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38 Best Places to Visit in December in USA during COVID (Winter Picks)

38 Best Places to Visit in December in USA during COVID (Winter Picks)


38 Best Places to Visit in December in USA during COVID (Winter Picks)

Some people seem to believe that the holidays are over at the end of August, but they may be surprised to know that November, December and January are some of the best months to travel!

Traveling Lifestyle has compiled a list of 30+ vacation ideas and places for Americans to travel during COVID-19 in the US and around, along with travel restrictions and requirements for each destination!

Best places to travel right now in U.S. during covid (+December picks)

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Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

38 Best places to travel right now in U.S

New York City, NY

December, Xmas, NYE, and January pick

There’s no better place to be in December than New York City. With the arrival of the holidays, a variety of unique activities and events, such as ice skating, Christmas markets, and dazzling illumination displays, begin. Get yourself a warm jacket (you’ll need it!) and venture out to see what this fascinating city has to offer.

Things you MUST do:

Ice skating in Central Park

Ice skating in Central Park is a must-do December activity in New York. This is ideal if you’re looking for a fun activity to do with family or friends.

Walk Down Fifth Avenue

Strolling down the shopping Mecca of New York City during the holiday season is a real delight. Make the most of experiencing the city itself while surrounded by stunning Christmas installations. 

Holiday Markets

Take some time to explore some of the city’s well-known Christmas markets. These pop-up markets provide a huge variety of buying options, including clothing, art, and gourmet food. 

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Flocking to the tree lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller Center is an absolutely iconic December New York activity.  The tree, which stands over 100 feet tall and has 50,000 LED lights is famous for its 50,000 LED lights in a dazzling rainbow of colors.

Keep in mind that hotel prices and airfares are high during this time of year, as visitors flood the city’s most popular sites, and shopping fever is at an all-time high, so plan your days out accordingly.

Tucson, Arizona

Explore the natural splendor of national parks and pine woods, disconnect in open-air museums and gardens, and relish in the Old West vibe.

Tucson was named “UNESCO City of Gastronomy”, making it one of only two American cities to receive the honor.

Some of the best Mexican food in the United States can be found in the city’s cafés, cantinas, and cocinas. Pozole, carne seca, and green chile stew, machaca burritos, and prickly pear margaritas are all must-tries at Penca, El Charro, and Poco & Mom’s Cantina. 

Other things to experience

Saguaro National Park,

Visitors considered it a national wonder. This park is the perfect place for those who want to experience some of the iconic southwestern landscapes. 

The Saguaro National Park spans 90,000 acres and is divided into two different parks. Most visitors, however, prefer the Tucson Mountain District for its breathtaking sunsets.

Kitt Peak National Observatory 

Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson offers a nighttime program with spectacular views of the night sky. Planets, galaxies, constellations, and more may all be seen thanks to the lack of light pollution.

Gulfport, Mississippi

The state’s second-biggest city offers world-class beaches and unforgettable wildlife encounters; in fact, one of the biggest populations of dolphins in the U.S. can be found off Mississippi’s shores!

Gulfport boasts beaches that span 62 miles (100 kilometers) along the coast. Casinos that offer entertainment services 24/7, exquisite seafood and of course, the well-known southern hospitality.

Every day may be a new adventure in a city with over 30 parks and water recreation areas. The Gulf Islands Water Park offers rides and pools for the entire family.

Located in the Gulf of Mexico, it enjoys a warm subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters.

While temperatures do drop, it rarely gets below freezing. With an average high of 90℉ during the summer and a low of 40℉ in winter layers, scarves, and gloves may be needed.

Southern California

Southern California is one of the best destinations to be during the winter months. With daytime temperatures in the upper 70s, winter will be the last of your worries.  

Even though is not really cold outside, multiple cities in Southern California dress up for the Holidays and put on a real show in December. Here are some cool things in Los Angeles and around. 

Surfing and snowboarding on the same day in L.A.

How many cities do you know where you can go snowboarding in the morning and surfing in the afternoon? Not many, right? Los Angeles is one of the blessed ones!

Take an easy 55-minute drive (46.9 mi) via CA-60 E to Mount Baldy, the closest ski resort from Downtown L.A. Then head up to Malibu, a straight 42-minute drive (32.8 mi) on I-10 W and CA-1 N for a pleasant afternoon at the beach. 

The Hollywood Christmas Parade

With lots of marching bands and a large number of famous characters, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is of the events you must experience in L.A. 

Ice Skating at the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice Rink

One of the most fun things to do in Los Angeles in December is ice skating. Kids and adults alike can ice skate in the pop-up rink, operating is open between November 30 to January 12, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day as well. 

Ice skating is one of the most enjoyable activities in Los Angeles these months. The pop-up rink, which is available from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12, is open every day to both children and adults.

Mustang Island State Park, Texas

Great place in the U.S. to visit in Autumn and Winter!

Majestic Mustangs used to run free across the Mustang State Park until the last of these magnificent creatures vanished in the 1800s. The state park is still awesome and still keeps their name.

Overall, this is a fantastic destination to visit for a short stay. Here are some of the things you can do at the park – Autumn time or early Spring is the time to go to Mustang Island. Otherwise, it is hot! 


It boasts 48 campground sites 1/3 mile from the beach. The campsite is green and flat, with covered tables and handy water and electricity hook-ups.

They have portable toilets along two miles of the beach and full restrooms and showers with hot water near the campground.

Water activities

At Mustang Island State Park, You may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including relaxing on the beach, swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, and coastal bird watching – especially during fall migrations!


The Mustang Island State Park is a great place to go paddling as it is home to some of Texas’ top shallow-water fishing spots. 

Other attractions 

While you’re there, dine or shop in the nearby beach town of Port Aransas, then travel south to the gorgeous Padre Island National Seashore.

Area attractions recommended by the park

American Samoa, U.S. Pacific Ocean territory

Recommended place in the U.S. to visit in December!

National Park of American Samoa
National Park of American Samoa

American Samoa is a collection of seven beautiful islands located in the heart of Polynesia, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. 

When tired of the crowds and restrictions of Hawaii, take a 4-hour direct flight to American Samoa. You can also reach it from Independent Samoa, which is just a 35-minute-flight away.

A particular cultural feature of the entire archipelago is the peaceful coexistence of modern American lifestyle and Samoan traditions when it comes to the language, clothing, food, and ways.

The tourism industry is small by most standards. All hotels and accommodations are locally owned, which makes visiting American Samoa a unique place to experience an international culture – inside – the United States.

This also means that Americans do not need to worry about testing or vaccination restrictions. 

New York, Ithaca

What about some adventurous staycation… in Ithaca New York!?

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Ithaca is always an amazing place to chill out or walk around during the day. The Commons has lots of beautiful locally owned shops for those who appreciate something hand-crafted and feel like supporting the local art community. 

With no more COVID-19 restrictions, it’s about time to go and enjoy live music at its open-aired patios and cozy restaurants. 

If you’re looking forward to relaxing, you can’t miss the cultural and wellness hub at the Finger Lakes region, the largest NY wine-producing region surrounded by spas, outdoor summer theatres and other multiple outdoor activities.

Savannah, Georgia

Great place to visit in December!

Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA is an enchanting city overflowed with amazing architecture and history. Proud of its Georgia heritage, the city is not afraid to tell you about its accomplishments and failures.

The historic district is a must see for any visitor to Savannah. The historic homes and cobblestone streets are unique in the State. 

Forget about the zillion tour trolleys and take a walk to the house around Forsyth Park and up towards 37th. Then go from Forsyth to the River to see hundreds of historic sites, including the Mercer-Williams house where much of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed.

While Savannah is mostly known for its history, there is also the touristy side. Walking tours, trolley tours, paddle boats, The Pirate’s House restaurant and tons of restaurants, bars and antique shops are there to relieve you of your money, but you will never regret it!

Savannah is not to be missed and as a fact, Savannah is one of the warmest places in the U.S., therefore is a great place to visit in the U.S. in december!

Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island, Georgia
Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee is a barrier island located just 30 minutes from the small city near Savannah. The best getaway for those who need an escape from routine while enjoying the ocean breeze.

The island is home to very well-maintained beautiful beaches and offers delicious local food and lots of shops. Even when lots of people are visiting, the beach does not feel too crowded.

One of the aspects we love about Tybee is that it is pretty dog-friendly. You can bring your furry friend into bars and even almost all restaurants. However, the beach is out of limits for our little friends. 

But there’s a lovely reason behind it. The beach is also home to a number of interesting rare birds and lots of sea turtles that wouldn’t want to be chased by our doggos.  

Tybee Island also has a good number of bars offering patio seating. But if you are looking to have a romantic date the Deck Beachbar & Kitchen will serve you directly on the sand on Tybee’s Mid Beach.

Assateague State Park, Maryland

Assateague State Park, Maryland
Assateague State Park, Maryland

Clean beaches, camping, and friendly wild horses passing by your side is what is waiting for you at Assateague State Park in Maryland. Yes! We said wild horses!

Assateague State Park is an ocean-front park on Assateague Island. It offers two miles of beaches to do swimming, surfing and fishing. 

Since there are no trees to provide shade, we recommend you to bring fresh clothing for the day and a sweater for cold nights, but most importantly, do not miss the opportunity to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak!

Keep in mind that you will be the habitat of feral horses, (not the other way around), so, be careful where you store your food. Otherwise, these cute animals will come over for a delicious meal!

Pro tip: If you are coming for several days, it’s better to check-in on Thursdays and check-out on Mondays to avoid getting trapped in traffic during the weekend. This particularly applies to visitors from Virginia or DC.

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City
Ocean City

This resort town is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Isle of Wight Bay in the state of Maryland. One of its most interesting features is that Ocean City is very much affordable for families with kids!

This city offers amusement parks, countless souvenir shops, carnivals, plenty of golf courses, lots of restaurants and a myriad of activities to do especially down near the boardwalk area, 1st street. 

When tired of strolling along the boardwalk and eating its delicious fast food, you can also take a day trip to the peaceful Assateague Island National Seashore which is only a 20-mile drive down the coast to get to know its amazing wild horses. 

Ocean City has something for everyone… from hustle and bustle in the summer to relaxing the rest of the year. 

And its best restaurants never ever close! 

Wisconsin Dells

Known for being home to the largest concentration of waterparks in America, including the largest water park (Noah’s Ark), Wisconsin Dells never disappoints. 

But not all is about water activities. Some areas of the city have nice little streets lined with stores worth visiting. Those interested in nightlife activities will feel overwhelmed with the amount of pubs and bars this city has to offer!

The city has been family-vacation oriented for more than 150 years due to endless supply of fun and games for kids. But in recent years it has also become a place for couples and adventurous travelers willing to explore its surroundings.  

All COVID-19 restrictions were declared invalid by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court a few weeks ago, in case you want to enjoy some mask-free environment.



Hawaii is considered a safe destination for U.S. citizens and one of the best places to travel in the country during COVID.

Why travel to Hawaii – There are a number of reasons why you should travel to Hawaii. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous scenery, great food, loads of culture, endless fun and more.

Recommended: Things to Do in Hawaii during COVID – 2021 Guide

Travel restrictions – Travelers who want to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine can bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result from a state-approved trusted testing partner.

Governor David Ige plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions once 70% of the population is fully vaccinated which means that a full reopening would be possible by the end of July. 

Austin, Texas

Under the Texas laws, Austin is pretty open to tourists at the moment and definitely one of the best places to travel in 2021 during coronavirus. Face coverings are advised but not mandatory

Visitors will find an increased focus on cleanliness and social distancing at Austin hotels, restaurants and other tourist venues. 

Restaurants are open for dine-in indoor and outdoor service. Additionally, museums and tour companies have reopened for business. Live music is also back in town. Tour companies are also reopening.

Bars remain closed in Austin until further notice. 

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, a city rich in history and booming with modern attractions, is welcoming back visitors from all over the country with few to no restrictions at all. 

With lots of spectacular parks, river walks, gardens, festivals, seasonal events and a delicious local cuisine, it’s no surprise San Antonio is one of the nation’s most popular travel destinations in the States.

During the summer heat, swimming parks, public art and nightlife activities can be found not only downtown but throughout the city.

The following places and activities can be done with no restrictions and no limited capacity:

  • Having Indoor meetings
  • Visiting restaurants
  • Going to museums
  • Doing outdoor activities
  • Going out to bars with food service
  • Going out to bars/nightclubs without food service

South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island - Texas - Travel during COVID

Looking to spend your holidays enjoying beaches with warm tropical-like weather without even leaving the U.S? If so, South Padre Island may be your place.

South Padre Island is a resort town off the southern coast of Texas located on a barrier island of the same name. Beaches are clean and they go on for miles. Although there are no private beaches on this place, the island has plenty of resort hotels along the south section of the beach.

One of our favorite features is its many public access points all along the road. It has multiple camping areas and also hosts one of the best RV parks in Texas.

This is by far, one the longest, cleanest, and full of friendly people you can find around the area. 

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

No restrictions for travelers – Gov. Mark Gordon lifted the statewide mask requirement back in March. The 50 percent capacity limit on large indoor events of more than 500 people was lifted back in May.

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Known as the first U.S. monument, established by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24, 1906, Devils Tower National Monument is a unique geologic wonder steeped in the Native American culture and today, the perfect fit for adventure climbers and camping lovers.

The Tower is also part of the American pop culture since it was featured in Steven Spielberg’s 1977 movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Rock climbers can enjoy themselves by scaling the monolithic butte. Mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders, cross country runners and off-road enthusiasts can take advantage of trail systems that encompass 1347 acres of public land. 

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

We know we don’t need to talk you into visiting Yellowstone National Park. Who wouldn’t want to see this amazing natural gem at least once in their lives? 

But in case you are still thinking if you should visit it this summer, we’ll give you 3 reasons why you need to cross it off your bucket list ASAP.

Volcanos: Yellowstone stands on the continent’s largest active supervolcano which makes it one-of-a-kind geological smoking gun in the world.

Wildlife: Yellowstone National Park is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife which is practically unmatched across the continent. It has more than 60 species of mammals including gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, bison, mountain goats, mountain lions and moose as well as plenty of reptiles that share their home with 318 species of birds.

Geysers: it has more than 450 geysers including the world famous Old Faithful which erupts every 91 minutes.

Just one kind recommendation – Be patient. This summer the amount of people visiting the park has been shocking even during weekdays. You might need to wait in line for over one hour to enter the gates.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Why travel to New Orleans – Its mix of French and Spanish architecture, multilingual heritage and live-music scene, and delicious cuisine are reasons enough to come visit at least once a year. 

Travel restrictions – As of today, there is no quarantine or other types of travel restrictions for U.S. visitors. International visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival according to the new federal laws.

The city has extended the hours alcohol can be sold in restaurants, bars, event venues, and breweries. 

Face masks are no longer mandatory and all old capacity limits were lifted from May 26.

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Missouri River
Missouri River

With more than 1,100 miles of shoreline (more than the entire California), the Lake of the Ozarks features hundreds of public beaches and lots of water activities such as fishing, skiing and swimming. 

Cities and small towns around the Lake of the Ozarks offer hundreds of vacation options including golf courses, horseback riding, boat excursions, wineries, airplane and helicopter tours, spas and shopping.

Travel restrictionsThere are no travel restrictions in Missouri. International visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours upon arrival.

Lake Powell, Arizona

This is not your typical lake. Lake Powell in Arizona is way bigger than you may think. It covers an area of more than 250 square miles. This has helped to make it attractive to tourists that every year are flocking to it to experience the Southwest.

This lake is perfect for kayaking, swimming or just exploring it by boat. Most areas do not have access to vehicles. 

Travel restrictions – There are no travel restrictions in Arizona. The local government has allowed bars and almost the rest of the business to resume normal operations and wearing a mask is no longer mandatory. 

San Diego, California

Recommended to visit in December!

Located in the sunshine state of California it benefits from an appealing all-year round perfect weather. The city boasts a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere and has plenty to offer everyone, whether you enjoy outdoor activities, cultural events, or having a good time.

Why people love San Diego

Weather – San Diego is one of the warmest places in the United States, therefore is perfect Autumn and Winter destination.

Beaches — San Diego boasts a stunning 70-mile coastline and beaches. When in town, you can’t miss the glittering sands of Coronado or La Jolla beaches.

Activities for kiddos – popular family activities such as Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld make San Diego a terrific place to relax and enjoy time with family.

Wildlife – Pacific Harbor Seals and California Sea Lions can be spotted all over the San Diego coast, particularly at La Jolla.

Mexican food — San Diego is only 17 miles from the Mexican border, this means you’ll find all types of Mexican dishes all over the place.

Don’t think twice. This city has countless fascinating locations to explore, as well as some hidden gems worth discovering. Pack your bags!

Tuolumne River, California

Tuolumne river, California
Photo: OARS

So, do you like beer? And holidays? And Rafting? If so, this is probably the best summer adventure you can have in 2021. 

Just outside the Yosemite National Park is Tuolumne River offering 18 miles of continuous Class IV whitewater rafting. 

Companies such as OARS or ARTA offer one to three-day trips including wine on the river and & craft beer tasting trips as well as camping alongside the river to enjoy the scenic wilderness while hiking, fishing, or exploring waterfalls and swimming holes. 

We can safely say that a day (or 3!) testing craft beers and rafting in Tuolumne will sail up as the best memory you can take home this summer.

If interested, hurry up! The last tour of the year departs on September 5. 

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park

What can we say? Yosemite National Park is a place that needs to be seen, experienced and felt. The Park is home to waterfalls, pristine glaciers, abundant wildlife, hiking trails, bike trails, meadows and a river.

We particularly love the views of El Capitán, a vertical rock formation located on the north side of the park from the valley floor. 

Due to the pandemic you do need reservations to enter through September 30, 2021. 

The park wants you to know that some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating for the time being. 

But do not let this discourage you, go ahead, book your tickets, rent some bikes and enjoy the majestic views along the way!  

Lake Tahoe, California

This epic beauty has become one of the hot-spot destinations this summer. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and Alpine forests, it’s hard not to fall in love with the blue waters of the lake.

From sharing special days with friends or family skiing on the slopes of your favorite ski area to enjoying a long-lasting sunset, Lake Tahoe gives you the opportunity to reconnect with nature. 

If you are feeling adventurous, take a cable car ride up to the top of Heavenly to enjoy the breathtaking views, or go explore its countless trail systems – with your dog! 

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall Lake Tahoe will always bring to you a different memorable vacation experience.

Pro-tip: this summer schedule your visit during weekdays. Otherwise you will spend most of your time stuck in traffic and searching for a parking space. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park, North California

Lassen Volcanic National Park, North California
Lassen Volcanic National Park, North California

Nestled in the peaceful forests and wilderness of Northern California is Lassen Volcanic National Park. This beautiful getaway is home to steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots, wildflowers, crystal clear mountain lakes, multiple volcanoes and roaring steam vents!

A century ago, Mount Lassen erupted for the last time. Nowadays, you can hike to the summit and stand in the crater, not to mention the stunning viewpoints and miles of bike trails the park offers.

Local restrictions: All COVID-19-related restrictions were lifted on June 15.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlington, Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

There is almost always something happening in Burlington. Even though this is the biggest city in Vermont, don’t expect tall buildings with streets full of stressed people. On the contrary, Burlington it’s a lively city full of art galleries and cultural attractions with car-free space lined by shops and restaurants. 

Take a walk to its great downtown and enjoy dinner, or find one of its many options for pubs and live music on the weekends. On Saturday mornings, you can’t miss the delicatessens offered at the farmers market. 

Local restrictions: Vermont lifted its 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival. Gov. Phil Scott fully reopened the state on June 14 once 80% of the population had received at least one shot of  COVID-19 vaccine. 

Masks and social distancing remain recommended for unvaccinated visitors. 

Panama City Beach, Florida

Best December destination!

Panama City Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida

Situated in northwest Florida, about 47 miles east of Destin and around 100 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Panama City Beach is considered one of the best beach getaways all year round.

This waterfront town is an outdoor playground full of activities and adventure for all types of travelers. 

Its 27 miles of beaches are not only perfect for families but also for couples in search of an affordable escape with a seemingly endless amount of activities to fill any trip.

After playing with bottlenose dolphins during the morning surfing, you can pay a visit to one of the two state parks in the area, go biking or take a sunset kayaking trip.

And when feeling even more adventurous, take a short boat ride and check out the dozen wrecks and artificial reefs waiting for you.  

Florida Keys, Florida

N.1 place in the U.S. to visit in December!

Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida

Your summer vacation in the Florida Keys can be as action-oriented or as laid back as you want to make it. 

Adventure folks can test their skills on a fishing charter. Local restaurants will cook your catch for you, adding a starch and vegetable to make a wonderful “catch-of-the-day” meal.

Fishermen at heart can instead enjoy a party-boat, which makes for a great time of fishing. 

Famous for their white sandy and coral beaches, calm waters and friendly locals, the stunning Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and the internationally famous Key West are waiting for you to cross them off your bucket list. 

Orlando, Walt Disney World, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, United States
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, United States

You can never go wrong with the city of dreams. Orlando is not only home to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter but also to lots of live music events, international restaurants and trendy bars.

The parks, as the rest of the city venues, have dropped all COVID-19 restrictions thanks to a new state law. Now, kids can play around without having to wear a mask. 

When you need to take a break from adventure, step into relaxing gardens for a walk or enjoy a beverage at one of Orlando’s lovely terraces. 

It’s always a good time to have a theme park experience. But keep in mind that September is less busy and prices are more affordable!

Cape San Blas, Florida

Cape San Blas features St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, a.k.a. The best beach in America. located near Port St. Joe along the Florida Panhandle’s Emerald Coast, Cape San Blas is one the best getaway paradises in Florida. 

Visitors can find all types of small restaurants, kayaking and boating services, pristine waters and uncrowded sugar-white sand beaches. 

Key West, Florida

This collection of tropical-like islands is located at the Southernmost point of Florida. The local government and Key West inhabitants have managed to recover and rebuild the tourist venues the latest hurricane destroyed, turning it into the paradise it used to be.

Adventure travelers may take a road trip from Miami to Key West. The drive takes only around 4 hours and the landscape is worth it.

Key West hosts some of the best camping spots in Florida and you should definitely take advantage of them during covid.

Gulf State Park, Alabama

Gulf State Park, Alabama
Gulf State Park, Alabama

Gulf State Park is just a hidden gem of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

With more than 2 miles of beaches and almost thirty miles of paved biking and hiking trails through a variety of different ecosystems, visitors can spot alligators, armadillos, osprey, bald eagles, butterflies and blue herons all inside of one of the most diverse state parks in the area. 

Its Gulf State Park campground is located just 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches of Alabama’s coast. Visitors must be aware of the new parking rules. From April 23, all beach accesses managed by the Gulf State Park have been implementing paid parking. For more outdoor adventures, check our dedicated posts on Camping in Alabama in 2021.

The park still has a number of COVID-19 related restrictions that can be consulted at what “Visitors Need to Know,” which is part of the local government official websites. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

Why travel to Las Vegas – There are countless reasons why a traveler must visit Las Vegas. But its world class entertainment, cruise, and nightlife scene should suffice for travelers to pay it a visit. 

Domestic restrictions – Las Vegas does not require domestic visitors proof of a negative COVID-19. Gov. Steve Sisolak, declared that the state is “100 percent reopened” as of June 1.

All bars, casinos, restaurants and the typical Vegas nightlife attractions are back for business. The statewide mask mandate remains in place following the C.D.C. guidance.

Groom Lake, Nevada

Rachel NV Hwy 375 - Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada
Rachel NV Hwy 375 – Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada

Hoping to have a close extraterrestrial encounter of your own? Ok, while in Las Vegas you can miss the chance to visit Groom Lake, the area where one of the world’s most top secret military facilities is actually located. 

Go ahead and jump to a place that doesn’t really need to talk you in to be super freaky — Area 51. 

We may never know exactly what’s going on inside this mysterious military base in Nevada but at least it’s a great photo op for any UFO and Alien enthusiasts!

You’ll start by visiting Janet Airlines at Las Vegas International Airport, the airline that also does not exist! but that has transported hundreds of “Area 51” workers for decades. 

Other cool stops along this outing may include a visit to Little Ale’ Inn, one of the weirdest restaurants you have ever visited, we recommend the Alien Burger (which by the way its taste is out of this world!), the Joshua Tree Forest and the Dry Lake. 

And if you are lucky, the Black Mailbox at 375 highway a.k.a. the Extraterrestrial Highway, a place where UFO lovers meet to discuss extraterrestrial topics.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Why travel to Puerto Rico – PR is a rare combination of diverse culture and heritage, warm people, and beautiful landscapes.

Travel restrictions – Travelers need to complete a Travel Declaration Form online (either in English or Spanish). 

Puerto Rico was excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to re-entry the United States. However, local regulations demand visitors to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into PR. 

Travelers must upload their test results to their Travel Declaration Form online (links above) in order to receive an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and QR code. 

Without these two they won’t be allowed to leave the airport. Visitors do not need to quarantine. 

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico right now? (full post)

Other destinations close to the U.S.

Mexico – Baja California, Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Escondido

NO quarantine, no test required for US citizens!

Mexico - Best Places to Visit during Covid-19

Why visit Mexico – Its beaches, cenotes, marine life, and affordable shopping.

Is it safe? – Check our full post on traveling to Mexico right now (Baja, Cancun, Vallarta)

Travel restrictions – All countries (including US citizens) are allowed to travel to Mexico. No COVID test, quarantine, or insurance is required but you should definitely consider insurance that covers COVID-19.

Check the States that have made the Orange, Yellow and Green list. This means that in those States you will be allowed to visit hotels, restaurants, open-air parks, gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums, cultural events and more.

Consider Cancun or Baja California for your spring getaway destination. Baja has taken the lead in creating and implementing “La Ruta Turística por México (the Tourist Route through Mexico)”, to fight COVID-19 and promote tourism.


Tulum is located in Quintana Roo, one of the most touristic states of Mexico due to its beaches and Mayan civilization history. 

Since the area is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, multiple hotels have decided to offer up to a free 14-day stay to those who get the virus when in town. 

Creative, isn’t it?

Puerto Vallarta 

Puerto Vallarta is currently offering American visitors on-site tests (at their hotels) to ease their returning-home process. 

The local government recommends visitors to schedule their COVID-19 as soon as possible to ensure to have it on time. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a hotel-designated room/area.

Check prices here.

Puerto Escondido

Along with beachfront resorts and uncrowded beaches, hotels and famous hostel/coworking spaces such as Selina, are offering clients assistance to book their COVID-19 tests before coming back home.

Costa Rica

No quarantine, but health insurance required for all visitors

Costa Rica

Why travel to Costa Rica – It is the perfect place for diving lovers. This country is full of wildlife natural areas such as the famous Cocos Island National Park, which is also a World Heritage site.

Travel restrictionsCosta Rican government is currently allowing travelers from all over the world. However, you will need to present proof of health insurance that covers any medical treatment and quarantine lodging. Also, fill out the new Health Pass form.

Costa Rica is no longer requesting to present the results of a negative PCR test to be allowed entry. 


No Quarantine, just bring your negative COVID-19 test


Why visit Aruba: Its turquoise sea, constant sunshine, soft white-sand beaches, surprising natural wonders to explore, and culinary delights found nowhere else in the Caribbean.

Travel restrictions: The first step to visit Aruba is to get tested for COVID-19 and upload the negative test results and other information to Aruba’s online immigration form. 

Then visitors will need to acquire mandatory COVID-19 travel insurance. If anyone fails to provide negative COVID-19 test results on arrival they will have to get tested at the airport and self-isolate until negative test results are available.

Check here for the latest update about Aruba reopening for tourists.


No Quarantine, just bring your negative PCR test

Bahamas - Places to Visit Winter 2020

Why travel to the Bahamas – Its warm weather, crystal clear waters, great shopping deals, the big all-inclusive resorts, and endless tourist activities. 

Travel restrictions – When visiting the Bahamas the first thing travelers need to do is to submit their Travel Health Visa Application.

Arrivals should not forget to bring their application confirmation and the original PCR test results with them. Airport authorities will check them before boarding and once again after landing in the Bahamas.

For further inquiries call the COVID-19 travel hotline +1 (242) 502 0829 or send a message to healthvisa@bahamas.com

Once there, you cannot miss the duty-free shops!


7-day quarantine, and 3 negative COVID-19 tests are required 

Cuba - Place to Visit during COVID-19

Why travel to Cuba – The culture, the beaches, the food, Cubans, the traditional music, and more. 

Cuba is open to American tourists but in order to be allowed entry, visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken less than 72 hours before departure.

Upon arrival, all visitors must agree to get tested for COVID-19 at a local hospital and then, self-isolate for 7 days. On day 5th travelers will need to undergo another COVID-19 test. If they can produce a negative result they will be allowed to end the quarantine period.  

Check the full list of requirements at Travel restrictions for entering Cuba

These are some of the places travelers are allowed to visit

  • Southwest: Largo key
  • North-central: Coco, Guillermo, Cruz, and Santa María keys


No quarantine, only 1 negative COVID-19 test


Why travel to Curacao – Euro-Caribbean culture and one of the most LGBT-friendly islands in the region.

Travel restrictions – All visitors need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival but they do not have to quarantine.

Also, travelers need to fill out an online immigration (ED) card and complete a Health Department Passenger Locator Card prior to travel.


No quarantine, 2x test required, and health insurance


Why travel to Bermuda – The island country is a relatively safe destination for Americans to visit during COVID-19. It has only reported 1,657 cases and 14 deaths.

Travel Restrictions: All passengers need proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure, get a second test on arrival and wait in quarantine for 24 hours if the test comes back negative, or 14 days if it comes back positive. 

Additionally, visitors must purchase health insurance that covers any costs associated with quarantines and other COVID-19 related medical expenses when in the country. 

Visitors who have been in the U.K in the 14 days prior to arrival in Bermuda must quarantine for 4 days or after they receive their negative COVID-19 results.

Additionally, all travelers are also required to submit a Visitor Travel Authorization before departure to Bermuda.

Check here for the latest update about Bermuda reopening for tourists.

Antigua y Barbuda

COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine

Antigua y Barbuda

Why visit Antigua y Barbuda – These islands in between the Atlantic and the Caribbean are well known for their reefs and natural scenery. You can relax at one of their many luxurious resorts, go snorkeling, yachting, or explore nature. 

luxurious resorts, go snorkeling, yachting, or explore nature. 

Travel restrictions –  To be admitted to Antigua and Barbuda you need to present results of a negative COVID-19 test and undergo a 14-day quarantine. Only travelers from within the regional Travel Bubble (Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, and Barbados) are exempted from the mandatory quarantine. 

Passengers quarantining at a government-approved facility will be required to wear a tracking bracelet that pairs up with their phone. 

British Virgin Islands

COVID-19 test and quarantine until getting a second negative result.

British Virgin Islands

Why visit The British Virgin Islands – Whether visitors are looking to practice water sports, go on a virgin nature adventure, or simply look forward to relaxing and being pampered, they will find what their heart desires on the British Virgin Islands.

Travel restrictions – There are multiple requirements to enter the BVI. For starters, travelers need to apply for a Travel Authorization and upload a recent COVID-19 test result. 

Once they land on the islands they will have to present a Travel Authorization Certificate along with proof of being fully vaccinated. After that, they will get retested for COVID-19 and put in quarantine until they can produce a negative result. 

With 295 reported COVID-19 cases and only 1 death to the virus, the islands are considered to pose the lowest possible risk for travelers. 


2 negative PCR tests and a 5-day quarantine

Grenada - best places to travel during covid-19

Why travel to Barbados? – This Caribbean island offers not only the customary dreamy beaches, perfect weather and a myriad of activities to enjoy, but also one of the more robust and comprehensive hospitality structures in the region. 

Travel restrictions – The United States is considered a high-risk country by multiple health organizations. Thus, American visitors -in particular- need to comply with a set of requirements. 

New entry and quarantine protocols for vaccinated travelers will take effect on May 8, click here to learn about the latest updates.

All visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued by an approved lab within 3 days prior to arrival.  

Effective Feb. 3, 2021 all travelers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival. 

Travelers with valid negative COVID-19 PCR test results must undergo a 5-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel and take an additional COVID-19 on day 5th. All at their own expense. 

If their results come back negative, they will be allowed to resume their trips. 

Cayman Islands

14-days quarantine required, and 2+ COVID-19 tests

Cayman Islands

Why travel to the Cayman Islands – They are probably one of the best places on earth to do snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and kitesurfing thanks to crystal-clear, turquoise waters.

Travel restrictions – Visitors must undergo pre-arrival PCR testing and a mandatory 14-day quarantine. If after that period they can produce a negative COVID-19 result they will be free to resume their trip.

Americans are now allowed entry if they are dual citizens, permanent residents, Workers or their families, students, spouses, fiancés, or if they own residential property in the Cayman Islands (among other types of travelers).

Read more about travel to the Cayman Islands here

Dominican Republic

No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test 

Dominican Republic

Why travel to the Dominican Republic? – The best-connected Caribbean destination (8 international airports), beaches, modern cities, mountains, and colonial towns!

Travel restrictions – Travelers do NOT need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result to be granted access to the Dominic Republic. 

Once travelers arrive in The Dominican Republic the government gives them a temporary free travel assistance plan that provides coverage for emergencies in case they get COVID-19 while in the country. 

The insurance plan includes medical attention by specialists, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, penalty for airfare changes, and lodging for prolonged stays among other benefits up to US $10,000.

The free travel insurance program has recently extended until July 31, 2021.

St. Maarten

No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test

St. Maarten

Why travel to St. Maarten – Sint Maarten has all of the wonders of a unique tropical paradise. Additionally, the entire island is duty-free so you can find great bargains on clothes, cosmetics, jewelry and electronics.

Travel restrictions – Visitors who provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 120 hours before arrival do not need to quarantine. They only have to upload their test results to an online card prior to traveling Sint Maarten. Find more information here

Sint Maarten lifted its “shelter-in-place” policy but social distancing protocols must still be observed when in public.

US Virgin Islands

No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test

US Virgin Islands

Why visit the U.S Virgin Islands – Its beaches and turquoise waters, its year-round sunshine, and it’s incredibly vibrant culinary scene. 

Travel restrictions – All travelers aged 5 years or older must apply for entry through the USVI Travel Screening Portal within five days of traveling. COVID-19 test results will also need to be submitted through the portal, which will then issue a travel certification. 

Additionally, if a visitor is not able to produce a negative COVID-19 test they will need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter, at a government-approved location at their own expense. 

Click here for further information.


Only a 4-day quarantine and a negative PCR test

Grenada - best places to travel during covid for US citizens

Why travel to Grenada: This often overlooked Caribbean island has plenty of charm to offer. From colorful towns, spice-scented markers, the mix of cultures of its people, and of course its natural scenery; it is a paradise to be discovered.

Travel restrictions – Travelers must apply for a travel authorization (link here) and get tested for COVID-19 at least 3 days before arrival. 

Upon arrival in Grenada, they must pay a one-time $150.00 USD ($410.00 XCD) test fee, which will cover their day-four test or any test taken while on Island. After that, travelers will need to quarantine for 4 days at a government-approved accommodation or until they can produce a negative test result. 

This requirement includes fully vaccinated visitors.

Visit Grenada’s Travel website for more info.

Tanzania – Zanzibar

No test and no quarantine

Why visit Tanzania? – Tanzania is mostly famous for its paradise called Zanzibar. This little island is literally a dream of every traveler with crystal-clear water all around.

Tanzania is one of the favorite destinations during COVID-19 in 2021 because of its relaxed travel restrictions and it’s also open for U.S. citizens.

To enter Tanzania, no test or quarantine is required, and also the local restrictions aren’t heavy. Due to Tanzania’s medical infrastructure, purchasing health insurance is highly advised. 

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