The summer season is upon us. It’s the perfect time to go to the beach, or perhaps go on a road trip and get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. But at the same time, the coronavirus is still all over the news, and it is still scary as it is. According to experts, though, people can already start rebuilding the different sectors, especially the tourism industry, which has been affected the most, as long as precautionary measures are taken.
Below are the top places in the United States that you should avoid this summer if you want to observe social distancing and, of course, save money on hotel and restaurant rates:
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Without a doubt, the Grand Canyon in Arizona offers majestic views, and everybody should see this place once in a lifetime. Just not during the summer when the temperature is too high. Who would enjoy the scenery anyway under the scorching sun? 120 degrees Fahrenheit is just too much to endure!
Yellowstone National Park, Idaho
Yellowstone National Park has lots of things to offer. Aside from the amazing views, there are plenty of activities as well. But really, June and July are just not a good time to visit this place as this is when everybody goes here. Surveys show that about 4 million people visit this famous park in Idaho in the month of July alone. Can you imagine pushing your way through that crowd?
New York City, New York
New York is packed throughout the year. That’s a given. Not to mention that it has the highest number of positive cases for COVID-19. So this time, maybe you can stay away from this place for now. There will always be other opportunities in the future to see Times Square or perhaps Manhattan.
Venice Beach, California
Venice Beach is one of the most crowded shorelines in the United States during the summertime. You’ll definitely have a hard time finding a good spot, so it would be best to avoid this destination at this time of the year. Early fall or late spring would be a lot better.
Walt Disney World, Florida
If you really want to enjoy the most magical place on earth, do not go to Walt Disney World during the summer season. Why? Because students are out of school and this is when most families head to this place. You don’t want a crowded place amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus. Plus, it gets really humid in this place since it’s built over a swamp.
Niagara Falls, New York
Sure, Niagara Falls is stunning. But the crowd during summer is just too much to take. You’ll be better off visiting this tourist spot during the lean season. You’ll have a good time taking pictures then!
Portland, Oregon is so alive from June through August. People come here to see the city’s roses in full bloom (at the International Rose Test garden). The weather also allows for various outdoor activities. But the downside is, everything in Portland, particularly the hotel prices, tend to go up during summer. If you want to save some money, you might as well head to this place in September.
Mesa Verde, Colorado
This right here is famous for the preserved cliff dwellings from the 1190s. It is very interesting and it’s not expensive to visit either. The only thing is, people tend to flock in this area come the summertime.
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park is a pride of Northern California. From the giant Sequoias to the waterfalls, this place is a must-see. However, it might not be worth your time in summer if you do not want a huge crowd and expensive hotel rooms.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a hotspot in South Carolina, and it is well-known for its wide beaches, celebrity-designed golf courses, irresistible seafood restaurants, and endless outdoor activities. But all of these are attracting a huge crowd when the school is out, so might as well come to this place in September or October.
Savannah, Georgia is beautiful, elegant, and historical. There are so many things that you can see in this place. But you will get to enjoy seeing them when it’s not incredibly hot and muggy. In general, the best time to visit Savannah is any time of the year but summer.
Napa Valley, California
There’s no denying how beautiful Napa Valley is. There are plenty of attractions and trust me, there’s no shortage of things to do. However, the summer and harvest seasons are the busiest times in this region. People from all over the world and across the United States head to Napa. Plus, at this time of the year, everything in this place is a bit pricey.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Just like any other popular places in America, prices in Las Vegas are high from June to August. You wouldn’t want to pay ridiculously high rates on hotel rooms or get lost in the crowd. Therefore, you might want to consider holding off your visit until September.
Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is a favorite destination come summer and you can expect it to be filled with beach lovers and sun-seekers during summer. You can still have a great time in this part of California from March through May or September through November.
San Francisco, California
From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco is on top of the list for most travelers. But if you want to enjoy this place even better, avoid the summer and come between September and November.