It’s been more than a year since Americans canceled their travel plans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. As of today, half of the adult population in the United States are vaccinated against COVID-19. They are ready to travel beyond their backyard.
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Where are these eager travelers headed? Let’s take a look at some of the popular travel destinations and vacation trends this summer.
Florida is a perennial favorite for families looking to spend time together. Known for its warm weather, sunny shores and incredible theme parks, Florida has something for everyone. Priceline reports that Florida is the top-booked and top-searched destination for summer 2021 travel. Disney World and Universal Studios are now welcoming guests with some additional health and safety measures.
Key West, Fort Walton Beach and Fort Lauderdale are also popular destinations for those looking to relax and unwind in white sand with a drink in hand.
In the early months of the pandemic, 63 U.S. national parks closed to the public. As we learned more about the virus, social distancing in the great outdoors was accepted as a safe way to recreate. National parks are now open for visitors. According to National Park Service (NPS) sources, they expect
an “especially busy season in 2021” Some destinations like California’s Yosemite National Park will implement an entrance reservation system to better manage visitors. Other parks are opening at full capacity, but many camping and lodging sites within the park are already booked.
Don’t let crowds derail your summer adventures. With more than 84 million acres of parkland, there is plenty of space for everyone. NPS rangers say many of the lesser-known parks could be a good choice, especially during the busy summer months. Hotels and vacation rentals are also available outside many of the park’s gates. Many do not realize how much free camping is available throughout the United States.
Answer the call of the wild and head to a national park this summer.
With more than 270 miles of beautiful beaches, Puerto Rico is the ideal location for sunbathing, watersports and relaxation. But it’s not just the amount of beachfront that makes Puerto Rico a favorite Caribbean destination, it’s the variety of beaches that makes this island unique. You’ll find white sand, black magnetic sand, coral reefs and cave beaches.
Cobblestoned Old San Juan offers exciting nightlife, fine dining and colorful Spanish colonial buildings. Orbitz reports that Puerto Rico is the third most-booked destination for summer 2021. With many European destinations still in flux, Puerto Rico offers the feel of the Old World a little closer to home.
Travelers searching for a far-off feel are sure to love Hawaii. Priceline writes that the Hawaiian islands Oahu and Maui are among the travel site’s 15 most booked destinations. Spend your days surfing, snorkeling or consider taking a picturesque drive on the road to Hana.
Maui recently announced a rollback in testing requirements for vaccinated travelers and other islands could do the same. As restrictions ease, travel experts anticipate a surge in popularity. Secluded beaches, luaus and sunset cruises await.
Ready for entertainment, fine dining and nightlife? Las Vegas has all three in spades. Condé Nast Traveler reports that plenty of travelers are opting to kick off their summer in Sin City. Las Vegas is the second most-booked summer destination on Priceline this year and the second-most searched Memorial Day weekend destination on travel sites.
The Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart just opened its doors and will be packed when everyone hears about it. Get there before the crowds do.
The Washington Post reports that Americans are re-emerging after pandemic isolation “Like the end of Prohibition.” As curfews, mask mandates and other coronavirus control measures ease, American life is coming roaring back.
It’s only human nature to want what you can’t have. Perhaps that is why Anchorage, Alaska is one of the top destinations this summer. Alaska lost its cruise season twice over due to the pandemic, but things promise to ramp up. Priceline writes that Anchorage is the 10th most booked destination this summer. It’s easy to see why with hiking trails, craft breweries, wildlife tours and close proximity to Denali National Park.
John Bevan, CEO of Dnata Travel Group, told CNN that travelers are splurging on lavish accommodations and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to make their next trip extraordinary. The Northern lights provide you with the adventure of a lifetime.
Private Charters Are On Trend This Summer
Savvy travelers looking to elevate their experience know that the journey is often just as important as the destination. Since the beginning of the pandemic, private charters have seen a significant uptick in bookings.
As things return to normal, many people continue to rely on private aviation. Once they fly private charter, many passengers aren’t eager to turn back. Especially when charter membership programs, like SkyPass, make private aviation flexible, convenient and accessible with inclusive, fixed-rates.
Private charter with Omni Air Transport will allow you to enjoy your next trip in privacy, comfort and luxury. Skip the lines, traffic and layovers and head straight to one of these incredible destinations.
No matter where you are headed this summer, we are committed to your health and safety. We continue to update our policies and procedures to reflect current CDC guidelines. In addition to our enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, we follow all state and federal recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about private charter with Omni Air Transport by calling (918) 836-3131.