50 States Bucket List

It is a dream/goal of mine to visit each of the 50 states and do at least one "must" in each one. Here is the list I have so far. If it's crossed out, that means I've done it. Otherwise, it's something I've thought of, researched or had suggested to me. I'm up for repeating states, even if I've already visited.

What's one thing you consider a "must" in your state or a "must" that you've done in another state?

Update 8/26/12: Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Keep 'em coming!
Update 8/5/15: I added some of the adventures I've been on in the last couple of years--more posts to come soon!
  • Alabama
    • Lincoln: visit Talladega Raceway
    • Dothan: Peanut Festival
  • Alaska
    • Denali: see the Aurora Borealis, visit Denali national Park & Preserve
    • Take an Alaskan cruise
    • Whale watching
    • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Arizona
    • Visit the Four Corners
    • Grand Canyon
  • Arkansas
    • Ozark: visit Wal-Mart Country (this is where I got my dog, Chloe)
  • California
    • San Francisco: Pier 39, ate clam chowder from a Boudin bread bowl, drove down Lombard St., Alcatraz,
    • Hollywood/Los Angeles: see the Walk of Stars, visit Rodeo Drive
    • Napa Valley: visit a winery
    • San Diego: La Jolla Cove, Balboa Park
    • Sequoia National Park
    • Misc: visit beaches up and down the cost, drive up (or down) Highway 1, Glory Hole at Lake Berryessa
  • Colorado
    • Copper Mountain: snow skiing (although I was 10, so I'm not sure if it counts)
    • Visit the Four Corners
    • Denver
    • Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs: Pikes Peak, mesa Verde, Durango, Estes Park
  • Connecticut
    • Mystic: Eat pizza and channel Julia Roberts
  • Delaware
    • Wildlife Refuges
    • Rehoboth Beach/Mitlon: Dogfish Head Brewing Company tasting room and restaurant (for the hubs)
  • Florida
    • Orlando: Walt Disney World
    • Panama City Beach: Spring Break
    • Daytona Beach: Daytona Speed Week
    • Key West
  • Georgia
    • Savannah: visit the birthplace of Juliette Lowe (the founder of Girl Scouts)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
    • Chicago: eat at Giordano's, River boat architecture tour, Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, Beer Garden
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
    • Cedar Rapids: Pork loin sandwich, NewBo City Market, Parlor City Pub
  • Kentucky
    • Loretto: Makers Mark Distillery
    • Bowling Green: Corvette plant
    • Lexington: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Louisiana
    • Lake Charles: "Swamp Vegas"
    • Baton Rouge
    • New Orleans: Garden District, French Quarter, beignets at Cafe DuMonde, Mardi Gras
  • Maine
    • Acadia National Park
    • Bar Harbor: Get Lobster!
  • Maryland
    • Baltimore 
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston: Freedom Trail, Boston Common, Public Garden, Union Oyster House, Little Italy
  • Michigan
    • Wyandotte/Detroit: Motor City Casino, eat at Slow's BBQ
  • Minnesota
    • Itasca State Park
    • Lake Superior Shoreline: Duluth toward Two Harbors
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
    • Branson
    • St. Louis
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
    • Omaha: antique shopping
  • Nevada
    • Las Vegas: See the strip, visit Fremont St., SEMA show, Dream Racing Experience
  • New Hampshire
    • Pittsburg: Moose Alley, Rte. 3
  • New Jersey
    • Atlantic City
  • New Mexico
    • Cloudcroft
    • Santa Fe: Foodie trip--Tune Up Dinner Cafe, Cafe Pasqual's, Fry bread, Kakawa Chocolate House; Visit Route 66
    • Albuquerque: Acoma/Sky City
    • Visit the Four Corners
  • New York
    • Brooklyn: Coney Island
    • New York City: all of your typical sites, shopping, Broadway
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
    • Cleveland: visit the rock and roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Sandusky: Cedar Point
  • Oklahoma
    • Oklahoma City:  visit the OKC Memorial
    • Norman: visit the University of Oklahoma campus and stadium, Edna's: the Best box in Town
  • Oregon
    • Crater Lake
    • Jet Boating on Rouge River
  • Pennsylvania
    • Pittsburgh: eat at Primanti Brothers
    • Chambersburg: eat peaches
  • Rhode Island
    • Provincetown: Dip your toe in the most northeastern part of the US coastline
  • South Carolina
    • Myrtle Beach
    • Charleston
  • South Dakota
    • Keystone: mount Rushmore
    • Black Hills: Crazy Horse Memorial
    • Sturgis: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis: Beale St.
    • Nashville
    • Dollywood
    • Smokey Mountains
  • Texas
    • I was born and raised in Texas, so I've done and seen way too many things to list individually. If you need any suggestions, just ask!
  • Utah
    • Visit the Four Corners
  • Vermont
    • Visit a B&B
  • Virginia
    • Williamsburg
  • Washington
    • Seattle
  • Washington DC
    • Smithsonian Institution
    • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
    • Lake Michigan Shoreline: Door County
    • Visit dairy farm and cheese shops
  • Wyoming
    • Yellowstone National Park
    • Cody: Eat at Irene's and Wild West show with Buffalo Bill
    • Jackson Hole: Rafting down Snake River
    • Grand Tetons
Have you done any of these things? What did you think? Am I missing anything?
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  1. Good list! I hope you are able to enjoy an Alaskan cruise some day. My husband and I went on one for our honeymoon. It was wonderful.

  2. Awesome! When you come to Maryland you have GOT to have some crabs! :)

  3. You need to add Charleston to South Carolina. I think it is 90 miles south of Myrtle Beach and is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Minnesota: Visit the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park - and then follow it down to Louisianna; Paul Bunyan in Brainerd; also the most beautiful stretch of miles anywhere - Lake Superior Shoreline heading out of Duluth toward Two Harbors and as far north to Canada as you like - you can stop just about anywhere on Hwy 61 and get out and walk the rocks or paths to the water - it's like going to the Pacific Ocean only it's fresh water absolutely beautiful for fall colors - just don't wait too long cuz when winter sets in, you don't want to be there. Oh, and take your jacket - even in July! Robert Frost..."the coldest winter I ever spent was one summer in Duluth"
    Wisconsin: Door County - similar in shoreline to Lake Superior but it's Lake Michigan - then you've visited 2 of the 5 Great Lakes! Good x-country skiing, fishing, fruit producing pleasures.

  5. Bed and Breakfast in Vermont!

  6. Wisconsin-dairy farms and cheese stores

  7. Maine-Bar Harbor-Lobster!!

  8. Connecticut-Mystic-eat pizza (like the movie with Julia Roberts) quaint little town

  9. Wyoming-Cody-eat at Irene's -Wild West show with Buffalo Bill
    also Jackson Hole-go rafting down the Snake River
    And don't forget the Grand Tetons

  10. Oregon- Crater Lake and Jet Boating the Rouge River.


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