Every time I get asked about my bucket list, of course I always think big; Paris, Mykonos, Moscow, and so on. But then I start thinking about all of the beautiful things in my own country that I haven’t seen yet. Which is silly, because it’s much easier—financially and logistically—to see all of those things first.
To make this post a little more interesting, I enlisted the help of a fabulous group of women I’m a part of called “Girls Love Travel.” All the photos you see on this post are courtesy of my fellow GLT girls, who have been lucky enough to see these places.
So here is the list of everything on my bucket list, right here in the USA.
1) Las Vegas – Sometimes I feel like I’m the only 24-year-old who has never been to Vegas. And I KNOW I would love it. The glitz, the glamor, the NEON! I want to do all the touristy things like take the gondola ride through the Venetian, and visit the fake Eiffel Tower. But most of all, I want to see the Neon Boneyard! They have over 200 (working!) neon signs from Vegas history, including Caesars Palace, Binion’s Horseshoe, and the Stardust. It is the epitome of Old Vegas.
2) Nashville – It’s just wrong that I’m a musician, and I’ve never been to one of the top music cities in the U.S. I still need to see the Grand Ole Opry, and Tootsie’s, and the watch the undiscovered singer-songwriters on Broadway St. And you better believe I’m bringing my guitar with me on this trip, because I’m definitely playing an open mic night while I’m there.
3) Disneyland, CA – I grew up in a Disney family. Disney World was a huge part of my childhood. So it’s only natural that I am dying to see the California version! I obviously need to compare and contrast the castles, and the rides. Can it really be as good when it doesn’t have Epcot, or Animal Kingdom?! These are all things I have to figure out.
4) Hotel Chelsea in New York City – New York City has already been checked off my bucket list, many times actually. But I have never been to the infamous Hotel Chelsea, where all the great creative minds have stayed. Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Sid Vicious, and so, so many more were all residents at Hotel Chelsea. What is it about this place that inspired these creative minds?
5) New Orleans – I don’t need Mardi Gras, I just want to walk around the French Quarter with a parasol. Also, I love all things haunted. Although I don’t believe in ghosts, paranormal shows have always been my guilty pleasure. So staying in a haunted hotel would be a must. But at the top of my list is the Carousal Piano Bar, and I have to sit at the spinning bar.
5) Grand Canyon – Everyone needs to see the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime, right? There’s just nothing else like it. I don’t think I have the nerve to do the skywalk. Instead, I want to kayak the Colorado River through the canyons. I want to hike to Havasu Falls. Just give me a camel pack and my camera and I’m good to go!
6) Kentucky Derby – I’ve been to Kentucky, and just last July we even took a tour of Churchill Downs. But I have never actually been to the race before. And I love any reason to get ridiculously dressed up! I want the whole nine yards; the over the top hat, the seersucker dress, the white gloves, the parasol. All of it. I want to bet on a horse, even if it’s just a few dollars. And what is the Kentucky Derby without a mint julep?
7) Hawaii – Hawaii has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the U.S., and I want to hike them all, go cliff jumping, take surfing lessons, and end everyday with a pina colada on the beach. But my ultimate dream would be taking a helicopter ride over the islands.
8) Warren’s Occult Museum in Boston – Ed and Lorraine Warren are two of the most famous paranormal investigators in history. They are the couple behind true stories such as the Amityville Horror and Annabelle. They keep all the haunted items they’ve collected, including the Annabelle doll, in a museum in Boston. It’s just too creepy to miss.
9) Yosemite – Oh beautiful Yosemite. The first time I ever saw a picture of Yosemite, I knew I needed to see it one day. What a perfect combination of trees, water, mountains, trails. There’s noting specific I want to do or see in Yosemite. I just want a backpack, a tent, and a few days to explore it.