30 Things Every Traveler Must Do Before They're 30 - Page 2

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Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall
Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall  (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

11. Hit up one of the Caribbean islands.
There are thousands to choose from. You'll most likely visit more than one in your lifetime, get a good jump on it in your 20s.

12. Take one ultimate road trip.
It can be with buddies, it can be camping, it can be on Route 66, Route 1, or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Double points if you have a reliable car to get there.

13. Go somewhere alone.
At 30 you should be confident and worldly enough to wake up in a foreign country and know how to get yourself home.

14. Take a train somewhere.
There are no hidden innuendos here. It's just nice to have the patience and maturity to sit still and watch the world go by.

15. Go to a music festival.
Hit up one of the big ones (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury) and spend the weekend listening to good music, dancing, and having random song lyrics make you contemplate what you're doing with your life.

16. Have one iconic Americana experience.
Think Dollywood, Graceland, and Branson.

17. Go to at least one of the Smithsonian museums.
The world's "largest museum and research complex" includes 19 museums, galleries, and parks—the majority of which are free.

18. Summit a mountain.
I'm not talking Everest, but you should by now have stood on a mountain peak high enough that you're worried about getting back down.

19. Be able to name your top five dream vacations.
It's OK if one of them is "home."

20. See a game at a classic ballpark.
If Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, or Joe Dimaggio hasn't played in it, it doesn't count.

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