With summer practically here in the US and travel restrictions making international travel options limited, we’re looking at popular tourist destinations in the US that are reopening to visitors now or later this summer. We’ll try to keep this up to date as much as possible. However, please note that with the always-changing situation concerning COVID-19, we recommend you always double-check with official government sources before traveling.
Last Updated: 7/6/2020
The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys opened to visitors on June 1 with disinfecting and social-distancing guidelines in place.
Walt Disney World Theme parks recently announced plans to reopen beginning in July. Under the current plan, the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is reopening to visitors on July 11 while EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open on July 15. In preparation for reopening, Walt Disney World states that they have made updates based on the guidance of health authorities to promote cleanliness, physical distancing, and reduced contact. At this time, you will need a reservation to enter the park, so make sure you check updated policy before booking a flight to Orlando.
Universal Orlando Resort is reopening to visitors beginning June 5, 2020. The resort will be open under new social distancing and health guidelines, including required face coverings and temperature checks upon arrival.
The Governor of Nevada recently gave the ok for Las Vegas companies to return to business starting June 4. As a result, many hotels, casinos and restaurants on the famous Las Vegas strip are announcing plans to open to visitors on June 4 with new health and safety measures put in place such as temperature screening upon arrival, the wearing of masks, increased handwashing stations, and efforts to maintain social distancing.
The state of Hawaii recently announced plans to reopen Hawaii’s tourism industry on August 1. Travelers will be able to bypass the quarantine requirement by providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Many national park sites are currently at least partially reopened to visitors at this time. However, it’s important to read up on the current restrictions and guidelines of any specific park before planning a visit.
If you are planning to visit a National Park as they reopen to visitors, here’s a few guidelines to consider:
- Consider postponing challenging hikes or adventure activities. It’s important to avoid activities that could result in extra strain on first responders and medical professionals.
- Trash collection and restroom facilities may not be available. Be prepared to carry out everything you bring into a park.
- It’s still important to maintain social distance from other groups and cover your nose and mouth when other people are around.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is currently open to visitors for day-use only. Campgrounds, visitors centers and other facilities remain closed. Limited overnight accommodations will reopen later in June.
The Grand Canyon will be reopening to visitors on June 5. The South Rim will be open 24 hours, the Mather Campground will be open for existing reservations only, and the North Rim will be open for day use, with the campground closed until July 1. While the park itself is opening, lodging will reopen in phases throughout June, so make sure to have everything planned before booking a flight or car to visit.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is reopening to visitors starting on June 4, using a timed reservation system. Visitors will be required to reserve and pay the entrance fee in advance at recreation.gov and enter the park within a two-hour window. The park will operate at 60% capacity.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park reopened to visitors with limitations on May 13. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to private vehicles until parking capacity is reached (about 400) and trails are open to day hiking but not overnight backpacking.
If you’re currently considering planning a trip to one of these popular destinations consider booking a flight with an airline currently offering flexible change policies in case you need to reschedule your trip. You can also consider renting a car and taking a road trip to your chosen destination.