Editor’s Note — This story was updated in its entirety on March 18 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans. Top photo: Ranch to Market Road 505 in West Texas / Lisa Roe
Even if some US states have no restrictions on allowing leisure travel, all their official websites have important Covid-19 safety information. For instance, some states still have mandates on face masks in public settings.
This list is alphabetical and includes links to state websites that have important details you should read before you cross state lines:
Alaska’s Turnagain Arm near Anchorage makes for a scenic drive.
The Cholla Cactus Garden is a quick, flat quarter-mile loop at Joshua Tree National Park.
Courtesy Glauco Puig-Santana/NPS
Sanibel Island is just off the Gulf Coast in southwest Florida.
Hawaii has a complicated and evolving set of travel requirements, and you can expect variation even within the islands. You should read them thoroughly before you plan a trip and check often for updates.
If you want to take in the Chicago skyline in person, learn about the city’s Covid-19 protocols first.
UPDATE: As of March 18, there were no statewide restrictions in Illinois, but visitors heading to Chicago have been placed in two categories — orange and yellow. People from an orange state must quarantine for 10 days unless they have a negative Covid-19 test result no more than 72 hours old or have been vaccinated and meet inoculation guidelines. There are no specific requirements if you’re coming from a yellow state.
Louisville is known for its parks, which are excellent places to go for outdoor rest and recreation. This is Cherokee Park pictured above.
Before visiting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, get familiar with Maryland’s Covid-19 safety measures.
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The Stone Arch Bridge crosses the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.
Dan Anderson/Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
The Mission Valley holds some of Montana’s most spectacular scenery.
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is open with limited capacity for social distancing. And you must wear a mask.
Tourism is discouraged. Travelers from anywhere other than New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging with the following in mind:
— If you test negative, you should quarantine for seven days after travel.
— If testing is not available or results are delayed, you should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
— You’re requested to fill out a voluntary online survey. Please click here for details and updates.
Before you visit places such as Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, you’ll have to follow quarantine restrictions.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a beloved symbol of the Outer Banks.
Crater Lake in Oregon is beatiful all year, but there’s something really special when snow cover is set against the deep blue of the lake.
National Park Service
Providence is a foodie town. And Knead Doughnuts is still offering its delicious treats during the pandemic.
Courtesy Knead Doughnuts
This is a sculpture of Rosa Parks at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel In Memphis. The museum has reopened.
Vermont has had one of the strictest travel policies and one of the lowest Covid-19 rates in the country. There’s a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival for nonessential travel. If you’re fully vaccinated, meaning it’s been at least two weeks since your final dose, you do not need to quarantine.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is open with Covid-19 safety protocols in place.
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Visitors are asked to get a test within 72 hours of traveling, and if the test is positive, don’t travel. A PCR test is preferred over antigen test. If you’re visiting DC for more than three days, you are asked to limit activities until you get a second test three to five days after your arrival. If that result is negative, you can expand what you do. There are notable exceptions that don’t require testing:
— If you have been fully vaccinated within 90 days and do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
— If you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 90 days and don’t have symptoms now.
— If you’re from Maryland or Virginia.
On clear days, Mount Rainier in Washington can be seen from many miles away.
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