Michigan’s Ultimate Bucket List Items

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

We all have that list. 
Constantly updating the list, crossing off and adding to it, as far as what we want to do with the one and only life we have. The bucket list. I’ll be updating mine on National Bucket List Day on Wednesday, April 24.

We here at BetMichigan.com decided to take a break from Michigan sports betting and research what Michigan residents dream of doing before they die.

Starting with a list of top bucket list ideas from BucketList.net, we used Google Trends to see which ranked the highest, according to search interest score. The search period was between 2004 and April 9, 2024. Search interest score is compared to other topics searched. Here are the top items Michiganders want to do:

Michigan’s Top Bucket List Items

RankItemSearch Interest Score
1Visit the Grand Canyon40
2Learn to Surf37
3Get Married33
4Go Scuba Diving18
5See the Northern Lights17
6Buy a House14
7Run a Marathon12
8Go Skydiving9
9Write a Book5
10Get a Tattoo3


What Is on Minds in Michigan

No. 1 in Michigan was heading southwest to visit the Grand Canyon. Learning to surf was second with a score of 37. Rounding out the top three was get married (33). Go scuba diving (18) was fourth and seeing the Northern Lights (17) rounded out the top five.

Everyone’s dream, to buy a house (14), was No. 6, followed by – no thanks - to run a marathon (12). Go skydiving (9) – again, no thanks - comes in at No. 8.

A tough task to do and not many can accomplish is to write a book. That is No. 9 (score of 5) and getting a tattoo (3) was No. 10. 
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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