If you are really itching to go some place, there are lots of relatively safe domestic options. First that comes to mind is Alaska. If you look at their Covid numbers, they are extremely low. Alaska tour operators expect only one-fourth visitors this summer. While cruise options are not available to visit Alaska, there are wonderful land tours. Flying into Anchorage or Fairbanks and taking trains, small boats, and ground transportation to explore can be arranged. With so few people the animals are out in force. They have not been spooked by humans. If you ever want to see a bear, moose, elk, or other large animals, now is the time to go. The earlier in the season the better, for by mid-August the bears have eaten as much salmon as possible and begin to move inland. There are always eagles, glaciers and sea life to view.
If you would rather wait until the fall to go someplace, there are several tour operators doing the national parks and historic trails. There are tours with very few people (8 – 20) or itineraries you can drive on your own. Gather your family and friends and plan a group outing. If you are all clean, you will be safe. Have you done the Hudson River Valley? The Genesse River Valley wine country in upstate New York? The Erie Canal? Thousand Island or Catskills. And these are just in the northeast. There are many interesting local places to visit.
There is wonderful land touring throughout the United States just 2 or 4 hours’ drive from your home. They can be safe and easy for us to plan. If you are a stop the world and I want to get off kind of person looking for a wonderful domestic resort and spa with sports facilities, there are many in all regions of the country. So, if you are itching to go someplace, you can. Let me help arrange a new and exciting holiday.
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