Best Bucket List For Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota
Who doesn't have a bucket list? Hmmm, am I the only one who raised a hand? It's not something I think about a lot. Oh, sure there are things I'd like to do and have always wanted to do but never really thought of making a list.
Your list may be based on where you live, what you do, who your spouse is, or if money was of no concern. Things on that list could just be dreams for some. Goals for others. A new experience. A goal. Or, doing something to honor someone close to you.
Asking some of my coworkers about their bucket list items, here's how they responded:
~Hike and finish the entire Appalachian Trail.
~Spend a year in Australia.
~Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef!
~Letting a dart decide my next adventure.
~Publish a novel.
~Own a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's...probably the 15-year.
If you need a little push and would like some suggestions on specific locations let's begin right here:
Pheasant Hunting - The Chinese Redneck has become a sought-after upland bird for hunters who come from all over the world each fall.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - Feel the rumble of hundreds of thousands of Harley's in early August as the largest motorcycle rally in the world takes place in the Black Hills.
Pan For Gold - Once the world's largest gold mine before it closed, Homestake in Lead is enriched with so much history. You'll find everything you need to make your small fortune in the Black Hills.
Explore Jewel Cave - Miles and miles of mapped and surveyed passages in this fascinating underground cave with its beautiful formations. Said to be the third-longest cave in the world.
Mount Rushmore - View George, Thomas, Abe, and Teddy about a half hour's drive south of Rapid City.
RAGBRI - The 7-ride known as the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa began in 1973 and has turned into one of the premier bike touring events in the country.
Field of Dreams - Playing nine innings with friends where Kevin Costner watched ball players walk out of his corn field.
Bridge Tour in Madison County - Winterset is the scene for this historic trip to see and photograph the famed covered bridges.
National Mississippi River Museum – Located in Dubuque, part museum, part science center, and part aquarium.
North Shore - Lake Superior awaits you with campsites, hiking trails, and the Split Rock Lighthouse.
Jucy Lucy - You will 'fear the cheese' when you chow down on this Minnesota favorite. My favorite place would be Matt's Bar where they serve this icon with an entire basket of fries. And, they spell it differently.
Ice Fishing - What else is there to do in Minnesota on a cold winter weekend? No worries, the Gophers, Vikings, and Wild are in most ice shacks so you don't miss the game.
Boundary Waters - One of the great nature getaways in the wilderness of the Superior National Forest is a vast preserve of lakes and woods stretching for about 100 miles along the U.S. border with Canada.
Minnesota State Fair - The BEST of all state fairs in the country where no one can top the food-on-a-stick choices.