Road Trip Bucket List Ideas and Experiences

What’s on your road trip bucket list? What are the things you most want to experience while traveling the open road? Do you dream of driving one of the many iconic road trip routes in America from end to end? Do you want to visit a world’s largest thing in every state? Do you want to explore all the best USA national parks? Or do you want to pack a trip full of road trip classics, like seeing a bright neon sign, staying in a vintage motel, and eating that perfect diner breakfast?

Whether you’re looking to build the perfect road trip itinerary or want to craft a bucket list full of the most special road trip experiences to have before you die, we’ve crafted lists of some of the best road trip bucket list ideas to add to your travels.

Read on to find the best road trip bucket list experiences, pin or save the images for inspiration, and download our printable PDF checklists to keep track of everything you check off your life list!

Road Trip Bucket List Ideas and Experiences

Bucket List Road Trip Routes

What makes a bucket list road trip? These iconic routes should be at the top of anyone’s travel checklist. These routes aren’t about the destination, they are about the journey. They’ll take you through breathtaking scenic vistas with plenty of fun, historic, weird, and wonderful places to stop along the way. If you travel to experience travel, add these routes to the top of your list! Pin or save the images for the road trips you most want to take and download the free printable PDF to check off all of the best routes you’ve driven from end to end!

Bucket List Road Trip Routes - iconic drives and roads to add to your travel bucket list

Road Trip Bucket List Ideas

  • 48 State Road Trip
  • Route 66
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • The Great River Road
  • The Loneliest Road
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Southern Pacific
  • The Great Northern
  • The Road To Nowhere
  • The Appalachian Trail
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Border to Border

Learn more about all of these bucket list road trips and find even more on our list of the Best USA Road Trip Ideas and Routes.

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Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Bucket List Road Trips - Border to Border

Bucket List Roadside Attractions

Sometimes you just have to think BIG! Roadside attractions are some of the most fun things to add to your travel itineraries or wish lists. Roadside attractions come in many forms: giant oversized versions of everyday people, animals, or things; weird museums dedicated to something off-the-wall; vintage service stations preserving the past. There are no shortage of oddities and tourist traps to add to your must-see list. Pin or save the images for the roadside attractions you most want to see and download the free printable PDF to check off all of the best roadside attractions you’ve jumped out of the car to see!

Bucket List Roadside Attractions items to add to your travel bucket list

Road Trip Bucket List Ideas

Learn more about these bucket list roadside attractions and find even more on our lists of the 50 Weird Roadside Attractions in the United States and Best Roadside Attractions in Each State.

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Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Bucket List Roadside Attractions - Albert the Bull
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Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List

When you think about driving across America you might just think of all of the popular landmarks and monuments that dot the landscape. From Sea to Shining Sea you’ll see the Statue or Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, and a plethora of quintessential landmarks in between. Add any of these to you life’s adventure list and you’ll be sure to have the trip of a lifetime! Pin or save the images for the American landmarks and monuments you most want to see and download the free printable PDF to check off all of the best landmarks you’ve visited on your travels!

Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List

Road Trip Bucket List Ideas

  • Statue of Liberty
  • The Gateway Arch
  • The Alamo
  • The White House
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Hoover Dam
  • Space Needle
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Cloud Gate
  • Liberty Bell
  • Niagara Falls

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Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - The White House
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Golden Gate Bridge
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Hoover Dam
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Space Needle
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Lincoln Memorial
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Hollywood Sign
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Cloud Gate
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Liberty Bell
Landmarks and Monuments to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List - Niagara Falls

Road Trip Bucket List National Parks

For many travelers road trips equal national parks. After all, these areas of protected land offer some of the most majestic views, most impressive natural landmarks, lushest vegetation, best hiking opportunities, and most beautiful sites in America. They also offer some of the best driving routes in the country. With 63 national parks to choose from, many road travelers add national parks to their travel itineraries and itch list. Is visiting every national park on your list of things to do before you die? Pin or save the images for the some of the best national parks in America and download the free printable PDF checklist of all 63 US national parks to check check them off after you visit!

Road Trip Bucket List National Parks to add to your travel bucket list

Road Trip Bucket List Ideas

  • Acadia National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park

More National Parks to add to your bucket list: American Samoa, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Channel Islands, Congaree, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Denali, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Gates of the Arctic, Gateway Arch, Glacier Bay, Grand Teton, Great Basin, Great Sand Dunes, Great Smoky Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, Haleakala, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Indiana Dunes, Isle Royale, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kings Canyon, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Lassen Volcanic, Mammoth Cave, Mesa Verde, New River Gorge, North Cascades, Petrified Forest, Pinnacles, Redwood, Saguaro, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Theodore Roosevelt, Virgin Islands, Voyageurs, White Sands, Wind Cave, Wrangell–St. Elias

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Road Trip Bucket List National Parks - Rocky Mountain National Park
Road Trip Bucket List National Parks - Yellowstone National Park
Road Trip Bucket List National Parks - Yosemite National Park
Road Trip Bucket List National Parks - Zion National Park

Road Trip Bucket List

Whatever you most love to do, you can probably build a road trip itinerary around. Many people try to visit every MLB ballpark in America or a brewery in every state or a route based around surfing the best beaches or shopping at the best antique stores. Here are some of the most common types of road trips you might take. How many are on your aspirations list? Pin or save the images for the trips you most want to take and download the free printable PDF checklist to cross them off as you travel!

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Road Trip Bucket List Ideas

  • Roadside Attractions Road Trip
  • Beach Trip
  • Big City Road Trip
  • Historical Road Trip
  • State Fair Road Trip
  • Winery Road Trip
  • Ballpark Road Trip
  • Haunted Road Trip
  • Brewery Road Trip
  • Camping Trip
  • Shopping Road Trip
  • RV Trip
  • Motorcycle Road Trip
  • Geocaching Road Trip
  • National Monuments Road Trip
  • National Parks Road Trip

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More Things to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List

There are no shortage of things to add to your road trip bucket lists. These are some of the most typical things you might add to your itinerary and your list of hopes and dreams. Pin or save the images for the things you most want to do, see, or experience on a road trip and download the free printable PDF checklist to cross them off on your travels!

More Things to Add to Your Road Trip Bucket List Checklist

Road Trip Bucket List Ideas

  • Take a Road Trip with Friends
  • Start a Souvenir Collection
  • Eat a Diner Breakfast
  • Stop at a Scenic Overlook
  • Take a Hike
  • Visit a Movie Filming Location
  • Find a Classic Neon Sign
  • Road Trip Across the Country
  • Stay at a Vintage Motel
  • Take a Photo with a State Welcome Sign
  • Road Trip in a Convertible
  • Watch a Drive-In Movie
  • Stay in a Cabin
  • Take a Solo Road Trip
  • Road Trip in Another Country
  • Visit a Waterfall
  • Road Trip with Family
  • Play Road Trip Games
  • Keep a Road Trip Journal
  • Go Leaf Peeping
  • See All 50 States
  • Take a Couples Road Trip
  • Visit an Amusement Park
  • Drive an Iconic Road Trip Route

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Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Stop at a Scenic Overlook
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Take a Hike
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Visit a Movie Filming Location
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Find a Classic Neon Sign
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Road Trip Across the Country
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Stay at a Vintage Motel
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Take a Photo with a State Welcome Sign
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Road Trip in a Convertible
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Watch a Drive-In Movie
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Stay in a Cabin
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Take a Solo Road Trip
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Road Trip in Another Country
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Visit a Waterfall
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Road Trip with Family
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Play Road Trip Games
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Keep a Road Trip Journal
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Go Leaf Peeping
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - See All 50 States
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Take a Couples Road Trip
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Visit an Amusement Park
Road Trip Bucket List Ideas - Drive an Iconic Road Trip Route

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What's on your road trip bucket list? Whether you're looking to build the perfect road trip itinerary or want to craft a travel bucket list full of the most special road trip experiences, we've crafted lists of some of the best road trip bucket list ideas. Find the best road trip bucket list experiences, save the images for inspiration, and download our printable PDF checklists to keep track of everything you check off your life list! #RoadTrip #RoadTripBucketList #BucketListIdeas #BucketList
What's on your road trip bucket list? Whether you're looking to build the perfect road trip itinerary or want to craft a travel bucket list full of the most special road trip experiences, we've crafted lists of some of the best road trip bucket list ideas. Find the best road trip bucket list experiences, save the images for inspiration, and download our printable PDF checklists to keep track of everything you check off your life list! #RoadTrip #RoadTripBucketList #BucketListIdeas #BucketList

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VALerie BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!