To preface this article, during the time of publication, now is the best time to stay home. Check your local news on when travel is once again encouraged. While there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that cause people to delay traveling, warmer weather often clears the way. It encourages those travelers who can take advantage of opportunities and much-needed vacations before school lets out. Here are some exciting and enjoyable travel destinations that are very affordable and away from crowds in wholesome climates:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Although Jackson Hole closes for the season in mid-April, in March, there are usually many powder-snow days. Also, the town hosts a raucous spring party, the annual Jackson Rendezvous Festival. The celebrations last from March 26 to 28, with free concerts (Bob Weir is headlining this year) and après-ski parties. Stays at the Cache House that opened in January have low prices for shared rooms with bunks.
Zion National Park, Utah
The South Campground that is so popular opened up reservations on February 21. This campground, located along the Virgin River, has easy access hiking on the Archeology Trail, the Watchman Trail, and the Pa’rus Trail that parallels the river. There is also a shuttle system that transports tourists to other spectacular spots around the park.
Glacier National Park, Montana
With the changes in climate, America’s glaciers are in danger, so visiting them takes on more importance. At Glacier National Park, there are exciting activities for families. Hiking on the very scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, taking red bus tours that have open tops allows children to view wildlife at a safe distance. Getting on the beautiful glacial lakes in a rented canoe or kayak is also a memorable experience. Staying in a cabin in the park or the luxury dog-friendly Resort at Paws Up on the border of the picturesque Flathead National Forest is also a delightful experience.
The Black Hills, South Dakota
One of the best locations for an outdoor American history lesson at Mt. Rushmore, there are many campgrounds. Tourists can see buffalo, pan gold, explore ghost towns, and view the most extensive collection of reptiles in the world.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
President Theodore Roosevelt was a lover of the great outdoors who once lived in the park named after him that is home to the Painted Canyon, where tourists can delight in seeing the bison and elk. Medora, a town outside the park, still uses horses for transportation.