The summer of 2020 will be remembered for years to come, albeit not for the reasons you want. Yes, it will be the summer after the coronavirus pandemic caused millions of people in the US and all over the world to stay home.
But even after the restrictions are lifted, it doesn’t automatically mean that the virus will be completely gone. It’s still important to obey social distancing rules to keep everyone protected.
So, when the sun comes out, here are the top 5 places to visit this summer when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The first place to visit is Chicago. Play volleyball on the beach, take a kayak through the skyscrapers, enjoy a cocktail or two from many of the city’s top rooftop bars, and a whole lot more.
The Chicago Water Sport Rentals at 31st Street Harbor is perfect if you fancy some thrills. Take a jet ski out to the open sea and enjoy the freedom you can’t find anywhere else.
Chicago is known for its music festivals but it’s unlikely if any will play this year. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other ways you can get your fix of art. The city is full of public art showings, from train stations to sidewalk pop-ups and the lakefront. There’s work done by legendary artists Picasso and Chagall, along with various street artists at the Wabash Arts Corridor. Just grab your camera and get ready to share your snaps on Instagram!
When you’re done exploring, take a stay at one of the best hotels in the city. This list of Chicago hotels has all you need to know so you get the best possible stay.
Florida has, and always will be, a popular destination for the summer. There’s so much to do, such as outdoor activities, stunning beaches and cultural attractions. You will not be disappointed, while still being able to obey social distancing rules.
For example, head to New Smyrna Beach, south of party-central Daytona Beach. It’s your chance to enjoy miles of beach and become one with the ocean as you surf the waves. When you’re relaxed, head downtown to the Historic District for some great food, shopping and arts.
Another great place to visit is Key West. Part of the Florida Keys, Key West is located as far South as you can go. It’s laid back and perfect for some much-needed R&R when restrictions are lifted. Explore the coral reefs and take part in happy every hour.
Cali is only second to Florida for popular summer vacations in the US - and for good reason. The weather is almost always perfect and there is plenty to do when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Starting with San Francisco, cycle across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge and take a tour to Alcatraz, visit Silicon Valley and the Computer History Museum - just make sure you keep your distance from other visitors.
From San Fran, take the trip South to Los Angeles, the city of Angels. If you fancy splashing out on some designer brands, Beverly Hills will satisfy your needs and then some. Of course, you also have the chance to look out for big-name celebs while you’re there. Take a walk around the Hollywood Walk of Fame and grab a photo at the Hollywood sign.
Next is San Diego where you can enjoy 70 miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, before heading to wine country in Sonoma for a guided tour of the vineyards.
Home to the Grand Canyon, one of the best tourist attractions in the entire country, Arizona is another amazing place to visit this summer.
Starting with The Grand Canyon itself, it reveals the Earth’s history going back millions of years. It’s 446 km long so there are plenty of ways you can get a good view of The Grand Canyon in all its glory. You can even take a hiking tour to the bottom for a completely different experience.
There’s other great things to do too. Take a helicopter ride, ride a mule through the nature trails, raft on the Colorado River. These are just some examples that will have you wanting to get the most out of your summer vacation this year.
Before you leave, make sure you check out Monument Valley. It’s full of vast sandstone buttes, with the largest reaching over 1,000ft into the air.
While New York City is the most affected area in the country, it doesn’t stop you from taking a trip to the state away from the Big Apple. New York State offers everything from cool mountain ranges to gorgeous beaches.
First there’s the Finger Lakes Region. As the name suggests, it’s a series of lovely lakes and is a well-known wine region. Enjoy the dramatic waterfalls and high gorgesThe Thousand Islands.
Next is the Thousand Islands which borders the US and Canada. There are over 1,800 islands just waiting for you to explore in the St Lawrence River. For example, Heart Island has incredible island mansions like the Boldt Castle, while Dark Island features Single Castle featuring secret passageways and gothic-style windows. Thousand Islands is also a hotspot for outdoor activities.
You should also visit The Hudson Valley. It features the Hudson River that stretches from Westchester County to Albany, along with vineyards and orchards. The Hudson Valley is rich in natural beauty, full of culture and deep with history. If you’re a foodie, make sure you check out the farmer’s market.
In fact, National Geographic named The Hudson Valley as “one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world”, making the perfect summer retreat this year when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Of course, there’s also Long Island and its white sand beaches and the renowned Niagara Falls just on the Canadian border. If you really want to appreciate nature and all its power and beauty, there’s nothing that comes close.