Is it safe for individuals and families to travel across the United States? As schools, businesses, and restaurants and bars are beginning to resume operations across the country, health officials are implementing and adjusting tailored guidelines for each community. While travelers should protect themselves, particularly those of a high risk category, traveling across the U.S. can be fun and safe.

Some states are relaxing their shelter in place orders and residence are beginning to emerge from the seclusion of their homes. Many are looking forward to traveling again, even if just to take a short road trip to a neighboring city or state. Still, there are many more guidelines and restrictions than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelers now must consider things like social distancing, wearing masks and constant sanitizing. 

Most states have introduced a several phase reopening plan that outlines when businesses should open back up and lists the guidelines and regulations they will be subject to. One thing travelers should consider is that some states are much freer than others. While some travelers will choose to visit areas with strict social distancing guidelines, others may prefer to enjoy a vacation in an area that does not maintain social distancing guidelines.

Families interested in vacation traveling should consider areas with open tourist attractions such as:

  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Troy, Alabama
  • Savannah, Georgia 
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey

Travelers that are more interested in touring the smaller towns across America should consider visiting:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Madison, Wisconsin 
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Shreveport, Louisiana

The vacationers that simply want to check out the major metropolises across the country will enjoy:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Austin, Texas

Many states are easing up on their restrictions allowing tourism to resume. Deciding how to manage these restrictions requires Governors to consider the overall health of residence. They must consider which measures to take for a safe reopen as well as the consequences of opening to early. The states that have implemented the most COVID regulations and restrictions are: 

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts
  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • North Carolina
  • Arizona
  • Vermont 
  • New Mexico

The states are beginning to reopen, and the people are beginning to travel. It is wise to refer to each state’s governmental websites for specific guidelines and restrictions. Keeping in mind that even in states that have fully opened, individual businesses reserve the option to remain closed. The states that have implemented the least amount of COVID regulations and restrictions are:

  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • South Carolina
  • Arkansas

The states have begun measures for reopening their economies. As the corona virus continues to be a concern nationwide, with face coverings, social distancing and proper sanitizing, it is once again safe for families and individuals to travel across the United States as well as visiting their local restaurants, parks, zoos and museums. Be safe, but travel and enjoy yourself!

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