California's 
Big Sur provides one of the most scenic drives in the world (Flickr: 
cjuneau)
California's Big Sur provides breathtaking scenery

 

When you think of places that should be on your bucket list, you probably think of exotic or far away destinations. Places like the Great Wall of China or Machu Picchu in Peru. But what's on your North American bucket list? You may not even have to step foot on a plane to experience the best places in North America.

 

Grand Canyon. This is an obvious choice. The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest landmarks in the world. Don't just grab a pic at the rim and head on your way though. Spend a couple days at the Grand Canyon and even consider taking the popular train ride. For the really adventurous, hike through the Grand Canyon or raft down the Colorado River.

 

Big Sur. Big Sur is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, drawing comparisons to the rugged cliffs and shoreline of many destinations in Europe. Consider traveling with someone for this excursion, so that you can take turns driving to see the beautiful overlooks. Make it into a long trip with a visit to nearby San Francisco.

 

Cave of Swallows. The Cave of Swallows isn't exactly a tourist hotspot and not many people are even familiar with it. This famous pit is located inland near the city of Xilitla in Mexico. The 1,000-foot pit is popular among cavers and base jumpers. This is not for the weary and you don't want to travel here alone.

 

Niagara Falls. This is another great wonder of the world. A great romantic retreat, Niagara Falls is near the top of most people's bucket lists. Pay attention to what time of year you visit, although if you come during the warmer months, expect an influx of tourists. Consider the boat ride to the falls that gives visitors and up-close view of Niagara Falls.

 

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins. There are plenty of Mayan ruins throughout Mexico, but Chichen Itza is the most famous. The most notable feature is the step pyramid, referred to as El Castillo. Pack a good pair of walking or hiking shoes for a day of exploring the Chichen Itza ruins.

 

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