Places to See & Things to Do

All Fifty States:
I’m not counting pit-stops and drive/fly-throughs…
Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • ArkansasCaliforniaColorado • Connecticut • Delaware • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming


In My Home State
Wardens Ledges
Chinese Lantern Festival
Clippers Game in Huntington Park
Hocking Hills Train Ride
Dickens of a Christmas
Ohio State Buckeyes Game at Ohio Stadium
Hike Old Man’s Cave in Ohio
Life-Size Replica of the World’s Largest Eagle Nest
Cleveland Art Museum
Lakeview Cemetery
Lake Erie Beach
Transiberian Orchestra
Ohio State Reformatory
Bonnybrook Farms Haunted Corn Maze and Lantern Lit Wagon Ride
Renaissance Festival
D-Day Reenactment on Lake Erie
The Wild
Ohio’s Ghost Ship
Ohio’s Abandoned Subway
John Glenn NASA Visitor Center
Tour the William G. Mather Steam Ship on Lake Erie
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
National Museum of the Great Lakes
Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
Tour the Ohio Statehouse
Ohio Caverns
American Sign Museum
Adena Mansion
Cleveland Orchestra
Escape Room
Axe Throwing

Outside the Nation I love:
Alert, Canada (Northern-most permanently inhabited place in the world)
Amazon River
The Lost City of Pompeii
Prince Edward Island
Niagra Falls the Canada Side
The Salt Lakes of Bolivia
The Great Wall of China
That Jesus Statue in Brazil
United Kingdom
Australia (even though I’m oddly afraid of kangaroos)
Machu Picchu

Bucket List
Become bilingual by learning to speak fluent German
Finish learning Fur Elise on piano
Jump into a pool fully clothed
Meet a favorite author
Throw darts at paint filled balloons
Have a “Book Reading” party
Go to a horse race
Go stargazing
Try sushi
Go on a picnic; basket, blanket and all
Go on a road trip with friends to celebrate turning 21
Host The Undignified Event ’15 at the Columbus Commons
Win NaNoWriMo
Go black Friday shopping
Give a homeless person a Christmas present
Fall in love
Get married
Foster/Adopt a child
Stargazing in a truck bed
Stargaze from a rooftop
Picnic in a field of wild flowers
Host The Undignified Event somewhere overseas
Learn to play the cello
Go skiing and don’t die
Visit a Native American reservation
Write a book
Get a book published
Get an article published
Record an album of songs I’ve written
Memorize the book of Esther
Read 100 classic novels
Read one autobiography/memoir from each president who has written one
See my name in newspaper print
Buy a fixer upper and turn it into a home
Read my German Bible cover to cover
Move out of my parent’s house
Read a dictionary cover to cover
Audition for a movie/TV show just for the heck of it
Month-Long Road trip across America
Get a traditional 9-5 job
See Mount Rushmore
Drive the length of the California Pacific Highway
Ride in a helicopter
Meet someone famous
Have a food fight
Stargazing in the Badlands
Go paintballing
Sing on a street corner
Participate in a karaoke night
Brave Black-Friday shopping
Eat at an upscale restaurant that costs $100+ per meal and requires formal dress
Get dressed up and go to a comic-con
Disneyland ’cause I’m a cliche
Dress up for the Renaissance Festival
Attend a Native American Pow Wow
Get my CHL and buy my first gun
Convince someone I’m from Germany and am just visiting the States
Ride a camel
Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary
Chase a storm and witness a tornado in action
See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Watch the sunrise and sunset of the same day
See the pyramids in Egypt
Go to a ballet
Go to the opera
Attend a ball
Step foot on all 7 continents (Antarctica might be a stretch.. but still)
Throw a dart at a map and go wherever it lands
Go to a drive-in movie theater
Ride a gondola in Venice
Go to a movie premiere
Attend a Murder Mystery dinner
Feed a giraffe
Drive for hours without paying attention to road signs and get REALLY lost
Go to Red, White & Boom
Make a piece of pottery
Go to Disney World
Get a facial
Go white water rafting
Go to Universal Studios
Powell’s bookstore in Portland, OR
Learn a new word every day for a year
Escape an escape room

8 thoughts on “Places to See & Things to Do

  1. I love your bucket list.. I always tell people bucket list should have big and small things on it because sometimes the small things are the ones we enjoy the most. so many people just have one big thing on the list and they never even do that but if you have small things and you do them you are more likely to get to doing the big ones and never stop adding to your list.. I love love love it..


    1. Aww! Thank you so much. I agree! Our bucket lists should be made up of little things we can do today and big things we can do tomorrow.

      Side note: sorry for the dreadfully late reply. I only just now saw your comment!


  2. Imii Mace says:

    I love the idea of having a bucket list on my blog that I can tick off! This is such genius! Some wonderful things on yours (: I’d love to picnic in wild flowers!

    Imii xox |

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Rachel Carpenter says:

      I wish I could take credit for the idea! I saw a bucket list post on another blog several months back that the blogger tried to update frequently. Loved the idea! ❤


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