Ultimate US Bucket List

Welcome to Go City’s Ultimate USA Bucket List. Here you’ll find ideas for landmarks, attractions, and activities that you just have to see, visit, and do in the US. Whether you’re from the US and want to go on vacation in another state, or you’re an international visitor, there is plenty on the list to inspire your next trip.

See famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty up close or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, take part in all-American activities like toasting s’mores around a campfire or celebrating a sports game at a tailgate.

Wherever you choose to go and no matter your interest, this guide has ideas to help you make the most of your US vacation.

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Ultimate Bucket List 1-10

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Empire State Building: See the sights of New York from one of the most famous buildings in the world: The Empire State Building. Check out our guide to visiting the Empire State Building

Grand Canyon: Explore one of the natural wonders of the world on a full-day Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas.

Statue of Liberty: Discover the statue symbolizing American liberty and the history of immigration to the US at Ellis Island. Read our guide to visiting the Statue of Liberty before you go.

Golden Gate Bridge: Walk across the famous ‘International Orange’ bridge that has become synonymous with San Francisco, or the ‘Golden Gate City.’

Pearl Harbor Memorial: Learn about the history and significance of Pearl Harbor in Oahu.

Hollywood Sign: Celebrate the USA’s movie industry with a visit to the Hollywood Sign. Cameras at the ready!

Hoover Dam: Explore ‘the greatest dam ever built’ and learn all about this feat of engineering on a Hoover Dam tour.

The Freedom Trail: Walk the Freedom Trail and discover Boston’s rich history.

The White House: See the building that has been home to US presidents since 1800.

The Liberty Bell: Visit the famous bell that has long symbolized American Independence.

Ultimate Bucket List 11-20

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Baseball game: Enjoy America’s favorite past-time by attending a baseball game.

Independence Hall: See where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed.

Mount Rushmore: Take a photo with the stone casts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

The Alamo: Explore the sight of the famous Alamo battle, which played a crucial role in the Texas Revolution.

Have s’mores around a campfire: Enjoy a classic American treat while sitting around a campfire with friends and family.

Football game: Attend a football game and cheer for your favorite team.

Tailgating: Celebrate a sports game with your friends, your favorite food, and other fans at a tailgate.

Wild night out in Vegas: Party like a rockstar in Sin City. Remember – what happens in Vegas…

Theme park: Enjoy a day at one of the USA’s many theme parks, from Disney, Universal, Six Flags, and more!

Road trip in a convertible: Visit your neighboring states with a road trip in a convertible.

Ultimate Bucket List 21-30

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Visit a National Park: Appreciate the US’s natural beauty at a National Park. Try an outdoor activity like camping or hiking.

Yosemite: Be awestruck at the sheer size of the cliff faces, glaciers, and giant sequoia trees.

Whale watching: See the beautiful sea creatures up close on a whale watching tour.

The National Mall: Walk along this historic mall in Washington DC. Take in the views of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. 

National 9/11 Memorial Museum: Reflect on the tragic event that took place on the 11th of September 2001 and remember those who died at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Alcatraz: Visit ‘the Rock’ and learn about Alcatraz’s infamous inmates and their escape attempts.

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial: Visit the memorial inspired by his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

Mount Vernon: Explore George Washington’s Virginia home at Mount Vernon.

Lincoln Memorial: See the memorial dedicated to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. 

Surf on the west coast: Experience the SoCal lifestyle and surf in the Pacific ocean.

Ultimate Bucket List 31-40

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Santa Monica Pier: Enjoy the Pacific Park amusement park on Santa Monica Pier

The Space Needle Washington: See the sights from one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks.

Times Square: Experience the energy of New York City by exploring Times Square.

See a Broadway show: See a play or musical on the iconic Broadway in New York City.

The Chicago Bean: Take a picture with the ‘Cloud Gate’, more commonly known as the Bean.

Lake Tahoe: Enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, kayaking, and more at Lake Tahoe.

Go to a luau: Celebrate a key event with the traditional Hawaiian luau. Wear your leis and enjoy tasty Hawaiian food and entertainment.

Take a staycation: Discover the best sights and attractions in your hometown that you might usually overlook!

The Everglades: Tour the Everglades to see some of Florida’s alligators in their natural habitat.

Art Deco architecture: Appreciate Miami’s art deco architecture and learn all about the beautiful buildings.

Ultimate Bucket List 41-50

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Thanksgiving Day: Attend a Thanksgiving Day parade to celebrate the US national holiday.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Visit the USA’s most visited art gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.

One World Trade Center: See the sights from the observation deck of the tallest US building.

Learn about the American flag: Explore the site where the first American Flag was made at the Betsy Ross House.

Discover Salem: Learn all about the history of the witches at the Salem Witch Museum.

See a Las Vegas show: Whether it’s a comedy, concert, or variety show, check out the entertainment Las Vegas has to offer.

French Quarter: Explore the beautiful and historic French Quarter in New Orleans.

Grand Prismatic Spring: See the striking Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming. Did you know that it’s the largest hot spring in the US?

Redwood National Park: Gaze up at the tallest tree in the world at Redwood National Park. The tallest tree is 379 feet tall!

Northern lights: Head to Alaska for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the surreal northern lights.

In summary

So there you go, 50 ideas to make up your ultimate US bucket list. Consider adding a few of these to your itinerary for a memorable vacation.

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