Are you stuck in a rut? Do you need a change of pace? Sometimes the routine of daily life becomes overwhelming and the responsibilities of work, home, and family can leave you feeling drained and longing for time away from the hustle and bustle.
Perhaps a vacation is not in the plan for you this year, or maybe you've already taken the family vacation to the beach, and you really don’t have time or money for another getaway. That doesn't mean you can't dream of your next escape.
If you haven't already started a travel bucket list, this is your opportunity to begin one. With a travel bucket list, you can combine big dreams with realistic budgetary constraints. Many people have places like Paris, France, or Australia on their travel bucket list, but there are a multitude of destinations in the United States waiting for exploration
Wyoming appeals to the nature lover as well as to people who are fascinated by Wild West history. Wyoming is home to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Cheyenne, Cody, Grand Teton National Park, and Ten Sleep.
Breath-taking natural views abound in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Jackson Hole hosts staged Old West shootouts as well as offering experiences on the Snake River in summer and skiing or snowmobiling in winter. They even offer log cabin rentals in the parks, including twin beds for the kids or a romantic king bed option for adults.
As you might expect, Cody is named for the famous frontiersman "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center in Cody is home to museums, a research library, and Stampede Park which claims to be the rodeo capital of the world.
Ten Sleep is a ranching town that was named because of its position between two Sioux encampments. If you have ever desired to visit a dude ranch, Ten Sleep is the place to go.
From Dallas to Houston and San Antonio to Waco, Texas offers a myriad of vacation options. There are options for weekend getaways as well as ones for longer stays. From museums and art galleries to botanical gardens, planetariums and nature centers, Texas has something for everyone.
El Paso is rich with history, and Abilene offers a storybook festival sure to please kids of all ages, even the young at heart. Waco is home to the Dr. Pepper Museum and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum that pays homage to the famous law enforcement agency.
Beach lovers as well as history lovers will enjoy Corpus Christi where the USS Lexington is located. A visit to San Antonio is a must for history buffs. Don't forget the Alamo!
Ski vacations, romantic getaways, family friendly festivals, and the promise of adventure at almost every turn make Colorado a bucket list worthy destination.
Long known as a destination for winter travelers, Colorado has offerings for those wanting a summer getaway too. Vail hosts a variety of music and dance festivals in the warmer months. Visit the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Jazz Festival or the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival which hosts orchestral performances from groups like the New York Philharmonic.
Steamboat Springs hosts an annual hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park festival that includes children's interactive activities as well as live entertainment, food vendors and, of course, hot air balloons.
In Telluride, you will find Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado's longest free-falling waterfall, as well as gondola rides up the mountain and an annual Bluegrass Festival.
Visit Durango to ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad through the mountain passes that connect Durango to Silverton, or you could choose to kayak on the Animas River.
Those who choose to stay on the beaten path will enjoy cities like Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs.
Mountain getaways, whitewater rafting experiences, Civil War battlefields, and music from a variety of genres are things to expect from a visit to Tennessee.
For the Civil War enthusiast there are battlefields like Shiloh National Military Park in the town of the same name or Chickamauga National Military Park near Chattanooga.
Those who want to step into the past will find touring the antebellum homes in Tennessee to be a fascinating breath of fresh air. Blount House in Knoxville, the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna and The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's home, in Nashville are just a few of the homes offering tours.
While in Nashville, experience live music downtown at the Ryman Auditorium or any number of smaller venues. Even small, locally owned establishments host events featuring music from local artists.
For Blues enthusiasts, Memphis is the town to visit. Beale Street has music performances in almost every restaurant as well as in the courtyards just off the street. Home to W.C. Handy and Elvis Presley in their adult years, Memphis is rich in music history. Sun Studios and Staxx Music offer tours for guests to learn more about the recording industry.
Home to Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and Crater Lake, Oregon features breath-taking natural vistas as well as urban cityscapes. Ghost towns, hiking trails, and beautiful waterfalls are a few of the sights that Oregon can offer travelers.
Travel to Sumpter to ride the rails on the Sumpter Valley Railroad. Visitors can ride an 1890 narrow gauge steam train that has been restored and runs between McEwen and Sumpter.
Book lovers will find themselves at home in the flagship store of Powell's Books in Portland. Powell's is touted as the largest independent bookseller in the world and the flagship store covers an entire city block and boasts nine rooms including a rare book room.
Towns like Medford and Jacksonville are off the beaten path, but they offer independently owned eateries, winemakers, and microbreweries to entice travelers to visit.
Regardless of your personal interests, there are travel destinations in the United States to peak
your sense of adventure. Add some of them to your travel bucket list. Then have fun checking
each one off.
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