Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

121. Attend the Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage-concert—that’s held live and in-person, as well as on WSM-AM radio and internet-radio (XM Satellite radio channel 56 | Siruis, 64)—in Nashville, Tennessee. From its humble beginnings in 1925 as non-stop “barn dance” radio (you just can’t help but chuckle at that), the Opry showcases the best of past and present performers of mainly country music, but occasionally bluegrass, gospel, and folk music and instrumentals. Country legends like Patsy Cline, Ernest Tubb, the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley, and Garth Brooks have all graced the stage’s (and airwaves’) presence. So, next time you’re in Nashville…

122. Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey’s Chocolate World Chocolate’s one of the most sinful, blissful little pleasures (don’t you just adore oxymorons?) around. So why wouldn’t you want to tour the place where they actually manufacture these late-night treats en masse? Enter Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where “you can see how the chocolate is made, from the cocoa bean to the melt in your mouth piece of chocolate.” And when you’re not stuffing your face with chocolate goodies, check out the myriad shops, boutiques, eateries, and exhibitions, all located within Chocolate World’s perimeter.

123. Tour the White House

The Blue Room in the White HouseYou don’t even have to be into the dog-eat-dog world of politics to enjoy this one! The White House, currently occupied by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, is home to one of the most powerful men on Earth and one that’s steeped like no other in cultural, social, and political history. And while you’re at it, put these additional must-see spots in D.C. on your list: The U.S. Capitol, The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Mount Vernon, The Smithsonian, and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

124. Learn CPR

Learning CPR on dummySure, it’s not as extravagant as vacationing in Bora Bora or as exhilarating as the rides at Cedar Point, but having CPR certification under your belt may very well save another person’s life. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), paired (optionally) with AED (automated external defibrillator), certification gives you the required skills to potentially save a life, whether it’s on a plane in the sky, on a soccer field, or at home, you can never be too prepared.

125. Kick Negative Habits

Smoking a cigaretteWe’ve all had (or still have) them in some form. Whether it’s smoking, overeating, swearing, watching the tube too much or meandering the internet for hours-on-end—make the decision to quit, assign a time and day to quit, and just do it. Try places like this and this for guidance and inspiration.

126. Attend the Midnight Screening of a Blockbuster Movie on Opening Day

Harry Potter fans dressed upThey don’t hold midnight screenings for upcoming blockbusters (or so they hope) for nothing, you know. And no, they’re not all Harry Potter- or Lord of the Rings-ish flicks (as much as some folks would love never-ending chapters of those). And forget, temporarily, that many smaller, more independent films almost always boast more Oscar-worthy substance than your generic, Michael Bay-ish, shoot-’em-up type movies: You want the I-saw-it-first-and-it-wasn’t-all-that bragging rights.

127. Go to a Blues Bar in Chicago

Blue Chicago blues barThe Windy City is renowned for a smorgasbord of things—pizza, parks, commerce, and museums being a few. But not many people realize that Chicago is also one of the biggest hubs for blues music and blues bars in the world. Here, you’ll find very popular blues lounges such as Rosa’s Lounge, Blue Chicago, and Buddy Guy’s Legends. Naturally, the Chicago blue-style is most prominent, but you’ll also find the likes of Piedmont, jump, and delta blues, depending on the bar and time of day.

128. Visit Death Valley in July

Sailing stone in Death ValleyAttention all ‘cold-natured’ folks: A tropical ‘paradise’ awaits you in Death Valley, where the extreme climate often reaches 116 °F (47 °C) in July. The highest temperature ever recorded in the Valley? 134 °F (56.7 °C) at (the very appropriately named) Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. That’s just short of the world record, currently held by the Libyan region of Aziziya, where a sizzling 136 °F was documented in 1922.

Pro tip: Bring lots and lots of water and, um, a few liters of sunscreen.

129. Watch a Movie at a Drive-In Movie Theater

Drive-in movie theaterUnless you spent your adolescent years in the 60’s or 70’s, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never been to a drive-in theater. “Well, how’s a drive-in any better than an indoor theater?” you might ask. 1. You and your guests are free to talk or do whatever (e.g. smooch, snore, scratch your butt, whatever) from the privacy of your (or their) car, 2. The usual obnoxious people in the back of the theater are absent, allowing you to watch the movie in peace (and avoid a dramatic altercation!), and 3. Seating arrangements are far more versatile—instead of being confined to a narrow, coach-like seat in an indoor theater, sit in the car, on the car, on the tailgate of a truck or SUV, in a lawn chair (if you’ve brought one), or wherever.

130. Have Your Portrait Painted

Portrait of coupleThat one’s really photo-like, eh?! But seriously, before you die, have your portrait—or family’s—painted or drawn by a talented artist. Contrary to what many folks think, professional-grade portraits don’t always cost a fortune. And you get to indulge in a little self-envy, too!

131. Visit Vatican City and All of Its Attractions

Vatican City at nightThe Vatican, located in the smallest sovereign nation in the world (Vatican City), is truly a majestic, magnificent place. It rivals only The Louvre museum in France, and is home to many of the world’s most priceless sculptures and art from the Renaissance period forward. And you need not even be Catholic (or even religious for that matter) to see such worldly treasures as the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Square, Saint Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Dome, Vatican Museum, Vatican Gardens and a whole lot more. Oh, and don’t forget to say hello to the Pope!

132. Buy a Round of Drinks for the Whole Bar

Guys drinking at pubThis task might require that you be drunk to complete it (unless you’re just naturally charitable and/or sociable!), but nonetheless, it’s worth it. Announce to the bartender “everyone’s drinks are on me!”, shake some hands and pat some backs, tell a funny joke, and watch as you suddenly become the bar’s most popular dude!

133. Party at the Rio Carnival

Woman in costume at Rio CarnivalLargely considered the hugest party in the world, the Rio Carnival lures in over two million people each day of the three-day festival—where samba dancing, samba school floats and parades, and a truly Mardi Gras-esque experience (except on a much larger scale) prevail. The Rio Carnival, also like Mardi Gras, is held just before Lent, the next one firing up on February 18th, 2013 and subsequently on March 1, 2014.

134. Travel on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway

Beijing–Shanghai bullet trainThe Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, a.k.a. Jinghu High-Speed Railway, is a 819-mile (1,318 km) long high-speed railway that connects two major economic zones in China—the Bohai Economic Rim and the Yangtze River Delta. It’s the world’s longest high-speed line ever constructed in a single phase and one of the fastest, with a top speed nearing 236mph. And almost a quarter-million folks commute via the rail-line every day. The U.S.’s Amtrak, which seems like a bunch of horse-drawn stage cars strewn-together in comparison, has nothing on this beast!

135. Become a Space Tourist

Commercial space stationContrary to what ‘they’ have been telling us for years, commercial space flight isn’t much longer a fantasy as a reality. And several companies are already lining up to begin cashing out on it, like Orbital Technologies of Russia. The photo above is a cutaway-section of a proposed ‘space hotel‘ by the company, which could accommodate up to seven guests via four cabins and offer sensational views of the Earth, from outer-space! The downside? Until at least a few years after the initial launch of these hotels, guests had better be wealthy, as tickets are projected to total around a million bucks per person.

  • WakeupList

    Amazing bucketlist! For anyone who wants to make one themselves and keep track of their list, you should try WakeUpList.com – free and simple, and every 90 days it will send you your list in case you forget all about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Thanks for the tip :)

  • gunselibirol

    okay these are all great stuff but you are aware that, most of them ( almost all of them) require money and time.

    • JABacchetta

      Take the list for what it is – entertainment. There are dozens of things here that people have never thought of before, or didn’t even know existed. If you can do just a few of them, great. I’m sure very few actually plan on completing all 225 items on this list. And still others will have their own unique list.

      Besides, isn’t that the whole point of a bucket list, to be ambitious? Imagine a bucket list filled with things like “Go to Walmart”…

      • Michael Bock

        Good point, Jason. (I should really put going to Walmart on my Bucket List as conquering one of my fears! lmao)

  • UltimateSurviv1

    Great ideas! hope we have the time and resources to do at least 3 of these.

    • Michael Bock

      Hopefully more! There are actually several items on the list that require little to no money—but granted, most of them will require a bit of saving (for most people)! :)

  • BronaWard

    bathing in the ganges river will probably shorten your life span so you should probably leave that to you are finished with the others

    • Michael Bock

      LooooL! (actually “laughed out loud” at this)

  • MagensMayhem

    I’m surprised that after reading a list of 225 things to do before you die that “yell for help” didn’t make the cut. lol

    • Michael Bock

      LoL, seems a bit daunting at first, huh?! But no one, even I, would suggest that you even attempt to complete half of the ideas. Just try a few! :)

      • JABacchetta

        Michael, I think she was referring to the actual act of yelling for help… “before you die” :-)

        • Michael Bock

          LoL, I knew that :-P…I think…

  • aniux89

    America is a single continent pff…

    • Michael Bock

      Lmao, you sure about that? Last time I checked, America was was a part of this continent known as ‘North America’–home to over 20 countries (U.S., Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Canada….) LoL

      • LibStooks

        Actually it’s “The Americas” – both North, South and everything in between.

  • julieakowalski

    “Hang from Toronto’s CN Tower”… terrifying photo. I’d want to do this one after the other 224 because I doubt I’d life to tell about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Naah! You’d be strong! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578115704 garrickclark

    I’m 21 and have done a few of these things so far, at least. I WILL accomplish most of these before I die!!

    • Michael Bock

      I’m 32 and, well, wish I had such a clearly indomitable will as yourself! Cheers! :)

  • CodeDisQus

    I recently did the Oribi Gorge Jump here in South Africa and the YOLO (sorry) bug bit me. This list is just epic, as a 21 year old student, I’m now inspired to work hard, build up a fortune, retire early and get cracking with most of the things on this list. Thank you TOOO MUCH Micheal Bock, you have truly inspired me :) :)

    P.S. The only time people can legitimately say YOLO is when they are doing things that are on their bucket list :)

    Thanks again dude!

  • Jim Gareau

    So much too do and so little time to do it!!! Better get started finishing my list

  • Jason

    lol I don’t know about the event in the sky. Couple be disasterous

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620405168 Mary Delia

    Gondola rides are not THAT cheap. You’re looking to pay between 80-110 euros. Trust me I was there not too long ago.

  • LV

    why is there a photo of rene redzepi of noma under the one for best restaurants and then nooo mention of noma?

    • JABacchetta

      Did you read the entry? Click through to the link given and look at #1… Noma.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rasmus.h.sudergaard Rasmus Homann Sudergaard

        Noma is one thing we are very proud of in denmark :) although the food nearly cost a fortune. 2 persons about 3000 kr for a decent meal, or estimated $500!!

  • David

    3 things to do before you die: love & being loved, start your own business and don’t give a fck about what people think of you or the way you live.

    • Steph

      thats good

    • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

      4. Stop cursing.

  • http://twitter.com/a2zStuff a2zStuff

    Awesome :)

  • Mohammed

    Hi for all and have a nice day i love the website

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

      I was the same, Dan. I had visited 49 states by the time I was 18. I didn’t add Hawai’i until i was 55! I’ve lived in 7 states, visited 18 other countries and lived in one other country (Germany) for six years.

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing 😉

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing 😉

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • thisrandomcoolperson

    gives me ideas for my personal bucket list

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN Tower thing is on my priority list..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN tower thing is on my priority list..

  • HighDream

    There is a mobile app called iWish (bucket list) that helps me have my list organized in one place and frequently revisit it to add on, mark things as “done” and get inspired.

  • Austin

    and win the lottery since you’re gonna need money to do all this, obviously.

  • Nikhil

    Visit fortkochi, Kerala, India

  • maranj

    you might add the singularly exciting experience of getting a massage from a 3-ton elephant in phuket, thailand.

  • David Mars Nestor

    boring list

  • Alex

    I have done 19 of these so far. Pretty good for someone who is 12 years old!

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  • Sam

    BTW I am max alex and sam.

  • Chloe!

    I LOVE ALL OF THESE! I now have a total of 106 things to do before I’m thirty, and I’m fourteen. Better get started haah

  • Kevin

    Is it just me, or is this list very USA-centric. I’m not saying it’s bad. But it feels like half of the place you should visit are in the USA.

  • GoatsOnTheRoad

    Great list. Didn’t see it all but I’ve made a bucket list of my own. It’s always a good set of goals.

  • Ashley

    I have already finished 13 of these items and already have three more planned to be completed by the end of this coming summer! I would say I’m doing pretty well for a 17 year old :)

  • valriedn

    already done 255 of these, not bad for a 2 years old boy ! (lmao)

  • LibStooks

    Did I miss seeing “skydiving”? I’ve done that and I highly recommend it!

  • Charlotte

    I actually did a lot of these things and I’m only 13!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

    I’ve ticked off 60 of these, with minor adjustments. I’ve not been to Auschwitz, but I’ve been to Dachau several times as well as Bergen Belsen. I’ve not been to Mardi Gras, but I’ve been to Fasching, which is the same and older. I’ve shaken the hand of 3 US presidents (the first one when I was only 5!).

  • Mini

    OMG! Why I never came across this site earlier !!

  • HJGolfer

    Great bucket list. You should have this in printable, check off PDF!!

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  • Jordyn

    I zip lined in Costa Rica, it was probably my most treasured memory i have, it was incredible and i would suggest that everyone do it.

  • nana

    I’m 35 and I’ve only done 30/225 – what a disgrace! In my defense though, I HAVE done a few things that I’m proud of. I’ve crossed the Alps by car, went snorkeling at Maya Bay (Phi Phi Islands), visited the British Museum, climbed the Acropolis rock, ate raw lamb in Beirut, visited the Pyramids, single-handedly cooked breakfast for 50 people, read 412 books, rode an elephant, bought and decorated my own apartment, prayed at a Buddhist temple and mosque, climbed the Eiffel tower, saw the Gustav Klimt exhibition in Venice, learned how to make the perfect chicken curry, rode the London Eye, forgave all my enemies, and most importantly learned that life is too short to live it the way other people expect you to.

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    • hollydollyh

      That’s amazing! I am 11 and I have done a few of those things but the thing that I am most proud of is when I walked 80k on the great wall of China :-)

      • hollydollyh

        42 of those things and I’m 11

  • http://www.facebook.com/lizannewhittaker Liz Whittaker Chapman

    Is there a printable list version of this? I’d love to use it to create my own bucket list, and see how I’ve done so far!

  • Bitter

    Can someone calculate how much this all “visit” and “tral” may cost?

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    nice pictures

  • B is for Bucket List

    This is such a great list! It really inspires me to have an adventurous life! I’m 18 and I have already checked 26 of these items off of my bucket list, but I definitely plan to check off many of these items in the future :) Good luck to everyone in accomplishing your dreams :)

  • kszp

    I went to Home Depot to buy buckets, I brought my bucket list . . . . .

  • Nina R.P.

    whew… can an average person do all these in a lifetime? i wish i could! 😛

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  • Buut Crack

    Your mom

  • Justin

    It’s actually been proven that hammocks are better for your back then beds, as well as giving a better night’s sleep.

  • Kris

    just a hint, as a wakebaorder, the picture you used for wakeboarding is actually someone wakesurfing. Wakeboarding stands further back behind the wake and has a longer rope. just an fyi 😀 loved the list!

  • ruby

    I like sleeping in my own bed every night. I have no desire to go anywhere but my immediate area. When I was younger I was quite adventureous. No longer. I enjoy my home and family too much I guess. With the advent of cable TV we can see all over the world and no bad side affects. Same for the internet. I will save the money I have for the next generation.

    • RazorSharp69

      Your no fun at all Ruby. Perhaps your next generation can get out and about to see the world.

  • siqiniq

    I’ve only looked at three pages, and can’t find anything that really appeals to me that I haven’t already done. Just so you know, not everyone is American, and not everyone has trunks full of money lying around getting mouldy. How about a list of realistic things for people in other parts of the world? There are more of us out here that there are in the USA.

  • Ina

    I think we all should do our own list. Although this list is interesting..no doubt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/davidmuertter David Muertter


  • http://twitter.com/wisedollar Jose

    I’ve floated around in the great Salt Lake in Utah, Does that count instead of the dead Sea? 😀 I would also suggest to Scuba Dive at least once in your life, Do A Discover Scuba, You’ll never be the same again! You’ll need to get certified to dive the the Yongala

  • Pearly Sweetcake

    I love that they said ‘participate” at Burning Man, not just “go” to Burning Man. I’ve watched the event grow over the past 5 years or so and each year a bigger majority of attendees simply go to watch and party and not participate and it has really started to change it. So if you go, PARTICIPATE!

  • http://www.thetraveltart.com The Travel Tart

    I’ve done quite a few of these things – but always striving to do more!

  • Hakeem

    Claustrophobia is the fear of closed spaces, acrophobia is the fear of heights (referring to #54). Great ones in there, some maybe little off for me but some really good ones.

  • DWJTravel

    I have still never slept in a hammock. Actually I have never even been one! This is something that I need to change. Great list and I need to create my own bucket

  • Awesomesauce

    you are a genius

  • Carstensz Pyramid

    Carstensz Pyramid isn’t in Australia, it’s in Indonesia.

    • RazorSharp69

      The mountain counts as the Australasia cause the one on the continent of Australia itself i.e.Mt kosciusko is very small compared to the other mountains on the continents around the world.

  • LizzieBell

    See a performance at the Sydney Opera House? I’ve PERFORMED there!

  • Allison

    If you are going to swim with dolphins, please choose a safe wild option and don’t fund captive programs.

  • Siobhan_Moody

    I’ve done 62 and I’m 22, and have plans for another 6 in the next year, other than that there are only 40 or so others I’m interested in on this list. Quite achievable.

  • http://www.AchieveTheGreenBeretWay.com/welcome Michael Martel

    Great bucket list. I have had a list of twenty for a couple years and add more as I hit them along the way. I have driven a race car, written a book, swam dolphins. Still have a lot more to go and will add some from this list. Thanks.

  • tvcloudz.com

    amazing i will personally try one of this some day

  • Anand Narayan

    I’ve watched many movies and I have more on my wishlist on http://www.wishberg.com its easier to add wishes there for me plus you can steal my wishes too. 😀

  • http://www.kizi10.info/ Kizi 10

    It really is very interesting, if you can make it all too great for your experience.

  • http://www.yepi10.net/ yepi 10

    wow! new life

  • http://www.yepi2.co/ yepi

    wow! i want somethings….and live real comfortable

  • CrocHunter

    i hate to bust your bubble with 80. Cage Dive with Crocs…but i just returned from studying in Australia and went to Darwin for a few days and checked it out…crocs just sleep the entire day. Go out to Kakadu National Park (2 hours from Darwin) and go on a jumping crocodile safari where you can see these massive reptiles launch themselves out of the water. (some cruises dangle chunks of beef off the sides to ensure you see jumping crocs so keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times)

  • http://www.yepi1.info/ Yepi

    I’m really impressed with the 51 area, it really is a mysterious and dangerous unpredictable place

  • Para Friv

    Life seemed very long time, but also thata short, people also need to learn how to live well, learn to love yourself more and learn how to make a good man in the true sense.

  • Alan G Gervasi

    Or you can be content to live and die on this planet at this time with the people around you..!