My Outdoorsy Alaska + Hawaii + California Bucket List

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This winter instead of making a yearly state to-do list, I decided to just make a bigger state bucket list.  Then I decided to turn this into a little series.  I wanted to do specific states that I spend a lot of time in, want to spend a lot of time in, or am close to a lot.

I also wanted to do more general regional bucket lists for all the other things I want to do, which is a lot.  They are all pretty outdoor focused with a few non-outdoorsy things, too.

Next up in this little series is a little weird.  I always have a hard time dividing up the US into regions, mostly with California.  So this list isn’t really a region but not just one state either.  This month’s post will have three states included: an Alaska bucket list, a Hawaii bucket list, and a California bucket list.

As I do things and write posts for them, I’ll update this to link back to those.  If I do something and don’t have a post, I’ll just cross it out.

I would like to do one a month with 12 total.  These bucket lists are partially to help me keep track of things, but also to inspire you to get out there, too.   

Bucket list posts


Alaska Bucket List


Hawaii Bucket List


California Bucket List

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
  • Redwood National (and state) Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Mono Lake
  • Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea
  • Burney Falls
  • Race Track at Death Valley
  • Drive Highway 1
  • Big Sur
  • Fern Canyon
  • Salvation Mountain
  • Point Reyes Cypress Tunnel
  • Point Reyes lighthouse
  • Moaning Cavern
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Visit Alcatraz
  • Half Dome cables route
  • Ana Nuevo State Park
  • Snowshoe to Fallen Leaf Lake
  • Drive Avenue of the Giants
  • See the Hollywood Sign
  • Alabama Hills
  • Find Banana Slugs in Santa Cruz
  • Drive through Bishop Creek in fall
  • Devils Postpile
  • Hetch Hetchy
  • Bumpass Hell in Lassen
  • Torrey Pines State Reservee Broken Hill in Torrey Pines
  • Kayak La Jolla sea caves
  • Winchester Mansion
  • Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
  • Glass Beach in Fort Bragg
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Visit the Muir Woods
  • Rubicon Trail
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Moro Rock Hike
  • Solvang
  • Cold Springs Tavern
  • Explore San Diego
  • Mercer Caverns
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Poppy bloom in Antelope Valley State Park
  • Nit Witt Ridge
  • Whale watch in Monterey Bay
  • Napa Valley hot air balloon ride
  • Death Valley hot air balloon ride
  • Urban Lights and LACMA
  • Disneyland
  • Drink wine in Napa Valley
  • Death Valley super bloom
  • Lembert Dome
  • Wiskeytown Falls
  • North Fork of Big Pine
  • Clouds Rest
  • Lost Palm Oasis
  • Mersan Lakes
  • Mist Trail

Have you done any of these things?  What should I consider adding to them?  

4 thoughts on “My Outdoorsy Alaska + Hawaii + California Bucket List

  1. I want to see all of California! Let’s plan a road trip and start crossing things off the list!

    1. Well, I would say thank you, but they’re stock phots for this post. Someday I’ll be able to add my own!

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