Kentucky’s Ultimate Bucket List Items

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National Bucket List Day is April 24, and to get in the spirit of things, decided to see what Kentucky residents dream of doing before they die. (You'll have to allow us a brief break from Kentucky sports betting, just every now and then).

Starting with a list of top bucket list ideas from, we then used Google Trends to see which ranked the highest according to search interest score.

Read on to find out what Kentucky residents dream of the most, and no - replacing John Calipari on the Wildcats sideline didn't crack the top 10!

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Kentucky's 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 on a cruise49
2 Go to Paris36
3 Get Married32
4 Go Scuba Diving16
5 See the Northern Lights14
6Buy a House11
7 Get a Tattoo9
8 Visit the Grand Canyon8
9Go Skydiving4
10 Write a Book2


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

When it comes to bucket list items for Kentucky residents, two milestones stand head and shoulders above the rest. The Bluegrass State has a healthy curiosity for cruises, as "Go on a Cruise" came in at a healthy No. 1 ranking based on our research. And who could blame the good folks of Kentucky for wanting to enjoy the water (and maybe a couple beverages) as they see the sights the sea has to offer. 

At No. 2 on our ranking was "Go to Paris," which shows how worldly Kentucky residents truly are. Sure, everyone is highly anticipating how Mark Pope will perform at UK, but there is in fact more to the world than college hoops. Our results show Kentucky residents have a more than healthy curiosity about visiting France one day, with many hoping to do so before their curtain falls.

What else made Kentuckians' bucket list wishes? "Getting married" came in at No. 3, while scuba diving and sky diving also cracked the top 10. At No. 7 was "Getting a Tattoo," while "Writing a Book" rounded out the list at No. 10. 

Whatever may be on your own bucket list, we hope you found this piece entertaining, and keep an eye out for similar efforts, such as: Kentucky’s Most Infamous Challenged and Banned Books.

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