More and more it is looking like international travel will be limited longer than domestic travel will. For U.S. residents, that presents several interesting opportunities for a summer of domestic travel.
Many states are still in lockdown, but most hope to re-open museums, parks, and restaurants by summer. Here’s a list of 10 places you may wish to consider this summer if you decide to remain in the Untied States.
10. Rapid City, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore is something you have to see at least one in your life, but there is more to Rapid City than that. The unfinished Crazy Horse memorial is a must-see. Rapid City is an eclectic mix of casinos, restaurants, and saloons that offer a nice change of pace from Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Also check out the Calvin Coolidge summer White House in the Black Hills.
Closest major airport: RAP
9. Juneau, Alaska
This is the only city on my list that I have not visited, but it looks like a cool (literally and figuratively) place to relax. You’ll escape the summer heat and have plenty of opportunity to hike and enjoy water sports or boating. Don’t miss the Mendenhall Glacier and Mount Roberts Tramway. Do expect rain.
Closest major airport: JNU
8. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
There’s nothing like a fine dinner in Hyannis or a relaxing stroll through the cobblestone streets of Nantucket. There are very few chain hotels, but you’ll enjoy some lovely bed and breakfast.
Closest major airport: BOS (HYA/ACK both have very limited service)
7. Charleston, South Carolina
I cannot think of a more charming city in the United States than Charleston. Be prepared for the summer humidity, but you’ll enjoy the architecture and the dining. Try FIG. If you’re a history buff, visit Fort Sumter, where the U.S. Civil War began.
Closest major airport: CHS
6. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles has so much to offer, even during a lockdown. Hiking trails and beaches have re-opened, for exercise. Outdoor dining venues will soon return. Even if museums remain closed (I predict they will re-open) you can spend your days wandering through the many fascinating enclaves of this great city.
Closest major airport: LAX
5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is close to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park but there’s also a western charm to the city. Where else can you partake in a rodeo and whitewater rafting on the same day?
Closest major airport: JAC
4. Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish is a fun town to spend a few days in and Glacier National Park is not to be missed. Take Amtrak’s Empire Builder if you want a great train adventure.
Closest major airport: FCA
3. San Francisco, California
I love all the touristy things in San Francisco like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the cable cars. But there’s more. Enjoy some authentic dim sum in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Chinatown and check out Muir Woods National Monument just outside of town.
Closest major airport: SFO
2. San Diego, California
San Diego is charming because it is an easily walkable city that offers great food and drink, ideal weather, and a great mix of modern and classic (check out the Victorian architecture in the city center). Head over to Coronado Island for Happy Hour at the Hotel del Coronado (now a Hilton Curio brand) and if you’re feeling adventurous, take the trolley down to San Ysidro and cross into Tijuana…Mexico is one county that hopes to eagerly welcome U.S. tourists this summer.
Closest major airport: SAN
1. Carmel, California
My favorite spot in the country includes breathtaking ocean views, great restaurants and cafés, and plenty of easy side trips. Head down to Big Sur on Highway 1 and get lost in the forest. Savor a cup of coffee in Pacific Grove. See the seals sunning themselves on the pier in Monterey while you enjoy a seafood dinner. If you’re into art, check out the Salvador Dalí gallery in Monterey near the wharf.
Closest major airport: MRY
I still have international trips booked for this summer. I doubt I am going to take them. While I may just stay in California, Alaska is calling my name…
Are you keeping your travel domestic this summer? Where do you want to visit in the USA?