When planning a trip, deciding where to go can be nearly impossible. There are so many interesting places to travel to that it can be overwhelming to determine the perfect location for you. If you want to plan the trip of your dreams but haven’t found the right spot, you have come to the right place. We made a list of bucket list vacations to help you narrow down where to travel to in the United States and beyond.

Bucket List Vacations in the US

Niagara Falls in New York

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Experience Mother Nature at its finest when you visit Niagara Falls. Every second, 3,100 tons of water crash over the fall, making it a magical experience that is unlike any other. If you want to get a better look, hopping on a boat will get you up close to the action. Take a trip to New York state to see the world’s most beautiful waterfall for yourself.

Seasons at Greenwood Forest is located in Clymer, New York, just an hour outside of Niagara Falls. This secluded timeshare allows you to enjoy the wilderness within the Peek ‘n Peak Resort and Conference Center. The on-site amenities, paired with the fabulous accommodations, make this resort one of a kind.

Grand Canyon in Arizona

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The Grand Canyon is one of the best national parks in the US. Whether you road trip to this destination or have to take a flight, you won’t be disappointed vacationing at the Grand Canyon. Nature lovers will love Arizona because it has so many fabulous places to explore. There is much to see at the Grand Canyon and in the surrounding areas, including Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and Petrified Forest National Park.

Marriott’s Canyon Villas At Desert Ridge in Phoenix is about 250 miles from the Grand Canyon, which makes it a fabulous day trip. After a day of hiking, you will love returning to a resort that offers two-bedroom villas with plenty of space for the whole family to stretch out and relax. In addition, it is near all of Phoenix’s top attractions.

The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennesse

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Gatlinburg attracts solo travelers, couples on romantic getaways, and countless families every year as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. There are many outdoor activities you can enjoy while on vacation that make this a top bucket list vacation, such as hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and water tubing. It’s no surprise this is the most visited national park in America.

Gatlinburg timeshare rentals offer all the luxuries of home, and the suites at Smoky Mountain Resort deliver just that. Each suite has a full-size kitchen and washer and dryer. There is also an indoor and outdoor pool at this Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort, as well as a game room and a fitness center. 

Disney World in Florida

Disney World in Florida

Disney World is on many people’s bucket lists, making it one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. The ambiance at Disney World alone makes it a magical destination. There are endless things to do at Disney World for every age range. Children and adults alike will love meeting their favorite characters and riding all the themed rides.

Westgate Town Center is one of the best Interval International resorts near Disney World. This resort is a theme park within itself with a water park, mini-golf, and pool. After a long day of exploring Disney World and partaking in the on-site amenities, you will be thankful to have a spacious villa to sprawl out and relax.

Bucket List Vacations Beyond the US

Eiffel Tower in France

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Known as the City of Lights, Paris, France, has so many famous monuments that make it a bucket list vacation. The most notable, with 6 million visitors yearly, is the Eiffel Tower. It is a wrought-iron lattice tower known as “La Dame de Fer,” French for “Iron Lady” by locals. Built between 1887 and 1889, it has since become one of the most visited pay-to-enter monuments. Make sure to buy a ticket online in advance to secure your spot.

If you are looking for an international timeshare near the Eiffel Tower, look no further than Marriott’s Village D’Ile-De-France. This elegant resort offers guest townhouse accommodations that are conveniently close to all of Paris’s top attractions. In addition, on-site, enjoy a 27-hole golf course, multiple pools, and spas.

Serra Gaúcha Mountain Range in Brazil

Serra Gaúcha Mountain Range in Brazil

The Serra Gaúcha mountain range is known for its endless forested hillsides, rocky cliffs, and gorgeous waterfalls, making this area the perfect backdrop for one of Brazil’s most famous wine regions. The main attractions to visit on this bucket list vacation include Ecopark Sperry, the Parque Estadual do Caracol, the Parque da Ferradura, the Munda a Vapor Theme Park, and the Park of the Silent Sculptures in Serra Gaucha.

Golden Gramado Laghetto is a luxurious resort set among the Serra Gaúcha mountain range. Guests at this resort can take advantage of the on-site dining, the stunning outdoor pool, and spacious floor plans. Accommodations come in one- and two-bedroom units with spacious living and dining areas.

Elephant Encounters in Thailand

Elephant Encounters in Thailand

The beautiful country of Thailand is one of the most sought-after destinations in South East Asia. This is no surprise because of its tropical beaches, ancient ruins, and elephant encounters. When visiting Thailand, interacting with an elephant is a must-do activity. Make sure you find an ethical place to visit, for example, Elephant Nature Park, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, and The Happy Elephant Home.

Marriott Phuket Beach Club has both exciting amenities and relaxing attractions for a fun yet restful getaway. This Marriott resort is the whole package, with its atmosphere and landscape creating an unmatched beauty. Not to mention, timeshare owners love making these Thailand villas their home away from home.

Tuscan Countryside in Italy

Tuscan Countryside in Italy

Located in northwest Italy, Tuscany is a picturesque region that is the heart of the Tuscan countryside. So, rent a car and enjoy all it has to offer. Arezzo, Cortona, and Lucca are towns throughout the countryside that are worth stopping at along the way for meals, shopping, and wine tasting. Around every corner is a new place to explore, so you never run out of things to do.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Borgo alle Vigne is located in the Tuscan countryside and offers unending views of its infamous rolling hills. Your spacious suite includes a full kitchen, amazing views, and multiple bedrooms. Guests are in for a memorable Italian trip with a private lounge, pool, and business center.

Take Bucket List Vacations Yearly with Vacation Exchange

Timeshare owners can travel to a different location year after year by joining a vacation exchange program.  RCI and  Interval International are popular platforms for trading timeshare weeks or points. Both RCI and II represent top brands and offer thousands of resorts and destinations. Visiting all your dream bucket list locations couldn’t be easier!

Buy a Timeshare and Start Checking Off Your Bucket List Vacations

To be a part of a vacation exchange network, you first have to buy a timeshare. You can save thousands when you buy a timeshare on the resale market. We have a plethora of timeshares for sale on our marketplace in each bucket list vacation location, as well as many more dream locations. Once you have found the one for you, make an offer. It is that simple! If you have questions, call 1(800) 213-7733 to speak directly to a representative!

Author

Matti Pennington is a Baylor University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Corporate Communication. She has expertise in feature writing, social media management, data analytics, graphic design and photography. Matti moved to Florida in May 2022 after living in Texas her whole life and enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and being with her friends.

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