MY DREAM CAME TRUE!
Reviews of bucket-list-worthy things to do all over the world

Dr. Jen's Travel Bucket List

 

Traveling is one of life's greatest adventures. If you’re reading this, then I imagine you agree.

I hope this list inspires your next adventure!

Dr. Jen (California, USA)

P.S. I have personally experienced everything listed below except anything indicated by a *.

P.P.S. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!



Jen's Travel Bucket List

North America
Asia
Africa
South America
Europe
Anarctica
Australia and New Zealand

North America

Alaska

go on an Alaskan cruise
mush a dog sled
take a trek on a glacier

Arizona

*go whitewater rafting on the Colorado River
*hike into the Grand Canyon
visit the Grand Canyon

California

see the waterfalls, redwoods, and rock formations at Yosemite
attend a TV show filming
get as close as legally possible to the Hollywood Sign
celebrate a special occasion at Disneyland
hike to the filming site of  M*A*S*H
drive along the pacific coast of the USA
ride a trolley in San Francisco
go wine tasting in Napa Valley
watch celebrities arrive at a movie premiere
see the pandas at San Diego Zoo
see the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in person

Florida

go all of the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort
visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
be a SeaWorld marine mammal keeper for a day
ride an airboat in the Everglades

Hawai'i

go to Jurassic Park
see volcanoes first hand at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
get face-to-face with molten lava
hike the Na Pali Coast

Nevada

explore the Las Vegas Strip
take a helicopter ride from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

New York

climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty and look out a window
go to the top of the Empire State Building
see a Broadway show
be on the Today show
take a Maid of the Mist boat ride close to Niagara Falls
*see Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person

Puerto Rico

swim in bioluminescent water

South Dakota

*get as close as legally possible to Mount Rushmore

Utah

*hike the Zion Narrows

Washington, D.C.

see the famous memorials and monuments in the National Mall
tour the White House
visit the Smithsonian Museum

Wyoming

*see wildlife at Yellowstone National Park

Canada

meet a beluga whale at Vancouver Aquarium

Caribbean

ride horseback on a beach
feed and cuddle a stingray
*swim with sea turtles

Mexico

play with tiger cubs
go whale watching

Panama

*travel through the Panama Canal on a cruise ship

Costa Rica

take a hot air balloon ride
go whitewater rafting
see monkeys in the wild

Asia

India

*see the Taj Mahal

Japan

explore Tokyo DisneySea
hike through tunnels of red torii
see elaborate Toshogu Shrine
visit a temple
go inside the Great Buddha in Kamakura
take a dip in an onsen
see Mount Fuji
feed a wild Nara deer that bows
see a traditional Japanese wedding procession
get a picture taken at a Japanese photo booth (purikura) machine
cook okonomiyaki
go to Tokyo Disneyland

Africa

*go on a safari by hot air balloon
*go inside an Egyptian pyramid and see the Sphinx 

South America

*visit Machu Picchu at dawn
*visit Iguacu Falls (which inspired Paradise Falls in the Disney/Pixar movie, Up)
*visit penguins on the Falkland Islands

Europe

Italy

take a gondola ride in Venice
eat gelato
try Italian pizza

France

go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
climb up the bell tower at Notre Dame Cathedral
*explore Disneyland Paris
see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre

England

watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
* Spend an entire day at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Holland

explore the canals of Amsterdam

Germany

visit Hoffbrauhaus in Munich, Germany

Anarctica

*take a zodiac ride among the icebergs

Australia and New Zealand

*see clownfish at the Great Barrier Reef
*see a wild koala
*see kangaroos in the wild
*take a boat ride on Sydney Harbour
*explore natural wonders in New Zealand




Reviews of bucket-list-worthy things to do
all over the world


Alaska
California
Florida
Hawai'i
Nevada
New York
Puerto Rico
Canada
Caribbean
Costa Rica
Mexico
Japan
Europe

Australia



Alaska




"mush a dog sled"

(Alaska, USA)

 

"take a trek on a glacier"

(Alaska, USA)

California


 

"attend a TV show filming"

The Big Bang Theory

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Riff-Raff Room)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (studio audience)

Two and a Half Men

American Idol

(California, USA)



"get as close as legally possible to the Hollywood Sign"

(California, USA)



"celebrate a special occasion at Disneyland"

(California, USA)

 

"hike to the filming site of  M*A*S*H "

(California, USA)



"drive along the pacific coast of the USA"
(from Morro Bay to Monterey)


(California, USA)



"watch celebrities arrive on the red carpet at a movie premiere"

(California, USA)



"see a space shuttle up-close"

(California, USA)



"enter the Batcave"

(California, USA)



"see the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in person"

(California, USA)

California adventures that require a little pixie dust:
 

 

"dine at Disneyland's exclusive Club 33"

(California, USA)



"attend a movie premiere"

Divergent at Regency's Village Theatre and Regency's Bruin Theatre

Planes at Disney's El Capitan Theatre

The Lion King 3D at Disney's El Capitan Theatre

Red Riding Hood at TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly: Grauman's Chinese Theatre)

(California, USA)



"go to an American Idol finale and afterparty"

(California, USA)



"act in a movie scene"

(California, USA)

Florida


 

"be a SeaWorld marine mammal keeper for a day"
(interact with dolphins, beluga whales, manatees, and sea lions)


(Florida, USA)



"ride an airboat in the Everglades"

(Florida, USA)



"visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter"

(Florida, USA)

Hawai'i


 

"go to Jurassic Park"

(Hawai'i, USA)

Nevada




"explore the Las Vegas Strip"

(Nevada, USA)

 

"take a helicopter ride from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon"

(Nevada, USA)

New York




"see a Broadway show"

(New York, USA)

 

"cage dive with sharks"

(New York, USA)



"be on the Today show"

(New York, USA)

Puerto Rico




"swim in bioluminescent water"

(Puerto Rico, USA)

Canada




"meet a beluga whale"

(Vancouver, Canada)

Caribbean


 

"ride horseback on a beach"

(Caribbean)



"cuddle a stingray"

(Caribbean)

Costa Rica




"take a hot air balloon ride"

(Costa Rica)

 

"go whitewater rafting"

(Costa Rica)

 

"see monkeys in the wild"

(Costa Rica)

Mexico




"play with tiger cubs"

(Mexico)



"go whale watching"

(Mexico)

Japan




"meet and feed wild monkeys"

(Kyoto, Japan)



"hike through tunnels of red torii"

(Kyoto, Japan)



"walk through 'the womb,' walk with eyes closed between 'love rocks,' and drink 'wish-granting water'"

(Kyoto, Japan)



"go inside the Great Buddha of Kamakura"

(Kamakura, Japan)



"take a dip in an onsen"

(Hakone, Japan)



"explore Tokyo DisneySea"

(near Tokyo, Japan)



"go to Tokyo Disneyland"

 (near Tokyo, Japan)



"see elaborate Toshogu Shrine"

(Nikko, Japan)



"meet and feed a bowing deer"

(Nara, Japan) 

Europe




"go to Disneyland Paris"

(Marne-la-Vallée, France)



"tour Europe"

(England, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France)

Australia




"Visit Australia"

(Sydney, Australia)