North Carolina’s Ultimate Bucket List Items

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Each day, millions of Americans are checking off lifelong dreams, whether they be big or small, with countless North Carolinians doing the same as they seek to check items off their proverbial personal bucket list.  

Based on the search interest scores online, it seems like residents of the Tar Heel State have a lot of interest in learning how to surf, visiting Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park and getting married, as those three activities had the highest scores of any topic related to bucket lists in North Carolina.  

National Bucket List Day is April 24. BetCarolina decided to break away from North Carolina sports betting updates and see what NC 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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North Carolina’s Top Bucket List Items

Note: The search period was between 2004 and present (April 9, 2024). The search interest score is compared to other topics searched. 

Rank Item Search Interest Score
1 Learn to Surf55
2 Visit the Grand Canyon40
3 Get Married36
4 Go SCUBA Diving33
5 Go Skydiving18
6 Buy a House15
7 Get a Tattoo6
8 Write a Book4
9 Go On a Cruise2
10 Run a Marathon1

Surf's Up For North Carolina Residents

The most common bucket list item based on search interest totals was learning how to surf, with a score of 55, while visiting Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona (40 search interest score), getting married (36 search interest score), and going scuba diving (33 search interest score) were the next closest activities.  

Rounding out the list in the Tar Heel State were going skydiving (18 search interest score), buying a house (15 search interest score), getting a tattoo (six search interest score), writing a book (four search interest score), going on a cruise (two search interest score) and running a marathon (one search interest score).  

Based on the data, it seems like there’s a wide range of options when it comes to the types of can’t-miss activities Carolina residents have in mind for their bucket lists, speaking to the unique nature of the human experience and the importance of random actions in one’s lifetime, from enjoying the jaw-dropping splendor of the Grand Canyon to taking in that perfect wave off the shores of the Atlantic in the Tar Heel State.  

Luckily, sports betting doesn't have to be a bucket list item for NC residents as it's finally legal in the Tar Heel State. Check out our best North Carolina sportsbook promos page before you place a bet with any NC sportsbook. 

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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