Getting back to post-COVID-19 travel may look a little different than your original summer plans, but families can still visit the must-see destinations they already had on their list with a few post-virus openings across the country.
Now open for business: Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, inside Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Newly reopened and ready for guests, the lodge sits at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet and might knock the quarantine slump right out of you. The North Rim offers a slightly quieter, less-touristy side to the canyon, with typically one-tenth the visitation as the South Rim.
While you can expect all the same stunning views, natural beauty and adventure activities travelers flock to the Grand Canyon for each year, the lodge may look a little different.
In compliance with public health guides, the lodge will reopen with operational changes, including takeout and grab-and-go food options like pizza and sandwiches from the deli and saloon. For a limited time, the restaurant will offer breakfast 6:30–10 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; and dinner 4:30–9 p.m.
The general store is open for customers and a limited number of cabins will be available, in order to adhere to health and wellness guidelines.
Staggered hours and limited capacity aid guests and staff in practicing safe social-distancing measures, while the lodge also adopted all EPA recommended cleaning and sanitizing procedures, including increased cleaning and sanitizing frequency of all public and staff areas; sanitizing stations located throughout the property; constant cleaning public touch points and surfaces throughout the day; guestrooms and shared surfaces are sanitized thoroughly prior to guest arrival; and increased staff training regarding maintaining cleanliness, hygiene and awareness along current public health considerations.
“As people increasingly seek outdoor destinations for the 2020 summer travel season, we have enhanced our already high cleanliness standards,” said John Schoppmann, executive vice president, Forever Resorts, the concessioner operating Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim. “We continue to monitor new guidelines to ensure our public health protocol follows the latest recommendations to safeguard the health of our staff members and guests.”
To make reservations, visit the website or call 877 386 4383.
Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
When you want to get away without getting behind the wheel, Amtrak has news for you — and budget-friendly news, at that. Enjoy the ride this summer to your next destinations from the comfort of a private Roomette room on Amtrak with a two-for-one deal on select one-way routes.