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5 Fall Vacation Ideas for the Socially-Distanced Traveler

Need a fall getaway while still maintaining social distancing protocols? Look no further. Brooke Cribbs created a guide for those Fall vacations we all need.

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Chances are, we are all getting a little stir crazy and bored of our surroundings. Many of us haven’t left our homes much, let alone our cities or even our states. Now that travel is starting to open up, it may be a good time to get out and explore. Paying attention to CDC guidelines and following social distancing protocols, there is still an opportunity to get your travel fix, safely. 

Most airlines have strict guidelines for air travel that include wearing masks, spacing out seats, and even keeping planes at a lower capacity. If you are going to travel by air, pack snacks and have a reusable water bottle as many restaurants and shops are still closed. However, even if you prefer to not travel by air, there are still other options to get you where you want to go. 

Rent a Camper or RV

RV Rentals are a great way to travel on your own and explore the US. With many schools opting for a virtual start and as long as you have a good hotspot to use for wifi, you can take this opportunity to travel around the country. RV rentals allow you to bring your own food, have a place to sleep and you never have to worry about finding a restroom you feel safe using. There are also plenty of free or cheaper campsites for you to take advantage. Looking for some must-see destinations for your RV road trip? Try out some of these landmarks:

Road trip down Route 66! There’s a ton of landmarks to see on this classic strip of road. From the Painted Desert in Holbrook, Arizona to the Santa Monica pier in Santa Monica, California, it’s an easy way to scratch world famous destinations off your bucket list.

road trip for fall social distancing
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Travel along the span of Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina. Surrounding landmarks include the Natural Bridge, Luray Caverns, Biltmore Estate, and ski lodges that are open for fall hiking.

National Parks

Many of the National Parks are open and free with a few that charge an admission. National Parks are the perfect way to see beautiful scenery, discover new destinations, but also come with a history and science lesson. Need a comprehensive list of National Parks near you? Check out these “secret” beach guides for each coast of the U.S.:

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Drive Through Zoo

Even if you’re not ready for an overnight trip, look around for places within driving distance. We live in Charleston, South Carolina, but are wanting to do something fun. We found a drive through safari called Eudora Farms that is not that far away. We can pack our own food and take a look at some cool wildlife. There are many drive through wildlife safaris across the US. 

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, Texas

Off-Season Beach Trip

Speaking of Charleston, we are close to three (pretty popular) beaches. While we are getting closer to fall, our warm season extends almost to Christmas. Visiting beaches in the fall is perfect for social distancing as it is not the peak season and you may be able to score some great deals on lodging. 

Head to the Mountains

If beaches aren’t your thing, maybe consider renting an AirBnB or a VRBO in the mountains. Asheville, NC or Jasper, GA are a couple places to take in beautiful mountain views. Staying at an AirBnB or a VRBO gives you the opportunity to bring your own food and cleaning supplies, while also giving you the peace of mind of not being around a lot of people. Typically check in and payment are touchless and the spaces are cleaned between rentals. 

Read: Best Cities to Buy a Post-pandemic Vacation Home

mountain trip

No matter where you decide to go, always check the rules and regulations for the areas. Some beaches won’t allow umbrellas or coolers and have hefty fines if you’re caught with one. Also, some restaurants and bars may have restricted times or only offer carry out options. Don’t forget to ask around to see if anyone else has traveled and what their experiences have been. If you do decide to travel don’t forget to pack extra face coverings, bring plenty of hand sanitizer or other cleaning products to give you more peace of mind on your adventures. There are ways to navigate this new world we’re in right now, it just may take a little more out of the box thinking. 

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Brooke has a lifestyle blog called Cribbs Style and currently lives in Charleston, SC. This wife, mom of two almost tweens, and mom of three fur children enjoys all things DIY and organizing. When she’s not helping others tackle the chaos of life, she’s either working out, at the beach, or just enjoying time with family and friends.

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