32 Places to Visit Before 33

by Crystal Carder

I celebrated my 32nd birthday this past weekend so in honor of turning 32, I wanted to share 32 places to visit before 33.

Some of these places I visited while others are still on my bucket list. So let’s dive in and get going! 🚞

32 Places You Need to Visit Before Turning 33

1. Great Salt Lake, Utah

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The Great Salt Lake is probably one of the most infamous lakes of all time. Located in Utah, this lake is the largest saltwater lake in the western atmosphere. Read about our visit.


2. Niagara Falls, New York

I visited Niagara Falls as a child multiple times, but now that I have a family of my own, I am aching to take my family there. Niagara Falls lies just on the border of United States and Canada, so if you have a passport, I recommend visiting the Canadian side. If you don’t, the New York side of the falls is still worth checking out.

3. The Ark Encounter, Kentucky

I’ve been hearing so much about the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, that I’m seriously hoping we can make a trip there before the summer ends. The Ark Encounter is a full-size replica of the famous Noah’s Ark in the Bible.

And, the best part, kids under 12 are free! 

4. Rock Springs, Wyoming

You know how you find those hidden gems whenever you’re not even looking? Well, Rock Springs, Wyoming is just like that. On our way to California last year, we found ourselves in the most gorgeous little town, called Rock Springs.

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There’s not much there, but you can see wild horses! If you’re ever visiting, I highly recommend staying at the Hampton Inn in town, it sits right in front of huge boulders and is extremely picturesque.

5. Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Shoshone Falls Scenic Waterfall in Idaho

Idaho isn’t known for much except potatoes, but Idaho is a gorgeous state and Shoshone Falls just proves that. This famous falls is called “The Niagara of the West” and it’s well-worth a visit at 212-feet tall and 900-feet wide! 

Read about our visit.

6. I-80 Truck Stop, Iowa

Whether you’re a truck driver or not, the I-80 Truck Stop in Iowa has something for everyone. It’s even been featured on quite a few travel documentaries on the travel channel. This truck stop is the largest truck stop in the world! 

Read about our visit.

7. Yellowstone National Park, Montana

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If nature is your thing, Yellowstone National Park in Montana is definitely for you! This park is 2.2 million acres of wildlife, scenery and geothermal areas like Old Faithful. 

8. Death Valley, California

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Death Valley in California, but it’s high on my bucket list. Death Valley is a land of extremes! In the summer, it’s the hottest place on earth and it’s said that it’s so hot that your tires will melt just driving on the pavement! 😮 

9. Buxton, North Carolina

Okay, maybe I snuck this one in there because my maiden name is Buxton, but Buxton, North Carolina is still a beautiful place to visit. Part of the infamous Outer Banks in North Carolina, Buxton is home to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and currently only has 1200 residents! It’s the perfect place for a beach vacation.

10. Mall of America, Minneapolis

The Mall of America in Minneapolis is over 2 million square feet and houses over 500 stores and it’s own amusement park!  

11. Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

Have you ever wanted to get up close to a living alligator? Then Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina is for you! This state park is home to many alligators and, you can even tour an old castle.

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12. Presque State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

Presque State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Pennsylvania. Located on a peninsula on Lake Erie, this park offers gorgeous views, great fishing, and even a few lighthouses.

13. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is probably one of the more popular beaches in the country and it should be! There’s so much to do there; great attractions, a beautiful beach, and tons of shopping. 

14. Mackinac Island, Michigan

I long to visit Mackinac Island in Michigan! This adorable island features an extremely gorgeous hotel called, Grand Hotel and it’s just like something from a fairy tale novel. It is also home to world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, shopping and tons of dining.

15. New York, New York

There’s so many reasons to want to visit New York, NY; the buildings, the shops, the restaurants – everything! New York, NY has so many iconic sites, that you could seriously spend months in the city and still not see everything!

16. Hershey, Pennsylvania

family photo with HersheyIt’s called “The Sweetest Place” on earth for a reason – it’s the place where Hershey’s candy is made! Hershey, Pennsylvania is home to Hershey’s Chocolate Factory and the famous Hershey Park which houses 15 coasters! Hershey has so much to see and do.

Read about our time at the park.

17. Redwood National Park, California

If you’ve never saw a Redwood tree before, Redwood National Park in California is a great place to see them. The park features a vast number of large coastal and old growth dawn redwood trees.

18. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is just as massive and mesmerizing as everyone says. This national park is over 277-miles wide and 10-miles across. 

19. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

If you’re like me, you grew up watching scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge on television. The Golden Gate Bridge is just as neat to look at in real life. And, it’s definitely not quite as big as you would think. 

20. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is high on my bucket list. This park is one you usually see people posting all over social media and it’s absolutely gorgeous with it’s stunning scenery.

21. Albion, California

Albion, California is one of those towns you may never heard of before, but it’s well worth the visit. Albion has so many things to see and do nearby too like; Glass Beach, redwood trees, the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and more!

22. Alaska

Okay, I’m just putting the whole state here because Alaska is one of those places that is beautiful to see no matter what part you go to. It’s a place that my oldest son is dreaming to go to and one, hopefully, we can get to soon.

23. Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg, Tennessee

One of my favorite places to visit in Tennessee is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. These areas have so many things to see and do, that you can easily spend a week there. There’s attractions like; Riley’s Aquarium, Hollywood Wax Museum, and Dollywood. Tons of food options and for the nature lovers, it’s home of the Great Smokey Mountains.

24. Ponte Verde Beach, Florida

fun beach for kids in Florida

If you like seashells, Ponte Verde Beach in Florida is has so many seashells to collect! Literally! Everywhere you walk at this beach is full of seashells, plus the few times we visited this park was pretty laid back without a crowd.

Read about our time.

25. Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach in Florida is known for it’s soft, white sand. Located just south of Tampa, it’s a great for a winter getaway or summer vacation.

26. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park in California is famous for it’s giant sequoia trees, Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

27. Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island in Georgia is located off the coast of Georgia and has expansive beaches and a historic charm.

28. Moab, Utah

Moab is literally one of the most gorgeous places on earth! Home to both Arches and Canyonland National Park, Moab is home to massive rock formations that are unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen.

29. Denver, Colorado

Denver is the capital of Colorado and it’s known for a lot; nightlife, shops, museums, etc… But Denver is also home to gorgeous mountain views. 

30. Berlin & Millersburg, Ohio

Located in Ohio’s Amish Country, Berlin and Millersburg have so much to see and do. Watch as Amish make cheese, visit a drive-thru zoo, or get some laughs at the comedy club, no matter what you do, you’ll be glad you planned your visit here.

Just don’t visit on Sunday, everything will be closed! 😊

Read about our time.

31. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a great place to learn about history. It’s home to a lot of Civil War monuments and is where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address speech. And, if you are visiting the area, just less than an hour away in Hanover, Pennsylvania, you can tour Snynder’s Pretzels, shop Utz Potato Chips at their factory store and more! 

32. Lake Tahoe, California

While you should plan to visit all of these 32 places before 33, Lake Tahoe in California is probably the place you should make your highest priority. This lake is so clear and the views are amazing! Just read about our time there.

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And of course, in honor of any birthday, one to grow on 😉, number 33. This may just be my absolute favorite place to visit!

33. Watkins Glen, New York

Tips for Visiting Watkins Glen State Park in New York

Watkins Glen State Park in New York is an absolutely stunning natural park featuring waterfalls, a natural bridge and more. This park gets fairly busy but no where on earth will you see a place this gorgeous.

Read about our visit.

Whether you’re past 33, or younger than 33, I hope you can visit every single one of these destinations one day.

And, if you’ve been to any of them, I would love for you to share your experience in the comments below.

Last Updated on 2 years by Crystal Carder

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Michael May 23, 2022 - 7:29 pm

Long list! I have visited a few so thank God I experienced and visited them already. If I’ll have the opportunity to visit more why not! Missing NYC!

Ramil Hinolan May 24, 2022 - 2:11 am

Thanks for sharing these places worth-visiting. I think, my first vacation after the pandemic would be in Niagara Falls. I have seen a few of my friends going there. I would like to experience how it is soaking myself with the water.

Patio Decoration May 24, 2022 - 8:15 am

I’ve been to a few of these places like the Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon, etc…Amazing places…I would love to visit all these amazing places…

dorry lyn May 24, 2022 - 6:36 pm

I wish, I can visit even one of those places in the list

rachel May 24, 2022 - 7:44 pm

I have so many of these places on my travel list, too!

Jenjen Balatico May 25, 2022 - 5:26 am

Berlin & Millersburg, Ohio sounds like an awesome place! And I’ll make sure not to go on Sundays *wink*

Rita June 1, 2022 - 4:02 pm

Been to at least 19 n your list and I will say safely visiting nearly every state in the USA that there is no place like Alaska! If the good Lord willing our plans at retirement will be to visit/live in Alaska (part time)


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