COVID 19 really put a damper on vacation plans in 2020. Even now, with a vaccine being distributed across the country, most doctors and experts agree that it’ll still be a number of months before we can get back to any sense of normalcy. Unfortunately, that means even more time cooped up at home.
But with hope on the horizon, now may be a perfect time to start planning a post-pandemic adventure for you and your family. We’ve put together eight ideas on places to go, things to see and stuff to do after health restrictions are lifted.
Visit The Grand Canyon
Even when the COVID-19 vaccine is widely distributed, there will be some time where we’ll still need to take precautions such as social distancing. And there’s no better place to get that distance than one of America’s most amazing natural structures, the Grand Canyon. In fact, the park is open right now if you’re itching to get your trip started right away, as park officials have adjusted the experience to align with CDC guidelines. If you do decide to visit the Grand Canyon, make sure to check the National Park Service website for the most up to date information.
Hit The Beach
East coast, west coast or gulf coast, another great way to keep your distance while on vacation is to visit one of America’s great beaches. Whether you’re looking to catch a wave or just catch up on some reading, a warm, sandy beach is the perfect place to do it. Keep in mind that while finding an open spot to spread out your beach towel may not be too difficult, some communal areas like public showers to wash off sand will be highly trafficked. It’s a good idea to pack some plastic gloves for dealing with high touch objects like faucets and door handles.
Go To A Museum, Gallery, Aquarium or Zoo
There are so many incredible locations across the US where you can learn more about our world. While an outdoor space like a zoo may potentially be the safest of the bunch, one of the other big benefits of these places is they are mostly low touch venues. You look, you read, you watch, but rarely do you have to handle anything. Check out lists of the best ones or for a short excursion, find a place near your town.
Ski In The Mountains
You may want to be cautious around rental equipment, but once you hit the slopes, it’s easy to keep your distance. And hey, you can wear a mask to keep you both safe and warm at the same time! Prioritize secluded lodges where you can and be extra careful on the drive there. Maybe even rent a 4WD vehicle if you want some peace of mind.
Take In A Ballgame
Some sports are already allowing a limited number of fans back into stadiums and arenas, and as more people get immunized, that number should only get bigger. There’s nothing better than enjoying a jumbo hotdog and a bag of peanuts as you watch your favorite team live. And if you want to make more of a vacation out of it, you can always follow your team on the road and see them in an opposing ballpark!
Maybe Wait: Theme Parks
We saved this one for last because, well, you should probably wait to do this one for a while. Even if places like Six Flags and Disneyland are diligent about cleaning and keeping guests safe (and they are sure to make incredible efforts to do just that), we’re still dealing with lots of people in tight quarters full of high touch surfaces. But when we finally leave COVID-19 behind, it’s hard to think of any celebration more exhilarating than a roller coaster ride.
Before you take any road trip, make sure you evaluate your vehicle. There’s nothing worse than breaking down and losing critical time on your vacation. Be proactive and check your car’s battery for corrosion, top off all your fluids (not just gas) and inspect the tread and air pressure on your tires. Your evaluation is critical, but so is having the necessary protection when out on the open road. Freeway insurance is critical and will insure that any mishaps or unexpected mechanical failures do not leave you stranded.
And remember – accidents happen, especially on the road. Check to see that your car insurance is up to date and has you covered in case something does occur on your trip.