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Where Can You Travel? What’s Open? What’s Closed? Here’s the Current Status for All 50 States

The states are starting to reopen. But is it wise to venture out?

[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on May 19.] Disclaimer: This is meant to be a general overview of how each state is reopening. It is not intended to provide every last detail regarding guidelines and restrictions; please refer to the government website of each state for specifics. In addition, please remember that even if a state has been given the green light for a category of businesses to reopen, individual businesses may choose to remain closed. As such, please be sure to contact each business or site before visiting to ensure that it is open. As the United States begins to relax its shelter-in-place orders and some emerge from their homes, many are counting the days when we can get back out there and travel, even if it’s by car to a neighboring community or state. But as we know, a very different landscape awaits out there than the one we left earlier this winter at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. There are things travelers must consider that we never did before, including social distancing and personal sanitization. The big question is: Is it safe to travel in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pretty clear in its stance. It’s recommended that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Social distancing still needs to be practiced, especially if you are in a higher risk category or an older adult. You shouldn’t travel if you feel sick, or travel with someone who is sick. And you need to protect yourself and others by knowing how to prevent the virus from spreading.  Perhaps the most hopeful advice comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to him, summer travel “can be in the cards.” He urges caution, since we risk COVID-19 spreading rapidly if proper precautions are not taken. “When infections start to rear their heads again,” he says, “we have to put in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact trace, and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now.” As long as we’re aware that “getting back to normal is not like a light switch that you turn on and off,” he says, we should be able to get back to some sort of normalcy. So the answer is: We’re not quite there yet. The best thing to do is pay attention to the several-phase reopening plans that each state has developed, outlining when hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor areas, etc., should be open for business and what precautions they must take. Some states are freer than others—and that’s something to consider. Do you really want to be on a beach where social distancing guidelines aren’t being maintained? It’s a whole new world that we’ll be navigating, literally. The guidelines are fast-changing and it’s hard to keep up, but here’s where they stand today, state by state.

Have You Tasted France’s 15 Most Iconic Drinks?

Bordeaux, Champagne, and everything in between.

Wherever you turn in France, you’ll find Gallic wine regions and vineyards, born of the county’s curvaceous landscape. Throughout the cities and towns, you’ll also find a charming variety of cocktails, ciders, and liqueurs, many created using regional ingredients. For those who prefer to keep things sober, there are also plenty of nonalcoholic yet distinctly French beverages to enjoy. Whether you’re an oenophile, a cocktail connoisseur, or someone who just wants to indulge on vacation, here’s everything you need to drink in France.

Pirates! Murderers! Ghosts! Asia’s 10 Most Incredible Citadels House Strange Pasts

These citadels have quite a history.

Pirates, monks, murderers, and ghosts—the citadels of Asia have had a huge variety of influences. There are dozens of walled cities spread across this continent, some of which remain in fine condition, others which have been ravaged by time. They stand as reminders of a more violent past, when these communities had to be protected from the persistent threat of invaders approaching by land or sea. From the Korean stronghold born out of tragedy to Japan’s haunted castle, the Sri Lankan fort that withstood a tsunami, and the Thai outpost that protected the cradle of the nation, here are 10 of Asia’s most interesting citadels.

Not Just the High Line: 10 Lovely Parks That Used to Be Railroad Lines

Want to feel like you’re walking above the city? Here’s your ticket!

Everybody knows about the High Line in New York City, that blissful stretch of park space on an elevated former rail line. But did you know similar spaces exist in Chicago, Seoul, and Jerusalem? When trains stopped running through these areas, and weeds sprouted up in their place, locals hit on a genius idea: Why not turn these underutilized spaces into parks? Here are 10 parks carved out of former rail lines around the world. Slip into comfy shoes, grab your smartphone or camera, and see the neighborhood from a new perspective. Bonus: Many further utilize the space by showcasing murals and street art by local artists.  

7 Must-Have Things for the Brand New Hiker

Here’s what we’re adding to our cart before taking on our National Parks.

Social distancing partnered with our desire to do anything other than binge watch TV has introduced us to a slew of hobbies we never before considered to be in our wheelhouse. People who prepared four-course meals in their microwave have taken up baking and at least two people in your social circle with no artistic bone have opened their own Etsy stores. For some of us (the unadventurous included), the move has been toward hiking, giving us amateur-trailblazers a moment to breathe in the fresh air while being far from human contact. For those getting a bit tired of their neighborhood walks and looking for something more scenic, we’re here to help you prepare. Whether you’re a first-time hiker or simply looking to better prepare for your next, we have you covered. From the outfit down to the snacks, this is what you’ll need before hitting the trails.