Visiting the United States of America is a dream for many. Not only tourists, but people across the world have varied reasons to visit the country of opportunities. Currently, one of the global superpowers, the USA, is also called a cultural hotchpotch as people across the world, from different cultures and ethnicities, have moved to the country and contributed to building it from scratch.
This country is undoubtedly full of opportunities, dreams and glamour. But it too has some of nature’s rarest marvels. The elegance of this country lies in the stunning natural and man-made phenomenons that it is home to. There is an endless number of experiences to have in the US that can enrich your body, mind and soul.
While there are tons of experiences to be had in the States, here’s a list of 21 Bucket List Experiences that you must definitely have in the USA.
Get drenched in Niagara
World’s most powerful and largest waterfall is a phenomenal natural wonder. You can feel its presence even from a mile away. A boat ride to the base of horseshoe falls will make you wonder about the power that mother nature holds. Some agencies take you on a full tour around Niagara.
Visit the different National Parks
Touring around the USA is incomplete without a visit to at least one of the amazing National Parks that they have. With over 60 national parks in the country, you will not miss the natural diversity, history and wonders that reside in America. Some of the most popular parks including Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park are also some of Best National Parks in the USA for for Adventure and Nature Lovers.
Spend a night in Las Vegas
In several movies and TV shows, Vegas has been shown as a city of casinos and late-night parties. Often called the entertainment capital of the world, one must consider spending one night in Vegas as there’s no experience like it. Check out the incredible shows, rooftop pools, clubs, pubs, the wedding chapels or just simply walk down the well-lit streets in the middle of the night soaking in the passion that the city has to offer.
How can one leave out New York from a list of USA bucket list experiences! Apart from the classic New York skyline, the “must-visits” include- Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building. Don’t miss out on the classic New York Pizza though.
A romantic evening in the Northeastern fall foliage is perfect if you are travelling with your partner especially during October. Experience the greenery, farmlands and mountains starting from Massachusetts, then through Vermont, New Hampshire and finish up in gorgeous Maine, which is one of the Most Colourful Destinations in the USA.
Wine Tasting in California
Good news for all the wine lovers; the vineyards of California are a perfect stop for all you wine fans. Napa Valley in this area has some exotic wineries to make you a wine aficionado in no time.
Visit the Statue of Liberty
One of the iconic and most recognizable monuments in America is the Statue of Liberty. This is the first thing shown in movies and TV shows when depicting the USA. You can opt for a cruise in the lake to get a proper view of the statue.
Witness the American Sports
America is a crazy place for sports lovers. The huge stadiums with loud cheers and a bucket of popcorn can easily boost your mood. Book tickets for Basketball, Baseball or Football- you can always enjoy a live match of your preference.
DON’T miss the Themes Parks
For all amusement park lovers, America is your place. The best of the amusement parks from Disneyland to Universal Studios’ Harry Potter World, you will become a child again.
Drive through Pacific Coast Highway
America has some amazing routes for long drives. Hit the roads with a pristine view of the Pacific. This 1000 kilometres long driveway from Southern California to San Francisco, which also happens to be one of the Best Road trips in the World, will bless your eyes with nature’s stunning visuals.
Listen to live Jazz
As the motherland of jazz, New Orleans is a must-stop for all music enthusiasts. There are many jazz and blues clubs around the city where you can listen to your favourite music live with a glass of beer and make friends with like-minded people.
Hot in Hawaii
The paradise island is the 50th state of the USA. It’s a must-visit for nature lovers, surfers, history enthusiasts and foodies. This island state currently has 5 active volcanoes in it. Do not hesitate to have a look at the boiling hot lava up close. Other than that, spot the sea turtles on the black beach, tunnel of trees, learn surfing or natural farming during your visit.
Another wonder that is less talked about while talking about America is Alaska. This state has some of nature’s rarest wonders. Never travelled to Iceland to see the northern lights, Alaska has it for you. Explore the natural world, wildlife in the wonderful national park.
Iconic Route 66
A classic American experience to have in the USA is to drive through this iconic route. Crossing through 8 states, this iconic route is a symbol of the American Dream. From Chicago to Santa Monica, throughout the drive, you will see classic American motels, petrol pumps and roadside diners. There’s also a Route 66 museum if you are interested.
Grand Canyon in Arizona
The greatest canyon by the Colorado River, The Grand Canyon National Park is a wonder in itself. Riding through the Colorado River in a water raft will allow you to take in the breathtaking view slowly and steadily.
Georgia’s Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island
Driftwood Beach has been in the top ten most Romantic places in the world list for a decade now. The driftwood lining on the white sand shore adds to the serenity of the beach. For Instagrammable photos, spending a romantic evening with your partner, or spending some alone time with yourself- Driftwood beach will present your solitude.
Grab a Peanut butter and Banana sandwich in Graceland
This is one iconic cultural phenomenon that one can experience in America. The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley’s Graceland is the temple of his fans across the globe. Every year thousands of devotees(fans) flood the place to have his favourite meal, Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.
The capital of America is again one of the finest cities to visit in your lifetime. The white house is of course the main attraction of the city. Clicking a photo outside the president’s abode has become a mandatory ritual among tourists. Other than that the Washington Monument is another prime location for you to visit. The city’s filled with parks and museums, art galleries- enough to stimulate your mind and keep you wondering all day.
A show that is not for the faint-hearted is an annual week-long festival held in Nevada, where people from across the country come together to celebrate the ideals of decommodification, sexual liberalisation, participation and civic responsibility. The name comes from the ritual of burning an effigy on a penultimate night. A night of light and victory- has to be on your bucket list.
Love the adrenaline rush of a rollercoaster? This is one such experience that makes even the most courageous step back. This is the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster which has two ninety degrees drops and goes as low as 223 feet.
Admire the Chicago Skyline from the Glassbox at 103rd Floor
There are several sky rise buildings in Chicago. The Willis Tower in Chicago offers you a bird’s eye view from its 103rd floor. You will get to stand outside the ledge in a complete glass box. Not bad for a random spine chilling experience, isn’t it?
These were the 21 unique bucket list experiences that you need to get in the USA. America is a dramatically big country. From the chilliest of regions like Alaska to deserts like Arizona, the country has all the shades of nature, sometimes a few rarest ones.
Any travel itinerary can never be enough to experience the country entirely. The diverse country has a diverse range of things to offer. But you will surely find things that you like or prefer.