Thursday, 24 April 2014

My Big 50 in the USA

I’ve always been fascinated with the land across the pond, it’s enormity for a start- and that doesn’t just stop at the size of the country. I have toyed with ideas of travelling around the United States for years. Thought about doing a Trek America tour, but the cost is wayyy too high for a poor bar wench like myself, and most of the trips I’m interested in are camping- and I don’t camp. So I figure, with 50 States, I could easily come up with a list of 50 things I want to do, see, eat, experience in America. Some are downright tacky, some are awesome and cool, I don’t care either way; this is my list:

San Francisco


Golden Gate Bridge

1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
2. Visit Alcatraz, San Francisco
3. Volunteer at the Rooftop Concerts Series in Utah
4. Hike in Bryce Canyon, Utah
5. Hike the Y, in Provo Utah
6. Go to Monument Valley, Utah
7. Go to Coachella, California
8. Go to SXSW, Texas
9. Visit Austin, Texas
10. Ride a paddle steamer along the Mississippi

Paddlesteamer

11. Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans
12. Cycle across Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
13. Visit Central Park, NYC
14. Dance in the Friends fountain
15. Visit the Empire State’s Building, NYC
16. View NYC from the Staten Island ferry.
17. Pay my respects at the September 11th Memorial
18. Go to Niagara Falls
19. Order a Supersize MacDonald’s meal
20. Visit the Big Sur, California

McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA

21. Check out the country music scene in Nashville
22. …. And the hot wings!
23. Visit Yellowstone National Park
24. Harry Potter World, Orlando
25. Meet Mickey & Minnie at Disney World
26. Visit Times Square
27. Walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame
28. Walk up the Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii
29. Catch a sporting event that is huge in America (American Football, Baseball, Basketball)
30. Visit MoMa

White House

31. Visit the White House, Washington DC
32. Visit the Florida Keys
33. Visit Charleston and Alabama
34. Try biscuits and gravy
35. Hang out at Venice Beach, CA
36. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Philadelphia
37. Visit the Getty Museum, LA
38. Go to the North Pole, Alaska (I have family from there, and I think it is the COOLEST. THING. EVER).
39. And visit the Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
40. Eat lobster in Maine

caribou movement in spring

41. Eat pizza in Chicago
42. Visit Area 51
43. Visit the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Ohio
44. Visit Sweet Auburn, Atlanta, Georgia- the birthplace of Martin Luther King
45. Go to Glacier National Park, Montana
46. Visit Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
47. Soak up the culture in San Antonio, Texas
48. Check out the Space Needle in Seattle
49. Ride along Route 66
50. Visit Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
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Have you visited the USA or are you from America, where are your favourite places?





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7 comments:

  1. What a great list! I always am curious to see what people find interesting about USA. I am glad it is not purely city focused though.

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    1. Ha, no it isn't, some of it is things that friends have told me about who live there (hence the hot wings under Nashville).

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  2. looks like my home state of Idaho was left off :-) PS I highly recommend Zion National Park if you're going to Bryce - they are right next to each other and although similar they are very different.

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    1. I don't know much about Idaho, I'm afraid, Brittany ;)

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  3. I live in the US and I still have so much to see here! I just visited the Pacific Northwest for the first time last fall, to Portland and the coast of Oregon. It's beautiful. I would love to visit the desert regions of Arizona and New Mexico. I have family who just moved to Las Vegas so I'll be heading there soon. New York City is amazing, and so is San Francisco.

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    1. We live in Scotland, but are travelling to the US at the end of August to get married and have our honeymoon. In the run-up to the wedding we'll be in New York City (got engaged there, love it!) and Washington. Then afterwards we'll be in Toronto (I know, I know, it's Canada) then Chicago, Arizona, Las Vegas and San Francisco. I've visited San Fran before but my fiancee hasn't - it'll be awesome to see the Golden Gate Bridge again, as well as visit Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf.

      We'll be driving from Arizona to San Francisco following at least part of Route 66 and driving down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. We're visiting Vegas because, well it seemed rude not to.

      If anyone who sees this can give me advice on the best deals to get for car-hire, I'm all ears :)

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    2. Stephsco- the thing is we never think to explore our own backyard, hey?

      Ian- have a great time, I didn't realise you were getting married in the States! That must be taking a lot of planning. I am definitely looking forward to eventually getting to San Francisco.

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