25 Epic U.S. Experiences to Add to Your List Right Now

It’s time to break out of your state lines and dive headfirst into the epic adventure that is the USA. Forget liking pictures of exotic places on social media from the comfort of your couch. The real deal is right here under your nose, and it’s bursting with jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, and sometimes downright bizarre experiences that scream ‘Merica. Here’s your guide to living the American dream one epic journey at a time.

1. Stare Down the Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Get ready to feel insignificantly small (in the best way) as you gaze into nature’s abyss. It’s like looking into the earth’s soul—if Mother Nature had a social media account, this would be her profile pic.

2. Party Like It’s 1799 in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Louisiana

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Lose yourself in the streets where every corner has a story, every meal is a party, and the ghosts might just outdrink you. Remember, what happens in NOLA, stays in NOLA, except for the beads.

3. Relive American History on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Massachusetts

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Don your tri-corner hat and march the red line through history. It’s like a live-action crash course in how we went from tea addicts to revolutionaries.

4. Get Your Broadway Fix, New York City

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Broadway shows: where the drama on stage rivals that of your last family Thanksgiving. Go for the spectacle, stay for the standing ovations.

5. Attempt to Surf in Oahu, Hawaii

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Channel your inner Duke Kahanamoku on the waves where surfing was born. Warning: the ocean doesn’t care about your Instagram reputation.

6. Roam Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Discover where the wild things truly are. Spoiler alert: it’s not just Old Faithful that will blow your mind.

7. Catch Beads at Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Because nothing says “freedom” like dancing in the streets with a million of your closest friends, decked out in masks and colors so bright, they’d make a peacock jealous.

8. Take the Scenic Route on California’s Pacific Coast Highway

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Cruise the PCH with the top down and the volume up. This is where car commercials come to life, minus the disclaimer.

9. Cheer for the Underdog at a Red Sox Game, Fenway Park, Boston

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Soak up over a century of hope, heartbreak, and home runs. It’s the epitome of American sports culture, where loyalty is thicker than Boston clam chowder.

10. Marvel at the Northern Lights in Alaska

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Watch the sky dance in colors you didn’t know existed. It’s nature’s blockbuster, no CGI required.

11. Ponder Democracy at the National Mall, Washington D.C.

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Walk among giants in the land of monuments and memorials. It’s a powerful reminder that freedom isn’t free.

12. Sip Mint Juleps at the Kentucky Derby

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Experience the most exciting two minutes in sports with a side of Southern charm and hats so big, they deserve their own ZIP code.

13. Look Presidents in the Eye at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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Contemplate American greatness carved in stone. It’s the original group selfie.

14. Embark on a BBQ Pilgrimage Across Texas

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Because nothing says ‘Merica like smoking meat to perfection. Warning: may ruin backyard grilling for you forever.

15. Feel the Need for Speed at the Indy 500, Indiana

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Engines roar and hearts race at the greatest spectacle in racing. It’s like NASCAR, but with right turns.

16. Get Cultured at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

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Where learning is cool and admission is free. It’s America’s attic, if your attic held priceless treasures instead of Christmas decorations.

17. Bask in the Golden Glow of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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Snap that iconic shot. It’s the gateway to the Pacific, draped in International Orange because “rust” wasn’t an appealing color option.

18. Chase Fall Foliage in New England

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Leaf-peeping is the autumnal pilgrimage to witness Mother Nature’s palette change. It’s like Instagram, but in real life and with apple cider donuts.

19. Reflect at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York City

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A solemn tribute to resilience and unity. It’s where we remember, we reflect, and we stand together.

20. Hit the Slopes in the Colorado Rockies

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Where the snow is powdery, and the après-ski is just as important as the skiing. Go for the sports, stay for the hot cocoa (or the hot tub).

21. Go Full Cowboy in the Wild West

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Embrace the frontier spirit with a horseback ride through Monument Valley. Yeehaw is the only appropriate response.

22. Delve Into the Art Scene of Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Where every adobe wall tells a story, and the art is as rich as the chili. It’s the Southwest at its most creative.

23. Tune Into the Nashville Music Scene, Tennessee

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The city that strums to the beat of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s where every bar has a stage, and every stage has a story.

24. Brave a Louisiana Swamp Tour

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Gators, bayous, and voodoo—oh my! It’s like a theme park ride, but the characters are real, and the setting is 100% natural.

25. Embrace Your Inner Child at Disney World, Florida

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Because magic doesn’t have an age limit, and sometimes, you just need to wear Mickey ears and eat a churro as big as your arm.


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There you have it, a cross-country quest for the heart and soul of America, from sea to shining sea. So, it’s time to explore the land of the free, the home of the brave, and the occasional deep-fried everything. Let’s make memories that are as boldly American as apple pie on the Fourth of July.

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