If you’ve read any of my travel posts you would know that I’ve been traveling for almost my whole life. I started traveling at the age of 4 and I’ve seen so many incredible places. It’s always been a huge part of who I am. In 2017 and 2018 I traveled more than I ever have before, including 8 European countries!
My experiences have only made the wanderlust more intense and I’m determined to travel to more amazing places in 2019. My goal is to see places I’ve never been to before and ideally visit states I haven’t been to, but a few of these places are in states I’ve been to quite a few times. Either way, I’ll be sticking to North America this year.
Toronto is a beautiful, unique city. I’ve always wanted to visit Canada, especially since I grew up in Michigan just a few hours from the Canadian border. It would actually cost me less to drive to Canada, purchase two plane tickets and fly to Toronto with my fiance than it would to buy one single ticket from the US to Canada. That’s reason enough to go visit!
Toronto is a great city and it’s full of natural beauty. It’s right on Lake Ontario, and as a Michigander who has lived on both Lake Michigan AND Lake Superior, I know that the Great Lakes are truly some of the greatest places on earth to be.
2: Lake of the Clouds – Ontonagon, Michigan
The Lake of the Clouds is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As a Yooper, I’ve always wanted to visit but somehow have never made the two hour journey. I’ve been to Houghton countless times, but have never taken the time out of my trips to visit the Lake of the Clouds.
It’s truly a shame and I know that this year that’s going to change! The lake is surrounded by the Porcupine Mountains and it’s a truly beautiful place and a must see for anyone who enjoys nature.
3: Seattle, Washington
Honestly, who wouldn’t want to see view of Seattle’s skyline with the Olympic Mountains in the background? The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful destination, and a very popular one at that and that’s because this majestic city is home to hundreds of festivals, countless outdoor activities, music legends, the original Starbucks (coffee, tea, spices), amazing art and much more.
There’s just so much to do in Seattle. I could spend months in Seattle and never get bored, but when my time comes to visit I’ll have to settle for a few days. I envy you if you’ve ever been to Seattle! It’s currently up for debate on my list of honeymoon destinations, but whether I go there as a newlywed or just for a vacation, I’ll be Sleepless in Seattle sometime soon.
4: Big Sur, California
Big Sur has two of my favorite things: water and mountains. If I can spend the day hiking and pop down to the beach to relax and wind down I consider it the perfect day. Not only does Big Sur have my favorite outdoor activities, but it’s an astoundingly beautiful place to see. The pictures I’ve seen just take my breath away and I can only imagine what it would be like to actually see the incredible views in person.
Okay, seriously? This view alone is the only reason I need to go to Yellowstone. With more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails, canyons, a lake, plenty of wildlife, hot spots and geysers, Yellowstone is the perfect paradise for the outdoorsy types. I definitely fall into that category and visiting Yellowstone has been on my bucket list for my entire life.
6: Ouray, Colorado
I’ve been to Colorado a few times and I fall in love every single time I pass through. Ouray is a quaint mountain town in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, which people refer to as the Switzerland of America. There are plenty of things to do all year round, so planning the perfect trip is a piece of cake.
7: Midway, Utah
If you couldn’t tell by now, I really love the mountains. That’s why I just had to add Midway to my bucket list. This is one of the best places for outdoor excursions and spending some quality time with Mother Nature. Plus, it’s absolutely breath taking!
8: Taos, New Mexico
Ah, New Mexico. For those of you who don’t know, I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a very large majority of my family still lives around that area. I’ve been back to NM quite a few times since I moved to Michigan as a child and it’s always been a dream of mine to visit Taos. I’ve been to Santa Fe quite a few times, but have never had the opportunity to make it further north to Taos. It’s a very beautiful place with a lot of history and incredible architecture, plus there are so many things to do year round, the mountains are incredible and there’s skiing!
9: New Orleans
The French Quarter, Bourbon Street, live music, lots of culture and delicious food, New Orleans is the place to be! It’s a place that everyone should visit at least once in their life and I hope to make this possible for myself! Luckily for me I might have that opportunity because my brother just moved back to the US and will be living about an hour or so away from New Orleans. So hopefully I can check this one off my bucket list!
10: Buffalo, New York
I have always wanted to visit Niagara Falls, but beyond seeing another one of the Great Lakes, there is some incredible architecture, art galleries and museums in Buffalo that I would love to see. I’m not much of a city person, but I do enjoy being a tourist every once in awhile. NYC might be a little bit too busy for me, so that’s why I chose Buffalo as a city on my bucket list.
What are some places that you would love to travel to in the new year? Have you ever been to any of the places that I’ve added to my bucket list? I would love to hear about it and would love for you to share your travel bucket list for 2019!