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My US Travel Bucket List

My US Travel Bucket List

One of my goals is to visit all of the states in the United States at least once. In order for a visit to count, I must visit some place within the state boundaries other than the airport or train station. Pretty simple.

Lately I’ve noticed that I’ve made almost no progress on my travel goals in the past few years and it’s time to change that. My travel bucket list is admittedly huge, but it’s the journey that counts. So, I’ve decided just to focus on the U.S. list for the next year and cross some of these local places off the list.

To be honest, I’m far less excited about visiting any place in the United States. Europe is where it’s at for me right now. Plus, I admit, some U.S. states have actually managed to completely turn me off with their politics and/or culture. For example, some of the Southern states still run rich with racial tension. The air is thick with hate, and honestly, I don’t like being around it.

However, I do still have an overall goal of visiting all of the United States and have quite a few to go. So, why visit those places first and get them out of the way.

Here’s where I’m at…    I’ve visited 22 of 50 states so far and I’m hoping to hit Colorado next.

U.S. States I’ve Visited

Visited 22 out of 50

Visited States in Pink
States Not Visited in Green

 Alabama

 Alaska

  • Denali National Park
  • Gates of the Artctic
  • Glacier Bay National Park  (UNESCO)
  • Katmai National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Wrangell – St. Elias National Park (UNESCO)
  • Take an Alaskan cruise and see the glaciers

 Arizona

  • Grand Canyon National Park (UNESCO)
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Saguaro National Park

 Arkansas

  • Hot Springs National Park

 California

  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park (UNESCO)
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park (UNESCO)

 Colorado

  • Explore the Denver Zoo
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

 Connecticut

 Delaware

 Florida

  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park (UNESCO)
  • Kayak to Mound Key Archaeological State Park, a Native American-made shell island

 Georgia

 Hawaii

  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (UNESCO)

 Idaho

  • Yellowstone National Park (UNESCO)

 Illinois

  • Cahokia (UNESCO)

 Indiana

  • Ride the world’s largest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.

 Iowa

 Kansas

 Kentucky

  • Mammoth Cave National Park (UNESCO)

 Louisiana

  • Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (UNESCO)

 Maine

  • Visit Acadia National Park

 Maryland

 Massachusetts

 Michigan

  • Isle Royale National Park

 Minnesota

  • Voyagers National Park

 Mississippi

 Missouri

  • Play at St. Louis’s whimsical City Museum
  • Dive in the Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri

 Montana

  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (UNESCO)

 Nebraska

 Nevada

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Participate in Burning Man

 New Hampshire

 New Jersey

 New Mexico

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park (UNESCO)
  • Taos Pueblo (UNESCO)
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park  (UNESCO)

 New York

  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • Statue of Libery in New York  (UNESCO)
  • Attend a broadway musical, Manhattan, New York, New York

 North Carolina

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (UNESCO)

 North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

 Ohio

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 Oklahoma

 Oregon

  • Crater Lake National Park

 Pennsylvania

  • Visit Independence Hall in Pennsylvania where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776

 Rhode Island

 South Carolina

  • Conagree National Park

 South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park

 Tennessee

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (UNESCO) (also in Tennessee)

 Texas

  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Visit the Missions of San Antonio, including the Alamo (UNESCO)

 Utah

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef
  • Zion National Park

 Vermont

 Virginia

  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Monticello and the University of Virginia  (UNESCO)
  • Visit Williamsburg, Virginia

 Washington

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park (UNESCO)

 West Virginia

 Wisconsin

 Wyoming

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (UNESCO)

US National Parks Not Located in the 50 United States:

  • American Samoa, Virgin Island, Reef, Islands, Congaree, Lake, Valley, Isle Royale, Tree, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Kings Canyon, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, National Park of American Samoa, North Cascades, Redwood, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro, and the Virgin Islands

The Magic of the Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

The Magic of the Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

alberobello-stripOne of my favorite little hideaways in the world is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Located not too far from the bustling Southern Italian city of Bari, the tiny historic town of Alberobello remains an historic wonder.

I love this place because it feels like I’m in an alternate universe.

The houses seem to be from some long lost alien planet. I also love that it represents a group of people who thought outside the box to make the best of their situation, people who weren’t afraid to challenge the expected.

Home to less than 11,000 people, the little town is famous for their cluster of trulli, a particular type of small structure. And wow, aren’t they are adorable!

This little village does not disappoint!alberobello-map

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, the Trulli of Alberobello are indeed, truly unique. At the time they were constructed, trulli were typically used as temporary field shelters or storehouses. However, in Alberobello the trulli a tax was placed on homes and by not having a permanent roof, one could avoid their home or business being taxed as permanent property. So cool! Built of stacked rocks with no mortar, the roofs could be easily knocked over in the case that the authorities show up.

While the town was founded as early as 1000 AD, the trulli date back as far back as the 1400s. They were all built on land that was granted to a feudal lord, who ordered the people to build temporary structures instead of permanent ones to avoid having to pay taxes as city. Alberobello was not officially recognized as a permanent town until 1797.

There’s not a whole lot to do here, but there is enough to fill at least a long afternoon. The town museum here is definitely worth a visit.

Plus, you could spend the afternoon just walking the winding streets and pathways throughout this maze-like, little village.

There are also plenty of shops with a wide variety of souvenirs, if you’re into that sort of thing. Choose to support a local business selling things made locally and your money will go the further towards helping this place survive. This community thrives on tourism.\

If you get a chance to make it to Southern Italy, be sure to stop in and visit this little town. It’s one of the most unique places you’ll ever visit.

Have you been to Alberobello? Did you like it? I’d love to hear about your experience. Please post it in the comment section below.

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