After spending over a year in increased isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone if you find yourself craving a vacation of some kind. While it’s important to stay safe and take precautions, there are a lot of excursions you can take without incurring too much risk. Not only that, but some of the most beautiful destinations in the United States are outdoors and still open to the public, even with the ongoing restrictions related to the coronavirus. Anyone who is starting to feel cabin fever should consider spending a weekend or even a whole week somewhere they can take time to relax and refresh their mind and body, especially during a stressful time like this. If you’re craving a trip but don’t know where to go, read on to learn more about three gorgeous destinations for an ambitious traveler.
1. Experience the natural beauty of Alaska.
While for some, visiting Alaska may sound unappealing particularly due to the weather, experienced travelers know that it’s one of the most incredible destinations in North America. Boasting unrivaled natural beauty and a wide variety of outdoor activities, Alaska is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for an adventure. The climate can be harsh, so make sure you’re prepared and pack appropriately for the time of year you decide to visit, but Alaska is far from the unforgiving tundra that some people make it out to be.
2. Visit Acadia National Park.
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to hike, camp, and experience nature by the water, travel to Acadia National Park in Maine. You can even go swimming and tide-pooling, if you’re the type of person who loves the water. Acadia National Park also contains the highest point on the East Coast of the U.S., Cadillac Mountain, and a variety of wildlife ranging from bears to moose to whales. Whether you like hitting the hiking trail or visiting seal harbor, it’s likely you’ll find something that everyone in your family can enjoy at Acadia National Park. One recommendation is to take the trolley tour that allows you to see Cadillac Mountain, Sieur de Monts Spring, Thunder Hole, and Jordan Pond.
3. Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway.
A Pacific Coast Highway road trip is a unique way to see the West Coast from California to Washington. In general, road trips can be a great way to save money and visit a number of cities and destinations along the way, and the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous stretches to drive in the United States. There are a number of ways to structure a trip like this, depending on how you like to vacation. There are a number of campgrounds up and down the coast that you can make use of, though there are also plenty of hotels and bed and breakfast style lodgings along the way for those who prefer a less rugged experience.
While not everyone is interested in traveling right now, those who are may find that it’s safer and easier than they thought to see some of the most aesthetically pleasing parts of the United States. Remember that it’s important to do your research and look for any applicable safety warnings before going on any trip, even more so during a global pandemic. Try not to be disappointed if there are changes in the hours of a park or attraction and try to call ahead so you know what to expect when you arrive. Ambitious travel lovers can take this opportunity to focus on seeing some of the more incredible outdoor destinations in the country if they want to err on the side of caution without giving up their ability to hit the road. The best way to travel is with an open mind, ready to have your next great adventure.