Off-the-Beaten-Path Ideas for Your Summer Vacation
With vaccines on the rise and COVID-related restrictions loosening, summer vacation may be the perfect opportunity to get back to some semblance of normal. But maybe you're not quite ready to face the crowds on boardwalks or beaches, or the expected crush of tourists at national parks this summer.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of options for a little off-the-beaten-path fun this summer. "You can take a cue from everything we learned in this last year and embrace slow tourism," says travel planner Susan Moynihan of The Honeymoonist/Largay Travel. "Instead of fighting the crowds at the beach or road-tripping to make a bunch of stops, pick a small town that has some history and stay for a while—four nights instead of two, a week instead of a weekend. That's how you get to know a place and find what makes it unique."
Note that the CDC still recommends limiting yourself to essential travel, but if you're making summer vacation plans right now, here are a few places where you can get some R&R with a little more space to yourself.