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Top USA + Mexico Trips |

This post was updated in 2019 to be 30 places, not just 25. Partially because I wrote it when I was 25, and will soon approach 30, but mostly because I want to sneak in a few more of my favorite destinations.

Formerly, I was an exotic destination snob. I only wanted foreign cultures, anything and everything very different from myself. Then it happened. In 2015, I road tripped from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, Canada – -through California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, and Washington. I road tripped Georgia and Tennessee, and through Florida. I got my snow bunny on in Aspen, Colorado. I also did New York and Pennsylvania three times.

So when I look at my world travel bucket list, I can’t help but consider the incredible destinations in Uh-Meri-ca! I get not everyone can quit their job and travel overseas. If you’re looking for domestic alternatives to swapping the travel bug, check these out!

Again, I haven’t done everything in the USA, Canada & Mexico, however, I’ve done a lot and can recommend these experiences.

I have a lot more to see! Stay tuned on TravelBreak :)

1. Camp in the Grand Canyon and drive up to Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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Read: Arizona & Utah Road Trip: Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, Devil’s Garden (Photos)

 Photo Collaboration w/ fitness & swimsuit model: @MissChloeLynn

2. Experience the Ice Caves and Mount Rainier in Washington

Big Four Ice Caves, Washington by @RobStrok and @StephBeTravel

Read: Confirmed: Washington is the Most Instagrammable State in America (Photos)

Photo credit: @RobStrok

3. Swim in the Cenotes of Quintana Roo, Mexico

Best Photos of Bacalar, Mexico @StephBeTravel - (8 of 15)

Read: Aguas! 15 Photos of Mexico’s Southern Point (Photos)

4. Shop, eat, and photograph New York City

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Photo credit: @RossCockrell

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Photo credit: @Mc_Gutty

 Read: Which New York Tourist/ Traveler are You? (Photos)

Read: New York’s 10 Best Instagram Spots (Photos)

5. Play Private Jet Plane Laser Tag in Las Vegas

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Read: The Craziest Thing to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photos) 

6. Road Trip Big Sur, California

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Photo collaboration: @BonTraveler

California Big Sur Road Trip Highway 101 - @StephBeTrave

Read: Big Sur Road Trip – Highway 101: No Clever Title Necessary (Photos) 

7. Sail the Florida Keys, Florida

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Read: Living the Dream: Sail the Florida Keys Like a Pro (Photos)

8. Get Your Cabo On, Cabo San Lucas

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Read: Do You Cabo? We Cabo! (Photos) 

9. Catch Sunrise in Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Monument Valley 5 TRAVELBREAK Utah Roadtrip Tips

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Read: Arizona & Utah Road Trip: Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, Devil’s Garden (Photos)

10. Road Trip Portland to Multnomah Falls and Rowena Crest, Oregon

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Best Photos of Oregon Road Trip (4 of 15)

 Read: The Ultimate Oregon Road Trip (Photos)

11. Jetpack in Newport Beach or Las Vegas

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Read: Win a Free Jet-Pack America Adventure Bucket List

12. Snowboard or Ski in Aspen, Colorado

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Photo Collaboration: @MichaelSHodson

Read: Defy Ordinary: Aspen, Colorado (Photos)

13. Hike Potato Chip Rock, San Diego, California

Photo Collaboration: @TysonTravel

Read: 5 Tips to Hiking: THE Potato Chip Rock, San Diego, California (Photos)

14. See Mexico’s World Wonder: Chichen Itza

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Read: 5 Reasons Cancun is this Season’s Must-Do Right Now (Photos)

15. Drink Wine in Napa, CaliforniaNapa Valley, California @StephBeTravel (9 of 9)

Napa Valley, California @StephBeTravel Charles Krug Winery - Wine Train

Read: Napa: I Think I Can, I Know I Can – Wine & Wellness (Photos) 

16. Climb the world’s highest rock-climbing wall in Reno, NevadaBucket List Check! Rock Climbing in Reno  @StephBeTravel TravelBreak

Read: 5 Ways Reno & Tahoe Will Blow Your Mind (Photos)

17. Eat southern food in Atlanta, Georgia

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Read: #DoMoreCountry — Is the South America’s Friendliest Region? (Photos)

18. Get country in Nashville, Tennessee

Burgess Falls State Park - Best Photos of Tennessee @StephBeTravel - (1 of 1)-15

Read: #DoMoreCountry — Is the South America’s Friendliest Region? (Photos)

19. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Best Photos of San Francisco (12 of 12)

San Francisco Photos - @StephBeTravel |

Photo by @TheSamGraves

Read: Seas the Bay: Failure and San Francisco Photos

20. Glamcamp in Yosemite National Park, California

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Read: Unplug: Good-Bye Technology, Hello Yosemite National Park (Photos) 

21. Swim & Play at a Pool Party in Miami, Florida

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Photo Collaboration with @Witness_X

Read: Bienvenidos A Miami — Double the Trouble (Photos)

22. Check out Coachella, Burning Man, Fantasy Fest or another American festival

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Photo collaboration: @ExpertVagabond

Read: Halloween on Steroids 5 FAQs Revealed, Fantasy Fest, the Florida Keys

Read: 13 Inevitable Stage of Fantasy Fest, Halloween, the Florida Keys 

23. Snorkel at  pearl farm in Cozumel, Quintana Roo

Pearl Farm in Cozumel

The only natural pearl farm in the Caribbean, this family owned business and research and development center attracts ecotourists escaping the crowds. Blog post on Cozumel coming soon. 

24. Get a bite… and maybe a drink.. in Philly — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunset cheers at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel

25. Get a Beer (& More) in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Read: Beyond Beer | 5 Reasons Grand Rapids is the Evolving City

26. Get on a plane to Calgary and Alberta


Read my most popular article to date: 18 Photos that Will Put You on A Plane to Banff and Calgary

27. Explore Canada’s Sweetest Coast, Nova Scotia

Read: 5 Experiences that are Entirely Nova Scotian

28. Make more out of Miami

Read: 7 Must-See Instagram Spots in the Miami Design District, Florida

29. Desert Vibes, the Wave in Arizona

Read: Everything You Want to Know about the Wave in Arizona


30. Hike in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas Inyo National Forest

Read: 10 Photos of Big Pine in Inyo National Forest




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