Lately, I’ve been bit by the travel bug, and I’m getting antsy to take a trip somewhere. Ryan and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage this fall, so we’ve been sharing ideas with each other of places in the United States we’ve always wanted to see. Since our honeymoon, we haven’t taken a big travel trip together, so it’s been fun to brainstorm and dream a little to set some goals for traveling together in the near future. Though my bucket list actually includes sites from around the world, I’ve limited it to the U.S. for this blog post, and even then the list isn’t complete. Here are 5 places on my travel bucket list, in no particular order:
1. New England Tour
Traveling by train through the New England states has been at the top of my list for many years. Maybe it’s my enduring loving for Gilmore Girls or my obsession with lighthouse vistas. Or maybe I was a pilgrim or puritan in a past life (I don’t really believe in past lives, but roll with it). Nevertheless, one day I want to take a tour through New England. I want to see Walden Pond and muse about the simplicity of life like Thoreau. I want to see Harvard. I want to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston. I want to see the fall foliage in Connecticut. I want to stare at the sea from the coasts of Maine. I want to smell the cherry blossoms while I tour the mall in D.C.
2. Grand Canyon
I want to stare at the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon and feel the weight of my smallness in comparison to its enormity. I am not generally afraid of heights, but I want to know if I would feel the fear of falling while standing next to it.
3. Mackinac Island
There is something inviting to me about an island reached only by ferry where cars are restricted and a simpler life is embraced. I want to take a horse drawn carriage tour around Mackinac, or ride a bicycle around town. I want to sit on the porch of the Grand Hotel and look out over Lake Huron while sipping on a steaming cup of coffee.
4. Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This one is less romantic than the others, but I’d really like to experience Harry Potter world. I want to drink a butterbeer and walk through Diagon Alley. So really, I want to spend ridiculous amounts of money for a theme park to offer me the delusion of suspending reality while I imagine myself to be actually in the wizarding world.
5. Glacier National Park
And lastly, I want to hike and camp in Glacier National Park. I just want to stare at its beauty. It seems like one of the most beautiful places on earth, if you’re into clear, cool water and towering, snow-covered mountain peaks surrounded by rich, green forest.
These are just a few of the places on my travel bucket list in the U.S. Some honorable mentions include sites in the Pacific Northwest (like Astoria, Oregon from The Goonies, Portland and Seattle) as well as a tour of the South (New Orleans and Charleston, specifically). What are some places in the United States that you’d love to see?