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What places have you been that are so nice, you think they should be on everyone's bucket list?

Asked by jca (36054points) April 26th, 2012

Where have you visited that was so incredible, you think it should be on everyone’s bucket list?

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filmfann's avatar

Big Sur

A boat ride down the Li River, through Guilin, China.

ragingloli's avatar

The Döner store at the local train station. Delicious.

Plucky's avatar

The Canadian Rockies.

Sunny2's avatar

On safari in Kenya.

2davidc8's avatar

A balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.

2davidc8's avatar

The view from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California.

digitalimpression's avatar

Puerto Vallarta (away from the tourist area)

GoldieAV16's avatar

+1 for Big Sur.

tom_g's avatar

Big Sur
Joshua Tree (yep, the desert. 118 one time I was there)

Coloma's avatar

Toroko Natl. Park in eastern Taiwan. Amazing river, gorges, marble mountains and mind blowing Buddhist temples on cliff sides.

Bryce & Zion Natl. Parks in Utah

Angelfire New Mexico

Ouray Colorado at the base of the Rockies

A hot air balloon ride OMG! The most exhilarating experience ever

A white water rafting trip in my town, Coloma Ca. on the American River

2davidc8's avatar

Yes, rafting in the Grand Canyon.

Also, the Temple on the Rock in Bali, Indonesia, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu in Peru.
Edit: the Temple on the Rock must be viewed at sunset, bring your camera!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@jca You cheater!!!!!!!!

Coloma's avatar

@2davidc8 I love Asia, want to go to Bali & South America badly. :-)

Coloma's avatar

Oooh, how could I forget Yosemite! My daughter & her BF are going May 10, for his birthday. :-) May is a great month to visit because all the waterfalls are fully falling. lol

tinyfaery's avatar


Muir Woods is pretty cool, too.

josie's avatar

Sharm el-Sheik

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@josie That’s interesting.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@josie I was wondering why that’s on your list?

josie's avatar

Because it is incredible. The criterion was a place you have been that is so incredible it should be on everybody’s bucket list. I’ve been there, it is incredible and it should be on everybody’s bucket list.

Trillian's avatar

Corfu. It was amazingly beautiful.

Sunny2's avatar

Iguacu Falls on the Brazil/Argentine border.

YARNLADY's avatar

I truly depends on the person. For some people, the view from a free-fall sky dive is not to be missed.

For me, I would love to stay at a luxury hotel where every thing is included in the price, such as a spa visit, the food, and gambling in the casino. (And I could afford it).

zenvelo's avatar

Cinque Terre in Liguria
Riding a bike down Haleakala
snorkeling the Na Pali coast
Emigrant Basin Wild Area

CuriousLoner's avatar


AngryWhiteMale's avatar

My contribution to this question would be the Coastal Redwoods in northwestern California.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Alaska, Andorra in the Pyranees, Masada, Pittsburg Landing Tennessee

JLeslie's avatar

Florence, Rome and Venice. Other parts of Italy too.

Stowe, VT to talk to the real von Trapps, hear their story of escaping Austria. Also in or near Stowe is the Ben and Jerrys tour, you can learn about maple syrup being made, and cheese making, and taste the freshest apple cider ever. I loved that vacation.

If you never go to Europe, Quebec City, Quebec is the most European you can get without being there. A very charming city, architecture is lovely, and you can see the whole thing in a couple days.

The Alps in Austria are just beautiful also, and the Linzer torte is delicious! And, Germany, Bavaria, Castle Neuschwanstein is wonderful, Walt Disney supposedly modeled Cinderella’s castle after it.

If you like cities I highly recommend Tokyo.

Washington D.C.

I love southeast FL, but someone people aren’t do keen on it. South Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Palm Beach. Great shopping, beautiful beaches, lovely resorts, good restaurants. Mid february through Mid April is the most reliable time for perfect sprinlike weather.

Bellatrix's avatar

Flinders Island (not many people there and not for those who love resorts but it is a stunningly beautiful place).

Norfolk Island is also a very pretty place with lots of history.

Australia and New Zealand generally have many beautiful places to holiday in.

DominicX's avatar

Yosemite, of course. Specifically Tunnel View and Olmstead Point.

I would also have to nominate Petropolis, the old imperial city of Brazil. Definitely one of the prettiest places I’ve been…

lillycoyote's avatar


The Columbia River Gorge

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Some info and more pictures

In Austin:

Hamilton Pool, Austin, TX

And 6th Street, Austin, TX, though I don’t know what 6th St is really like now, it’s been a while. It used to be a blast.

New York, NY

New Orleans, Jazz Fest at least, and see as much of the city as you can, while you’re at Jazz Fest..

San Francisco

A very U.S. centered list but that’s kind of what I am; an American. I haven’t traveled the world as much as some people have.

Bellatrix's avatar

And of course .. Frankfurt airport @Lillycoyote.

gailcalled's avatar

Zermatt, Switzerland and lots of hikes around the Matterhorn. Fun for skiing but really nice in the summer when the alpine flowers bloom and the small lakes are warm enough to not cause hypothermia.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Bellatrix LOL. I would steer clear of the Frankfurt airport, with their Lufthansa “death marches” and Lufthansa’s attempts to placate their delayed and inconvenienced passengers with little cardboard rye bread sandwiches. Or maybe just steer clear of Lufthansa, However, ... my friend and I did get round trip airfare from Philly to Rome, from them, for about $480 U.S. A very good deal. Beggars can’t be choosers, after all. :-)

8Convulsions's avatar

Fern Canyon, up in the Redwoods of California.

augustlan's avatar

The Poconos mountains in the fall, while a hot air balloon festival is going on. Gorgeous!

2davidc8's avatar

@Coloma If they are strong hikers, they should consider the hike up to Clouds Rest in Yosemite. If not so strong, they could hike down from Glacier Point to the bottom. But even the hike down would take pretty much all day.

gorillapaws's avatar

@tinyfaery I second Muir Woods.

2davidc8's avatar

@CuriousLoner Yes, Alaska! Glacier Bay is stunning.

@JLeslie The old town of Quebec is lovely, the most memorable of the Canadian cities I’ve been to.

rooeytoo's avatar

Uluru in the NT of Australia, also see the 30,000 year old rock art in Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage park, also in the NT. The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. The Devils Marbles in the NT. The Kimberlys in WA. Fraser Island in Queensland. The list of what to see in oz is endless. In the USA my favorite places were the Florida Keyes. That was 15–20 years ago though, they may have gone too touristy by now.

8Convulsions's avatar

@2davidc8 I’m sure the hike is beautiful! Thanks for the tip. Since we are only going to be there for two days, we are going by car the first day, and by bikes the second. That way we can try to see as much of the park as we can. :)

Nullo's avatar

Italy, in its entirety; my four years there weren’t nearly enough time to see it all. And there was this nifty set of cascades in southern Austria (reasonably close to Millstadt, if that helps) that were pretty cool. And Salzburg was awesome.

@rooeytoo What was the 30,000-year-old rock 40,000 years ago? 30k is too old for a YEC like me, but far too young for anybody who goes in for the Big Bang Hypothesis.

rooeytoo's avatar

@nullo – I don’t quite understand your question, but if you google age of aboriginal rock art in australia, you will get a lot of theories, here is just one.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@josie Did a search for Sharm el-Sheik. Wow, it’s spectacular. I was familiar with it from it’s history.

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OpryLeigh's avatar

The west highlands of Scotland, specifically Loch Ness.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I would suggest Kwajelien, but unfortunately it is not open to tourists. It is an army base out in the middle of the north Pacific, in the Marshall Islands. I was fortunate enough to go there as my daughter and son-in-law were there for two years. What an experience! This crescent-shaped island has beautiful white sand (deserted) beaches, coconut and banana trees, a marina where you can rent a boat and go fishing. You can also do snorkeling and diving. There are plane and boat wrecks to explore underwater, from WWII, sea turtles, parrot fish.

It is so quiet and peaceful. You get around the island by bicycle as the only vehicles allowed are a few maintenance vehicles and a fire truck. There is no cell phone service, and the only stations you get on TV is the army station, the navy station, the air force station and the marine station (ha-ha). Who would want to be inside anyway, when everyone is outside after work, having pot luck bbq’s and playing baggo.

There is a lot of WWII history there. I found a 1942 coke bottle, and always wonder if the guy that drank that coke survived the war.

2davidc8's avatar

@8Convulsions I hope you can return to Yosemite on another occasion, then. Some of the most beautiful parts are not accessible by car—or bike.

GracieT's avatar

I’ve not been away from the Americas, but I would like to add Glacier Bay and the Rockies. Vancouver is, well, incredible, as is Quebec City. I loved most of what Mecico I’ve seen, but the people I’ve seen these places with only added to it. I was able to cross off one item on my bucket list- my husband and I went to Machu Picchu. Wow.! Now I want to go back. Again, though, the people I was with only added to the experience!

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