Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#TravelTuesday 12// 30 Places to See in my 30s

Hey Fellow Adventure Lovers! 
It's time for another #TravelTuesday Linkup and I am so excited to kick the year off "traveling" together! 
I am wrapping up a week of 30th birthday posting (you can read the first two here and here), so I figured I would keep with the theme by sharing the top 30 places I want to see in my 30s.
There is still so much of the world I want to see, but as my biggest bucket list item for my 30s would be to become full-time RVers I figured I would share the 30 places within the US and Canada that I could get to by road, since (if that were to happen) those places would be more attainable goals. While I could just go through the list of all the states I haven't been to and call it a day, that wouldn't be near as much fun! However, I will start my list off with the 5 states I most want to get to. And by get to I mean, spend a good chunk of time in to truly see all they have to offer (I'm thinking like a month or so in each would suffice). Anyways, here we go... 

30 Places to visit in my 30s
#1 Colorado (To quote Will Ferrell "there's so much room for activities") 
#2 Alaska 
#3 Maine 
#4 Oregon
#5 Washington 
Places to see in your 30s
Photo Credit: National Parks Site
#6 White Sands National Monument (Sand that looks like snow?! Sand sledding?! Yes, please!)
#7 Everglades National Park (because, despite living in Florida all my life, I have never been yet!) 
#8 Red Rock Canyon (I can't lie, this had originally said Seven Magic Mountains, which is also here in Vegas, but we actually started this morning at Red Rock Canyon and it now MUST be on everyone's list. So I got on here to edit this before it goes live, because I am still in awe at how amazing it is. Plus, now I have one checked off and will hopefully be able to check off Seven Magic Mountains in the next few days. All the pictures in the three strip at the top of this post were taken at Red Rock)
#9 Route 66 (I would LOVE to drive the entirety of Route 66, my old, road-trip-loving soul finds the thought just simply magical)
#10 Cadillac Ranch (If you couldn't tell from the last few, I love a good roadside attraction and have not seen nearly enough) 
30 Places to see in Your 30s
Photo Credit: National Parks Site
#11 The Grand Canyon ("She needs wide open spaces...") 
#12 The Minister's Treehouse (it's a treehouse and church all-in-one and looks something like the Weasley's Burrow! I will take any chance I can get to go to Tennessee... and feel like I am in a Harry Potter book)
#13 Sea to Sky Gondola near Squamish, British Columbia 
#14 Goat Canyon Trestle (the world's longest wooden trestle, 6 mile round trip hike) 
#15 Johnston Canyon in Alberta, Canada 
#16 Vance Creek Bridge (it may be cliche, but I really want to walk an old, wooden trestle bridge apparently) 
#17 Bitty and Beau's Coffee Shop (I know, just a coffee shop made the list? But Bitty and Beau's is so much more than that. I saw their story come across FB and knew I had to visit. One, because who doesn't love an excuse for a trip to NC?! But more importantly, I would love to see their shop and meet the wonderful team of people they employ. We need more places-and people- like that in this world) 
#18 Jacob's Well in Wimberley, Texas (because I'm all about finding good cliff diving locations these days!!) 
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Photo Credit: National Parks Site
#19 Joshua Tree National Park (because who wouldn't want to feel like they were in a Dr. Seuss Wonderland?) 
#20 Ski in the Canadian Rockies (definitely be a change from our East Coast ski experiences) 
#21 Dismals Canyon in Alabama 
#22 Mooney Falls at Havasu 
#23 Hike the Big Sur WaterFall Trail 
#24 Cathedral Gorge State Park in Neveda 
#25 See Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon in Arizona
#26 D.C. during Cherry Blossom Season (though I prefer the open outdoors to city streets, and I did spend one day there as a teen, I would really love to actually explore D.C. Babe is itching to see all the history museums and, given that I have never really gotten to visit anything other than the zoo, I figure we should give it a go!)
#27 Niagara Falls (both sides) 
Photo Credit: National Park Site
#28 Glacier National Park (can you say gorgeous?!) 
#29 Zion National Park (maybe we should just saw all the national parks?)
#30 Nashville TN (There's a few cities on my list of places to visit and this would be at the top)


I could go on, but I will start with these 30 for now and see how far I get in the next 10 years! 
As I go along I will come back and cross through the places I've been and I am super excited for the challenge of trying to get all 30 done! 

What are some of the places on your bucket list?! 
Any you've checked off recently?!

Share your link below and let's travel together! 
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest
~Not many rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up. 
~I will also be sharing my favorite post from the month before. Decembers's fave was from Momma To Go, because we are actually heading for Vegas as I type this and her food recommendations were super helpful to this food-lover! 


51 comments:

  1. I havent been to Oregon and Glacier National Park yet . This is on my list . Thanks for sharing.

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  2. You have a lot of great places on here. DC in April is beyond amazing. The best part is it's a cheap vacation because all the museums are free.

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    1. That's what I've heard! One of the big reasons it's on the list; that and my husband absolutely loves all the history.

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  3. So many beautiful places! My favorite place to go is Europe, so I'll want to knock off as many countries as possible ;) xx Adaleta Avdic

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    1. I still haven't been to Europe, but it's high on my list for places "across the pond". Hope you can start checking off that list very soon!!

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  4. I would love to go to Alaska purely because one of my favourite drag queens Alaska Thunderfuck is named after the state. All these places look gorgeous though!

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    1. What a name!! And I love that as a reason to go! Good an excuse as any! Hope you get there soon :)

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  5. OMG, absolutely breath taking pictures. Awesome must-see recommendations. I have a lot to cover. It's been a while but I'm bitten by the travel bug now!

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    1. It's a good bug to be bitten by!! :) Hope you are able to get out an explore soon!!

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  6. WOW what amazing places you have found! I love the white sand dunes, that looks amazing!

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  7. This is such an awesome list of some of the most amazing places!! Happy traveling!

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  8. I bookmark this post immediately knowing that you've shared amazing places that worth to visit. One of the place I really want to visit is Machu Pichu in Peru.

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    1. Oh man, I would love to go there too someday! It's high on my list for places out of the USA!

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  9. This is a great reminder that with a birthday coming up soon, I need to plan my travel adventures for the next 9 years! Sharing to my Facebook page. 😄

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    1. It was really fun planning the list and prioritizing the things I want to see! If you make it into a blog post I would love to see it :) And thanks for sharing!

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  10. Hawaii was somewhere that was on my list for the longest time and I checked it off in 2015, and again in 2016! Another one I always wanted to visit was Egypt. I've loved the pyramids etc since as long as I can remember so that will have to happen at some point!

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    1. I am with you on both accords! Hawaii is high on my list, but I was trying to go with places that wouldn't necessarily require a plane ride. You must have loved it though if you went back a 2nd time. Good to know! And we studied Egypt a lot in middle school, because my history teacher loved it and it got me hooked too! Hope you make it soon!!

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  11. You've got quite a comprehensive list! I've been to only a few places on there. Still, even the places I've gone, I would like to go back and explore deeper!

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    1. Totally understand that! I could have spent days in Red Rock Canyon!

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  12. Amazing list! I'll be 38 this year though and have not yet seen any of those places, so I guess I had better get a move on in the next 2.5 years lol! Katie x

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    1. Haha, thanks!! Just make a dent on the places you want to visit! I love a good challenge to get me somewhere new :)

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  13. Thanks for inviting me to your link up! I love your list of places to visit in our 30s, especially since you've highlighted so many National Parks. I just turned 30 last March while on my must-do -- a road trip up the California coast. But, I'd love to add more National Parks -- like Joshua Tree, Zion, Glacier, and Acadia.

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    1. Oh yay!! What a great way to celebrate 30! I would love to do a Cali. Coast road trip. Happy to have another National Park lover :)

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  14. This is a BRILLIANT list! We lived in Colorado for two years and it was the happiest time, it is SUCH a beautiful state and we miss it every. single. day. We recently drove Route 66 and saw Grand Canyon and it is more breathtaking than any picture can ever portray. But Big Sur (I backpacked a hot spring trail for my 30th) and Joshua Tree National Park definitely deserve top priority if I could make that recommendation. Magical. There isn't another word for either of the two places. I wish I could RV full time, that is such an amazing dream. We road trip a LOT in the jeeps cramped quarters!! ;)

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    1. Cramped quarters are just fine with me, as long as I'm moving :) I have always wanted to try car camping, so that we really can just pick up and go. Thanks for tips about Big Sur and Joshua Tree. Hopefully they can be some of the first I check off. So awesome to hear you loved it in Co. If we can't hit the road full-time we have talked about relocating there for a few years if possible.

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  15. Yes, yes and yes. I need to see all these beautiful places. I am adding those not already on it to my bucket list.

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  16. White Sands monument looks amazing, I'm putting that on my list!

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  17. AMAZING list! This is giving me such wanderlust. I'm looking forward to hearing about your travels!

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    1. Thanks!! Looking forward to checking things off one-by-one! Hope you can quell that wanderlust some soon!

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  18. I must say you have a wonderful list to check off. Your first state, Colorado, is one of my favorite places.

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  19. Wow! I had no idea so many awesome places were in the US! I am totally adding some of these to my list!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

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    1. Right?! There's so much here that we don't think about! Glad I could spark some additions!!

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  20. These are some really awesome places and some I haven't even heard of! I live in New Mexico and I always recommend the Carlsbad Caverns! You should check it out!

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    1. Ahhh cool!! Thanks for the tip!! I will definitely check that out!!

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  21. As a kid, my family did a lot of traveling in the US. Even though there are still places I would like to visit here, my bucket list consists of going to Iceland, Italy, Israel, Costa Rica, and someday Australia.

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    1. I can't speak on any of the others, but Costa Rica is beautiful and the people are so friendly!! I really want to get to Australia too!!

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  22. These are all beautiful places! I hope you get to see all of them even when you're beyond your thirties! It's nice to travel around especially in your own country.

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  23. Big blush! Thanks for featuring me! Love this list & that you included the NC coffee shop! I am turning 40 in two months... I don't know about 40 places off the top of my head but I'm sure I could make a list!

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    1. You bet!! We didn't end up making it to the Mexican place you recommended, as our tired toes kept us closer to the hotel at the end of each day, but I loved your trip!! If you make a list I want to see it!! Love seeing all the great places people want to explore :)

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  24. Just popping by again to say thank you for taking part in #LivingLifeWild :-) I love your 30's travel goals! Katie x

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  25. Thank you for inviting me to your link up party!!! I love this list- love your blog! Happy Thursday! :)

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    1. Of course! So glad you joined in!! Hope you had a gorgeous weekend!

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  26. Wow, I am doing my first ever trip to America this year (I'm 32 so still have time), but only visiting Florida, any suggestions of must see?! #livinglifewild

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    1. SO fun!! Where in Florida are you planning to be? There's definitely a lot to see. We love New Smyrna Beach if you are looking for some time by the ocean.

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