The Great American Bucket List

America the beautiful really  lives up to its name! With so many places to see and things to do it was hard to curate this list! So I’m sure in time we will most definitely be adding to it and expanding to the more obscure and delightful.

The Great American Bucket List

However…. Today I give to you my friends, the GREAT American Bucket List!

Here are my top 10 picks of things you’ve got to see before you kick the bucket in the good old US of A!

1. The Statue of Liberty – New York, New York

Take a Snapshot of Lady Liberty herself and relish in all that she stands for! To many she is a great symbol of freedom, to others she is simply a beautiful statue, but however you perceive her, she is a must see!


2. The Grand Canyon – Arizona / Nevada

No American bucket list would be complete without one of mother natures greatest wonders. Words really don’t express its beauty. If you’re up for an adventure, check out another great American bucket list idea: Rafting the Grand Canyon.

3. Mount Rushmore – South Dakota

Say hello to George, Theodore, Abe and Jefferson in one of America’s National Park! The gigantic monument is truly a sight to see!


4. Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco

The keeper of the bay city, the Golden Gate Bridge is a fantastic feat of engineering! Rent a bike an cruse across the bridge to see some fantastic views, and spend some time in the clouds.

5. Ride the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier

Possibly one of the most iconic piers in the world, the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier has appeared in countless movies and tv shows celebrating California’s pristine coast!

6. Take a Road Trip Down Route 66

Spanning from Illinois to the California coast, the iconic Route 66 is one of the worlds most infamous road trips in the USA. See all the priceless (and wonderfully kitschy) attractions along the way.

7. Climb the Stairway to Heaven – Oahu, Hawaii

The name says it all! To start with, you’ll be in gorgeous Hawaii. Secondly, the view from the top of the hike is unlike any other in America. The crystal clear waters and tropical forests surroundings will make you feel like you are in paradise.

8. Visit the French Quarters in New Orleans

Who Dat nation centers around the area of the city! Bonus, try to visit during Mardi Gras and cross off going to one of the most famous festivals at the same time!

9. Say Hello to Barack Obama at the White House

Well the President may be a little busy, but at least you can send him a little wave from behind the gates of the White House.

10. Take a Picture of Your Reflection in the Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park

Finally, Chicago’s an amazing city and one of the coolest sculptures in the Bean!

It was so hard to choose only 10 of our favourites activities so let us know what else you think should be on the Great American Bucket List!

Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing or Check out Sara's bucket list here