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Bucket List Adventures in All 50 States

By: Kathleen Rellihan and Felicia Feaster

What’s the one thing you must do in every state? From Florida to Alaska, here are our picks for once-in-a-lifetime experiences across the country.

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What You Need to See and Do in Every State

If your bucket list includes a visit to every state in America, take along our list of the essential activities and sites in each state to make sure you are hitting all the bases. Some of these attractions and activities are below the radar and some are the popular must-dos in every state. The travel experts at HGTV have rounded up a key site to visit in each state. See how many of our bucket list adventures you have visited.

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Alabama: Space Camp

Is constructing and launching your own rocket on your bucket list? Fulfill your childhood dreams of being an astronaut by taking part in Adult Space Academy, a two-night experience that allows trainees to take part in hands-on interactive space missions at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

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Alaska: Northern Lights

Catch a glimpse of nature's most spectacular light show—the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights—in Fairbanks, one of the most reliable spots to view the natural wonder.

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Arizona: Grand Canyon

Experience the Grand Canyon from the water—float through the geological wonder on the Colorado River with an adrenaline-pumping whiter water adventure, or take in the breathtaking views slowly on a smooth water rafting trip.

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