Family Bucket List-USA

Our family bucket list for USA travel includes national parks, giant trees, waterfalls, beaches, glaciers, volcanoes, massive sculptures, and a couple of iconic cities!

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Does anybody else have the itch to travel even more than usual since our options have become so limited with the Covid-19 pandemic? Being an immuno-compromised travel-lover, I really get discouraged sometimes when I start to think about when I’ll be able to go see some new places. I have to remember that it won’t be this way forever, though, so I decided to make a family bucket list of places we plan to visit someday. I thought a good ole USA road trip would be a great place to start, since that is probably the most feasible travel choice for us in the foreseeable future!

However, when we started talking about our family bucket list for a USA road trip, it quickly became too long for a single blog post! There are so many amazing places to see, and, of course, we want to see them all! I think this will probably turn into a series, but for now, I’ll just share the top 10 places in the USA that my family can’t wait to visit! I can’t call it a road trip, because you can’t get to Hawaii in an RV.

Keep in mind that we’ve already been to a few places, like Washington D.C. and Disney World, that would certainly be on this list if we hadn’t visited already.

So, in no particular order, here is our Family Bucket List-USA:

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

I went to the Grand Canyon a couple of times as a kid, but no one else in my family has been. I really believe it’s a natural wonder that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. What a magnificent sight!

Of course, the ultimate Grand Canyon trip would include camping, hiking, and a river trip. I honestly don’t know if I’d be physically capable of any of that in such rugged terrain at this point in my life, but what an adventure that would be!

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Giant Sequoia Trees

national redwood forest
Calaveras Big Trees State Park

I just really can’t imagine what it must be like to see these ancient giants in real life. Oh, the stories they could tell! I’d certainly like to sit and have a chat with General Sherman. “Excuse me, General. How does it feel to be the largest living organism on the planet?”

I think I could handle one of the shorter hikes under the soaring canopy of the Giant Sequoias, so I’m all in for that!

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

And while we’re in California, we can’t miss Yosemite National Park! One of the tallest waterfalls in the world, granite that looks like it’s on fire at sunset, and rainbows at night…not missing that!

Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Islands
Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Oh, Hawaii…wouldn’t that be a dream right now? Close your eyes and go there for just a minute. Can you feel the sand under your feet and the waves lapping up against your toes? Do you hear the sound of a ukulele welcoming you to the evening’s luau under the stars? Go ahead…get up and try a little hula dancing!

Of course, we couldn’t miss out on a little adventure while we’re in Hawaii, so we’ll have to trek through a rainforest, hike up a volcano, and take a surfing lesson, too. Well, maybe just sitting on a surfboard for me. Since the whole brain tumor/surgery incident, I’m quite sure I don’t have enough balance for actual surfing.

The Road to Hana is another must-do on our list. I’m thinking a bus tour might be the best choice for us. That way Henry can go ahead and enjoy all of the sights without me freaking out about him not watching the road! And the Pearl Harbor Memorial…there’s no way we would go to Hawaii and not spend a little time there. We are homeschoolers after all!


Cruise Ship in Glacier Bay

So, ultimate Alaska dream…a Disney Alaska cruise! How could you beat combining the magic of Alaska with the magic of Disney? I mean…c’mon. I know Alaska has plenty to offer on its own, and we definitely wouldn’t complain about any means by which we could experience it. We just think a Disney Alaska cruise would be really, really cool! Hey Disney…hint, hint 😉

Yellowstone National Park