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Looking up at massive canyon walls in Zion National Park

5 Things to Do in The USA in Your Lifetime

Looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences? The USA has plenty to offer.

Thrill-seekers, are you ready? This list takes you on 5 of the most iconic, exciting USA adventures you can check off your list. From skiing the legendary back bowls of the Rocky Mountains to soaring high above the skies in a hot air balloon festival, these vacation ideas are guaranteed to make lifelong memories. So, what are you waiting for?

Night falls over Manhattan in New York City, New York

Discover New York City

New York, New York is a world entirely its own, and it’s one we believe every person should experience at least once in their lives. This unforgettable city is truly cosmopolitan, and there’s something here for everyone. Discover some of the world’s best museums, an incredible food scene, iconic landmarks, and a shopping scene unlike anything you’ve seen before. We recommend giving yourself a week in New York City. Top attractions include the Empire State Building, Central Park, One World Observatory, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.

Skiing in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Skiing, Snowboarding and More

The USA has some of the best ski mountains and towns in the world. Whether you’re a brand-new beginner tackling the bunny hills of Keystone, Colorado, or an intrepid explorer heli-skiing through Alaskan terrain, we believe everyone should experience the ski culture in the USA at least once. Resorts offer great lessons for all ages, gear rentals are easy, and the après – the culture of ‘after skiing,’ including activities like enjoying cocktails, spending time with friends by the fireplace and soaking in a hot tub – is a can’t-miss!

Hot air balloons rise over Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Get your head in the clouds at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! For nine days every October, hot air balloons fill the sky of this New Mexico city for a magical experience you truly have to see to believe. And yes: You can book a balloon ride for yourself! Need we say more?

Overlooking San Francisco, California

Feel the Pride

The USA celebrates diversity and acceptance every day, but it’s especially felt at the many Pride festivals nationwide. Every June, major cities invite people of every gender, age, ethnicity and orientation to the streets for a parade of love and acceptance. We recommend experiencing the San Francisco parade at least once in your life. These 49 square miles of celebration aren’t just a place for fun and expression – they’re also bustling with history, education and liberation. San Francisco has been at the forefront of the LGBTQ+ rights movement for decades, making this parade a global leader in the Pride movement and a truly iconic place to celebrate.

Enjoying views of New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia

Leaf Peeping on the East Coast

Traveling to a destination just for the fall colors may seem a little out of the ordinary. But hear us out: The colorful fall foliage of the USA’s Eastern Seaboard really is that beautiful. As an added bonus, this region is filled with unique, fascinating history and charming towns. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip through autumn’s spectacular colors, take a road trip through New England, or adventure a little farther south to see Pennsylvania and West Virginia. If you’re looking to make the jaunt a little more adventurous, why not rent a motorcycle?

Canyon views at Canyonlands National Parks in Moab, Utah

The Grand Canyon and Beyond

Who doesn’t want to say they’ve been to the Grand Canyon? Pack your bags for a true outdoor adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. But don’t limit yourself to just Grand Canyon National Park: discover the natural wonders and national parks this entire region has to offer, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands and beyond. For this experience, you’ll want to bring good hiking shoes and other outdoor gear to set yourself up for success. Consider camping (or glamping!) at approved outdoor sites for a truly immersive experience in nature – and don’t forget the sunscreen.