For the past few weeks, we’ve been thinking once more about life post Covid-19. What started with news on European lockdown rules easing, turned into how to travel safely in a post Covid-19 world, with blog posts on the future of travel as well as how to keep yourself safe when flying in the near future. Today we’re looking at some of the best vacations on home turf that are still being searched for during the pandemic.
In a recent survey, we discovered that many Americans are raring to go on a trip. In fact, almost 22% of Americans are ready to head out into the wide world again in less than two weeks, with a further 35% choosing July or August to head out – so lets find out which destinations are still sought after in the USA right now.
Whilst it looks like large cities are on the back burner for a while still, with the obvious dangers of overcrowding still being a no-no for most conscious travelers, smaller cities and snug towns are very much a go ahead for those hoping to indulge in a little bit of sightseeing. Even better though are those sprawling areas of picture perfect nature and rugged landscape, where the chances of bumping into someone else become smaller by the second, and of course those yellow sandy beaches that are perfect for sticking to social distancing rules whilst getting a healthy dose of nature’s own medicine in the form of that all important Vitamin D and salty sea air.
So where are the best places to take your first post-pandemic trip? Let’s find out the nation’s most searched spots.
Outer Banks, NC,
Topping the list for most searched destination this year is North Carolina’s Outer Banks – the perfect family friendly destination that combines that salty sea air with miles upon miles of spacious landscape to explore.
This 200-mile-long string of barrier islands splits off both North Carolina and South East Virginia and is famed for its rough seas that have caused various shipwrecks over the years as well as its wide expanse of beach front perfect for soaking up the summer sun and has been a hot tourist spot for many years already.
With vacation rentals primed and ready to go for the 2020 high season, as well as campsites where you can rough it out in nature depending on your mood, you can keep to yourself whilst enjoying the picturesque landscape around you. Those with a taste for adrenaline can get to grips with sea diving and surfing, whilst those who love outdoors but want to take the more placid route can search for dolphins among the waves, or head to the golf course to take their shot.
There’s something for everyone in Outer Banks.
Check out all you need to know about Outer Banks on their website.
Yellowstone National Park, WY,
Home to geothermic wonders and expansive nature and wildlife, Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park is the second most popular destination for travelers searching for their first stop post pandemic.
With almost 9,000 square kilometers of beautiful preserved nature, you can experience everything in Yellowstone Park. Hot water geysirs that explode regularly and to the minute, hydrothermal hot springs with their milky blue beauty. Enjoy fishing in Yellowstone’s expansive waters, take a hike, or bike through the park, choosing any trail to suit your level.
There are activities to suit children of all ages, as well as the chance to see native animals in their natural habitat. You can camp in the backcountry, or swim and soak up the warmth of the incredible waters of Yellowstone (always take heed of warning signs in this park though – you cannot swim everywhere!). Simply put, you can do almost anything within the gates of Yellowstone Park.
Check out everything you need to know about Yellowstone National Park on their website.
If you’re one of the people who’re dying to hop on a plane and jet off somewhere exotic, Honolulu is one of the most sought out destinations searched for by Americans as a possible vacation destination right now. It’s the perfect mix of sun, sea, and sand with a laid back atmosphere to really give off those holiday vibes.
As the capital and largest city of Hawaii, Honolulu offers a wide variety of diverse cultures, traditions, and cuisines, set amongst the backdrop of its iconic, crescent shaped beach, palms, and high rise buildings. Get to grips with the Hawaiian way of life, relax, enjoy the night life, and shop till you drop on this incredible island as you leave your troubles behind on mainland USA.
If you’re looking for culture, Honolulu is dripping with it. Head to any number of its cultural and historical museums to get the most out of your time on the island, head into the back streets to check out its bright street art, or head to Chinatown to find even more culture and delicious food. There’s no end to the things you can do on this island, whether you want to relax and take it easy or explore its streets from top to bottom.
Check out all you need to know about Honolulu on this website.
Glacier National Park, MO,
It’s no surprise really that two national parks made it onto this list. After all, heading out into the wilderness is a sure fire way to leave the crowds behind and find some peace and quiet. Montana’s Glacier National Park is no exception, with its rugged and wild stretch of land that cuts off North America and Canada perfectly.
Boasting over 700 miles of trails for the avid adventurer, Glacier National Park is home to crystal clear lakes, pristine forests, and alpine meadows for wilderness adventurors seeking something special.
This is the perfect spot to get lost in nature and take in that fresh glacial air that’s eluded many of us for months now. With guided tours, back country camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, and plenty of spots for photography and wildlife spotting, there’s something for everyone who wants to find solitude and peace amongst the trees.
Tip: when it comes to Glacier National Park, it’s a good idea to get your route planned out in advance and to check the ever-changing weather of the park to ensure you’re as safe as possible throughout your trip. There are plenty of park rangers who can guide you safely too.
Find out everything you need to know about this National Park here.
So there you have it: 4 of the USAs top searched destinations for a post pandemic getaway that won’t leave you reeling over mass crowds of tourists.
Are you ready to hit the road or hop on board to find a little bit of adventure in 2020? We sure hope so, and we can’t wait to explore the world once again. Don’t forget, you can download the Preparture App for free. It’s a smart and time-saving app for every traveler making steps on their journey and looking for the best route. It could come in handy when planning your next getaway!