It’s Time for a Road Trip (Pandemic Style)!

For some reason, I’ve never written about taking a road trip but now seems like the perfect opportunity. With so much uncertainty about flying, even domestically, more and more people will be taking road trips once they feel comfortable traveling again. Every state has begun to gradually re-open businesses and that varies from state-to-state so check the specifics on where you’re going ahead of time. What does that mean exactly, though, and how might it effect you if you take a road trip?

A big part of why some people enjoy traveling to new places is to eat out at restaurants, whether it’s because they’re highly rated or they have unique food that might not be available where you live. Some states have begun to re-open restaurants so that people can eat inside but at limited capacities, some states allow people to eat at outside tables only, while others are still only offering food for to-go orders. Check with specific restaurants to get the most up-to-date information.

Some hotels have remained open during the pandemic but at reduced capacity, to limit how many people are staying in the rooms and to spread them out. Others have closed their doors entirely and they may plan on re-opening later this summer or this fall. Again, check with the hotel directly to get the best information for you. Some Airbnb property owners are allowing a few days to a week between stays, to ensure the properties get deep cleans and there is time between physical contact of the cleaning crew and the people staying at the property.

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Not my car. This was a rental we picked up in Las Vegas for a road trip to Utah. In February. Not a great choice for driving around the mountains in the winter, but fortunately it worked out.

Most state parks have begun re-opening although camping may not be available yet, or at a reduced capacity. I read some state parks are only allowing residents of the state to camp overnight. Public restrooms may also not be open yet, which is something to consider if you plan on spending a full day at the park. Likewise, national parks have begun increasing access and services in a phased approach. Check the website for the specific park you want to visit for complete details.

While outdoor spaces have begun re-opening, indoor businesses like museums are still mostly closed, although some states are a bit more strict than others. I suspect more and more museums will begin to open over the summer, with limited capacity and most likely requiring all patrons to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entry. Like with everything else, check the specific museum you want to visit well in advance so you are prepared when you get there. I also suspect there will be timed entries for tickets, as the days of long lines and dozens of people all bunched-up around the ticket office is something we won’t see for quite some time.

Not to sound like Debbie Downer, with all of the limitations and restrictions, though. On the contrary, I think at some point people are not only going to want to venture out of their homes more, they’re going to want to venture out of their home towns more. People will want to travel again and for most people, taking a road trip will be the path of least resistance. As long as you or no one traveling with you has any symptoms of COVID-19, I encourage you to take a road trip. Get out there and discover a park you’ve always wanted to go to, climb a mountain, take that cycling trip you’ve talked about doing, or just visit your friend that you’ve known for 20 years but haven’t made the time to visit for a while.

Just because I thought it was a cute photo and was taken while we were on a road trip!

If you have dogs and will be taking them with you, I have a post on traveling with dogs by car, which you can find here:  Tips for Traveling with Dogs.

Do you have any road trips planned for this summer? If not, did I spark something in you to start planning a road trip? Tell me about it!

Happy travels!




Author: runningtotravel

I'm a long distance runner with a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US. I also love to travel so I travel to other places when I'm not running races. Half the fun is planning where I'm going to go next!

19 thoughts on “It’s Time for a Road Trip (Pandemic Style)!”

    1. Yes, the lack of public bathrooms is a definite issue, especially if you’re planning on being somewhere for more than say an hour. I’ve noticed more public bathrooms are starting to open up, so hopefully that will just continue.

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  1. I so need a vacation. I usually take one in the spring, one in the fall and one in the winter. My spring one got cancelled. Hopefully one to NH in the fall.

    In the summer, we have a boat on a lake and go there every weekend. If I didn’t have to work, I’d be on it even more often.

    NYC is my favorite place to visit and it is opening up very slowly….

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  2. We live in PA. Our oldest son and his family live in CO. Our grandson’s birthday at the end of July. I think we are going out for his birthday come heck or high water unless we are expressly forbidden to do so. we are now debating whether it would be safer to fly (it’s still a 3.5-hour drive to their house from the airport, so we would have to rent a car) or drive and stay overnight in hotels. Thanks for this post. It is helping me make my decision.

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  3. One of these days, I’ll do the drive from NYC to San Fran. I have a feeling that I will have to drive from NYC to Va. Beach for Labor Day weekend and/or Thanksgiving. Not sure that I want to risk flying at this point, but we’ll see what’s going on with COVID in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

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    1. A road trip from NYC to San Francisco would be one heck of a road trip! It would let you see so much of the US you’d probably never otherwise see. Yeah, who knows what will be the status with COVID-19 this Fall. We’re hearing so many different predictions right now, but no one really knows what will happen.


      1. This cross country drive has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Maybe I just need to block off two weeks for the summer of next year, keep my calendar clear for those two weeks, and just do it. ACtually, I guess that I should check with the hubby to see if he is down for a this trek. 😉

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