No Passport Needed for These 6 Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List
Many people have their own bucket list of things they want to experience before they die. Along with activities to experience, there should also be places to experience.
Traveling to see different places of the country you live in can be so amazing. They say “Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”
Here are some destinations to add to your bucket list.
1) San Francisco, California
Visit San Fran during the fall (October/November) because that is when they have their warm summer weather. They call Chicago “the windy city,” but this is right up there with it! Besides the wind, San Francisco is an amazing city with so many activities to do.
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge alone is enough reason to travel there. You can actually walk or bike across the bridge. You can also visit famous houses like the “Full House” townhouse, the “Mrs. Doubtfire” house, and the “Party of Five” house.
There are other sites to see as well like the famous Painted Ladies colorful townhouses. You can also take a trip to the Fisherman’s Wharf by the bay, and take a boat ride over to Alcatraz and learn the history behind the former prison.
2) New York City, New York
Visit NYC during the holidays; although it is very cold in the winter there, the decorations around the city are so worth freezing your butt off for. There are so many decorations to see like the famous giant Christmas tree New York lights up every year. There is also the Macy’s windows; every year Macy’s decorates each of their shopping windows in a different Christmas or winter theme.
The decorations aren’t all there is to see in the city of dreams: there is also the Empire State building that you can go to the top of, the memorial of the World Trade Center, Times Square and of course the Statue of Liberty. If you just can’t stand the cold any longer, you can take a break inside a warm theater and watch a Broadway show.
3) Washington, D.C.
Visit D.C. during the spring because that is when the cherry blossoms bloom. Every spring between late March and early April the nation’s capital goes pink. All around the city the beautiful cherry blossoms are brightening up the view for tourists that come from all over the world.
The cherry trees or “Sakuras” were given to the Unites States as a gift from the Japanese in 1910. However, the U.S. discovered they were infected with diseases and destroyed them, so Japan insisted to send more trees in late 1912 and they were planted in Washington. The trees are planted around the Tidal Basin looking in sight of the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. They are also planted along the Potomac River close to the Tidal Basin.
There are also many other historic attractions in D.C. like the National Mall, the Capital, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and several museums that are all within walking distance of each other.
4) Hollywood, Florida
Visit during the spring because it is Florida, and Florida is hot and even hotter in the summer time. The special thing about Hollywood Beach is that the water is so blue it looks like you’re in the Caribbean, and it is not as crowded as Miami. You can walk or ride along the boardwalk of Hollywood, Florida, with a perfect view of the teal ocean.
5) Nashville, Tennessee
Visit the home of country music during the spring or fall to avoid the very hot summers and cold winters. A big attraction in Nashville is the Grand Ole Opry House, the arena where the biggest and most legendary country artists have performed. Nashville also has its own Walk of Fame with names like Elvis Presley and Rascal Flatts.
There is Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in downtown Nashville where you can experience the history of country music. Broadway Street is another big tourist attraction with many bars where you can hear live country music from mostly local performers trying to make it big.
6) Los Angeles, California
Visit the city of angels in the spring or summer because the weather is pretty much sunny and 75 every day. Within Los Angles are popular towns such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Malibu. There are so many free things to do and see in L.A.
To start with, you can hike up to the historical Hollywood Sign and even get a view from behind the sign, like the picture above. Also in Hollywood, the Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese and Kodak Theater. There are many studio tours you can take as well, like the Warner Brother’s tour that lets you take a trip inside the former set of the television show “Friends.”
You can even spend the day being a part of a live television audience. Shows like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel: Live,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly” all tape in front of a live studio audience that you could be a part of for free. You can also spend the day in Beverly Hills checking out all the high-end stores and restaurants on Rodeo Drive where the most famous celebrities shop and dine; walking around Beverly Hills you are very likely to spot a celeb out and about.
There are also famous beaches in Los Angeles like Venice and Malibu. Venice Beach has a boardwalk with many small shops, and there is just about every type of person you can imagine there. Malibu is more of a secluded area where many celebrities have homes with an ocean view. This city is something you should experience at least once in your life. Who knows, you may even meet your favorite celebrity!
Good luck crossing these destinations off your bucket list and happy traveling.