The Great American Bucket List

posted: 05/07/14

The Great American Bucket List

1. The best way to see the Grand Canyon isn't by plane or car...it's by donkey. You can take a tour down the Canyon to get a first hand look at the beautiful Colorado River. What a way to see the country!

2. Have you ever been inside an active volcano? Well you can now. When you go to Mount St. Helen in Washington State you can go inside the countries longest lava tube at over 2 miles.

3. Do you know that Louis Lunch in New Haven, CT is the creator of the hamburger? In 1900, a customer wanted a steak sandwich to go and Louis grounded some meat and created the hamburger. This eating establishment has been around for over 100 years. Just make sure you know how to order correctly: a "cheese works with a salad" translates to a cheeseburger with tomato and onion cooked medium rare.

4. The Royal Gorge Skycoaster in Royal Gorge, CO.

5. Be part of the American Art scene and go to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas where you can actually spray paint your own message on one of the cars in their art installation.

6. You don't have to be a NASCAAR driver to take a loop at the Daytona 500. Now even Everyday Joes can go the Daytona International Speedway, put their foot on the gas, push 165 MPH and take 1 or 50 laps around the track. The adrenaline rush alone will keep you going for days.

7. If you want to celebrate the Fourth of July like our Founding Fathers did then go to Bristol, RI where they have the oldest Fourth of July Parade. Started in 1785, over 200,000 people now attend this event. Bristol, RI has officially been named America's Most Patriotic Town.

8. Who knew Bed & Breakfasts could be so scary!? They are if you are staying at Lizzie Borden's house. That's right -that Lizzie Borden. You can actually stay in the house where Lizzie allegedly killed her father and stepmother with an ax. Yikes.

9. Visit Cawker City, KS to not only see a beautiful town but the world's largest ball of twine. Started by Frank Stoeber in 1953, the ball now weighs nine tons and measures 40 feet in diameter. Go to Cawker City in August and you can take part in the Twineathon where they add even more twine to the ball.

10. Everyone loves to eat his or her way through the country. The people at Big Sal's Restaurant in San Diego invite customers to put their money where their mouth is. If you can eat a 27-inch hero stuffed with all-American foods like shredded beef, cheeseburgers, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, poppers, pastrami, fried chicken, chili, and onion rings in 45mins or less, you get to name a sandwich on the menu.

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