October 2020

National Parks Road Trip!

The National Parks are now open to visitors, and fall is the perfect time to visit them! The summer crowds are gone, and the changing season offers some spectacular scenery that often gets missed.

There are different ways to do this, depending on personal preference. My husband and I took several short trips this summer to see National parks and check off states that we have not been to on our bucket list. We chose to rent a car from our home state and take a road trip.

Another option is to fly to a state close to your destination, rent a car there, and then drive to the different parks and local attractions. Of course, you can always drive your own car. The key to a successful trip is planning.

I can help book flights, rental cars, and lodging, and give you ideas on how to have a great adventure! I can also help you check to see what is open and what is required for your travels whether you’re flying or driving.

This is how we did it...

Arches National Park, Utah
Gooseneck State Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

Gooseneck State Park, Utah

First, we decided in July/August to rent a car in our home state and take a road trip. Utah was our first stop where we visited Arches National Park and Gooseneck State Park.

We didn’t even know that Gooseneck State Park existed until we called the local Utah State Tourism number. Next, we traveled through Monument Valley in Arizona, but we had to stay out of most of Arizona because of COVID-19.

We made a quick stop in Colorado to visit my husband’s family and see the Royal Gorge. We then drove north to Nebraska and on to South Dakota to see Badlands National Park. We also visited the Dignity Memorial, which honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota peoples who are indigenous to South Dakota.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

We just had to stop and see the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, and then on to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Sioux Falls for some quick funny pics. Our next stop was North Dakota, where we saw Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where we saw many Bison and other varieties of wildlife not native to the Pacific Northwest.

Then we headed west to Montana, where we visited Glacier National Park. Next on to Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming, before finally ending up in Yellowstone National Park and driving home.

Finding fun and exciting things to see along the way are what make your trip unique and different each time you go back home to visit family, or when you go to a place for the first time. I can always find new things to do and places to explore no matter where I am, and I’ll tell you about them so that you can get the most out of your adventure!

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Once you’re at your destination, you need to know how to get around and how to keep yourself safe. These days, you need to know about any possible health concerns or restrictions due to COVID-19.

Overseas travel is still possible, but you need to know about any limitations or requirements for the country or countries you want to visit.

Calling the embassy to ensure that US citizens are allowed to enter the country is always a good idea.

The best thing about having a travel agent like me in your corner is that I will help you find those unique and exciting places to visit and explore. Let me help you navigate through the red tape of COVID-19 and make your trip one worth talking about for years to come.

The best thing about having a travel agent like me in your corner is that I will help you find those unique and exciting places to visit and explore. Let me help you navigate through the red tape of COVID-19 and make your trip one worth talking about for years to come.

Life is too short, and time is never on our side, so don’t put off doing something with your family or visiting your loved ones.

 Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Update on COVID-19 as of October 2020:

The US has removed the travel ban for us to travel; however, it is up to you to visit the website at

https://travel.state.gov/

and look up each destination to see its restrictions. It is also a good idea to call the embassy of that country to get the most updat ed information. Many states are opening up and do not have quarantine or COVID-19 test requirements before you go, so domestic travel is always an option.

I wish you safe travels, and I’ll see you next time!

~Jennifer

Glacier National Park, Montana

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