With summer ramping up and restrictions starting to loosen in some locales, there is plenty of time for a quiet getaway and some travel. Some locations boast complete solitude while others are built for more high-spirited adventures, whether you’re a hiker, biker, or you’d prefer cozying up by a waterfront with a cold drink.
As the weather warms up, house-bound folks are looking to get back out into the world. While many of us can’t quite do that in our own cities yet, we’ve rounded up the best places to travel this summer. And what good timing—gas is hitting an all-time low, with the national average falling around $1.87, according to AAA.
A word of caution to those venturing out: self-isolate for fourteen days before you travel and be sure to follow updated CDC regulations while booking trips and before departing. Know that many rest stops will be shut along the way, so plan for take-out food or bring snacks. If you’re looking into hotels and flights, check out cancellation policies.
With that in mind, pack the bags, fill up the cooler, and hit the road in favor of one of these locales.
The Finger Lakes, New York
It’s a given the entire world needs a drink after the seemingly neverending months of quarantine. What better way to do so in the quiet wine region of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. It’s one of the country’s top wine regions, dotted with heartfelt growers and a burgeoning food and craft beer scene. The icing on the cake is the scenic views and vibrant communities of artists and city ex-pats. If you travel here expect stunning hikeable waterfalls, serene sunsets, and quiet lake views, plus plenty of wine stops. Center any trip around the Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga regions, where most of the best winemakers call home.
Georgia planted the flags as one of the first states to start swinging open its doors. Though it hasn’t been smooth sailing, the city is uniquely poised to the post-COVID-19 scene—public drinking has been legal for years, so residents are used to drinking their craft cocktails en Plein air. When you travel here make sure to take a stroll through one of the city’s 32 public squares or head outside of the town to Tybee Island, where miles of white sand beaches are perfect for wasting a summer day away.
Big Bend, Texas
Quarantine has ignited the need to travel far, far into nature, and what better way to do that than head to one of the nation’s most isolated national parks. Deep in Texas on the Mexican border, Big Bend National Park is filled with impressive natural landscapes, combining desert, mountain, and river. Visitors can stroll through cavernous landscapes, drink at Roadhouse-style bars, and meander through desert flora and fauna. Plus, the park borders Chihuahua, one of the hotspots for sotol: one of my current favorite spirits.
Killbear Provincial Park, Ontario
My siblings and I are traveling north, up through Toronto and the northern towns to Killbear Provincial Park, a small provincial park nestled on the shores of Ontario’s Georgia Bay. What makes this park particularly unique is it sits on a bed of Canadian Shield, a picturesque sprawl of Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks. The rock face undulates out of the water and is dotted with craggy White Pines jutting onto the horizon (and the sunsets on the horizon are jaw-dropping). It’s a stunning place to travel to and camp—isolated and awe-inspiring—but the local landscape is filled with petite rental cabins and isolated resorts. The local beer scene is thriving, so pick up a six-pack or two.