It’s not that we haven’t crossed anything off our bucket list lately. After all, we’ve spent plenty of time baking bread, bingeing Netflix and picking the perfect Zoom backgrounds. (Those were all on your bucket list, right?) Now it’s time to get back to everything you’ve been missing. Sun-drenched beaches. Buzzing cities. Big adventure.

Go Beyond the Flight with Delta Vacations and explore more, right here at home, with trips that are easy on both your schedule and your wallet. Whether it’s soaring over the Na Pali Coast by helicopter or sipping your way through Sonoma’s stunning wineries, we’ve rounded up all the must-visit cities to catch up on your bucket list — from thrill-seeking to sporting events, nature hikes, foodie favorites and more — no passport needed.


WHERE TO: Catch the Action

Imagine seeing your favorite baseball team play at Wrigley Field or feeling the thrill of a boxing match in glittering Las Vegas. From world-famous sporting venues, halls of fame, annual events and more, these are America’s top 10 for all things sports.

  • Catch the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY
  • Watch a Boxing Match in Las Vegas, NV
  • Experience the Iditarod in Anchorage, AK
  • Attend the U.S. Open in New York, NY
  • See a Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN
  • Cheer on the Boston Marathon in Boston, MA
  • Visit Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
  • See a game at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
  • Watch the Tournament of Roses at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
  • Go to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY
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Kentucky Derby

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WHERE TO: Taste the Best

From Michelin gastronomy to coastal cuisine and big city bites, the U.S. is known for its culinary destinations. If you’re looking for a vacation to savor bold flavors, plan your trip to one (or all!) of these delicious domestic locales.

  • Devour fresh seafood in Seattle, WA
  • Dine on Cajun & Creole cuisine in New Orleans, LA
  • Order deep-dish pizza in Chicago, IL
  • Make a Michelin reservation in New York City, NY
  • Take a winery tour in Napa Valley & Sonoma, CA
  • Savor Kansas City's famous barbeque in Kansas City, MO
  • Get a taste of Tex-Mex in Austin, TX
  • Have an authentic Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia, PA
  • Experience the world-famous buffets in Las Vegas, NV
  • Attend a real luau in Hawaii
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Winery tasting in Napa Valley


WHERE TO: Learn to Surf

Maybe you’ve never tried surfing before, or maybe you’re a pro in the making! You’ll never know until you try. With scenic coastline and professional surf instructors, these U.S. cities are among the top 10 to hang ten:

  • Waikiki Beach, Oahu, HI
  • Maui, HI
  • North Shore, Oahu, HI
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Malibu, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Cocoa Beach, FL
  • La Jolla Shores, CA
  • Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Surf camp lessons in California

WHERE TO: See Famous Art

Witness Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" in person at the MoMA in New York. Travel to Washington, DC and see the nation’s only painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Walk through an entire gallery of Kandinsky works in Chicago. If you’ve ever dreamed of standing before a famous work of art, these 10 destinations won’t disappoint.

  • Experience the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
  • Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY
  • Wander the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
  • See the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA
  • Travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL
  • Pay your respects at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, NY
  • See the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY
  • Walk through the iconic Art Institute of Chicago, IL
  • Visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA
  • Go to the USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA
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MoMA in New York City


WHERE TO: Take a Hike

Stunning views. Thrilling wildlife sightings. Countless photo ops. There are few countries on the planet that boast the diversity of landscapes found along the many serene hiking trails within the United States.  Here’s our roundup of the top 10:

  • Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • Glacier National Park in Montana
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii
  • Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State
  • Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
  • Billy Goat Trail in Maryland and Washington, DC
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Looking out over the Great Smoky Mountains
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WHERE TO: Get a Great History Lesson

America is a country packed with fascinating history, both inspiring and sobering. From national monuments to famous galleries and the sites of important historical events, these top 10 U.S. cities are on our list of must-visit destinations for all history buffs:

  • Boston, MA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI
  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah, GA
  • Washington, DC
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Augustine, FL
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Civil war reenactment in Williamsburg, VA

WHERE TO: Splurge on the Helicopter Tour

Strap on your headset for the ride of a lifetime! Whether you’re looking to pop the question, conquer your fear of heights or simply get a great selfie, a helicopter ride is the best way to experience another view of the landscape. Here are our top 10 picks for where to take one:

  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Kauai, HI
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Sedona, AZ
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Big Island, HI
  • Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Rushmore in the Black Hills, SD
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Helicopter tour of Hawaiian coast


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