This article showcases our top picks for the Places You Can Travel To During COVID. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Porto is the perfect city break, it has wonderful cultural sites, great restaurants and of course fantastic wine. It is also the home of the Dom Luis bridge designed by the man who designed the Eiffel Tower! Visit the shop that gave JK Rowling inspiration for hog warts moving staircases, Porto has it all!
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No quarantine is necessary for visitors to Orlando, Florida where travelers can enjoy open-air adventures at newly re-opened theme parks, ecotourism experiences and al fresco dining and shopping. Local resorts are currently offering reduced prices to residents of nearby states who may prefer to drive instead of fly, including Aqua-Aston Hospitality-managed hotels Tuscana Resort Orlando by Aston and The Fountains ChampionsGate, which offer 15% off to residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. Both resorts are ideal for small groups with spacious pet-friendly multi-bedroom accommodations and swimming pools surrounded by gardens and lush greenery. Amenities at Tuscana include a separate children’s pool, private 30-seat movie theater and outdoor picnic area with barbecue grills.
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The borders of Mexico are open to travelers from most countries. Tulum is taking practical safety measures including temperature checks, shoe sanitization stations and dispensing hand sanitizer at the entrance of each business. The beaches are open and most dining takes place outdoors, making it very easy to practice social distancing.
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If you are looking for a luxurious beach resort to safely vacation during covid, Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino is the perfect destination. With its rugged coastline and beautiful sandy beaches, you can safely socially distance while enjoying a day at the beach or enjoy one of the many stunning hikes at either end of Cox Bay. An evening walk along the beach provides the best vantage point to enjoy the magical sunsets. Tofino is one of BC’s hidden secrets and Pacific Sands Beach Resort is set up perfectly to vacation safely. There are no narrow hallways, each ground floor unit walks right out onto the beach. There is an online concierge service so you never have to step foot at the check in desk. The resort is set up to enjoy the outdoors or cozy up in your room in front of the fire while watching the waves through your windows. There are kitchen’s in every suite so you don’t have to eat out or there is an on-site restaurant for take-out orders. Tofino is a destination where you can explore safely and one that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list.
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Just 80 minutes north of Las Vegas, Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari offers a distinctive outdoor destination for conservation-focused animal encounters and “glamping” experiences inside authentic Mongolian gers. Guests may enjoy up-close animal encounters with more than 30 camels and other exotic animal species, including alpacas, a llama, armadillos, African crested porcupine, a two-toed sloth and more.
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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago within The Galena Territory, a 6,800-acre recreational, residential and resort community six miles southeast of the historic town of Galena, Ill. The resort’s grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations that range from quaint Inn rooms to more than 200 villas and distinctive homes, perfect for socially distant vacations and getaways. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, a brand new golf complex with Highlands restaurant overlooking The General Golf Course, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. The town of Galena is just a few miles away from the resort. It is a small, picturesque place known for its antiques, eclectic shopping, dining (fine and cheap eats), wineries, hiking and biking trails, and rich history. The route to Galena is known for its scenic vistas, rolling hills, state parks, small towns, historic landmarks, and if you drive from Iowa, the route goes through the Mississippi River. The Main street is now blocked off for outdoor dining and shopping. Easily accessible, plenty of parking. Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa also provides a free shuttle to and from the town.
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This resort is conveniently located about 20 miles north of Duluth, MN right on the shores of Lake Superior. It is centrally located between several state parks as well as within driving distance to Duluth which is south of here or to Grand Marais, which is to the north. The resort is tucked away from the North Shore Scenic Highway, so you really feel secluded. With more than 10,000 feet of the Lake Superior Shoreline, you can enjoy early morning walks before the kids wake up or a sunset romantic stroll with your partner. The resort does an amazing job with safety precautions. There are plexi-glasses up at the front desk / check in area. They offer masks to all guests as wearing masks indoor is now a mandate here in MN. The view from our room is simply amazing and the outdoor dining overlooking Lake Superior is breath-taking. Not to mention the food was delicious. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in the North Shore. We were not worried about crowds as there is so much open spaces. Some of the best things we did while spending a few days here is biking the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail starting from Gooseberry Falls to Split Rock Lighthouse, swimming in Lake Superior (yes the water is crystal and icy cold), and hiking to the High Falls at Tettegouche State Park where our boys decided to swim at the bottom of the falls.
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Telluride is called one of the best U.S. mountain towns for many reasons. A former silver mining town, it boasts a unique Old West charm and a great outdoor scene with scenic trails for mountain biking, and hiking in summer and uncrowded ski slopes in winter. What makes Telluride a great place to visit during the pandemic is its remote location – this small town is located in the San Juan Mountains and requires over 5 hours of driving from the nearest major airport in Denver. Located in the box canyon, Telluride has no more than 2,500 residents and has been spared from mass development. Things are kept local here which made this small town so popular among people who have come to enjoy all things Telluride.
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Tanzania is best-known for its natural beauty. There are different types of tours to cater for different types of travelers—from trekking on Mt Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) to going on a safari in the Serengeti (known for the Great Wildebeest Migration phenomenon) to relaxing on the sunny islands of Zanzibar (an Indian Ocean archipelago with azure waters and white sandy beaches). The best kind of places to travel to now–during Covid–are those that can offer plenty of fresh air in open spaces, and that is exactly what Tanzania offers. And the best part about traveling to Tanzania now is that–unlike many countries–it does not require a negative Covid PCR test certificate to enter and there are no quarantine rules in place, making it an easy destination to visit.
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Travelers who have taken COVID-19 tests recently don’t need to quarantine when entering Ecuador. The country is known for its beautiful lakes, forests, and wildlife that exist nowhere else. Ecuador is also a budget destination. According to VacationHomeRents, about half of the vacation rentals homes there cost less than $50 per night, and flights from the U.S. are from $200.
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Because of its high profile, Disney World has implemented some of the strictest health and safety precautions of any destination. There are mandatory temperature checks upon entry, sanitizing stations in all directions, and social distancing measure at rides, restaurants, hotels, and everywhere else within the park.
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Cancun is a great destination because the city is open to tourism. Although there are precautions being taken, you can still enjoy the city. Tours have continued at a reduced capacity, which allows you to enjoy less crowded beaches and central areas. Visit the Mayan Ruins, cenotes, and amusement parks all at a reduced capacity. Restaurant prices have been reduced to attract more customers. Also, the prices of all-inclusive resorts are at an all-time low, due to the pandemic. The deals being offered are almost too good to be true.
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After being one of the most affected countries in the world due to COVID, Spain is slowly becoming one of the safest places to be in and to travel to in Europe. Aside from that Barcelona is an awesome place to be in for those looking for outdoor adventures that can be done while social distancing. Some of those fun activities include bike tours, bungee jumping, jet-skiing, hot air ballooning, hiking, canyoning, and climbing. Some of the main cultural attractions in the city have also started opening their doors with limited numbers of people that are allowed inside to ensure that everyone stays safe.
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Not only is Hilton Head a safe destination right now, but this island is truly a paradise along the coast. From water sports to delicious food, Hilton Head, South Carolina has something for everyone! Other great aspects of Hilton Head are the easy flight into Savannah/HHI airport, the12+ miles of continuous beaches where you can ride your bike, dozens of golf courses, bike paths throughout the island, Harbor Town & Shelter Cove Marina. Not to mention the hotel quality is fabulous including hotels such as the Sonesta, Westin, and Hyatt. If you’d rather opt to stay on your own, there are plenty of timeshare options available as well.
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There are tons of resorts in the Poconos Mountains and social distancing is easy with plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, etc. Or, do what I am doing in September. My husband and I are booked to stay at Paradise Stream Resort We’ve booked the Champagne Suite and our plan is to simply decompress, get romantic, and enjoy the pool, the fireplace, and hot tub. I can’t think of a better place to visit during COVID. Best of both worlds, the great outdoors if you have cabin fever or an exceptionally unique suite to enjoy. Also worth mentioning, flights are ridiculously cheap at the moment. It only cost us $80 round trip for two!