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Top 10 Most Wished-for States to Visit

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The most popular states that people want to visit offer endless outdoor activities, including surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, and sunbathing. The top 10 most wished-for states that people want to visit also include bustling cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The top bucket list destinations are calculated by the Visited travel app, which has over 1.5 million users. 

You can mark off places you’ve traveled, browse top destinations, set travel goals, and get a personalized map of your travels using the Visited app. 

According to Visited’s 2022 Travel Report, these are the top 10 most wished-for states to visit:

  1. California has boundless natural beauty, with rugged mountains and canyons, stunning U.S. National Parks, deserts, and beautiful beaches. The Golden State also offers plenty of entertainment in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. 
  1. Hawaii is a tropical paradise with excellent surfing, lush forests, mountains, volcanoes, and plenty of beaches to enjoy. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, and Waimea Canyon State Park are just a few of the top attractions in the Aloha State. 
  1. New York is the third most popular bucket list state to visit. The Empire State draws millions of visitors to the iconic statues, skyscrapers, shopping, dining, and entertainment in New York City as well as to the natural wonders at Niagara Falls
  1. Alaska is a sought-after destination for adventurous travelers who want to explore the northern beauty of snow-capped mountains, lakes, and endless winter sports. Denali National Park and Preserve and Kenai Fjords National Park are some of the top attractions in the Last Frontier. 
  1. Washington is a lush state with scenic mountains, towering old forests, and a picturesque coastline. The state also attracts tourists to the city of Seattle and all its modern amenities. 
  1. South Dakota is a unique bucket list destination that features Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and expansive open spaces. 
  1. Florida is the seventh most wished-for state to visit. With Walt Disney World, Everglades National Park, South Beach in Miami, and many popular beaches, the Sunshine State has endless possibilities for travelers. 
  1. Nevada ranks eighth on the list of wished-for places to travel. The state includes unique desert landscapes, canyons, and all of the attractions of Sin City in Las Vegas. 
  1. Texas is a bucket list destination that includes southwest cuisine, big open skies, and many attractions in the cities of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. 
  1. Vermont is the tenth most desired state to visit. The Green Mountain State is mostly rural and has plenty of natural beauty, with mountains, forests, waterfalls, and remarkable fall foliage. Burlington draws visitors for its unique culture, with the Ben and Jerry’s headquarters, Church Street Marketplace, and more. 

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