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My Ever Growing Bucket List: United States

While I love Europe (and hope to maybe live there one day), there are so many places right here in America I want to see as well. Sometimes I forget how big the United States is, I mean for the Ryder Cup in golf… it’s one country vs. an entire continent (and don’t get me started on the Presidents Cup)! So time to put your passport away and let’s road trip across this beautiful country!       
1 | Monument Valley, Utah

When I think “The Great American Road Trip”, the first image I think of is Monument Valley. Maybe I’ve seen the movie Cars one too many times with my son, but there’s something about the wide open spaces and the unique red stone structures scattered throughout the valley. Utah is also home to Zion National Park which is a state park I would love to visit one day.  
Click here for my Monument Valley post! 
2 | Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona are these amazing slot canyons. They are so picturesque that it would be a crime not to see them with my own eyes! Antelope Canyon includes two separate sections, both equally photogenic.   
Click here for my Antelope Canyon post! 
3 | Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Also near Page, Arizona (two for one!) is Horseshoe Bend, a meander of the Colorado River. It is a short 3/4 mile hike from US Route 89 to the steep cliff overlook (it’s a 1,000 feet drop to the river below). That’s a pretty short hike to see some wicked views of the Colorado River.   
Click here for my Horseshoe Bend post! 
4 | Yosemite National Park, California
El Capitan, My Captain! One of my coworkers recently went to a wedding at Yosemite and all the pictures he showed me from that weekend were breathtaking! Not only is Yosemite easy on the eyes, but it has everything from fishing and rock climbing to horseback riding and bird watching.  
5 | Hamilton Pool, Texas

Goal: Crossing this off my bucket list this summer! Honestly I have no excuse, Hamilton Pool is only about a 2.5 hour drive from my house and about 45 minutes from Austin (which we go to at least twice a summer). Jacob’s Well in nearby Wimberley, Texas is also a great swimming hole in Texas. 
6 | Savannah, Georgia

The quintessential Southern town, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia. The history and architecture alone attracts me to this southern gem. And who doesn’t love Spanish moss on 100+ year old trees?
7 | Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
This beautiful gorge is located 40 minutes east of Portland, Oregon and is in the Columbia River Gorge. The hike to get there is little over a mile and features moss covered walls and waterfalls! Insert fairy tale here. Expect to get wet cause the creek is your trail and can get somewhat deep at some points (see the above picture)!   
8 | Watkins Glen State Park, New York
I don’t know much about this state park except for the incredible pictures floating around like the one above. It’s like something out of a Peter Jackson movie. It is located about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Syracuse and Rochester and about 3 hours from Niagara Falls. The next time I’m up east, I’m definitely going to try to make it up there!   
Have you been to any of these places? What is on your USA bucket list? 
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  1. Savannah is amazing! I loved it! But I've never been to any of these other places but they look beautiful!

    I did a post like this semi-recently. Seems like I'm more of a city girl, whereas your list is a lot of nature spots! Love it though!

  2. I went like 6 years ago with my family! We actually did a road trip through Georgia and the Carolinas, and Savannah was our first stop! If I remember correctly, we stayed there about 3 days and were able to get the gist of the city! I would've loved to stay longer, though (but then again, I say that about everywhere I go!)

  3. These places… ALL of 'em – amazing!! Pinning this now for whenever I return to the US!

    By the way, I'm not sure if it's intentional, but the load time on your blog is a bit slow. Maybe try uploading images that match the px width of your page because the full sized images tend to slow things down. πŸ˜€

  4. Thanks for the advice Margo!!! A lot of my posts are image heavy so I definitely want to help with load time for readers. Question: Should I go back and re-size all my past posts or just the recent ones and going forward?

  5. I wouldn't worry about it, just something to think about when moving forward. If you ever switch to WP there's lots of plugins that'll do it automatically for you.

    Have you thought about adding a Pinterest button to your images? I get a lot of traffic from Pinterest, I'd imagine you would too! πŸ™‚

  6. What a great list! I'd love to explore the US more when I eventually settle down back home in Canada. I've only really been to the more northern states that are closer to home. But I've always thought a massive summer road trip would be super fun.

  7. Those are really amazing! I've only been to Yosemite (one of my favorites) but wouldn't mind any of the others. Hopefully when our kids are older we will be able to do a cross-country summer roadtrip of sorts.

    Where in Germany will you be visiting?

  8. Indeed the US has so many beautiful places and considering the fact that they are bigger than Europe it's hard to cover all of them! I would like to see the Grand Canyon and all the other canyons in Arizona one day…but for the time being California awaits!!

  9. I think the US is a fascinating continent! It has so much to offer in the way of nature and natural wonders. A big fat epic road trip – that's where I'd like to be spending my time!

  10. I'm with you, I would love to take a big road trip across America. I wish it wasn't so big! ha It literally takes an hour to just cross Houston (without any traffic)! It just means more road trip games! lol

  11. I'm with you! Our son is getting older now (about to turn 10) and I would love to take him to all these places!

    We will be going to Rothenburg, Munich with day trips to surrounding areas and then heading to Salzburg πŸ™‚

  12. Arizona definitely has a whole lot to see! I went to the Grand Canyon when I was younger, would love to go back and take our son! Have fun in California, can't wait to read/see pictures! Still can't believe you guys are still getting pounded with snow! ahhh lol

  13. Growing up, we would go on road trips all the time. Texas to Grand Canyon, to NYC, Disney… my parents drove us everywhere! lol And it was great, I have so many great memories from it. I'm with you, an epic road trip sounds awesome right about now! πŸ™‚

  14. Great list! I can tell you enjoy the great outdoors. πŸ˜‰ There is sooo much to do in the US it is overwhelming.

    p.s. Our trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland was last Spring and it was the PERFECT time! You guys are going to have sooo much fun. πŸ™‚

  15. I'm in!! πŸ˜‰ So many beautiful places, I'm sure you'll see them all!! My bucket list includes Maine, I really want to go there!!

  16. My list would be: New York, Florida Keys, the Hollywood sign in Beverly Hills, the Rocky statue in Philadelphia, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, super touristy I know!

  17. Ohh, sounds nice. I really want to go to Rothenburg with my parents this summer, though I don't know if it's feasible with the logistics of a newborn. Either way, hoping to get there soon. It looks so beautiful. Sounds like you will have a great trip

  18. Gosh, it must've been like 6 years ago that I went? I definitely think there's enough to do there for a weekend trip. When I went, I was on a road trip and Savannah was our first stop before hitting the Carolinas!

  19. This is a great list – I am totally bookmarking this for inspiration! I feel the same way – I have traveled a lot of Europe, and am now really looking forward to exploring more of the US. It is so true that the US is pretty huge, with so much diversity!

    Have you been to the Bryce Canyon National Park? I went years ago, and it is very cool! Maybe another to add to the list along with your Utah sights πŸ™‚

  20. I never been to Bryce Canyon National Park but the pictures are amazing! Definitely adding it to my list! Utah is such a pretty state! I wish traveling around the US is as easy as traveling around Europe. I would knock off one of these places once a month if that was the case lol.

  21. My brother and his wife were stationed in Charleston for a year and I'm kicking myself for not visiting them when they were there! Maybe I'll hit up both cities at the same time, the ultimate Southern Weekend πŸ™‚

  22. I was beginning to think you had only western US destinations on there! For me, the very short list (its really long) for the US is all the rest of the national parks I haven't been to yet + Savannah, Charleston, the Outer Banks, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, and Philly.

  23. I was thinking the same thing! Guess I'm into the Wild West lol, I just love how it all seems "untouched". Good to know about Antelope Canyon! I'm going to search your blog now, don't be surprised if I comment on a 2 year old post lol.

  24. I have a lot of these on my US wishlist too! It's sad that my own home country is the one I've seen least of. And Arizona is just right next door too. I've never even been to New York! And I want to go to Savannah and the south in general too.

  25. I hear ya… sometimes you forget what's right in front of you! When we go on vacation, we are always looking to go overseas but I really want to try to see some of these amazing places here in the States in the future!

  26. Awesome list Christine!

    Antelope Canyon was amazing in person, as was Horseshoe Bend. Well worth the visit. My guide was super helpful and helped me with my camera settings. I got some of the most amazing shots there. Beautiful place.


  27. Nothing against the Eastern US, but I'm like you, there's so much untouched to see out there. I haven't been to Antelope Canyon, but a local photographer I know went, which is how I found out. Btw, there's travel posts in the archives going back to 2009 for a chunk of the western US (well, OK, TX, CO, NM, MT, and WY mainly + a little from a few others) if you need some inspiration πŸ™‚

  28. I remember seeing a picture of Horseshoe Bend on your Travel page and thought, I so want to go there! I definitely want to make it out to Arizona in the near future and hit up all those beautiful places. You're my go-to for advice before we go! πŸ™‚

  29. I've done Monument Valley & Horseshoe Bend – and can't believe I missed Antelope Canyon whilst I was there!! (I could probably be forgiven, I was on my very first adventure and had taken an organised tour (Trek America) so I place the blame for missing this squarely at their feet! πŸ˜‰ Everywhere just looks amazing – Yosemite is definitely on my list, but it may be a while before I'm over in your part of the world again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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