One of the best ways to say goodbye to summer is with one last vacation. Soak up as much sunshine as possible, explore attractions near and far, and enjoy a few more days of precious free time before life settles down again in the fall. Our summer vacations might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one more great trip. Get out—or stay in—and make some memories with these best social distancing vacations to end the summer.
Make It a Staycation
Who said your last summer vacation has to take you to new places? You can find plenty of joy and relaxation in the world around you. Take a few days off and make the most of them with a fun and refreshing staycation. You can pitch a tent in the backyard and stay up late to watch the stars. Transform your living room into a cozy movie theater and have a movie night. You can even take this time to experiment with recipes, start a new show, or pick up a hobby you’ve been putting off for a while. Don’t forget to lounge outside for a while to enjoy the summer sun before it goes away for the season.
Explore the World Virtually
If the heat of summer is getting to you, set yourself up indoors with a great internet connection, and take a virtual tour of all the places on your bucket list. Many major travel websites have started offering tours of their most iconic destinations virtually. You can find dozens of these tours online, all of which are incredible social distancing vacations to end the summer. Explore some of the world’s most wondrous locations, such as Machu Picchu or the Athens Acropolis. Museums, art galleries, and zoos around the world have also joined in the fun with online tours and live streams. Virtual vacations allow you to see the world’s wonders and learn new things—all from the comfort of your home.
Get Lost in the Wilderness
Of course, sometimes you want to get out of the house. If it’s time for you and your family to stretch your legs, try taking a trip to your local state or national parks. While many parks are currently operating with limited hours and other restrictions, there’s still plenty of room for you to explore hiking trails, snap photos of wildlife, and enjoy the great outdoors. Pack the essentials for a Colorado trip or book a secluded cabin deep in the Smoky Mountains. Alternatively, stay close to home and see what there is to find at your local parks. Outdoor vacations allow you to practice social distancing while still experiencing something new.