New York Bucket List ~ Long Island Region

Today we begin exploring a new state: New York! With New York being a larger state, it is split into 11 distinct regions. Our first two will take us to the most visited areas of Long Island and NYC, and the other 9 will explore the upstate region.

Cold Spring Harbor

  • Cold Spring Harbor State Park: Nice park area that overlooks the harbor.

Fire Island

  • Fire Island Lighthouse: Iconic black and white lighthouse located within Fire Island National Seashore.
  • Fire Island National Seashore: Explore this protected area of beach along Fire Island.


  • The Big Duck: Unique building in the shape of a duck.


  • Huntington Harbor Lighthouse: View this light from the shore of the harbor.


  • Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum: Take a tour of this little lighthouse.
  • Montauk Point State Park: Visit the easternmost part of Long Island.
  • Shadmoor State Park: Visit the peaceful bluffs of this park.


  • Orient Beach State Park: Hike and swim at this park along a narrow strip of land.

Oyster Bay

  • Sagamore Hills National Historic Site: Former home of Theodore Roosevelt.

Port Washington

  • Execution Rocks Lighthouse: View this lighthouse from shore.


  • Horton Point Lighthouse: Tour this picturesque lighthouse.

Wading River

  • Wildwood State Park: Enjoy the beach area of this park.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Pocono Mountains Region

Today we explore the popular Pocono Mountain area and final region to explore in Pennsylvania. Next week we move into New York!


  • Bushkill Falls: One of eight privately owned waterfall sites in the area.
  • Dingman’s Falls: Can be accessed from a wheelchair accessible boardwalk area.

East Stroudsburg

  • Delaware Water Gap: Hike along the Delaware River valley.


  • Grey Towers National Historic Site: Visit the estate of Gifford Pinchot, the first director of the United States Forest Service.


  • Shohola Falls: Accessed via a loop trail near the lake of the same name.


  • Big Pocono State Park: Hike along the slopes of the Pocono Mountains at this state park.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Lehigh Valley Region

Very short list today!


  • Christkindlmarkt: Enjoy this festive holiday shopping experience.


  • Crayola Experience: Experience everything related to Crayola in the town where the factory is located.
  • National Canal Museum and Hugh Moore Park: Go back in time and explore the history of the canal in the area.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Philadelphia and the Countryside Region

Another area I’ve visited long ago was Philadelphia. This area is so rich with history that I’d love to return as an adult and really soak it all in.


  • Neshaminy State Park: This natural area outside the city offers views of the Philadelphia skyline from a few of the hiking trails.

Chadds Ford

  • Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site: Brings to life the largest Revolutionary War Battle.


  • French Creek State Park: Beautiful park area along French Creek.

Fort Washington

  • Fort Washington State Park: Great place to hike; named for the temporary fort Washington built in the area.

King of Prussia

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park: Learn all about the historic headquarters of Washington’s army.


  • Ridley Creek State Park: Hike along this creek that contains a small waterfall.


  • Fort Mifflin: Fort that dates back to the Revolutionary War.
  • Franklin Institute: One of the nation’s most celebrated science museums that offers lots of hands on exhibits.
  • Independence National Historical Park: Preserves several sites related to the founding of the country and the Revolutionary War.
  • Liberty Bell Center: View the famous icon of American independence.
  • Philadelphia Zoo: Visit the first true zoo in the United States.
  • US Mint: Take a tour of the US Mint, one of the first things established after forming the US government.

Upper Black Eddy

  • Ringing Rocks Park: Park that features unique rocks that ring like a bell when struck.

Washington Crossing

  • Washington Crossing Historic Park: Explore the historic site where Washington crossed the Delaware River.

West Chester

  • American Helicopter Museum: Hands on museum that has several helicopters on display.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Dutch Country Roads Region

Today we head into a region where I’ve visited twice, but both times were when I was much younger, so I look forward to a time when I can visit again!


  • Caledonia State Park: Beautiful hiking trails through the woods.


  • Gettysburg National Military Park Museum: Explore the history of this major Civil War battlefield.


  • National Civil War Museum: Museum dedicated to the history of the brutal Civil War.
  • Pennsylvania State Capitol: Visit the main government building in the state.
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania: Explore the history and culture of the state.


  • Hersheypark: I visited here years ago and had a blast at this chocolate themed amusement park and the “factory tour” nearby.


  • President James Buchanan’s Wheatland: Home of former president James Buchanan.


  • The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery: This area is known for its pretzel making, so I picked the one bakery I know I’ve been to in the past!


  • Rolls Royce Museum: Visit this showroom of historic Rolls Royce vehicles.


  • Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations Factory Tour: Take a tour of this motorcycle making facility.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~Upstate Pennsylvania Region

Moving even further upstate today!


  • Ricketts Glen State Park: Features a beautiful waterfall.


  • Worlds End State Park: This mountainous area features an “S” shaped valley.


  • Salt Springs State Park: Another park that features some stunning waterfalls.


  • Nay Aug Park, Gorge, and Treehouse: Largest park in Scranton. Contains a large gorge and other fun entertainment.
  • Steamtown National Historic Site: Large railroad museum.

White Haven

  • Hickory Run State Park: Hike along the foothills of the Poconos.
  • Lehigh Gorge State Park: Hike trails along this gorge and explore more waterfalls.


  • Seven Tubs Nature Area: Explore these pothole tubs created by glacial melt.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Pennsylvania Wilds Region

Moving further up and into the middle of the state today! Lots to see here!


  • Cook Forest State Park: Beautiful wooded park with several hiking trails along the bluffs.


  • Bald Eagle State Park: Wooded area along the lake.


  • Kinzua Bridge State Park: Walk along the old viaduct that overlooks the gorge.


  • Parker Dam State Park: Hike along this wooded area near the old dam.


  • Phantastic Phils: Explore the various groundhog statues located around town.
  • Phil’s Burrow: See the home of the legendary groundhog.


  • Kettle Creek State Park: Beautiful mountainous valley area.

South Williamsport

  • World of Little League Museum: Learn all about the history of Little League at this museum dedicated to the sport.


  • Sherman Memorial Lighthouse: Tour this unique lighthouse located on an island in the middle of the river.


  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: Explore the history of the lumber industry in the state.


  • Leonard Harrison State Park: Park located on the eastern edge of Pine Creek Gorge.
  • Pine Creek Gorge: Also known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ The Alleghenies Region

Moving into a mountainous area of the state today.


  • Fort Roberdeau Historic Site and Natural Area: This historic fort was built during the American Revolution.


  • Canoe Creek State Park: Enjoy several hiking trails through this wetland area.
  • Chimney Rocks Park: Take in panoramic views of the town from this park located above the town.


  • 1000 Steps Hiking Trail: This trail is a popular 1.5 mile hiking trail up the mountain via a series of steps.


  • Prince Gallitzin State Park: This park features panoramic views of the lake in this mountainous area.


  • Shawnee State Park: This park is known for its warm water reservoir.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Laurel Highlands Region

Exploring a quieter, less visited portion of the state today.

Belle Vernon

  • Cedar Creek Park: Hike along various wooded trails in this park.

Chalk Hill

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob: Tour this Frank Lloyd Wright design that was meant to be affordable for the average American.


  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield: Site that saw some of the original action of the French and Indian War.
  • Laurel Caverns: Tour this natural cave.

Mill Run

  • Bear Run Nature Preserve: Area good for hiking among the hemlocks and home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

North Huntington

  • Big Mac Museum Restaurant: This museum dedicated to the Big Mac is located within the local McDonald’s.


  • Ohiopyle State Park: This park features a gorgeous waterfall.


  • Flight 93 National Memorial: Memorial set up in the field where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11th.

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Pennsylvania Bucket List ~ Pittsburgh and Its Countryside Region

Today’s region features the large city of Pittsburgh and the area that surrounds it!


  • Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village: Site of the oldest human habitation in North America.

Beaver Falls

  • Buttermilk Falls Natural Area: Located just off the highway, this waterfall area makes a nice pit stop.


  • Raccoon Creek State Park: Beautiful area to hike, and one of Pennsylvania’s most visited state parks.


  • Mount Washington Overlook: Take in sweeping views of the city from this scenic overlook.
  • National Aviary: Explore all the birds at the nation’s largest aviary.
  • Old Allegheny County Jail: Explore the architecture of this old building.
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Stroll through these stunning gardens.
  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: One of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the U.S.
  • Senator John Heinz History Center: Pennsylvania’s largest history museum that has a separate sport’s history complex as well!


  • McConnell’s Mill State Park: Explore stunning beauty at this park that is home to a historic mill, deep gorge, and waterfalls!
  • Moraine State Park: Hike along the hills and woods at this park.

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