Staycation? Where to spend the best vacation in the USA

With travel restrictions slowly going off for domestic travel in the US, this might well be a good moment to start planning a trip to one of the country’s urban and natural marvels, instead of the "stay at home" rule we all have been following the last year.
Yes, COVID it’s still a harsh reality not only in the US but all around the world. However, by taking the proper measures we can start planning a local vacation that has multiple benefits: the good old endorphin rush associated with traveling, the thrill of discovering a new place but also a big contribution to reactivate tourism, one of the most severe damaged industries during the pandemic.
Looking for a new adventure near home? In a country full of amazing places, you can be sure there’s an exciting location you’re not aware of (or maybe lies deep into your to-do list) and now it’s a great moment to finally give it a chance, don’t you think?

A trekking adventure

America’s extraordinary national parks are home of some amazing hike trails that welcome visitors of any level.
If you’re looking for a nice, easy walk try the Ocean Path Trail at Acadia National Park in Maine, that will take you less than an hour to complete and where you will see some of the most beautiful sunrises you have ever watched.
Looking for a greater challenge? The Rock Harbor Trail at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan and its over 10 miles of trailhead welcomes visitors with wonderful landscapes and wildlife that changes over the different seasons.
Ready for a real trekking challenge? The Panorama Trail at Yosemite National Park in California offers astounding views in a trail with over 1,300 yards in elevation change during the trail. In exchange you will be enjoying one of the most magnificent views in America.
Get your trekking shoes ready! Go outside and enjoy the view in a unique way. Remember: a healthy body it’s your best defense against diseases.

A foodie tour

Yummy! It’s time to hit the road and have a try of the many tastes the country offers. By combining an outdoorsy adventure with delicious food, there’s no way you can’t have a good time on your local vacation.
How about Portland? This relaxed and easygoing city in Oregon offers a wide variety of alternatives for those with a curious stomach. Whether you’re looking for a taste of the renowned local food, or looking for the Oregonian approach on world cuisine, Portland it’s a must destination when talking about good food and good times.
You know good things comes in pairs, right? Well, there’s another Portland, this one in the coast of Maine, with a small population but a big menu of delicious seafood. It’s no secret that the New England lobster is one of their biggest prides. Well, in Portland you’ll find one of the best lobster rolls you’ve ever tried. Try the Whoopie Pie and give a try to the local poutine -a fortunate tribute to Canadian famous dish- and soon you’ll find that the east coast Portland is definitely worth the visit.
Bayou, you said? New Orleans is the epicenter of the delicious encounter between Cajun and Creole cuisine. The result is a kaleidoscope of flavors you don’t want to miss. The smells and flavors you can catch in New Orleans and all-around Louisiana will captivate you. Give your local deli a rest and give a try to all that fantastic food you’ve never tried, remember your appetite is also looking for vacation.

Time for some culture

Tired of the same museum you have visited over and over again? Well, then it’s time to delight your eyes with some of the greatest art pieces you have ever seen, and the best thing is that you don’t have to leave the country to do so.
First, how about a break from the usual euro-centric art? The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco hosts over 18,000 art pieces form 20 countries in the continent, from millennial jade pieces to contemporary art installations. This gorgeous place seeks to make Asian art and culture essential to everyone, and we think they’re doing a great job.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C focuses on European and American art and is home of some magnificent paints of renowned artists like Monet and Dégas. And the best thing? It’s for free, as most of the historic places in the country’s capital.
You like surrealism? Then you’ll love this one: the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since 1982 this museum is the heart of arts in the region, and offers a unique set of contemporary art in a magnificent building with great landscapes of the Tampa Bay Area in its Avant-Garden.

Trekking, food, art: We give you three reasons to explore the country during COVID. And Elife can help you arranging your ground transportation, following strict sanitization processes on our vehicles that will give you the peace of mind you need.

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