Massachusetts’ Ultimate Bucket List Items

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When it comes to the things that Massachusetts residents long to accomplish before they die, it seems that Commonwealth residents pine to make it out West to visit one of the wonders of the world tucked along the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona.  

That’s because a pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon National Park dwarves other “bucket list” items for Massachusetts residents, beating out other once-in-a-lifetime events like going scuba diving, getting married and visiting Paris as the most in-demand activity for residents of the Bay State  

National Bucket List Day is April 24. BetMassachusetts - your home for Massachusetts sports betting - decided to see what Massachusetts residents dream of doing before they die. Starting with a list of top bucket list ideas from, we used Google Trends to see which ranked the highest according to search interest score. 

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Massachusetts' Top Bucket List Items

Note: Search period was between 2004 and present (April 15, 2024). Search interest score is compared to other topics searched. 

Rank Item Search Interest Score
1 Go Skydiving42
2 Go SCUBA Diving37
3 Get Married35
4 Go to Paris22
5 Go Skydiving8
6 Run a Marathon7
T-7 Get a Tattoo6
T-7 Donate Blood6
9Write a Book5
10 Go Ziplining2

What Bucket List Items Do MA Residents Want To Do Most?

The overwhelming favorite when it came to top bucket list items for Massachusetts residents was to visit the country’s 15th national park, with the Grand Canyon scoring a search interest score of 42, compared to the next closest items (going scuba diving at 37 and getting married at 35).   

Throw in visiting Paris (22 search interest score) and going skydiving (eight search interest score) and you have the top five items that Massachusetts residents appear to share on their respective bucket lists.  

Rounding out the MA bucket list checklist was running a marathon (seven search interest score), getting a tattoo and donating blood (six search interest score each), writing a book (five search interest score) and going ziplining (two search interest score).  

Given the fact that Grand Canyon National Park was the second-most visited NPS facility in the nation, with 4.73 visitors (trailing only Great Smoky National Park, at 13.29 million), it should be of little surprise that the 105-year-old national park is the Commonwealth’s top bucket list item in 2024.  

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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