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Bucket list thrills in the USA

Whether you are a dreamer, a pragmatist or an adventure-seeker, the USA has an experience that will blow you away. Whatever you imagine the US to be like, - think BIGGER. Everything in the States is SUPERSIZE – the museums, the buildings, the rollercoasters, the highways, the traffic-jams and of course the food!

We’ve put together a list of thrills that should be on your US travel bucket list.


New York

Bucket List thrill #1: Getting a selfie in Times Square

New York is a city like no other city in the world and just smelling the air can be exhilarating! There is however so much more to this spectacular city. Times Square is one such iconic “must see” place in New York City. You may just experience a sensory overload with all the flashing advertising on hundreds of LED screens covering all the buildings. Then there are the crowds of tourists, locals and yellow cabs moving around you non-stop, but any discomfort will be far outweighed by the thrill of getting your #selfie in Times Square!

Bucket List Thrill #2: Climb to the top of the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is probably the most iconic and famous building in the United States. There are two observation decks, one on the 86th floor and one on the 102nd floor, that both offer breathtaking views of the New York City. Make sure you plan a visit to the Empire State Building into your literary – a non-negotiable for any tourist in New York.

Bucket List Thrill #3 Picnic in The High Line Park

The High Line is a public park built on the historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan on the West Side of the city. This incredible floating park in the middle of New York city is beautifully maintained and is a hub for artists and people looking to escape the business of the office or the city for an hour or two.


Las Vegas

Bucket List Thrill #4: Fall off the Stratosphere

The Stratosphere tower stretches 350m into the sky in the middle of Las Vegas and of course – as you can expect from Vegas, the obvious thing to do was to build a roller coaster (or two), right at the top. Then as if riding a roller coaster on top of a building 350m high isn’t enough to get the adrenalin pumping, the climactic thrill factor of these coasters is that they defy gravity by “falling off” the edge of the tower... several times during the ride. If that does not get you excited, I’m not sure anything will!

Bucket List Thrill #5: Hover over the Hoover

A 40-minute drive from Las Vegas lies the Hoover dam. It is one of the great engineering feats in US history and it is a mesmerising sight to behold. The sheer size of the dam will leave you asking the question “how the heck did they do this in 1931?” The ultimate Hoover Dam viewing experience is of course from a helicopter, and it will ensure that you experience the full impact of the dam’s uncompromising grandeur.


Orlando, Florida

Bucket List Thrill #6: Become a kid again in Walt Disney World

It really doesn’t matter how old you are – when you visit Walt Disney World in Florida, all “adulting” goes out the window – and no one will judge you for it!

This park offers its visitors a true “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. Here you will experience Disney Magic at its absolute best. From insane roller coasters to water parks you won’t get enough of, to interactive experiences that will blow your mind.

Bucket List Thrill #7: Space out at Kennedy Space Centre

A mere hour’s drive from Orlando is where you’ll find the Famous Kennedy Space centre. They offer a variety of tours that will captivate your imagination and take you back in time to where space travel was every child’s ultimate dream. Prepare to have your mind blown with the enormity of space and space travel. 



Bucket List Thrill #8: Fly on an Airboat through the Everglades

The “ever” in Everglades is not an overstatement if you are referring purely to how big this area of protected wetland is. It spans over 100 000 square kilometres in the state of Florida and due to the swampy conditions, largely inaccessible unless you are an alligator… or a tourist on a thrilling airboat! This is a Florida adventure that needs to be on your bucket list!

Bucket List Thrill #9: Visit South Beach Miami & Lincoln Rd Promenade

Miami South Beach is famous for its glamorous night life and has become a favourite hang-out spot for celebrities. The beach itself is beautiful regardless of the time of day. Lincoln Road mall, packed with designer, well… everything, is also walking distance from the Beach, which means that spending the day on the beach and enjoying an evening of fine dining and shopping, is all possible on the same day!

Miami is amazing with its bubbly Cuban vibe and interesting sights and sounds to keep you entertained for as long as you can handle.


Los Angeles

Bucket List Thrill #10: Take a tour of Universal Studios

Who says fantasy is just for kids? Taking a tour of Universal Studios allows movie fanatics a “peek behind the scenes” of some of the most spectacular movies ever made. Experience Hollywood from a whole new point of view.

Bucket List Thrill #11: Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame

See the place where all the famous movie stars once stood to unveil their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s not every day you get to walk over the name of a famous Hollywood star!

There you have it, some of the iconic bucket list things to do on your next trip to the United States! So, quit talking about that bucket list and get in touch with the Flight Centre team today to start planning your dream holiday! You can also head over to our USA holiday deals for some inspiration!

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