Whether you are still traveling or parked somewhere on a coronavirus timeout, you can dream and plan your next trip. I like having lists of places to visit. Some can be travel destinations while others may just be quick stops along the way that you don’t want to miss. Here are some ideas.

Maybe Hoover Dam is on your bucket list.

Bucket List

This is the big one. It really does help to make a bucket list to give you a goal. A trip can easily be built around these places. Bucket lists can be big places like the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, or Mount Rushmore. Or, it can be places like your great-grandmother’s grave in a distant state.

These places are worth the time to you personally. You can also make an activity type of bucket list. We have parasailed in the Gulf, canoed the Mississippi River, took a raft trip down the Snake River, and kayaked in Antelope Canyon. We still want to zip line sometime, so it is on our list. Maybe you want to take a helicopter ride. These are items you can fit into your trip when it makes sense.

We loved our special trip to check off Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.


Most RVers have a state list. This can be the RV state stickers map that you can put on the side of your RV. These are great as a conversation starter with fellow RVers. We just have a list on the computer where we keep track of the states we’ve visited (we are at 44 states).

You may want to define this list. We say that our RV and both of us must visit the state to count. This means we don’t have to camp there but we can’t do a day trip in the car to count. Once we drove in our RV along the edge of New Jersey on I-84, but we decided that didn’t count.

National Parks

There are 62 national parks. However, there are 419 locations that include national parks, monuments, lakeshores, memorials, and historic sites that are managed by the National Park Service. The number does change over the years so, every once in a while, we update the list.

We’ve visited 154 and never expect to see them all but it does give us a push to visit places we wouldn’t have considered. Our definition here is that we both have to visit but the RV does not need to be here. Google “national park units” to get a list from the Wikipedia site.

Fun Lists

It is fun to have a list or two that you find interesting. Many people set a goal to visit all 30 of the major league baseball stadiums in the United States while others add the minor league stadiums, too.

Another list might be the 76 CCC statues that can be found in various parks throughout the country. One list could be to visit the ~64 Spanish missions and presidios in Florida and from Texas through California. Or, Wikipedia lists 215 forts built on our ocean costs. How about visiting the light houses along both ocean coasts, the Gulf, the Great Lakes, and even nowhere near water like the two in Nebraska?

Another list might be the 132 national cemeteries along with 33 soldiers’ lots and monuments. Some lists can be quite unique like the ~73 wood statues found on artist Peter Wolf Toth’s “Trail of the Whispering Giants.” Go local by deciding to visit all the state parks in your state. Whatever makes sense for you is great!

If you aren’t traveling right now, at least you can keep dreaming of your next trip with these lists. Do you have an interesting list?