COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may impact your travel plans. Wherever you're going, you'll find the latest advice here.

Travel News Best Bucket List Destinations: Travel Ideas

All articles

Best Bucket List Destinations: Travel Ideas

Don't miss out on traveling the world because you aren't sure where to start. We collected some of the best bucket list destinations from around the world!

Our Top Travel Bucket List Ideas:

• U.S. Route 66
• Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
• Athens, Greece
• Iceland
• Machu Picchu
• Pyramids of Giza
• Scottish Highlands
• Great Barrier Reef
• Rome
• Na’Pali Coast
• Neuschwanstein Castle
• Los Angeles

U.S. Route 66

Search flights to Chicago now

There’s a reason that driving US Route 66 is so famed: It embodies the spirit of America, all the way from Santa Monica to Chicago. Route 66 was the main transcontinental thoroughfare during and just after World War II, but fell into disrepair in the 1950s after President Eisenhower signed the Interstate Act, rendering the erstwhile “Mother Road” barren. In recent years, Route 66 has experienced a re-birth—it’s a popular staple on the travel bucket list of many an American explorer!

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Book flights to Abu Dhabi now

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most iconic sights in the United Arab Emirates, and is open daily to visitors. Located in Abu Dhabi, the mosque also boasts the largest carpet in the world and one of the largest chandeliers on the planet as well. Visitors from all around the world have put the Grand Mosque on their travel bucket list, and you’ll see why the moment you step inside.

Athens, Greece

Browse flights to Athens now

Two thousand years ago, Athens was one of the most powerful cities in the world, and the cradle of Western democracy. Today, Athens is a bustling metropolis that combines the ruins of ancient Greece with the technology of the modern world. The Acropolis is the city’s crown jewel, while vibrant Monastiraki Square is its heartbeat. Even if ruins generally don’t make your travel bucket list, Athens should be an exception.


Book flights to Iceland now

Iceland seems to exist on another planet entirely, pairing rugged terrain with perfect architecture and hot springs where you can see the Northern Lights. Whether you stop in the Land of Fire and Ice on a low-cost airline layover, or take an unforgettable road trip around Iceland, this unique land of waterfalls and black-sand beaches should be at the top of your travel bucket list.

Machu Picchu

Search flights to Lima now

Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was hidden for many years in the High Andes of Peru. Today, however, it’s one New Seven Wonders of the World and a typical entry on many a travel bucket list around the world. Getting to Machu Picchu isn’t an easy task, particularly not if you embark upon the strenuous Ince Trail hike, but the payoff is more than worth it in the end.

Pyramids of Giza

Book flights to Cairo now

The Egyptian pyramids were one of the most iconic sites in Antiquity, and though sand and wind has destroyed many other relics of ancient Egyptian civilization, these architectural wonders stand alongside the skyscrapers of modern Cairo. Once you knock the Giza pyramids off your travel bucket list, make sure to visit other nearby attractions such as those at Dashur and Saqqara.

Scottish Highlands

Browse flights to Edinburgh now

If you’re looking for a mystical land that seems straight out of a fairytale, visit the Scottish Highlands. From the magnificent vistas you look onto from Glencoe, to the castles that line the road to the Isle of Skye, the Scottish Highlands should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Check out these great Edinburgh car rental rates to help you start planning your Scotland trip!

Great Barrier Reef

Search flights to Brisbane now

The Great Barrier Reef is a travel bucket list item that you should see ASAP. Scientists say that the reef is dying at an alarming rate, due to climate change and other factors that might culminate before we all know it. Snorkeling or scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef is like swimming into a scene from The Little Mermaid. Suddenly, thousands of sea creatures are “Part of Your World”!


Book flights to Rome now

Rome is known as the “Eternal City” for a reason. Ancient ruins and millennia-old drinking fountains sit between modern apartment buildings and posh watering holes. Rome attractions like The Colosseum, Vatican City and the Spanish Steps may be full of tourists, but after exploring the city, you won’t be surprised why Rome sits atop the travel bucket list of so many travelers.

Na’Pali Coast

Book flights to Maui now

A trip to Hawaii is like stepping into a postcard, or driving into one, as is the case when you visit the Na’Pali Coast. It’s been used for filming movies like Jurassic Park, not to mention the drone footage for countless popular YouTubers in more recent times. Whether your travel bucket list includes a hike or helicopter ride over the island of Kauai and this coast, you’re going to want to get here soon.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Browse flights to Munich now

A trip to Neuschwanstein Castle will make you feel like a fairytale princess (or prince), which is not all that surprising: Walt Disney used this German castle as inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty, after all. Located near the town of Fussen, which is an easy day trip from Munich, Neuschwanstein deserves to be included on your travel bucket list.

Los Angeles

Search flights to Los Angeles now


California, the proverbial “Land of Milk and Honey,” is probably already on your bucket list. But whether you prefer timeless Hollywood, trendy Downtown L.A., or the pristine beaches of Malibu, Los Angeles deserves particular consideration. No matter how you spend your time here, make sure to watch the sunset from Santa Monica pier—you won’t soon forget it!