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Coronavirus Outbreak: Should You Change or Cancel U.S. Travel Plans?

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It’s important to understand what’s real, what’s misinformation, and what’s plain hysteria.

[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an earlier article that originally ran on March 9.]

In late December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) seemed like a horrific but distant problem, affecting mainland China. But, in this global age of travel, it expanded to other Asian countries. Then it hit Europe. And then, in January, the United States. The number of coronavirus cases—and deaths—in the U.S. continues to surge. On March 26, the United States took on the undesirable mantle of having the most coronavirus cases in the world, with at least 82,100 reported cases. As of the morning of April 3, that number rose to at least 244,228, and it continues to climb.

WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 12. President Trump addressed the nation on March 13 to declare a national emergency. While he takes “no responsibility” for coronavirus failures, the move allows the freer flow of federal aid to state and local governments and makes it easier to rush medical resources to places that need them the most. On March 16, he issued his “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” which he extended on March 29 through April 30, advising Americans to avoid nonessential travel, bars and restaurants, gathering in groups of 10 or more, and staying away from work. To date, providing medical workers with the supplies they need remains a challenge.

In the meantime, headlines are flashing worrying news of the spreading virus, as state after state orders their residents to shelter in place to prevent the virus from spreading. Cities appear ghostly, as conferences, festivals, and concerts have been canceled; and bars, entertainment venues, gyms, parks, and schools have closed. Restaurants are offering only pickup and delivery across the country (with booze added to some menus in a temporary waiver). Flight schedules have been slashed. The professional sports world has virtually ground to a halt.

So what about our travel plans? Spring break is ruined, but what about summer vacation? Will that be salvaged? When can we travel again?

It’s important to understand what’s real, what’s misinformation, and what’s plain hysteria. Here’s everything you need to know specifically about travel in the United States.

For the global history of COVID-19, and an explanation on exactly what it is and how to stay healthy, see The Latest: Should You Change Your Travel Plans Due to the Coronavirus?

USA Overall

COVID-19 was first reported in the United States on January 21, 2020, about three weeks after the first cases were confirmed in China, and around the same time that the first cases came to light in Europe. The severity of U.S. cases, however, did not escalate until the end of February, when two deaths occurred in Washington State. Several pockets of the country were particularly affected, starting in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, then central California, then New York City and New Rochelle, then Massachusetts.

Since then, the virus has expanded beyond the isolated clusters, with cases in 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus the U.S. territories of U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico, according to The New York Times. Current hot spots include New Orleans, Detroit, and Chicago, with Cleveland, St. Louis, and Kansas City seeing spikes. All 50 states as well as U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have declared a state of emergency.

The U.S. death toll climbed to at least 6,200 on April 3, a number six times higher than eight days previous. We are in the middle of it, and, according to health experts, it’s going to get worse over the next few weeks. Charts have predicted that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die, and that’s only if social distancing guidelines are maintained. Hospitals are scrambling for medical equipment, as convention centers are being converted into temporary medical facilities, hospital ships are preparing to take care of non-COVID-19 patients, and some states are screening travelers with out-of-state license plates.

To date, a majority of states and the Navajo Nation have issued shelter-at-home orders, according to The New York Times. This mandate affects at least 297 million people in 38 states, 48 counties, 14 cities, and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico‚ or nine in 10 Americans. Note that these orders are not a lockdown; residents still can buy groceries, walk the dog, and go for a run. (In Hawaii, the stay-at-home order includes leaving the house to go surfing and swimming.) It’s simply an effort to contain the virus by practicing social distancing.

Despite the fact that health experts declare that the only way to stop the spread is by social distancing, several states are taking a more limited approach. Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota have no stay-at-home orders for their residents. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, for example, has declared that restaurants can remain open “on their own choosing and based upon market demand.” In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is leaving it up to mayors and county officials to declare their own orders.

For months health officials have stated that wearing masks do not make a difference. That changed on April 2, when the White House, along with the mayors of Los Angeles and New York, recommended that people wear face cloths in public, even if they have no symptoms. At this point it is not an official policy.

A little bit of good news: There are hopeful signs that California’s early establishment of restrictions may help it avoid the devastating scenarios unfolding in New York.

Presidential Response

President Trump regularly convenes a coronavirus task force briefing, and on March 31, after weeks of expressing “this is like a flu,” he finally seemed to understand the seriousness of the situation. “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks,” he said in the White House briefing room.

On March 16 the president issued his “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” which he extended on March 29 through April 30, advising Americans to avoid nonessential travel, bars and restaurants, gathering in groups of 10 or more, and staying away from work. Despite his original hope that the country would be “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” we all will clearly be home on Easter.

On March 18, President Trump invoked emergency wartime powers, using them on March 27 to order the federal government to “use any and all authority” to force General Motors to produce ventilators desperately needed by COVID-19 patients. New York State alone may need 30,000 or more. But as of March 31, four days later, no orders had been filed. That said, GM already had begun finding parts and taking orders, long before the president issued it. Production is expected to begin in three weeks, with the first ventilators shipping before the end of April.

Congressional Response

President Trump signed into law on March 27 a historic $2 trillion emergency stimulus package to bolster the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It is slated to go into effect immediately, with almost all of the money sent out over the next couple months.

Key elements including providing cash payments of up to $1,200 to most adults and children; expansion of unemployment insurance for both self-employed workers and regular employees; $360 billion for small business assistance; a $500 billion bailout to corporations; plus hundreds of billions of dollars for states and hospitals. Travel is, of course, among the hardest hit industries, and the package will help many travel-related businesses stay afloat. Airlines were given $50 billion, while hotels and other travel providers will have to compete for loans from a $500 billion fund. Major cruise ship companies, however, were cut out of the deal, since they are registered in foreign countries.

Two other emergency bills already have been passed. On March 18, Congress passed a coronavirus relief bill approving $8.3 billion in emergency aid to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. According to NPR, this will help to support vaccine development, assure affordable vaccines in the commercial market, and boost local and state health budgets.

The third economic relief bill, signed by President Trump on March 18, includes paid sick days for some employees, three months paid emergency leave throughout the coronavirus crisis, free food for children whose schools are closed, and free coronavirus testing.

A fourth coronavirus aid package that would address infrastructure is possibly in the works.

CDC Updates

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) posts updates on the situation in the United States at noon Mondays through Fridays. Here you can find info including a situation summary, cases in the U.S., risk assessment, and what the CDC is doing to abate the situation. There is also a section focusing on travel.

Here’s what’s going on in the United States’ COVID-19 hot spots. Note that while the number of cases in many places have surged, more testing has been implemented, allowing more cases to be identified.

New York

Accounting for nearly 40% of all deaths nationwide, New York remains the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. The first confirmed case in New York was reported on March 1. The patient had contracted the virus in Iran, according to CNN. As of April 3, New York confirmed 92,770 cases of coronavirus, with more than half of the cases, or more than 51,809, in New York City. More than 2,653 New Yorkers have died, with at least 1,562 deaths recorded in New York City alone. Most of the patients are younger than 50, though most of the deaths have been people older than 75, most of whom had underlying conditions.

At Governor Cuomo’s urging, the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard were dispatched to New York to help build temporary hospitals. The Javits Center is open with 2,500 additional hospital beds; originally slated to treat non-coronavirus patients, President Trump has approved its use for coronavirus patients. Four new field hospitals in the other five boroughs are being built, while a new 68-bed emergency facility in Central Park is receiving patients. In addition, the U.S. Navy’s 1,000-bed hospital ship Comfort docked in Manhattan on March 30, to help treat non-virus patients—though as of Thursday evening, only 20 patients were being treated, due to the strict rules of admittance. Makeshift morgues also have had to be built, including tents and refrigerator trucks outside Bellevue Hospital.

In an effort to contain spread to other regions, the CDC on March 28 issued a strong domestic travel advisory for the New York tri-state area, urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.”

This advisory goes hand-in-hand with “New York State on PAUSE,” as they’re calling it, which went into effect on March 22. It mandates that all essential businesses be closed, nonessential gatherings be canceled, and that all New Yorkers abide by social distancing in public spaces. Essential businesses that remain open include grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and medical facilities. Cuomo said the measure could be in place for months.

“This is the most drastic action we can take,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “This is not life as usual. Accept it, realize it, and deal with it.”

All public schools remain closed until at least April 15. Gyms, theaters, and casinos are closed, as well as bars and restaurants (aside from takeout during certain hours). Hotels are closing indefinitely, including the New York Hilton Midtown, the city’s largest, according to The New York Times.

Broadway remains dark, Carnegie Hall has suspended performances through March 31, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is closed indefinitely.

New Jersey

As of April 3, New Jersey has at least 25,590 confirmed cases and 539 deaths, according to The New York Times. It ranks second in the nation for coronavirus cases after New York. The first positive test in the state was reported on March 4, and the number has exploded from just dozens to hundreds as more testing is being done. New Jersey is part of the domestic travel advisory issued by the CDC on March 28.

On March 21, Gov. Phil Murphy issued a shelter-in-place order, canceling all non-approved social gatherings and shuttering nonessential retail businesses until further notice. He also closed all recreational and entertainment businesses to the public. Bars and restaurants also have been closed, with takeout and delivery services available.

California

The first death outside of Washington occurred on March 4 in Placer County, California, in a 71-year-old resident with underlying health conditions who had contracted the virus on a previous sailing of the Grand Princess, between Mexico and San Francisco.

As of April 3, more than 10,995 people in California have been tested positive for COVID-19, with Santa Clara County recording the most (at least 1,019 as of April 2, with 36 deaths, or nearly half of the 74 coronavirus-related deaths in the Bay Area), and there have been 243 deaths, according to The New York Times.  Over the weekend, health experts offered the potential good news that California’s early restrictions may help the state avoid the devastating scenario unfolding in New York, as long as the restrictions are kept in place (and residents abide by them). Still, officials are scrambling to meet hospital bed demand.

On March 19, California was the first state to declare a stay-at-home order, as Gov. Gavin Newsom directed 40 million residents to stay inside their homes and away from others for at least eight weeks. The only exceptions include going out for essentials such as groceries, medications, health care, and anyone who must commute to critical jobs. State park campgrounds are closed, while trails and beaches remain open.

The USNS Mercy, a former oil supertanker, docked in Los Angeles on March 27 to provide 1,000 hospital beds for non-COVID-19 patients. More than 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff, plus more than 70 civil service mariners, are aboard. The ship originally was slated to dock in Washington State but was redirected by Trump at the request of Gov. Newsom. Other areas are creating COVID-19 hospital beds, including the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Disneyland closed its magical gates on March 12. Universal Studios Hollywood, San Diego Zoo, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are closed for the time being. Large events like Coachella and Stagecoach have been postponed.

Michigan

Michigan has surged to become one of the hardest hit states, with 10,791 reported cases and 417 deaths as of April 3, according to The New York Times. The epicenter is Detroit, with more than 2,858 confirmed cases as of April 2—over one-quarter of the state’s total COVID-19 cases, despite the fact that it accounts for less than 10 percent of the state’s population. Detroit reported 101 deaths as of April 2.

“We are on the upswing,” Governor Whitmer said on March 29, “and it’s probably even more dramatic than any place in the country depending on what chart you’re looking at.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order beginning March 24 until at least April 13, which closes all nonessential businesses and asks people to stay home except for essential activities.

Louisiana

The first case in Louisiana was reported on March 1, but the numbers have skyrocketed in the weeks since. At least 9,150 cases were confirmed in Louisiana on April 3, with 310 deaths, according to The New York Times. About a third of Louisiana’s cases—3,148, as of April 2, and 125 deaths—came from New Orleans, which is on track to quickly becoming a U.S. epicenter. The city’s love of large social gatherings, including the monthlong Carnival, along with higher than average rates of obesity and chronic illness, have contributed to the surge.

A stay-at-home order went into effect on March 23 and will remain in place until at least April 12. This closes all nonessential businesses, including personal care and entertainment venues. Restaurants will remain open for drive-through, delivery, and takeout only.

Florida

Two patients in their 70s who had both returned from international trips died from COVID-19 on March 6. They are believed to be the first deaths on the East Coast. On April 3 the state confirmed 9,000 cases of COVID-19, according to The New York Times. At least 142 additional people have died.

Florida has been berated for keeping its beaches open for spring breakers and refusing to issue a statewide stay-at-home order, leaving local governments to issue their own. At long last, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on April 1, then quietly signed another one that appears to override restrictions put in place by local governments. Confusion ensued, with DeSantis stating on Thursday evening that local governments could do more in certain situations, without clarification. Apparently, the motive was to keep churches and synagogues open during the outbreak. Parks, movie theaters, gyms, and most businesses are already closed, while visitors coming into the state from corona hot spots, including Louisiana and the greater New York City area, will be obliged to undergo a two-week quarantine.

The cruise ship Zandaam, carrying more than 1,000 passengers, finally docked at Port Everglades on April 3 after being refused at several ports in Latin America. Four people had died, and 14 were critically ill. Floridians were allowed to get off first, followed by other passengers, who were transported directly to the airport for chartered flights home. The Coral Princess is expected to arrive at Port Everglades on Saturday with 1,000 more passengers, including 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Walt Disney World theme parks have been shuttered through the end of the month. Resort hotels closed on March 20. Disney Springs closed beginning March 17. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando have also closed temporarily. And as of March 23, all state parks are closed.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts has reported 8,966 confirmed cases of coronavirus on April 3, according to The New York Times. Many of the early cases were connected to a biotech conference held at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston. There have been 154 deaths.

Gov. Charlie Baker declared a two-week shelter in place for Massachusetts residents that went into effect March 24. Hospitals have been asked to delay elective surgeries to devote resources to coronavirus treatment.

Schools statewide are closed until at least April 7 (with Boston schools closed until April 27), though it’s looking like those dates will change. Restaurants and bars were ordered closed throughout Massachusetts, with takeout and delivery still allowed.

Major Boston tourist attractions, including the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium in Boston, are closed temporarily amid coronavirus concerns. Other cultural institutions that have closed include the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Steward Gardener Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Illinois

Illinois reported at least 7,695 cases on April 3, with 165 deaths, including the death of an infant. More than half the cases (3,427 as of April 2) were reported in Chicago, where hospitals are preparing for a surge in coronavirus patients. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is warning that the upward curve is likely to continue for weeks, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Gov. Pritzker ordered a stay-at-home order on March 21, has been extended through the end of April. All nonessential businesses have been closed. Bars and restaurants have also been closed, offering only takeout and delivery. Chicago also closed its parks and libraries, and the iconic lakefront has been closed off.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is also surging with coronavirus cases. The first case was reported on March 6. As of April 3, the state had 7,016 cases, and 90 deaths. A stay-at-home order from April 1 is in place until April 30.

“We appreciate the shared sacrifice of all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Tom Wolf during his announcement of the state-at-home order. “We are in this together.”

Washington State

The first case in the United States occurred on January 19, 2020, when a 35-year-old man experiencing flu-like symptoms was administered to an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County. He had recently returned from Wuhan, China to visit family. He has since recovered.

The first COVID-19 deaths in the United States occurred on February 29 in King County, Washington, in a suburb of Seattle. The first was a man in his 50s with underlying health issues. He had not traveled to a high-risk area and had not been in contact with an infected person.

The second was a man in his 70s who resided at the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington (also in King County). As of April 1, at least 35 deaths have been linked to that facility (though not all were tested for coronavirus).

At least 6,585 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Washington State, and 300 deaths have occurred as of April 3, according to The New York Times. The Washington State Department of Health has declared that, while it struck the Seattle area first, COVID-19 is spreading throughout all of Washington State. A field hospital is being built at CenturyLink Field Event Center, which will offer at least 150 hospital beds for non-COVID-19 patients.

Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all Washingtonians to stay at home beginning March 25. Nonessential businesses were closed unless employees can work from home. Residents are allowed to get groceries, go to the doctor, and other essential outings; when they’re outside they must stay six feet apart. The measure has been extended through May 4, with the possibility of being extended again.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., has 653 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 12 deaths, according to The New York Times. All nonessential businesses have been closed, and on March 30 Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a “Stay Home D.C.” executive order. On the same day, the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia also ordered state-at-home orders, in effect shutting down the nation’s capital region.

The U.S. Capitol is closed to visitors until April, including all tours, as are the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the National Gallery of Art. And while the cherry buds are starting to blossom around the Tidal Basin, several National Cherry Blossom Festival events, scheduled for March 20-April 12, are being canceled, including the opening ceremony, parade, and the popular Kite Festival. (See the live bloom cam here.)

Additional temporary closures include the Washington Monument, Ford’s Theatre, and Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. See the full list here.

The Rest of the U.S.

See NBC’s latest stats here and The New York Times here.

All of Nevada’s hotel-casinos have shut down, including those along the Las Vegas Strip.

National parks are closing or offering limited facilities, including Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area; even some of the iconic parks have closed, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Hawaii Volcanoes, Haleakala, and Rocky Mountain, in recognition of the fact that rural areas have limited hospital facilities to handle a surge of COVID-19 cases, as well as to reduce spread from outside to local communities. Admission fees have been waived. See more here.

The Canada and U.S. border closed on March 20 to tourism and recreational travel. The Mexico-U.S. border has partially been closed to nonessential travel as well.

All in all, the nation (along with the world) is shutting down in an effort to fight this devastating virus.

So, Should You Travel or Cancel?

We still understand precious little about this virus (and what other bans or restrictions may be forthcoming), and until we do, the best thing to do is to lay low for the time being. Keep our general coronavirus advice in mind.

If You Do Have to Fly

Travelers really should think twice—and then again—about taking advantage of cheap airfares. The CDC has reported cases of COVID-19 in all states, with community spread a real concern. Crowded places such as airports may increase your exposure. Here are the things to consider before you travel:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
  • Will you be in close contact with others during your trip?
  • Are you at higher risk of severe illness due to age or underlying health issues?
  • Do you have a plan for taking time off work or school should be exposed to, or get sick from, COVID-19?
  • Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you live? You don’t want to bring it elsewhere with you.

If you have to fly, rest assured that airports are implementing serious cleaning on surfaces where the virus can linger, including handrails, elevator buttons, countertops, and food court areas, and most airlines are implementing enhanced cleaning of the aircraft interior. Hand sanitizer is available everywhere, including on ticket counters, customer service desks, lounges—use it (and be sure to bring your own). TSA has relaxed the liquid rule to allow passengers to bring hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Try to check in over the phone, so you don’t have to touch the self check-in kiosks. If that’s not possible, know that the kiosks will be cleaned many times a day, but it’s still wise to carry your own hand sanitizer.
  • Security may request to see your phone and your ID, rather than handing it over.
  • TSA has made no changes to the screening protocol. You should place your keys, phone, and wallet in your carry-on rather than directly on the bins. If you are patted down, request that the TSA agent change gloves beforehand.
  • If you use Clear, opt for the iris scanner rather than a fingerprint scanner.
  • The CDC announced on March 8 that travelers, especially those at the highest risk, avoid long plane trips.

Don’t Cruise

The State Department and CDC have recommended that U.S. citizens, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions, not travel by cruise ship. “This is a fluid situation,” the State Department said in a March 8 notice.

Princess Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and Viking Ocean Cruises have announced they will suspend most cruises for the time being. Virgin Voyages has delayed its inaugural season until July.

Can You Get a Refund? Or Reschedule?

All airlines have different refund policies, some of which are being relaxed during this COVID-19 situation. You may be able to cancel or reschedule without a change fee. The best advice is to contact your airline directly. With 800 numbers becoming overwhelmed, you may have better luck consulting their websites or apps. American has an option to leave your number for a callback within two hours. And, of course, if you have a travel agent, contact them as soon as possible since they might have more direct connections with the airlines.

Cruise ships have started to liberalize their cancellation policies and/or are offering the chance to reschedule.

What About Amtrak?

Amtrak has taken measures to combat the coronavirus situation based on guidance from public health experts. All change fees on existing or new reservations made before April 30, 2020, are being waived. Some services have been suspended due to reduced demand.

What are Hotels Doing?

Different hotels have different policies regarding bookings in a very fluid situation. For the most part, are being accommodating, offering different options for changing or canceling reservations.

That said, cancellation policies typically apply only to direct bookings. Any reservations made through third-party booking sites could be out of luck.

Here are the policies of some of the major hotel chains as they stand today.

What if I Booked an AirBnB?

Airbnb expanded its “extenuating circumstances” policy that allows most travelers to cancel their reservations with no charge or penalty.

Or VRBO?

The vacation rental site VRBO’s “Book with Confidence Guarantee” does not cover cancellation fees due to events outside of their control, including disease.

What About Travel Insurance?

Standard travel insurance policies will not cover canceling for fear of contracting COVID-19, especially if you have already purchased your ticket. If you are looking for new insurance coverage, be sure to buy the “Cancel for Any Reason” upgrade policy. And even then, be sure to read the small print. It needs to be bought within a couple of weeks from when you booked the trip, and it probably will cover about 75% of your costs (New York State does not allow CFAR policies).

Don’t Forget Your Credit Cards

Your credit card may provide trip insurance that will protect you against last-minute trip changes or cancellations. Contact your credit card company to find out what’s covered under your travel insurance plan.

Is Summer Vacation a Lost Cause?

Honestly, we’re not sure where we stand regarding summer vacation. But with international borders shut, airlines slashing flights, and health officials warning us to stay home to “flatten the curve,” right now we need to be focusing on what we can do to help get out of this predicament. The nature of our situation is that, at this point, we just don’t know.

Is There Any Kind of Travel I Can Still Do While Maintaining a Social Distance?

While it’s not being recommended to jump on a plane these days unless absolutely necessary, you don’t have to give up your love of travel. Here are some ideas to keep yourself in the travel space.

Visit a Virtual Museum

Even from far away, you can check out marvelous works of art at the Louvre, Vatican Museum, and Smithsonian Institution—among many others. One amazing resource is Google Arts and Culture.

Virtually Visit a Destination

Since we can’t go to them, many destinations are bringing them to us. Virtual NYC, for example, is offering everything from streaming Broadway shows to an hour-long tour revealing hidden elements of Grand Central Terminal to a virtual tour of Central Park. Take an intimate island tour hosted by award-winning composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda with Discover Puerto Rico. You can discover the wonders of Chile with a 360º app. And explore Paris on a virtual visit, from Montmartre to the Louvre to the catacombs to Palais Garnier.

If you’re missing your favorite destination, visit their tourism website. Chances are, they’re offering something virtually as well.

Visit a Virtual National Park

The National Park Service has fabulous virtual content offering a dose of natural beauty and other national park experiences. Be sure to check out: Channel Islands Live Ocean Webcam; USS Constitution Virtual Tours; and StoryMap, highlighting important places associated with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. See more here.

Plan Your Dream Trip

We’re banking on the fact that there will be a time when travel will return to a sense of normalcy. So while you’re stuck inside, plan your dream trip! Be inspired at dreamy sites like Abercrombie & Kent and Butterfield & Robinson. Roadtrippers is another great site for finding quirky roadside destinations for your Great American Road Trip. Or, of course, check out the wide variety of inspirational ideas on Fodor’s Travel.

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