Like many of you we're sure, we spent the last week glued to the US election process. I'm not sure I've ever refreshed twitter so many times as when we were watching the ballot numbers update! And like many people around the world, we are both thrilled and hugely relieved by the result.
Anyway, hearing the names of states and towns that we have visited in the past got us thinking about how much we miss visiting the USA. It's truly our favourite country in the world, and we even spent our honeymoon there on a 6 week road trip across 5 states. As soon as we can (covid/politics permitting), we will be back over there exploring again, but in the mean time, we've put together a USA bucket list, or wish list, of things we would most like to do once we can travel to the States.
Spend Christmas in NYC - it's like the ultimate romantic movie! We want to view the city from the 'top of the Rock', visit Strawberry Fields in Central Park and see the Rockerfeller Christmas Tree.
See Mt Rushmore.
Visit Yellowstone National Park - we want to see Old Faithfull, bison and bears!
Stay on a ranch - square dancing, horse rides, relaxing in nature... this one makes our hearts ache thinking about it!
Road trip around Baja California
Hike Grand TetonNational Park (GORGEOUS)
Visit the Coors brewery in Colorado
Watch a rodeo
See autumn leaves in New England
Learn about the witch trials in Salem
Explore Acadia National Park and watch the sunrise
Sing the Close Encounters theme at Devils Tower
Drive through Kalamazoo (that name is just so fantastic, thank you election for bringing it to our attention!)
Visit Graceland (BIG Elvis fans)
See the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia
Visit Washington DC - we would love to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and visit all the museums!
Eat Clam Chowder and Lobster in Maine
Spend a wild weekend in New Orleans
Drive Route 66 - we did little bits of it in Arizona and California, but would love to do the whole thing!
Arches National Park - not just because Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed there... After visiting Zion National Park we can't get enough of Utah's rugged landscapes.
Eat EVERYTHING at the Ben and Jerry's factory, Vermont
Watch country music in Nashville
See a Broadway show
Explore historic Savannah, Georgia
Eat a Philly cheesesteak sandwich
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio
Catch a boat to the Channel Islands National Park
Photograph the Seven Magic Mountains, Nevada
Drink Kentucky Bourbon in er... Kentucky
Go star gazing at Mauna Kea and hopefully see some lava in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Explore Wind Cave National Park
See the grasslands of Nebraska - how can you not go somewhere called Oglala??
Visit Martin Luther King Jr's house in Montgomery, Alabama
Look for 'gators on a swamp safari in Louisiana
Play the slots in Atlantic City
Visit Gettysburg battlefield
Go to an American Football game
Immerse ourselves in South West culture in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visit Mission Control, at the Johnson Space Centre, Houston
Listen to jazz and eat pizza in Chicago
Hike up to see the Hollywood Sign
See the Northern Lights in Alaska
Drive the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Take a boat trip on the Mississippi River
Visit Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho
Eat Texas BBQ
See a tornado from a very safe distance where it's out in open land and not hurting anyone (we've had a weird fascination with tornadoes since childhood...)
Learn about the history of Little Bighorn Battlefield
See the wheel ruts of the Oregon Trail in Wyoming
Cruise back to the UK from New York on a ship
Now before you get up in arms about what isn't on our list, ("what about Yosemite? The Golden Gate Bridge! The Grand Canyon! Vegas!") don't worry, we haven't missed them off the list. Those are all things we've already done! Next week we'll publish our favourite memories from the USA that we are lucky enough to have crossed off our bucket list.