There are so many things to do in each city and state in the country and I know the feeling of not wanting to miss a thing when in the area. Making your list of fun things to do on a vacation is half the fun! So check out our location and ideas in each state below.
Fun Things to do on Vacation in Every State in America
Each state is linked and takes you to the area on our site where all our posts and ideas are for that state. I have also mentioned a few ideas right here on the page.
Happy trip planning!
Alaska – Alaska is full of nature and one of the more popular stops in Denali National Park.
Arizona – Arizona has so many National Parks and National Park Sites, the most popular being the Grand Canyon. Route 66 also runs through Arizona. There are also many Native American historical sites, wile west sites, and ghost towns to take in.
Arkansas – One of our favorite things to do on vacation in Arkansas was Hot Springs, National Park. We are also looking at doing the Crater of Diamonds State Park when we pass through again this summer.
California – Everything from Disneyland to several National Parks like Yosemite National Park, to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Related: The Ultimate Guide to The National Park Service Junior Ranger Program & Junior Ranger Badges
Connecticut – Home of Yale, the Mark Twain House, and the Daniel Webster House just to name a few!
Delaware – Make sure to check out Fort Delaware State Park, Rehoboth Beach, and the First State National Historic Park.
Florida – I was born and raised in Florida and there is just so much more than Disney World! From the Florida Key up to Everglades National Parks, Manatees viewings, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Mermaids, up to historical St Augustine and into the Panhandle there is so much to see and do.
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Hawaii – One of the most popular things to do it hit one of the world-famous beaches. There is also the Pearl Harbor sites and lots of nature hikes and volcanoes to take in. You can visit Hawaii on a budget so it’s easy for the whole family to visit!
Illinois – Everyone thinks of Chicago right away but they also have some amazing state parks like Starved Fock State Park.
Indiana – Home of the Indianapolis Speedway, several amazing state parks, and lots of historical sites.
Iowa – Pikes Peak State Park and the Mississippi River museum come to mind here.
Kansas – Home to some of the most amazing nature spot and historical places. Oh and Schlitterbahn water park.
Louisiana – There are so many old southern plantations to take in and even New Orleans can be family friendly!
Massachusetts – There is so much to see and do in Boston and many of them on are the Freedom Trail. There are also many National Park Sites like JFK’s Boyhood home. Don’t forget to head out to Cape Cod as well!
Michigan – Michigan has some amazing state parks, chances to see the northern lights, and the Henery Ford Estate! They also have one of the best Halloween celebrations in the country!
Minnesota – Lots to do for nature lovers from state and national parks to zoos and theme parks. They have a Laura Ingalls homestead oh and of course Mall of America.
Mississippi – They have a national military park, Elvis Presley birthplace, beaches, and lots of southern history.
Missouri – Most known for Branson Missouri, they also have the Ozarks, part of Route 66, the Titanic Museum, and some amazing caverns.
Related: 39 Free Things to do in Branson MO
Montana – The have some amazing Things to do in Billings MTand that is close to Yellowstone National Park. They also have Glacier National Park, the Battle of Little Big Horn site, the Montana Dinosaur Trail, Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, and so much more.
Nebraska – Many Oregon Trail sites are in Nebraska. They also have some great art museum and pioneer museums.
New Mexico – If you can make it in October make sure to take in the Balloon Fiesta! New Mexico also has part of Route 66, several National Parks and Native American Sites, White Sands National monument and some amazing campgrounds.
New York – Known for New York City but there is so much more to see and do! From visiting Niagara Falls to the Finger Lakes Region and their award-winning state parks, too many NPS sites like the Women’s Right’s Center.
North Carolina – You can start at the coastline, and the Outer Banks and work your way inland toward Asheville and the Biltmore Estate and even further inward toward the Cherokee Indian Reservation and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Make sure to take in all the craft breweries along the way!
North Dakota – Home of Abraham Lincoln State Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Mandan (think Lewis and Clark) and several wagon trails. Plus many Native American Historic sites and some great workamping jobs!
Ohio – Hubby is a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan and his family is from Columbus so we have explored Columbus Ohio pretty well. But Ohio, in general, has Cedar Point, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Rock, and Roll Hall of Fame, the Columbus Zoo, National Museum of the United States Air Force, and so much more.
Oklahoma – Oklahoma hosts part of Route 66 and the Blue Whale. There is also the Battle of Washita National Historic Site, the Pioneer Womanhometownown with her shops and restaurants, the Oklahoma City Memorial, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and many beautiful state parks!
Related: 6 Free Things to do in Gettysburg Pa
Pennsylvania – So Much of our country’s history is in this state. From the Batte of Gettysburg National Historic Site to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. When you visit Philadelphia alone you have the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, The US Mint and the Betsy Ross House. They also have Hershey Park and a wonderful Amish Countryside.
South Dakota – Mostly known for Mt Rushmore and one of the Laura Ingalls Homesteads. There is also Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, the famous Wall Drug and more.
Tennessee – I love Tennessee! Aside from the 189 Free Things to do in Tennessee, there is Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with many attractions, a Titanic museum, and the Smoky Mountain National Park. Then Chattanooga had Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain, Memphis has Graceland. Then Nashville we spend so much time there. I share our Top 21 Things To Do on Your Nashville Vacation.
Vermont – While a small state there is a lot to do! We shared how we spent a week in Vermont with 6 people and only spent $250! The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is here, Ben and Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee, and Cabot Cheese all of which you can tour.
Washington – Home of Seattle and Coffee and several national parks such as Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park. Also the Mount Saint Helens Volcano, the Museum of Flight, and more. This is also the state to see fall colors on the west coast.
West Virginia – Home to the New River Gorge National River and the New River Gorge Bridge. They also have some beautiful state parks and railroad history.
Wisconsin – The state for everything cheese and dairy. My dad’s side of the family is from a small little town in Wisconsin so I used to spend my summers here. I loved the Madison Zoo! They also are home to the Wisconsin Dells, a mecca for waterparks, and the first Laura Ingalls homestead.
Wyoming – Mostly known for Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons National Park. They also host part of the Oregon Trail.