USA Outdoor Bucket List For Every Month
Do you have a bucket list? Based on less crowds and pleasant weather, here are some of our favorite destinations to get outside in America — perfect for a weekend getaway or holiday trip.
1. January – Florida Keys
The Florida Keys will whisk you away to a tropical beach getaway without necessarily having to get on a plane and fly across an ocean (if you live in the U.S.). Visitors find white sand beaches, clear blue water, beachfront accommodations, national parks, and temperatures in the 70s-80s.
This part of Florida offers a fun and romantic winter escape from the snowy cold parts of the U.S., which is why this tropical escape ranks best for January. Key West is a great place to enjoy in January. Florida has some of the best beaches in America.
2. February – Maui, Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands in February make for a dreamy winter getaway. February is the off-season, meaning visitors can find cheaper accommodations with fewer crowds. February is also prime time for whale watching.
3. March – South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is a tropical gem of the Lone Star State. It is also known for being a spring break paradise — not just for college students.
There are many fun things to do in South Padre. Visitors can spend the days fishing, surfing, dolphin watching, taking boat tours, stand-up paddle boarding, hanging out on the beach, soaking up sun rays, and playing in the sand. It is a great affordable beach getaway.
4. April – Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington
Washington’s best-kept secret, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, will make you believe you have been transported to Holland. The tulips begin blooming in April. Visiting the fields is free.
Plan a road trip, grab your partner, and experience the most beautiful fields of flowers you could ever see. Visiting the Mount Vernon area in April makes for a lovely romantic weekend getaway.
5. May – Utah National Parks
May is the best season to visit Moab, Utah. The desert is just starting to warm up, and you can most likely beat 100-degree Fahrenheit weather. Mornings are still crisp, as well as the evenings for camping and hiking, making May a wonderful time of year for vacation or holiday.
Moab is world renown for two natural wonders including, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. The Moab area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There is plentiful hiking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, and sightseeing galore.
6. June – Black Hills of South Dakota
Plan a beautiful camping, hiking, and sightseeing getaway to the Black Hills of South Dakota. South Dakota is famous for Mt. Rushmore National Monument and is home to many other national parks including, Jewel Cave and Wind Cave.
There are so many amazing outdoor things to do in the Black Hills. June has great weather. The days are warm and the evenings are cool making for a perfect summer getaway.
7. July – Western Colorado
Escaping the summer heat to the Rocky Mountains is always a treat. Plan a trip to western Colorado and visit Ouray or Aspen. Bask in views of the high mountain peaks while soaking in the natural hot springs in Ouray or Glenwood Springs. There are a few hot springs to choose from.
Ouray is about an hour and a half from Telluride, Colorado, if you want to visit the high mountain box canyon ski town. Check out our guide to visiting Telluride and the surrounding area when you only have 24 hours.
8. August – Whitefish, Montana
August is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be in the Rocky Mountains. Not only is Whitefish, Montana, known for its pristine powder ski resort as well as Glacier National Park, but it is also known for its huckleberries! Visit Whitefish in August for prime berry picking season.
While you are there, don’t miss a visit to Glacier National Park.
9. September – Gulf Shores, Alabama
Are you looking for white-sand beach fun in the sun without super southern summer heat? Visit Orange Beach, Alabama, and Gulf Shores in September for comfortable temperatures in the 70s-80s. September will have fewer summer crowds with folks returning to school. Be sure to watch out for hurricane season, though.
10. October – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Plan the perfect fall escape to New Mexico. Santa Fe makes for an incredibly fun and romantic fall weekend trip.
There are awesome day trips to take from Santa Fe, including visiting Bandelier National Monument, hiking, and driving the many scenic by-ways to view breathtaking fall foliage while experiencing local history. Enjoy excellent New Mexican food, art, architecture, and culture.
11. November – Arkansas Ozarks
If you like camping and hiking, visiting Arkansas during November can be a real treat. Depending on the year, you can camp and hike with warm weather all the way into November.
12. December – New Orleans
When most people think of New Orleans, they think Mardi Gras. However, visiting New Orleans during December is probably one of the local’s best-kept secrets. Why, might you ask?
December is when New Orleans restaurants are known for their French-inspired Réveillon (REV-ee-on) menus, which only happens during December. That’s right, eat and drink some of the best food from world-renown chefs in the U.S.
New Orleans also decorates for Christmas. Check out impressive light displays at the beautiful hotels from places such as The Roosevelt Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, The Bourbon Orleans, and Hotel Monteleone, to name a few.
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