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What Are the United States’ Most Searched-For Bucket-List Experiences?

by Aoife O'Riordan

Sep 15, 2023

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The bucket-list experience is not a new travel phenomenon, but how can U.S. family travelers know what exactly are the most popular bucket-list trips in 2023? Inspiration might await!


Thanks to a recent study by luxury travel experts Kuoni, travelers don’t have to look far to discover the United States’ top five most searched-for bucket-list experience this year.


In 2023, the study found the United States’ top five most-searched-for bucket-list experiences are:


  1. Visit Mount Rushmore
  2. Visit the Kentucky Derby
  3. Visit Yosemite
  4. Visit the Maldives
  5. Visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  6. Visit the Las Vegas Strip


The study even breaks down each state’s top travel bucket-list item. For instance, the majority of the states put visiting Mount Rushmore as their top experience, while states like California, Arkansas, Alaska and Alabama hope to visit the Maldives.


Kuoni also analyzed Google search data from more than 215 countries to unveil the world’s most popular travel bucket-list items. The study found the top 10 most searched-for bucket-list items worldwide are:


  1. Visit the Maldives
  2. Get splashed at Niagara Falls
  3. See the Mona Lisa
  4. Visit Bora Bora
  5. Climb the Statue of Liberty
  6. See the northern lights
  7. Visit Stonehenge
  8. Visit the Taj Mahal
  9. See Times Square
  10. See the Burj Khalifa in Dubai


Globally, the United States boasts three of the top 10 most popular bucket-list experiences.


Learn more about this study here.


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