two weeks, you will only visit the most popular sites and major cities, necessarily connecting over Interstate highways to avoid busy downtown’s and keep up your travelling speed.
SAN FRANCISCO | CALIFORNIA
San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. From the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz and the world famous ‘Full House’ house, this city has it all.
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK | CALIFORNIA
Land of the giants – Sequoia National Park is home to the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world. A truly spectacular park to wander through and become one with nature.
WASHINGTON | D.C
A city filled with beautiful neoclassical monuments and memorials including the Washington Monument, the White House and the Supreme Court. It’s also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
ZION NATIONAL PARK | UTAH
Zion is the most visited National Park in Utah, and one of the most popular parks in the nation. And there’s a good reason for its immense popularity. Massive pine trees dot the landscape in clusters and towering red rock cliffs rise on either side of the canyon. Carving through the center is the clear Virgin River. It’s breathtaking.
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