The Ultimate Bucket List

This is a list we’ve been working on for quite a while. We are constantly coming up with so many things we want to do that we have to write them down to prevent forgetting some of them! We had iPhone notes, Instagram messages, and spreadsheets, and we figured we should combine them all into on place. We’ve already done quite a few but we have so many more to go and we’re adding more each day.

It started with the book that Bae gave me on my birthday this year. She was so excited about it she actually encouraged me to open it up a day early!  This was where we started and have just kept expanding ever since!

Without further ado… the list!

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventure….” – Lewis Carroll

Experiences

  • Build our dream house
  • Run a full marathon
  • Run a half marathon – did the Lincoln 1/2 in May
  • Visit all 50 states (10/50)
  • Visit all 59 National Parks (5/59)
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Cross country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Complete the Seafair Olympic Triathlon
  • Go to a Mariner’s World Series Game
  • Visit a ghost town
  • Live in a tiny house
  • Ride a camel
  • Take a train ride
  • Book club

State by state breakdown

  • Alabama
  • Alaska – PC’s dream state, so many national parks!
    • Northern Lights!
    • Denali National Park
    • Gates of the Arctic National Park
    • Glacier Bay National Park
    • Kenai Fjords National Park
    • Lake Clark National Park
    • Kobuk Valley National Park
    • Lake Clark National Park
    • Wrangell – St. Elias National Park
    • See the Alaskan Summer League Midnight Baseball Game
  • Arizona
    • Grand Canyon National Park
      • Havasu Creek
      • Horseshoe Bend
    • Petrified Wood National Park

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      Petrified Wood National Park

    • Saguaro National Park
    • Antelope Canyon
    • The Wave
    • Painted Desert
    • Visit Sedona
    • Monument Valley
  •  Arkansas
    • Hot Springs National Park
  •  California
    • Road trip along the California coast – Route 1
    • San Francisco
      • Run across the Golden Gate Bridge
      • Self-guided walking tour through Chinatown
      • De Young Museum – observation tower with good views
      • Urban hikes
        • Historic Trail – smack dab in the middle of a city. Nice wilderness area and ends up near Sutro Tower. The trailhead starts at Stanyan and 17th and is just a set of wooden stairs tucked in between two houses on the street.
        • Bernal Hill. The best thing about Bernal Hill are the views. Easy to get to from the Mission. Park along Bernal Heights Boulevard and Ellsworth Street for easy access.
        • Lands End. It is the most north west point in the city and is really special. You hike along the water with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean stretching out. You can’t go wrong over here.
        • Twin Peaks Hike
      • Explore Chinatown
      • Lombard street
      • Alcatraz
      • Catch sunrise at Coit Tower
      • Food & Drinks
        • 31 Best Cheap Eats in SF – gonna eat them all!
        • Another good guide to food in the city
        • Tonga Room – old, kitsch and tropical
        • Brunch at Mama’s
        • Brunch at Mission Beach cafe – the carmelized bacon and brioche french toast looks bomb
        • Tartine Bakery
          • Try the pain au chocolat
        • Bi-Rite Creamery – most famous ice cream and right down the street from Tartine
          • Try the pot de creme too
        • Miette – cute candy shop
        • Dandelion Chocolate
      • Ferry Building Farmer’s Market
        • Biscuit Bender – Fried angel biscuits
    • Yosemite National Park
      • Half Dome Hike – 17.2mi, you make have to win a raffle to get this
    • Pinnacles National Park
    • King’s Canyon National Park
    • Sequoia National Park
    • Redwood National Park
    • Channel Islands National Park
    • Death Valley National Park
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • Lassen Volcanic National Park
    • San Diego
      • San Diego Zoo
    • Monterrey Bay Aquarium
    • Wine tasting in Napa Valley or Sonoma
  •  Colorado
    • Denver – our first trip was awesome! We hope to return and combine it with a visit to Rocky Mt National Park
    • Food we have to go back and try!
      • Vesta Dipping Grill – 25+ dipping sauces to choose from – gotta love the sauce!
      • Colt and Gray – fine dining, try the Sticky Toffee Pudding
      • Devil’s Food – brunch and bakery
      • Eat + Drink – wine and cheese bar
      • Glazed & Confused
    • The Source – unique modern market
    • Steamboat Springs in the Winter
    • Manitou Incline
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    Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness, CO

    • Drive along the Million Dollar Highway
    • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    • Great Sand Dunes National Park
    • Mesa Verde National Park
    • Rocky Mountains National Park
    • Stay at The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO – the inspiration for The Shining
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida – We’ll be spending a week here in January!
    • Orlando
      • DISNEYWORLD – Running the half marathon on January 7th (they canceled it!)
        • Magic Kingdom
          • Eat at “Be Our Guest”
        • Animal Kingdom
        • Epcot
      • Wizarding World of Harry Potter
      • Try an “escape game” with our friends!
    • Swim with the manatees!
    • Soco Restaurant – bourbon banana pudding with vanilla wafer waffle, caramelised banana and toasted meringue
    • Biscayne National Park
    • Everglades National Park
    • Dry Tortugas National Park – An isolated island of bliss sits roughly 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, surrounded by clear waters and an abundance of sea life. The area is only accessible by boat or seaplane, so leave your phone at home and enjoy a day off the grid 🙂
  •  Georgia
    • Savannah
  • Hawaii
    • Haleakala National Park
    • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • Kaui
      • Awa’awaphi Trail
    • Haiku stairs of Oahu
    • Na Pali Coast State Park
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
    • Chicago
      • Boat river tour
      • Shedd Aquarium
      • Wrigley Field
      • The Bean
      • Comedy show
      • Run on the shore of Lake Michigan
      • Food and Drinks
        • Breakfast
          • Wildberry Cafe — Come here hungry! Super fun breakfast/brunch spot with TONS of fun pancake and French toast options! Chocolate chip, Cinnamon Roll, Oreo S’more…
          • The Bongo Room — Honestly, what is more fun than a tower of Chocolate French Toast??! Perhaps their White Chocolate Pretzel Salted Caramel Pancakes??! The Bongo Room is fun breakfast/brunch spot with sinfully sweet and savory breakfast options.
          • Donut Vault
          • Do-rite Donuts
          • Fire cakes – donut ice cream sandwich
        • Lunch/Dinner
        • Donuts, donuts, donuts!
        • Eat at all/some of these!
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
    • Mammoth Cave
    • Drive the Bourbon trail
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
    • Acadia National Park
      • Sargent Mountain Loop – 5.5mi
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston
      • Fenway Park
    • Martha’s Vineyard
    • Cape Cod
    • Salem – ideally at Halloween time!
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
    • Isle Royale National Park
    • Mackinac Island
  • Minnesota
    • Voyageurs National Park
    • The Twin Cities
      • Minnesota Wild Game
    • Run the trails around Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles – if we end up living in the Twin Cities we have to live near these!
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri 
  • Montana
    • Glacier National Park
      • Drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road – You’ll feel like you’re in one of those nature-themed IMAX movies during this 50-mile drive
    • Grinnell Glacier Trail – 11mi
  • Nebraska
    • Omaha – Bae’s city, at least until May 2017
      • Food/Drinks:
        • Dario’s
        • Block 16
        • Lucky Bucket Brewery
        • Wilson and Washburn
        • Avoli
        • Salt
        • The Grey Plume
        • Cask Republic
        • Jams
        • Donut Professor
        • Lighthouse Pizza – Pies and fries
      • Omaha Drafthouse cinema
      • Joslyn’s Art Museum
      • Explore through Fontanelle Forest
      • Apple picking
      • Henry Doorly Zoo – best frickin’ zoo ever!
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
    • Carlsbad Caverns National Park – more than 119 known caves, formed from limestone and sulfuric acid. Visitors can take the natural entrance (pictured on the right) or ride down the elevator 750 feet below ground.
  • New York
    • NYC!!
      • Central Park
      • Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, NY to see The Kid!
  • Nevada
    • Great Basin National Park
    • Lake Tahoe – part in Cali, part in Nevada, pretty in summer or winter
    • Las Vegas – We’re not really Vegas people but gotta go once
      • Neon Boneyard Museum
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
    • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Ohio
    • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
    • Portland
      • Food:
        • Pine State Biscuits
        • Pip’s
        • Olympia Provisions
        • Cheese and Crack
        • Food carts/trucks!
        • Salt and Straw – ice cream
        • Breweries – we like to get flights
          • Rogue
          • Deschutes
        • Pok Pok
        • Grilled Sandwiches of all kinds
        • Multnomah Whiskey Library:  A relatively new bar that feels very old.  Perfectly crafted cocktails and great food in a very cool environment.  There are often lines, so try going during off hours.
        • Slappy Cakes – DIY pancakes
        • Screen Door 2337 E Burnside St. | Southern cuisine, farm to fork, chicken and waffles. Worth the wait.
        • Old Town Chinatown, NW 3rd Ave. is the place to be for a wild night. Police block off the streets with barriers so you may walk freely from bar to bar nary a concern. Explore the different venues. Let your curiosity lead the way. Is it the music that guides you? The atmosphere? The long wait to get in? Every bar has its scene.
      • Run in forest park
      • Explore the Japan Gardens – will be pretty in October
      • Portland Saturday Market
      • Visit a McMenamin’s place
        • The Kennedy School
    • Oneonta Gorge
    • Mt. Hood – Timberline Lodge
    •  Bend
      • Deschutes Brewery
    • Oregon Coastenhanced-buzz-wide-7005-1394331176-9
      • Manzanita
      • Tilamook Cheese Factory
      • Thor’s Well
      • Cannon Beach
      • Seaside
    • Crater Lake National Park
      • Drive the Rim – stop at all the viewpoints, about 30 miles and have a picnic at one of them
      • Boat Tour of the lake, maybe even take one to Wizard Island
    • Columbia River Highway – scenic drive
    • Multanomah Falls
    • Five Pines Lodge – trip is booked for late December. Hope there’s lots of snow! -> update, there was!
  • Pennsylvania
    • Visit the Liberty Bell
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
    • Badlands National Park
      • The Notch Trail
      • “The Wall”
      • Badlands Loop Road
      • See a sunset and a sunrise 🙂
      • Fossil Exhibit Trail
      • See a buffalo!!
    • Wall drug store
    • Wind Caves National Park
      • Take a cave tour!
    • Mt. Rushmore
    • Crazy Horse
    • Custer state park
  • South Carolina
    • Congaree National Park
    • Hilton Head
  • Tennessee
    • Great Smokey Mountains National Park
      • Climb Mount LeConte
    • Nashville – Hoping to road trip from Omaha and stop in KC and St. Louis on the way
  • Texas
  • Utah
    • Salt Lake City
    • A 9 day roadtrip to all the National Parks
    • Canyonlands National Park
    • Arches National Park
    • Zion National Park
      • Angel’s Landing – 5ish miles and challenging

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        Angel’s Landing in Zion

    • Bryce Canyon National Park
      • Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Combination Trail – 3mi
    • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Vermont
    • Maple Syrup Tasting
  • Virginia
    • Shenandoah National Park
      • Old Rag Loop – 8.8 mi
  • Washington D.C.
    • The Smithsonian
    • Holocaust Museum
    • Lincoln Memorial
  • Washington state – our home state!
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee
    • Apostle Islands
  • Wyoming
    • Grand Tetons National Park
    • Yellowstone National Park
      • Grand Prismatic Spring

Additional US Trips

  • Visit the 4 Corners – doesn’t really fall under one state, obviously
  • Road trip on Route 66

International Travel

  • On to CANADA!
    • Banff National Park
      • Stay at the Banff Springs Hotel
      • See the sunrise while canoeing on Lake Louise
      • Hike to a tea house
    • Whistler
    • Vancouver BC
  • Iceland
  • US Virgin Islands
    • Virgin Islands National Park
  • American Samoa
    • National Park of American Samoa
  • Scottland
    • Visit Castles & drink whiskey
  • New Zealand
  • England
    • London Marathon
  • Austria
  • Explore Scandinavia
    • Sweden

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      Hallstatt, Austria

  • Switzerland
  • Australia
    • Real life Marsupials!
    • Snorkle in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Italy
    • Rome Colosseum
    • Amalfi Coast
    • The Dolomites

“I wish I had done everything on earth with you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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