My Travel Bucket List


My Travel Bucket List


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?

4 thoughts on “My Travel Bucket List

  1. Just reading your list makes me want to go off and make one of my own! I’d love to visit the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone one day, but living on the other side of the Atlantic makes those plans a little more like long-term goals! I spent six weeks travelling around Canada and the US last summer, my favourite places were Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, alongside the (very long) day trip my boyfriend and I took to Yosemite from San Francisco. And which Harry Potter fan doesn’t dream of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – I’d love to go, especially having got a flavour for it from the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London!

  2. Man. You need to take that trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you go in the winter, it’s (relatively) cheap. We got two days in both parks (because Harry Potter world is split between two theme parks and you have to buy tickets for both–grrrrrr!) and four days/three nights in a hotel with meals and shuttle rides to the park for like $900 for two people. It’s still crazy expensive, but it was totally worth it. And the park was definitely not as crowded as it is in the summer.

    1. I am crossing my fingers that we will get to go there this winter. I have a work trip to Orlando in February, and I am thinking I will try to extend my stay and fly my husband in so we can experience it.

  3. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly amazing! I, unfortunately, had not read any of the books or seen the movies when I visited, so, although I appreciated the amazing design, I did not have the same appreciation I would now after seeing movies and reading a few books. I hope to visit again soon! This is a great list! I have yet to visit the Grand Canyon, Glacier Park, or Mackinac Island; I bet they would be beautiful! I am from New England so I just love it so much; I bet you would too. If you do visit, I highly recommend visiting the White Mountain Region in New Hampshire. There is the town of North Conway which boasts such fun for everyone. The tourist area encompasses a few other very small, neighboring towns but they have some great tourist attractions, great local restaurants, and some wonderful rivers and trails for swimming and hiking! It truly is one of my favorite places!

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