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The USA is a big place. With so many things to do and see, where do you even start? If you’re heading to the States in summer (between June to August), then we’ve put together the ultimate guide for you. Whether you’re a foodie, fitness fanatic or adventure seeker, there’s something for everyone. From national parks, beaches and baseball stadiums to hot air ballooning, there are plenty of activities to tick off your bucket list this summer.

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  1. Hire a bike and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It’s got one of the best views and gives you a chance to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. 
  2. Visit Alcatraz Island in San Francisco where mob gangster Al Capone spent many of his years locked behind behinds. Make sure you book your tickets three months in advance as it’s a popular tourist attraction. 
  3. Take a helicopter ride and experience the Grand Canyon like never before. It’s the best way to see the canyon and witness one of America’s greatest natural beauties. 
  4. Enjoy a baseball game like an American with a hot dog in one hand and a beer in the other. From April to September, you’ll find a game in any major city no matter where you are in the US. 
  5. Fulfil your childhood fantasy and buy a ticket to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. You can even stay at the Disney resorts if you’re after a truly magical experience. 
  6. Take a walk down to Santa Monica Pier in California. Be sure to check out Muscle Beach (especially if you’re a fitness junkie) and Pacific Park where you can take a ride on the famous Pacific Wheel. 
  7. Visit San Diego Zoo in California home to more than 3700 animals. Here you’ll find monkeys, pandas and elephants just to name a few.  
  8. Plan a road trip to Las Vegas. You can hire a Mustang and travel down the famous Route 66. Be sure to check out a pool party while you’re in Vegas too. You’ll need to pre-purchase your tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. 
  9. Check out Walmart while you’re in the states. It’s one of the largest shops in the world and has a large variety of pretty much everything. Some weird and wonderful items that might grab your attention include sloppy joe flavoured potato chips, instant ramen and unicorn helmets! 
  10. Hike around Yosemite National Park in California where you can explore magnificent waterfalls, giant sequoias (aka trees) and abundant wildlife. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and carry a backpack with snacks and a water bottle to stay hydrated. 
  11. Book a hot air balloon adventure in Phoenix, Arizona. You’ll get to experience scenic views of the rugged desert landscape. Make sure you get a selfie with a giant cactus before you board. 
  12. Walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It’s a must for anyone travelling to Los Angeles with more than 2600 stars embedded along Hollywood Boulevard including Johnny Depp, Marilyn Monroe and even Snoopy! 
  13. Visit the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York. But before you go, it’s worth researching the history behind the lovely Lady Liberty, because she’s more than just a gal with a crown on her head.  

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  14. Dine at fast food chain In-N-Out Burger. It’s no secret, but this is by far the best takeaway option if you’re after a good ole’ burger, fries and shake. Especially, if you’re hungover too. 
  15. Check out Hawaii Volcano National Park on the Big Island. We often forget about Hawaii, but it’s part of the US and has a lot to offer especially for adventure seekers. 
  16. Take a trip to Alaska and visit Katmai National Park where you’ll get to see brown, grizzly bears gorging on salmon during summer. The park sits on an active volcanic landscape and spans across forests, mountains and lakes – but fear not, it hasn’t erupted since 1912. 
  17. Visit a Honky Tonk in Texas and two-step the night away with friendly locals. Be sure to try some famous Southern BBQ while you’re there. 
  18. Walk along the white sand of one of America’s best beaches in Caladesi Island, Florida.  The beach is preserved as a state park and can only be accessed by boat.

So what are you waiting for? Put on a pair of comfortable kicks and make your way through our bucket list with something for everyone – giving you the option to pick and choose whatever floats your boat.