Our Bucket List

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The world is filled with such variety that is impossible to see it all. We each have to choose what’s important to us -what resonates with our interests. And what is within our reach – financially and physically.

This is our list. Your list will be different.

BOLD  top priority

∏      UNESCO site 
  *       highly recommended!

North America

Canada

X    Visit Montreal – X    Explore the Underground City!

__ Canadian Rockies
     __  Banff National Park, including Moraine Lake

X    Old City of Quebec∏ *

__  See the Northern Lights

U.S.A – Visit all 50 States

__  Alabama

__  Alaska  –  __  Cruise the Inner Passage

X    Arizona

__  Antelope Canyon
X    Sedona

__  Arkansas

X    California

X    Napa and Sonoma wine country
__ San Diego
X    San Francisco *  |  X    Alcatraz
__ Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

X    Colorado

X    Denver
X    Ski Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge

X    Connecticut

X    Hartford, Mark Twain House
X    Mystic, Visit Mystic Village, a recreation of a New England Seaport

X    Delaware

X    District of Columbia – Washington, D.C.

__  Capital Building
__  Holocaust Museum
__  Library of Congress
X     Lincoln Memorial  *
X     Smithsonian Museums *
X     Vietnam Memorial  *
X     Walk the Mall from the Capital to the Lincoln Memorial  *

X    Florida

X    Key West, Hemingway home
X    Orlando, Walt Disney World
X    Sanibel, bike the island with a stop at the Ding Darling Nature Sanctuary.  *
X    Drive Rt. 1, the Oversea Highway, to Key West  

__  Georgia

__  Hawaii

X    Pearl Harbor
X    Polynesian Cultural Center – Luau
X    Swim with Turtles on the North Shore
__  Try Surfing

X    Idaho

X    Illinois

X    Chicago

X    Field Museum  *
X    Art Institute of Chicago
X    Millennium Park
X    Museum of Science and Industry
X    Shedd Aquarium
X    Take the Architectural Boat Tour  *
X    Eat deep dish pizza

            __  Oak Park, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house

X    Indiana

__  Iowa

__  Kansas

X    Kentucky

X    Lexington, horse country
X    Louisville, don’t miss the Louisville Slugger factory!

X    Louisiana

X    New Orleans, LA

X    Party at Mardi Gras
X    Take a Swamp Tour

X    Maine

X    Kennebunkport * Eat New England’s best lobster roll at the Clam Shack

X    Maryland

X    Baltimore, Inner Harbor  *

X    Massachusetts

X    Boston

X    Fenway Park  *
X    Museum of Fine Arts
X    Museum of Science  *
X    New England Aquarium
X    Public Garden and the Common * |  X    Ride the Swan Boats
X    Symphony Hall
X    Walk the Freedom Trail – follow the red brick path
X    Visit the North End, Boston’s Italian neighborhood  *

X    Cambridge, Harvard Square

X    Cape Cod

X    Bike the Rail Trail – 25 miles
X    Visit the National Seashore  *

X    Nantucket  *

X    Lexington and Concord – tour homes of Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau

X    Plymouth, the Rock, the Mayflower II, and Plimoth Plantation

X    Stockbridge, in the Berkshires

X    Norman Rockwell museum
__  Tanglewood, concerts on the lawn

X    Sturbridge Village

X    Run, walk or cheer the Boston Marathon *

X    Michigan

__  Mackinac Island

__  Minnesota

__  Mississippi

__  Natchez

__  Missouri

__  Branson

X    Montana

__  Nebraska

X    Nevada

X    Hoover Dam  *
X    Las Vegas

X    New Hampshire

X    New Jersey

__  New Mexico

X    New York

X    New York City, NY

__ Brooklyn Bridge
X    Central Park  *
__ Cloisters
X    Empire State Building
X    Guggenheim Museum
X    J.P. Morgan library  *
X    Metropolitan Museum of Art  *
X    MOMA – Museum of Modern Art
X    Museum of Natural History
X    Statue of Liberty  *
X    St. Patrick’s Cathedral  *
__ Tenement Museum
X    Times Square
X    Catch a Play on Broadway
X    Bike the Five Boros

X    North Carolina   | X   Outer Banks

__  North Dakota

X    Ohio

__  Oklahoma

__  Oregon

X    Pennsylvania

__  Philadelphia  |  __  Independence Hall

X    Rhode Island

__  Bike Block Island
 X    Newport  *

__  South Carolina

__  Charleston

X    South Dakota

X   Mount Rushmore

X    Tennessee  | X   Gatlinburg

X    Texas

X    Dallas

X    San Antonio

X    Alamo
X    Enjoy a meal on the Riverwalk

X    Utah

X    Salt Lake City

X    Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle
X    Float in the Great Salt Lake

X    Ski Alta, Deer Valley and Park City

X    Vermont

X    Stowe

X    Virginia

__  Montecello
X    Williamsburg
X    Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

__  Washington

__  San Juan Islands
__  Seattle  | __  Pikes Place Market

X    West Virginia

__  Wisconsin

X    Wyoming

X    Jackson Hole

X    Drive Route 66 

X    See the Great Lakes     

__  Raft through the Grand Canyon

__  Take a paddleboat cruise down the Mississippi

 

Visit the U.S. National Parks, in particular

X     Acadia (ME)
X     Arches (UT)
__  Carlsbad Caverns  (NM)
__  Crater Lake  (OR)
X     Death Valley  (CA)
__  Denali  (AK)
X     Everglades (FL) *
__  Glacier (MT)
X     Grand Canyon (AZ) *
X     Grand Teton (WY) *
X     Great Smoky Mountains  (NC)
__  Hawaii Volcanoes  (HI)
X    Mammoth Cave  (KY) *
X    Mesa Verde  (CO) *
__  Mount Rainier (WA)
__  Olympic (WA)
X    Redwood  (CA) *
X    Rocky Mountain (CO) *
X    Shenandoah  (VA)
X    Yellowstone  (WY, MT, ID) *
X    Yosemite  (CA) *

X    Bermuda

Central America and the Caribbean

X    Cruise the Caribbean Sea

X    Aruba

X    Bahamas

X    Belize

X    Belize Barrier Reef
__  Half Moon Caye

__  Costa Rica

__  Arenal Volcano
__  Corcovado National Park
__  Monteverde Cloud Forest

__  Cuba

__  Havana

X    Curacao

–  swim with dolphins

X    Dominica

X–Morne Trois Pitons National Park * ∏ – X    Swim under a waterfall in the Emerald Pool  X    Swim through Titou Gorge, an underground river.

X    Grenada

X    Hondorus

X    Puerto Rico

X    San Juan – historic sites and fabulous food  *
X    Hike in El Yunque National Forest

X    St. Kitts and Nevis

__  St. Lucia

explore the Pitons

X    St. Martin

__  Trinidad & Tobago

visit the Asa Wright Nature Center

X    St. John, BVI

X    St Thomas, USVI – Megans Bay *

South America

__  Amazon River, explore the wilds of the Amazon

__  Argentina

__  Buenos Aires
__  Mendoza wine region

__  Brazil

__  Climb to the statue of Christ the Redeemer
__  Pantanal Conservation Area

__  Ecuador

__  Galapagos Islands

__  Peru

__  Cuzco
__  Machu Picchu

__  Explore Patagonia

Europe

__  Cruise the Rivers and Canals of Europe

X    Austria

X    Salzburg
X    Vienna

X    Belgium

__  Brugge

__  Croatia

X    Dubrovnik

__  Czech Republic

__  Prague

__  Charles Bridge
__  Old Town Square
__  Prague Castle

X    Denmark

__  Copenhagen

X    France

X    Giverny, Monet’s Gardens *
X    French Riviera
__  Mont St. Michel
__  Normandy D-Day Beaches
X    Paris

__  Catacombs
X    Eiffel Tower
X    Louvre *
X    Musee D’Orsay *
X    Notre Dame *
__  Sacre Coeur
X    St. Chapelle *
X    Walk the Banks of the Seine

X    Versailles

__  Tour Champagne country

X    Germany

__  Berlin | __  Brandenburg Gate
__  Cologne, visit Cologne Cathedral
X    Heidelberg *
X    Munich

X    Great Britain

X    London

X    British Museum
X    St. Paul’s Cathedral *
X    Tower of London * 
X    Westminster Abbey
X    Have High Tea in London

X    Stonehenge * 
X    Stratford-on-Avon

X    Greece

X    Athens

X    Acropolis * ∏   |   X    Museum of the Acropolis *

__  Meteora
X    Rhodes * ∏,  the old city   |  X    Acropolis at Lindos *
X    Santorini *

__  Iceland

X    Ireland

X    Dublin, visit Trinity College library
X    Ring of Kerry

X    Italy

__  Capri, and the Blue Grotto

X    Florence

X    Ponte Vecchio
__  The Uffuzi

X    Pompeii

X    Rome * 

 X    Colosseum
__  Pantheon
 X    Trevi Fountain

X    Venice * 

X    Netherlands

X    Amsterdam  

X    Anne Frank House
X    Prinsengracht Canal
__  Van Gogh Museum

__  Poland

__  Auschwitz
__  Wieliczka Salt Mine

X    Portugal

__  Russia

__  Moscow   |  __  St. Basils  |  __  Red Square
__  St. Petersburg  |  __  The Hermitage

__  Scotland

__  Edinburgh, the Royal Mile

X    Spain

__  Alhambra
X    Barcelona  |  __  Sagrada Familia
__  Cordoba
__  Madrid
__  Prado

X    Switzerland

X    Swiss Alps

X    Vatican City

X    St. Peter’s Basilica *
X    Sistine Chapel *
X    Vatican Museum *

X    Wales

Europe/Asia

X    Turkey

__  Cappadocia
X    Ephesus * 
X    Istanbul

X    Blue Mosque *
X    Hagia Sophia *
X    Suleymanye Mosque *
X    Topkapi Palace *
X    Take a ferry on the Bosphorus
X    Visit the Spice Market *(instead of the Grand Bazaar)

Africa

X    Botswana

__  Chobe National Park
__  Kalahari desert
X     Okavango Delta *

X    Egypt

X    Cruise the Nile
X    Abu Simbel *
X    Cairo∏  |  X    Egyptian Museum
X    Giza Plateau
X    Valley of the Kings and Queens *

__  Madagascar

__  Namibia

__  Etosha National Park
__  Kolmanskop – deserted town in the Namib desert
__  Sossusvlei Sand Dunes

X    South Africa

X    Cape Town *

__  Kirstenbosch Gardens
X    Table Mountain *
__  Robben Island

X    Kruger National Park * (including private reserves)
X    Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine country

__   Tanzania

__  Kilimanjaro
__  Ngorongoro Conservation Area
__  Serengeti

X    Zambia

X    Victoria Falls

X    Zimbabwe

X    Victoria Falls

Asia

__  Cambodia

__  Angkor Wat

__  China

__  Beijing
__  Forbidden City
__  Great Wall
__  Guilin, and the Li River
__  Hong Kong    |  __  Sail the harbor on a junk
__  Xian – Emperor Qin tomb & the terracotta warriors

__  Holy Land

__  Bethlehem
__  Jerusalem

 X    Jordan

X    Petra *
X    Wadi Rum *

__  Myanmar

__  Bagan
__  Yangon

__  Vietnam

__  Ha Long Bay
__  Hanoi, the old quarter
__  Hue

Oceania

__  Australia

__  New Zealand

Antarctica

__  cruise Antarctica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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