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Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just starting to explore the world, everyone has a travel bucket list of places they want to visit. From iconic destinations like Paris and Rome to off-the-beaten-path gems only the most adventurous souls know about, there’s something out there for everyone.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip of a lifetime! Here are some of the top destinations on every traveler’s bucket list and hopefully will inspire you for your next trip!

**Note: for bucket list items that I have personally completed, the date will be marked in parenthesis. If there is a post about the bucket list item on this website, it will also be linked in purple.

North America

The Ultimate Travel Bucket List - photo collage of 3 places in the USA. From left to right - church steeple in Portsmouth, NH; bridge in Hana, HI; Mt. Evans in CO

USA

Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, USA (a long, long time ago)

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the most famous bridges in the United States, and it’s definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list. The bridge is 1.7 miles long, and its bright red color makes it easy to spot from a distance. If you’re visiting San Francisco, be sure to walk across the bridge for some incredible views of the city skyline.

Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, USA (November 2019)

When you’re in Los Angeles (L.A.), you don’t want to miss out on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This popular tourist attraction is home to more than 2,500 stars that have been dedicated to celebrities, musicians, and other notable figures. If you’re a fan of Hollywood movies or music, be sure to walk down this iconic street and take a picture next to your favorite star.

Climb Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park, California

Half Dome is a granite dome located in Yosemite National Park, and it’s one of the most popular hiking trails in the United States. The trail to Half Dome is strenuous and a permit is needed, but the views from the top are definitely worth the effort. If you’re looking for an adventure, be sure to add this hike to your travel bucket list.

Stay on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada, USA

The Las Vegas Strip is a world-famous stretch of road in Nevada that’s home to some of the most famous hotels and casinos in the world. If you’re looking for a party atmosphere, you’ll definitely want to add the Las Vegas Strip to your travel bucket list. Just be prepared to spend a lot of money while you’re there!

Visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and for good reason. This massive canyon is over 277 miles long and over a mile deep, making it one of the largest canyons in the world. If you’re looking for an unforgettable natural experience, be sure to add the Grand Canyon to your travel bucket list.

Backpack through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA (July 2010)

The Rocky Mountains run through several states in the United States, including Colorado. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, be sure to add backpacking through the Rocky Mountains to your travel bucket list. You’ll definitely get a workout while you’re hiking through these beautiful mountains and get rewarded with majestic views!

Drive Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway, Colorado, USA

The Million Dollar Highway is a scenic stretch of road in Colorado that runs through the San Juan Mountains. This highway is known for its twists and turns, as well as its stunning views. If you’re looking for a thrilling driving experience, be sure to add the Million Dollar Highway to your travel bucket list.

Attend the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, USA (October 2019)

The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and spans 9 days. It’s definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list. This annual event takes place in Alburquerque, New Mexico around October, and features hundreds of different hot air balloons. If you’re a fan of hot air balloons (or want some beautiful views of balloons in the air), be sure to attend this incredible festival!

Stand at the center of the 4 corners (Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico)

If you want to be in 4 places at once, you can stand at the center of the 4 corners of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. This is a popular tourist destination for those who want to say they’ve been in 4 states at once. It’s definitely a unique experience and one that you won’t forget anytime soon.

See Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA (a long, long time ago)

Yellowstone, the oldest national park in the USA, has a ton of attractions to offer visitors. One of the most famous is Old Faithful, a geyser that regularly erupts and can be seen from great distances. If you’re visiting Wyoming, be sure to make a stop at Yellowstone National Park for some amazing natural wonders.

Admire Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, USA

Mount Rushmore is a massive rock sculpture of the heads of 4 American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States and is located in Keystone, South Dakota. If you’re looking for an interesting road trip destination, be sure to add Mount Rushmore to your travel bucket list!

Take a picture with the Bean in Chicago, USA (July 2018)

The Bean, originally called Cloud Gate, was designed and created by Anish Kapoor and is located in Chicago’s Millennium Park. This massive stainless steel sculpture is a popular tourist destination and photo opportunity. If you’re in the city of Chicago, head to The Bean and snap a cool picture of yourself!

Go to Mardis Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Mardi Gras is an annual event that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana usually towards the end of February. This event is known for its elaborate parades and costumes, as well as its parties and food. If you’re looking to experience some Southern culture, be sure to add Mardi Gras to your travel bucket list!

Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts, USA (June 2019)

The Freedom Trail is a walking trail in Boston, Massachusetts that leads to 16 of the city’s most significant historical sites. This trail is a great way to learn about American history and see some of Boston’s most famous landmarks. If you’re interested in history, head to Boston and add the Freedom Trail to your travel bucket list!

Go whale watching (Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston, June 2019)

Whale watching is a popular tourist activity and can be done on either of the USA’s coasts. If you’re looking to see some amazing marine life, add whale watching to your travel bucket list and choose between the east or west coast!

Walkthrough the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., USA

The Smithsonian Museum is a group of museums and research centers in Washington D.C. that are open to the public. This is the largest museum complex in the world and has something for everyone. If you’re interested in art, history, or science, be sure to add the Smithsonian Museum to your travel bucket list!

Walkthrough Times Square in New York City, New York

Times Square is a major intersection in the heart of New York City and is known for its bright lights and flashy advertisements. This is a must-see destination for any visitor to New York City and is a great place to people watch. Add Times Square to your travel bucket list and check it off your list when you visit NYC!

See a Broadway show in New York City, USA

Broadway shows are a popular tourist attraction in New York City and are a must-see for anyone visiting the city. There is a show for everyone’s taste, so be sure to add seeing a Broadway show to your travel bucket list!

Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, USA (July 2014)

The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge located in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and is a popular tourist destination. If you’re looking for a fun activity in NYC, add walking over the Brooklyn Bridge to your travel bucket list!

Visit Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

Graceland is the home of Elvis Presley and is located in Memphis, Tennessee. This massive estate is open to the public and is a popular tourist destination. If you’re an Elvis fan, be sure to add Graceland to your travel bucket list!

Visit Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida

Disneyworld is the most popular amusement park in the world and is located in Orlando, Florida. This massive park is home to rides, shows, and attractions for everyone. For Disney fanatics and lovers of amusement parks or just in search of a fun family vacation, be sure to add Disneyworld to your travel bucket list!

Hike a volcano in Hawaii, USA (Haleakala National Park, Maui, July 2021)

There are a number of volcanoes located in Hawaii that are perfect for hiking. Many of them will provide beautiful sunrise or sunset views! If you’re looking for an adventure, be sure to add hiking a volcano to your travel bucket list and explore the active volcanoes in Hawaii!

Drive the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii (July 2021)

The Road to Hana is a scenic road in Maui, Hawaii that is known for its curves and beautiful views. This road is a great way to see some of the most stunning parts of Maui. If you’re looking for a scenic drive, be sure to add the Road to Hana to your travel bucket list!

See the Northern Lights in Alaska, USA

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that can be seen in the sky near the North Pole. They are typically visible in the winter months and are a beautiful sight to behold. For an amazing natural event to witness, add seeing the Northern Lights to your travel bucket list and head to Alaska!

Visit 30 states before 30 (25 states, March 2022)

For a fun and challenging adventure, add visiting 30 states before turning 30 years old to your travel bucket list! This challenge may take some time but will be well worth it when you make it and go beyond to cross all 50 states off your bucket list!

Travel to 20 National Parks (4/20, July 2020)

The United States National Park Service operates a system of parks, monuments, and historical landmarks that are open to the public. There are currently 58 parks in this system, so be sure to add visiting 20 of them to your travel bucket list! This is a great way to see some amazing natural beauty across the country!

Canada

Visit Niagara Falls in Canada (July 2014)

Niagara Falls is a waterfall located on the Niagara River, between the US states of New York and Ontario. It is a popular tourist destination and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you’re looking for an amazing natural attraction to visit in Canada, add Niagara Falls to your travel bucket list!

See the glorious views at Banff National Park

Banff National Park is located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. It is the oldest national park in Canada and was established in 1885. Banff National Park is known for its mountains, glaciers, forests, and lakes. If you’re looking for a beautiful natural park to visit in Canada, add Banff National Park to your travel bucket list.

Central America

Scuba Dive in the Great Blue Hole in Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole located in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of the Lighthouse Reef and was formed during the last ice age when glaciers carved out the hole. The Great Blue Hole is known for its crystal-clear water and abundance of marine life. If you’re looking for an amazing scuba diving experience, add the Great Blue Hole to your travel bucket list!

Visit ancient ruins at Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is a pre-Columbian Maya city located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The city was constructed in the 6th century AD and was one of the largest and most influential cities in the Maya world. If you’re interested in ancient ruins, add visiting Chichen Itza to your travel bucket list!

South America

Hike Macchu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel located high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The site was built in the 15th century AD and was abandoned shortly after the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For an amazing hike to do in South America, add hiking Machu Picchu to your travel bucket list! (Make sure to prepare yourself mentally and physically before heading out!)

Trek through Patagonia, Argentina, and Chile

Patagonia is a region located in the southernmost part of South America. The region is shared by Argentina and Chile and is known for its vast forests, glaciers, and mountains. If you’re looking for an epic trekking adventure in South America, add traveling through Patagonia to your travel bucket list!

Explore the Amazon forest and discover the Amazon River in Brazil

The Amazon Forest is the largest rainforest in the world and is located in northern Brazil. The Amazon River, which flows through the forest, is the longest river in the world. If you’re looking to explore a massive rainforest and discover an amazing river, add exploring the Amazon Forest and discovery of the Amazon River to your travel bucket list!

Walk the largest salt desert Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni is a salt desert located in southwest Bolivia. The desert is the largest in the world and covers an area of 10,582 square kilometers. It is made up of a large expanse of salt flats and is home to several lakes, including the world’s largest salt lake, Lake Titicaca. If you’re looking for an interesting desert to explore, add Salar de Uyuni to your travel bucket list!

Explore the mysterious Easter Island in Chile

Easter Island is a Polynesian island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The island is most famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called Moai. The origin and meaning of these statues are still a mystery. If you’re interested in exploring an enigmatic island, add Easter Island to your travel bucket list!

Cruise the Galapagos Islands and explore the marine life

The Galapagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are known for their unique and diverse wildlife, which is a result of being isolated from the mainland for millions of years. If you’re looking to explore some amazing marine life, add cruising the Galapagos Islands to your travel bucket list!

Europe

The Ultimate Travel Bucket List - photo collage of 3 places in Europe. From left to right - Amsterdam, Germany, Italy

Relax in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in southwestern Iceland. The spa is situated in a lava field and its waters are rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur. The Blue Lagoon is a popular tourist destination and is said to have therapeutic effects on the skin. If you’re looking to relax in some amazing hot springs, head out to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland!

Walk the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland (June 2017)

The Cliffs of Moher are a series of cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs rise to a height of 214 meters and offer amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. If you are lucky and get a clear day, you can see views for days!

Walk on Giant’s Causeway in Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is a geological formation in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The causeway is made up of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns and was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption. If you’re looking for an amazing natural wonder to walk on, add the Giant’s Causeway to your travel bucket list!

Witness the beauty of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is a fortress located in the center of Edinburgh, Scotland. The castle has been occupied since the 12th century and is now a popular tourist destination. If you’re interested in Scottish history, add witnessing the beauty of Edinburgh Castle to your bucket list!

Go to the wonder of Stonehenge in Salisbury, England

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. The stone circle was constructed over 4,500 years ago and its purpose is still unknown. If you’re interested in history and mystery, add Stonehenge to your travel bucket list!

Admire Big Ben in London, England (June 2017)

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the Houses of Parliament in London, England. The bell was cast in 1856 and is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who was the first Commissioner of Works. Big Ben is one of London’s most famous landmarks and is a popular tourist destination.

See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in England (June 2017)

The Changing of the Guard is a ceremony that takes place at Buckingham Palace in London, England. The ceremony occurs every morning at 11:30 am and involves the changing of the guard from the old guard to the new guard. For a traditional British ceremony, add Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to your bucket list!

Watch a West End show in London, England (Wicked & Dream Girls, June 2017)

The West End is the name given to the theater district in London, England. The district is home to some of the world’s most famous theaters, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Adelphi Theatre. If you’re looking for a night of entertainment, add watching a West End show to your bucket list!

Attend a play in Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in England (Twelfth Night, June 2017)

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater is a replica of the original theater that was built by William Shakespeare in 1599. The theater is located in London, England, and is open to the public for tours and performances. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare and live performance, add attending a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to your bucket list! You’ll receive a memorable experience!

Visit the mighty Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

The Sagrada Familia is a church in Barcelona, Spain that is still under construction. The church was designed by Antoni Gaudi and began construction in 1882. The church is expected to be completed in 2026, which will mark the centenary of Gaudi’s death. If you’re looking for an unfinished masterpiece to visit, check out the Sagrada Familia!

Tour the Palace of Versailles in France

The Palace of Versailles is a royal palace located in Versailles, France. The palace was originally built by Louis XIII in 1623 and was used as a hunting lodge. The palace was expanded by Louis XIV and became the official residence of the French kings. If you’re interested in French history, add touring the Palace of Versailles to your Europe travel bucket list!

Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (June 2017)

The Eiffel Tower is an iconic structure located in Paris, France. The tower was constructed in 1889 and was originally intended to be a temporary structure. However, the tower was so popular that it was made a permanent fixture. For an iconic French landmark to climb, add the Eiffel Tower to your bucket list!

Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France (June 2017)

The Notre Dame Cathedral is a cathedral located in Paris, France. The cathedral was originally built in the 12th century and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. If you’re looking for a piece of French history, add visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral to your bucket list!

Walkthrough the Louvre in Paris, France (June 2017)

The Louvre Museum is the largest art museum in the world. The museum is located in Paris, France, and contains more than 380,000 pieces of art. Even if you’re not an art lover, consider walking through the Louvre Museum to see some spectacular pieces of art!

Dip your foot in the Mediterranean Sea (The Calanques, France, June 2017)

The Mediterranean Sea is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Basin. The sea is bordered by Europe, Asia, and Africa and is the third-largest sea in the world. If you’re looking for a beautiful beach to relax on, add dipping your foot in the Mediterranean Sea to your bucket list!

Discover the Colosseum in Rome, Italy (June 2017)

The Colosseum is an ancient Roman amphitheater located in Rome, Italy. The Colosseum was completed in 80 AD and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Today, it is one of the most iconic and popular tourist destinations in Europe. If you’re interested in Roman history, add discovering the Colosseum to your bucket list!

Admire Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistene Chapel, Vatican City (June 2017)

The Sistine Chapel was originally built in the 14th century, but it is most famous for its ceiling, which was painted by Michelangelo. The painting, which took 4 years to complete, depicts the creation of Adam. This painting will make you stand in awe and wonder as you glance upon it – it’s a great addition to your travel bucket list!

Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy (June 2017)

Venice is a city located in northeastern Italy. The city is famous for its canals and gondolas and is known for being built over water. If you’re looking for a romantic experience, take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice! If you’re lucky, you might even get a serenade!

Hike the Cinque Terre in Italy (June 2017)

The Cinque Terre is a series of five villages located in the Liguria region of Italy. The villages are located on the cliffs of the Italian Riviera and are popular tourist destinations. If you’re looking for a challenging hike with beautiful views and an Italian flare, add the Cinque Terre to your bucket list!

Visit Pompeii in Naples, Italy

Pompeii is a Roman city located in the Campania region of Italy. The city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and was buried under ash and pumice. Pompeii was excavated in the 18th century and is now a popular tourist destination. If you’re interested in Roman history, add visiting Pompeii to your bucket list!

Tour the Fashion Capital of Milan, Italy

Milan is a city located in the north of Italy and is the fashion capital of the country. The city is home to some of the most famous fashion brands in the world, such as Gucci, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana. If you’re interested in fashion, add touring Milan to your bucket list!

Tour the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands (June 2018)

Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager who hid from the Nazis in a secret attic in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Anne Frank’s diary was published in 1947 and has been translated into 67 languages. The Anne Frank Museum is dedicated to her life and her diary. If you’re interested in Holocaust history, add touring the Anne Frank Museum to your bucket list!

Tour a concentration camp in Europe (Sachsenhausen, Germany, June 2018)

The Holocaust was a genocide in which Nazi Germany killed 6 million Jews. Walking through a concentration camp is a heart-wrenching experience, but it’s one that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. If you’re interested in Holocaust history, add touring a concentration camp in Europe to your bucket list!

Visit the Holocaust Museum in Berlin, Germany (June 2018)

The Holocaust Museum in Berlin is Germany’s national memorial to the Holocaust. The museum is dedicated to the remembrance of the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. If you’re interested in learning more about the Holocaust, add visiting the Holocaust Museum in Berlin to your bucket list!

Walk the remains of the Berlin Wall in Germany (June 2018)

The Berlin Wall was a wall that separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The wall was constructed by the East German government to prevent East Germans from fleeing to the West. The wall was destroyed in 1990, and today, walking along the remains of the Berlin Wall is a popular tourist activity, but also brings to light the enormity of Germany’s separation.

Visit the Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany

The Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany are some of the most famous Christmas markets in the world. The markets are held annually from late November to late December and are located in the old town of Dresden. The markets are famous for their festive atmosphere and wide range of Christmas goods. If you’re looking for a unique and fun Christmas market to visit, add the Dresden Christmas markets to your bucket list!

Visit Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is a popular beer festival that is held annually in Munich, Germany. The festival lasts for 16 days and is attended by over 6 million people. The festival is famous for its beer tents, food, and music. If you’re looking for a festive and fun event to attend, add Oktoberfest to your bucket list!

Stay in an igloo in the northern countries (Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Finland)

The northern European countries are known for their cold, wintery climate. If you’re looking for an adventure and want to try something new, consider staying in an igloo! Igloos are available for rent in Norway, Switzerland, Finland, and Austria. If you’re up for the challenge, add staying in an igloo to your Europe travel bucket list!

Explore the Acropolis of Athens, Greece

The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis was first settled in the 5th century BC and was the center of political and cultural life in Athens. Today, the Acropolis is a popular tourist destination and is one of the most photographed landmarks in Greece. If you’re interested in ancient Greek history, add exploring the Acropolis to your bucket list!

Eurasia

Discover the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel

The Wailing Wall is a wall in Jerusalem, Israel that is sacred to the Jewish people. The wall is part of the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism. The Wailing Wall was originally constructed in the 7th century BC and has been rebuilt and renovated many times over the years.

Explore the royal city of Petra, Jordan

Petra is a city located in Jordan that was built by the Nabataeans in the 2nd century BC. The city was originally built as a fortress but later became a royal city. Petra is famous for its rock-cut architecture and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jordan. If you’re interested in ancient history, Petra is right up your alley!

Visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral & the Red Square in Russia

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a cathedral located in Moscow, Russia. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Basil the Blessed and was built in the 16th century. The cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Russia and is often used as a symbol of Moscow.

Visit Hagia Sophia in Turkey

Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox cathedral located in Istanbul, Turkey. The cathedral was built in the 6th century AD and was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly 1,000 years. Today, Hagia Sophia is a museum and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey.

Enjoy a bath in Pamukkale in Turkey

Pamukkale is a natural landmark located in Denizli Province, Turkey. The landmark is made of travertine, a type of limestone, and is known for its white cliffs. The most popular activity at Pamukkale is bathing in the hot springs that are located there. If you’re looking for an interesting and unique activity to add to your Turkey bucket list, consider bathing in Pamukkale!

Hot Air Balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a region located in central Turkey that is famous for its unique landscape. The landscape is made up of hills, valleys, and canyons that were formed by erosion. One of the most popular activities in Cappadocia is riding a hot air balloon over the landscape. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, add riding a hot air balloon over Cappadocia to your bucket list!

Asia

The Ultimate Travel Bucket List - photo collage of 3 places in Asia. From left to right - China, South Korea, Vietnam

Walk the Great Wall of China (October 2014)

The Great Wall of China was built in Beijing, China to protect the Chinese Empire from invasions. The wall is over 4,000 miles long and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. If you want to feel like you’re living in history, add walking the Great Wall of China to your bucket list!

Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Lijiang, China (December 2015)

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is a gorge located in Yunnan Province, China. The gorge is named for the fact that a tiger was once said to have jumped across the river there. The gorge is 16 miles long and is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in China. If you’re looking for an overnight adventure, add hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge to your travel bucket list!

Visit the Stone Forest National Park in Kunming, China (September 2016)

The Stone Forest National Park is a national park located in Kunming, China. The park is known for its stone formations, which have been created by erosion. The park is also home to a number of species of plants and animals, including monkeys and bears. If you’re looking for a beautiful and diverse national park to add to your bucket list!

Visit the Panda epicenter in Chengdu, China

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a research center located in Chengdu, China that is dedicated to the preservation of pandas. The research center was founded in 1987 and today houses more than 80 giant pandas. If you’re looking to see some adorable pandas, add the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to your bucket list!

Visit the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a national park located in Zhangjiajie, China. The park is known for its unique landscape, which was the inspiration for the landscape in the movie Avatar. If you’re looking for an otherworldly experience, add a visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to your travel bucket list!

Ride a scooter through Yangshuo, China (October 2014)

Yangshuo is a small town located in Guilin, China. The town is known for its natural landscape and karst mountains. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore Yangshuo, add riding a scooter through the town to your bucket list!

Check out the Bund in Shanghai, China

The Bund is a waterfront area located in Shanghai, China. The area is named for the Bund, which is a long riverfront promenade that runs along the Huangpu River. The Bund is home to some of the most famous architecture in Shanghai, including the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Trek through the Himalayas in India

The Himalayas are a mountain range located in Asia that is home to the world’s highest peaks. The Himalayas stretch across India, Nepal, Bhutan, and China. If you’re an adventure seeker, add trekking through the Himalayas to your bucket list!

See the Taj Mahal in India

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. The mausoleum was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

Base camp at Mount Everest in Nepal

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and is located in Nepal. The mountain has been summited by over 4,000 people since it was first climbed in 1953. If you’re looking for an extreme adventure, add climbing Mount Everest to your bucket list! However, if you just want to experience being at Mount Everest, you can just camp at the base!

Visit the city of Lhasa and the Potala Palace in Tibet

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet and is home to the Potala Palace. The Potala Palace was built in the 7th century and is considered to be one of the most important Buddhist shrines in Tibet. If you’re looking for an interesting and exotic destination to add to your bucket list, consider visiting Lhasa and the Potala Palace to your Asia travel bucket list!

See the views from the Singapore Flyer in Singapore

The Singapore Flyer is a Ferris wheel located in Singapore. The wheel is 165 meters tall and has 28 capsules that can hold up to 8 people each. If you’re looking for an incredible view, add riding the Singapore Flyer to your bucket list!

Visit the archeological temple Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a temple located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The temple was built by the Khmer Empire in the 12th century and is considered to be the largest religious monument in the world. If you’re interested in ancient history, add visiting Angkor Wat to your bucket list!

Experience an authentic homestay in Sapa (October 2016)

Sapa is a town located in the mountains of Vietnam. The town is home to many different ethnic minority groups and is known for its beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for an adventure and want to experience a different culture, add staying with a local Vietnamese family in Sapa to your bucket list!

Take a cooking class in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is known for its delicious food. If you’re interested in Vietnamese cuisine, consider taking a cooking class in Hanoi! Not only will you learn how to cook delicious Vietnamese food, but you’ll also get to eat it all afterward!

Cruise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is home to over 1,600 limestone islands and is a popular tourist destination. If you’re looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to relax, add cruising in Ha Long Bay to your bucket list. Just make sure you don’t have seasickness before going!

Walk the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. The city is home to many different cultures and is known for its delicious food. If you’re looking for an interesting and exotic city to add to your bucket list, consider walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City!

Visit the temples of Bagan in Myanmar

Bagan is an ancient city located in central Myanmar. The city is home to over 2,200 Buddhist temples and is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. If you’re interested in ancient history, add visiting the temples of Bagan to your bucket list!

Party (or relax) at one of the islands in Thailand

Thailand is home to over 800 islands, each with its own unique personality. If you’re looking for a party island, head to Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. If you’re looking for a relaxing island getaway, head to Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi. No matter what type of island you’re looking for, Thailand has it all!

Visit an elephant camp in Thailand (Chiang Mai, April 2012)

Thailand is also home to many elephant camps. At these camps, you can learn about the elephants, watch them bathe, and even ride them! If you’re looking for an interesting and unique experience, add visiting an elephant camp in Thailand to your bucket list!

Spend time exploring the food in Chiang Mai Thailand (April-May 2012)

Chiang Mai is a city located in the mountains of Thailand. The city is known for its delicious food and is a popular destination for food lovers. If you’re looking for an interesting and delicious city to add to your bucket list, consider spending time exploring the food in Chiang Mai!

Stay in a luxurious villa in Bali, Indonesia (February 2018)

Bali is a popular tourist destination in Indonesia with beautiful nature scenes and warm weather. A luxurious villa in Bali is very affordable and should be experienced once! Add Bali to your travel bucket list and you won’t be disappointed!

Visit the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea (April 2017)

The demilitarized zone (DMZ) is a strip of land that separates North and South Korea. The area is known for being one of the most heavily militarized zones in the world. If you’re looking for an interesting and unique destination to add to your bucket list, consider visiting the DMZ in Seoul! You might even be able to see North Korea while you’re there!

Visit a quirky cafe in Seoul, South Korea (Meerkat & Airplane, April 2017)

Seoul, South Korea is known for its quirky cafes. These cafes are often themed and serve unique drinks and food, ranging anywhere from drinking with meerkats to playing board games all day. If you’re looking for an interesting and unique cafe to add to your bucket list, consider visiting a quirky cafe in Seoul!

Attend a holographic K-Pop concert, South Korea (BTS, April 2017)

If you’re a fan of K-Pop, you won’t want to miss out on attending a holographic concert in Seoul. These concerts are often performed by popular K-Pop artists and are known for being incredibly flashy and exciting. If you’re looking for an unforgettable concert experience, add attending a holographic K-Pop concert in Seoul to your bucket list!

Explore Jeju Island in South Korea (April 2017)

Jeju Island is a volcanic island located in South Korea. The island is known for its beautiful nature, including waterfalls, caves, and lava tubes. If you’re looking for an interesting and exotic destination to add to your bucket list, consider exploring Jeju Island!

See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Japan is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom season usually starts in late March and lasts until early May. If you’re looking for an amazing and colorful experience, add seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan to your bucket list!

Explore Studio Ghibli in Japan (especially if you’re an anime lover)

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio that was founded in 1985. The studio is known for its beautiful and unique animations, many of which have become popular anime films. If you’re an anime lover, be sure to add exploring Studio Ghibli in Japan to your bucket list!

Africa

Sand surf in the Sahara Desert in Africa

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, add sand surfing in the Sahara Desert to your bucket list!

Climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a mountain located in Tanzania, Africa. At 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. If you’re looking for an amazing and challenging hike, add seeing Mount Kilimanjaro to your bucket list!

Visit the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza are a set of three ancient pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The oldest and largest of the pyramids is the Pyramid of Khufu, which was built between 2589 BC and 2504 BC. If you’re looking for an amazing and ancient destination to add to your bucket list, consider visiting the Pyramids!

See Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Africa

Victoria Falls is a waterfall located on the Zambezi River between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. At 108 meters (354 feet) high, Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. If you’re looking for an amazing and beautiful destination to add to your bucket list, consider visiting Victoria Falls in Zambia!

Go on an African Safari in Serengeti National Park Tanzania

Serengeti National Park is a national park located in Tanzania. The park is known for its large population of lions and is often called “The Land of the Kilimanjaro Lion.” If you’re looking for an amazing safari destination to add to your bucket list, consider visiting Serengeti National Park!

Ride a camel in Morocco

Morroco is a country located in North Africa. The country is known for its beautiful desert scenery, including sand dunes and oases. If you’re looking for an exotic and unique experience, add riding a camel in Morroco to your bucket list!

Oceania

Take a picture of the famous Sydney Opera House in Australia

The Sydney Opera House is a world-famous opera house located in Sydney, Australia. The opera house was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and completed in 1973. If you’re looking for an amazing and iconic photo opportunity, add taking a picture of the Sydney Opera House to your bucket list!

Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. If you’re looking for an amazing diving destination, add diving the Great Barrier Reef to your bucket list!

Swim with dolphins in Fiji

Fiji is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. The country is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. If you’re looking for a relaxing and tropical vacation destination, add swimming with dolphins in Fiji to your bucket list!

Visit the Glowworm Cave in New Zealand

The Glowworm cave is a cave located in Waitomo, New Zealand. The cave is home to the glowworm, a species of the luminescent larva. If you’re looking for an amazing and unique cave to add to your bucket list, consider visiting the Glowworm Cave!

Tour Hobbiton in New Zealand, Home of Middle Earth

Hobbiton is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand. The town is home to the Hobbiton Movie Set, which was used as a filming location for the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. If you’re a fan of Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings, add touring Hobbiton to your bucket list!

Final thoughts on the Ultimate Travel Bucket List

So, what’s on your bucket list? Hopefully, this post has given you some ideas for adventures to take all over the world. From scaling mountains to diving in coral reefs, there’s something out there for everyone. Get started on ticking items off your bucket list today!

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