Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Great Lakes Region

Moving into a new state today….Pennsylvania! Finally approaching the Northeastern part of the country! Pennsylvania is split into eleven regions, so these lists are shorter than other states due to each region being a bit smaller!

Erie

  • Erie Land Lighthouse: This lighthouse is located on the shore of Lake Erie and is one of three in the city.
  • Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara: Experience the history of the area, beginning with the War of 1812.
  • Erie Zoo Botanical Gardens: This zoo is filled with a wide array of animal and plant species.
  • Presque Isle State Park: Explore this sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie.

Jamestown

  • Pymatuning State Park: State park that sits on the shores of the lake that sits on the Ohio/Pennsylvania border.

All attractions found on visitpa.com

Ohio Bucket List ~ Northeast Region

Final region of Ohio today! It’s another lengthier post due to the Cleveland area being located in this area.

Akron

  • Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum: This church houses a replica to the cave that Jesus would have been born in.

Ashland

  • Mohican State Park: Fun area to explore the gorge.

Canton

  • First Ladies National Historical Park: Park that tells the stories of various First Ladies of the U.S.
  • McKinley Presidential Library and Museum: Learn all about the life of former President McKinley.
  • Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail: Multi use trail that follows the old canal.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Houses everything about the best players in the NFL.
  • Quail Hollow State Park: Hike through the marshes and meadow that surround a historic home.
  • Troll Hole Museum: Home to the world’s largest troll collection.

Chardon

  • Headwaters Park: Park filled with fun trails along the water.
  • Punderson State Park: This park contains a haunted lodge, disc golf course, and sledding area for winter.

Cleveland

  • A Christmas Story House: See the house where this classic Christmas movie took place.
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Check out the animals at this large zoo.
  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium: Explore all the sea creatures at this aquarium.
  • NASA Glenn Research Center-Tours: Tour this facility that continues to provide research for NASA.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Experience the history of Rock and Roll.

Geneva

  • Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum: Old light keeper’s house that details the history of the shipping industry in the area.
  • Conneaut West Breakwater Lighthouse: Lighthouse just off shore in Lake Erie.
  • Geneva State Park: Park that sits on the shores of Lake Erie.
  • Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum: This house was an endpoint on the Underground Railroad.
  • Pymatuning State Park: This lake sits on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Lisbon

  • Beaver Creek State Park: This park houses parts of a historic canal.
  • Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens Park: Check out these old ovens that were used to purify coal from the coal industry in the area.

Mansfield

  • The Ohio State Reformatory: Take a tour of this historic prison that is known for the filming of “Shawshank Redemption.”

Painesville

  • Headlands Beach State Park: Relax on Ohio’s largest beach.
  • Lake Erie Bluffs: Take in picturesque views of the Lake Erie shoreline.

Ravenna

  • Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park: Explore the cliffs and waterfalls of this park.
  • Wingfoot Lake State Park: Hike nature trails and disc golf in this park located on the lake.

Steubenville

  • Historic Fort Steuben: Learn the history involved with this fort that was initially erected in the late 1700’s.

Warren

  • First Flight Lunar Module: Honors the life of famous local, Neil Armstrong.
  • Mosquito Lake State Park: Explore the trails in this lake park.
  • National McKinley Birthplace Memorial and Museum: Visit the birthplace of former President McKinley.
  • National Packard Museum: Educates on the role Packard had in the transportation industry.

All attractions found in the Ohio State Travel Guide.

Ohio Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

We’ve got a super long list of options to explore in the southeast region of Ohio!

Caldwell

  • Johnny Appleseed Memorial: Remembers the life of the legendary Johnny Appleseed.

Cambridge

  • Salt Fork State Park: Ohio’s largest state park and a great place to do some hiking.

Chillicothe

  • Great Seal State Park: Challenging hikes will lead to stunning vistas in this park.
  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park: Explore the earthworks and burial mounds of the Hopewell people.
  • Paint Creek State Park: Features a large lake with good fishing.
  • Tar Hollow State Park: Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Jackson

  • Lake Alma State Park: Hike around this serene lake.

Logan

  • Hocking Hills State Park: The #1 park I want to visit in Ohio is known for it’s stunning beauty and many hiking trails.

Marietta

  • Ohio River Museum: Explore the history of the Ohio River.

McArthur

  • Lake Hope State Park: Beautiful wooded area along the lake.

McConnelsville

  • Burr Oak State Park: The more modern park is filled with miles of forested hollows to hike.

Portsmouth

  • Shawnee State Park: This park is located in the Appalachian foothills along the banks of the Ohio River.

St. Clairsville

  • 1828 Blaine “S” Bridge: This historic bridge is known as Ohio’s Bicentennial bridge.
  • Bellaire Toy and Plastic Brick Museum: An “unofficial Lego” museum, this houses a private collection of those famous little plastic bricks!

West Union

  • Adams Lake State Park: Hike along Ohio’s Bluegrass region.
  • Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve: Beautiful place to hike at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains.

Zanesville

  • Blue Rock State Park: Explore the rugged hills of this area.
  • John and Annie Glenn Museum: Museum dedicated to the life of the famous astronaut and his wife.
  • Stone Academy Historic Site and Museum: Famous house along the Underground Railroad.

All attractions found in the Ohio State Travel Guide.

Ohio Bucket List ~ Central Region

Headed into the middle of Ohio today!

Bellefontaine

  • Indian Lake State Park: Enjoy time at the beach at this state park.
  • Ohio Caverns: Ohio’s largest cavern and show cave.

Circleville

  • A.W. Marion State Park: Enjoy this rural wooded area along a lake.
  • Deer Creek State Park: This park offers woodlands and meadows to hike and explore.

Columbus

  • National Veterans Memorial and Museum: Museum dedicated to the lives and experience of our nation’s veterans.
  • Ohio Herb Center: Explore the World of Herbs.
  • Ohio Statehouse: Tour the Ohio state capitol.

Delaware

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Visit this fun large zoo.
  • Delaware State Park: Hike in this peaceful wooded area.
  • Shale Hollow Park: Explore this wooded hollow and hike along the waterway.

Lancaster

  • Buckeye Lake State Park: Ohio’s oldest state park.
  • Cross Mound Park: Explore the old earthwork located in this park.

Mount Gilead

  • Mt. Gilead State Park: Enjoy this peaceful wooded area along a few lakes.

Newark

  • Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries and Nature Preserve: Explore the trails around this old Native American flint quarry.
  • Infirmary Mound Park: This park features an old “infirmary mound.”
  • Newark Earthworks: Explore three different types of Native American earthworks within this park.

All attractions found in the Ohio State Travel Guide.

Ohio Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

Heading into a region of Ohio that holds one of it’s three major cities. Today’s big city area is Cincinnati.

Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens: Come visit the sixth largest zoo in the U.S.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Home of the antislavery author.
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Museum that shares the history of the Underground Railroad.

Dayton

  • Mound Cold War Discovery Center: This laboratory was filled with top secret work during the Cold War.
  • National Aviation Heritage Center: Celebrate the history of aviation at the National Park Site.
  • Sycamore State Park: Explore nature trails around this lake area.

Eaton

  • Hueston Woods State Park: Camp in yurts in this wooded park.

Hamilton

  • National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting: Learn about the history of radio and transmitting.
  • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum: Fun outdoor sculpture park.

Lebanon

  • Little Miami State Park: Explore the scenic trail that runs through the area.

Springfield

  • George Rogers Clark Park: Beautiful scenic area to explore, named after the Revolutionary War hero.
  • Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve: Explore this gorge area and do some hiking.

Troy

  • Charlestown Falls Preserve: Hiking area with a picturesque waterfall.

All attractions found in the 2020 Ohio Travel Guide.

Ohio Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

Today we start a new state in the bucket list series….Ohio! Please note, in the Ohio guide they base these on city “areas” so some attractions may be located a little outside the larger city they are associated with!

Bowling Green

  • National Construction Equipment Museum: Check out all the equipment in outdoor displays and how it’s changed over time.

Bryan

  • Spangler Candy Company: Explore the candy world from the creators who brought us Dum-Dums!

Findlay

  • Van Buren State Park: Park that sits on the shores of Van Buren Lake.

Fremont

  • Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum: Explore the life of this former president.

Napoleon

  • Mary Jane Thurston State Park: Sits on the banks of the Maumee River and located near the historic Miami and Erie Canals.

Norwalk

  • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park: Oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes.

Port Clinton

  • Catawba Island State Park: Public park along Lake Erie.
  • East Harbor State Park: Located on a peninsula that juts into Lake Erie.
  • Middle Bass Island State Park: Great place to enjoy the beach.
  • North Bass Island State Park: Primitive park with some fun hiking trails.
  • Oak Point State Park: Bayside park with scenic views.
  • South Bass Island State Park: This park is accessible by ferry and features a small beach area.

Tiffin

  • Seneca Caverns: One of Ohio’s largest caverns.

Toledo

  • Maumee Bay State Park: Park along the shores of Lake Erie.
  • National Museum of the Great Lakes: Learn stories of life along the Great Lakes and the great history they provide!
  • Toledo Zoo: Come visit this zoo that is ranked one of the best in the nation.

Wapakoneta

  • Bicycle Museum of America: One of the largest private collections of bicycles in the nation is on display at this museum.
  • Lake Loramie State Park: Formed from the canals that fed into this lake, this park is a great place for a picnic.

Wauseon

  • Harrison Lake State Park: Hike along the rolling hills of the area.

All attractions found in the 2020 Ohio State Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ East Region

We’ve reached the final region in Indiana today! Tomorrow we will head into Ohio!

Anderson

  • Mounds State Park: Park that features 10 Native American mounds.

Bluffton

  • Ouabache State Park: Enjoy this park that sits along the river and a lake.

Fort Wayne

  • Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory: Beautiful, enclosed conservatory located downtown.

Fountain City

  • Levi and Catherine Coffin State Historic Site: This house was known as “Grand Central Station” along the Underground Railroad.

New Castle

  • Summit Lake State Park: Take in gorgeous views of this lake that is the centerpiece of this park.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ Central Region

I’ve had an itch to visit the capital city of Indiana for quite some time now, maybe someday we will make this itch a reality!

Carmel

  • Museum of Miniature Houses: This museum is filled with dollhouses filled with miniatures.

Fishers

  • Conner Prairie: Living history museum that shows what life along the river was like in the 19th century.

Indianapolis

  • Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site: Home of the 23rd president of the United States.
  • Fort Harrison State Park: This park features portions of the old Fort Harrison and a WWII POW camp.
  • Indiana Historical Society: Visit this museum to learn all you need to know about the history of the state.
  • Indiana State Capitol: Visit the heart of Indiana’s government.
  • Indiana State Museum: This museum combines the science, history, art, and culture that made the state what it is today.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum: Explore the history and culture of the Indy 500.
  • Indianapolis Zoo: Explore all the species this zoo has to offer.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ South Central

Moving back towards the center of the state and hitting the South Central region of Indiana today!

Bedford

  • Bluespring Caverns: Take a boat tour of this underground cavern.

Madison

  • Clifty Falls State Park: Park with a waterfall feature.

Metamora

  • Whitewater Canal State Historic Site: One of the only active aqueducts in the world. Enjoy a boat ride in the canal.

Mitchell

  • Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Boyhood Home: See where one of the first astronauts in space grew up.
  • Spring Mill State Park: Enjoy the history of this mill located in the park.

North Vernon

  • Muscatatuck Park: Pretty park to camp and explore the nature trails.

Versailles

  • Versailles State Park: Explore the rolling hills of this park, which is the second largest state park in the state.

Vincennes

  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park: Honors the life of George Rogers Clark who helped promote westward expansion and frontier life.
  • Grouseland-William H. Harrison Mansion and Museum: Home of former president William H. Harrison.
  • Vincennes State Historic Sites: Explore the history of the town and area.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.

Indiana Bucket List ~ South Region

Moving to the Southern portion of Indiana today!

Charlestown

  • Charlestown State Park: Park on the banks of the Ohio River.

Clarksville

  • Falls of he Ohio State Park: Explore this waterfall area across the river from Louisville, KY.

Corydon

  • Corydon Capitol State Historic Site: Commemorates Indiana’s first capitol.

Evansville

  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site: Preserves old Native American mounds.
  • USS LST Ship Memorial Inc.: Tour the last fully operational WWII Landing Ship Tank.

Lincoln City

  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Explore the land a young Abe Lincoln called home.
  • Lincoln State Park: Explore several miles of trails at a site that helps to understand the life of early settlers in Indiana.

Marengo

  • Marengo Cave: One of only four show caves in Indiana.

New Albany

  • Harmonie State Park: Hike through the ravines.

Princeton

  • Toyota Visitors Center/Plant Tours: Learn how these vehicles are made!

Santa Claus

  • Santa Claus Museum and Village: Explore this Christmas themed museum and village.
  • Santa’s Candy Castle: Perfect for a great photo opt in this town that embraces Christmas culture.

All attractions found in the Indiana Travel Guide.