Travel Plans Cancelled? – Consider 5 Cultural Hot Spots in USA

New England Fall Road Trip

Overseas Trip Canceled? Consider These 5 Cultural Hot Spots Closer to Home

New England Fall Road Trip

Since the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the U.S. in the early months of 2020, thousands of people have had to cancel and re-plan major vacations, particularly those that involved traveling overseas. For many people, this news has been disappointing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find other ways to escape for a relaxing getaway.  We’ll take a look at several top cultural hot spots that would make a great getaway spot closer to home.

First Things First

Before embarking on a trip, it’s important to assess the risks. Do you or anyone in your family have serious underlying conditions that could make COVID-19 more dangerous? Are you traveling to an area that has been reporting an increase in cases? Are restaurants and other facilities open in the area?  All of these questions are important factors. If you decide the risk level is low enough and you want to get away for a few days, be sure to research and follow all state and city procedures to prevent spreading the virus and protect you and the people around you.

Five Awesome Destinations For Travel Right Now in America

Burlington, Vermont

For anyone living in New England, the city of Burlington, Vermont might seem like a quaint and charming place to escape, especially during all foliage season, but only if you are willing to follow quarantine rules for 14 days before visiting. Vermont has reported some of the lowest growth and fewest number of COVID-19 cases, particularly for a state in the northeast, and it would like to keep it that way.

Burlilngton Vermont

Burlington is an adorable town set against the backdrop of Lake Champlain and surrounding Green Mountains, with many great outdoor activities, from hiking to sailing to horseback riding. The city itself has a downtown area filled with shops, restaurants, and bars for you to explore, though you’ll find most of them serving outside and all requiring use of a mask.  Burlington is also home to the University of Vermont so you can be sure there are lots of fun and affordable things to do.  Nearby ski resorts make Burlington a great destination even in winter.

Asheville, North Carolina

This beautiful, eclectic city is located in the South but resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina rather than on the coast. The remarkable architecture and lively art scene in Asheville makes it the perfect destination for walkers, history buffs, and shoppers alike.

Asheville NC

Drive shortly away from the hub of the city for a hike through the mountains, or stroll through galleries and museums of the Downtown Art District. Fan of Downton Abbey? Head to the Biltmore Estate for their exhibit of the hit show to engage with your favorite characters.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston has been named one of the top destinations in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine for many years, so, naturally, it’s the perfect nearby destination for anyone who resides in the southeastern region of the U.S. You can find beautiful South Carolina beach rentals at one of the three nearby beaches while also exploring the architecture and history of the city.

Charleston SC pastel homes

The culinary scene in Charleston is a major attraction for both visitors and locals, as the city offers dozens of different cuisine styles prepared by renowned chefs. The city is also known for it’s graceful southern architecture.  During your quick getaway, you can spend hours lounging on the beach, or walking the town and admiring all the historical sites, but be sure to keep yourself socially distant! You can participate in water activities like stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking and visit astonishing sites like the Angel Oak Tree snf Pineapple Fountain.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee is another great Southern city that is filled with culture and charm. It’s a beautiful hub filled with live music, delicious Southern cuisine and shops and markets with antiques. You’ve likely tried a Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich, but one from the origin city will be a complete game-changer.


And if you’re a country music fan, you’ll have to take a stroll through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, one of the world’s most expansive musical collections. Interact with legends like Johnny Cash, Jimmy Dean, Willie Nelson and travel back to a world of nostalgia.

Southern Utah

Monument Valley Utah

For anyone who resides in the intermountain region, Southern Utah is one of the best places to take a road trip because there are so many great outdoor activities. Southern Utah offers many thrilling outdoor sights and activities. Check out one of the magnificent National Parks like Arches National Park or Zion National Park.  These two areas provide days of hiking opportunities and some of the most dramatic scenery in America.

When exploring the outdoors, it’s easier to maintain proper social distancing requirements, and experts believe there is a reduced chance of catching the virus when you’re outside, though this isn’t foolproof.  Experts do recommend still wearing a mask when you’re in a situation near other people.

Preparing to Travel After a Canceled Trip

Do a Risk Assessment

Before deciding to take a trip near home, you should consider the risks to you, your family, and the other people you will inevitably encounter. If you or anyone in your household has a serious medical condition, it’s best to skip the trip for now and make the best out of a staycation.

If you have any symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem, you should definitely remain home to avoid the virus spreading further and avoid the potential of passing it along to others. For anyone who has been in contact with a person who tested positive, it’s essential to get tested and then quarantine until you receive your results before planning to go on a trip.

Hit the Road

If you’ve determined it’s safe for you and your family to travel somewhere nearby, and you’re prepared to take all the proper precautions, consider taking a road trip. Spending time in close quarters can be a great way to bond together, and it helps you to avoid airports. Because so many people are going through airports every day, touching many different things along the way, and because of the recirculated air on planes, you have a higher chance of contracting the virus than if you travel by car. Pick a place that’s not too far, or pick a few spots to stop at, and pack up the car.

Plan a Camping Outing

Camping is another excellent activity to engage in during these uncertain times because it’s relatively easy to keep your distance from other campers. You’ll also be spending a majority of your time outside, which reduces the chance of catching COVID-19. On a camping trip, you’ll have an abundance of things to do like hiking, swimming, and fishing.

Take a Beach Getaway

Beach trips are another great way to escape this summer without traveling too far. Find the perfect South Carolina beach rentals where you and the family will have everything you need right at your fingertips: the beach, the sun, food, and a comfortable place to relax. You don’t even need to leave the property if you just want to spend a few days soaking up the sun.

Put Together Your Bucket List

If you’ve decided you don’t feel comfortable traveling right now, that’s okay. It’s important for everyone to do what is best for them and to make sure everyone in their family feels safe and protected. You may feel bummed about your big overseas trip being canceled, but take this opportunity to plan for the future, even if you are planning a local getaway for now. Seriously consider your bucket list destinations and start creating plans to make those dreams eventually come true.

About the Author:  This article is written by Traci Magnus who is a realtor for Dunes Properties located in Charleston, SC. She was born and raised on the Charleston coast and attended the College of Charleston before obtaining her real estate license. When she’s not working, you can find her writing, spending time with her husband Glenn and son Max or wandering the historic streets downtown.

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