Day: August 8, 2020

Your Guide to US State Travel Restrictions

It’s already the height of summer and, with kids readying to resume their studies soon, many Americans seek to reconnect with distant friends and family; or simply to escape the environs they’ve been stuck in since the start of the pandemic.

a close up of a map: Map of the United States.

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Map of the United States.

Road trips are proving popular this summer as a way to vacation on one’s own terms, in relative isolation, and without facing the question of whether or not to get on an airplane.

But, given the swiftness with which the virus spreads and absent a uniform, federally-imposed containment approach, you could find yourself facing different regulations when you arrive at your destination than were present while you were planning.

Many states have mandated that inbound travelers adhere to quarantine rules upon arrival, while some have testing or pre-testing options, so you can skip the self-isolation period.

Several states have identified specific

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Jackson and Yellowstone National Park From Salt Lake City

Covid-19 Disclaimer: Make sure to check the status of the states, regions, and establishments in which you’re planning to visit prior to travel. Many regions continue to see high infection rates and deaths, while many states and counties remain under varying stay-at-home orders. Those traveling from areas with high rates of Covid-19 should consider avoiding travel for now in order to reduce spread.

Let’s start with a little geography. Jackson is a city, and it’s located at the south end of Jackson Hole valley in northwest Wyoming. The valley marks the southern end of spectacular Grand Teton National Park, which begins at the southern end of Yellowstone National Park—America’s first national park, covering 3,500 square miles in three states (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho).

a large body of water

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For today’s travelers, Jackson is a dreamy destination to nestle yourself in nature. By day, discover all manner of adventure and recreation.

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Will Gap Year Programs Continue During Uncertain Travel Times?

In its simplest terms, a Gap Year is time taken off between high school and college, but Gap Years can mean different things to different people. Some students find it necessary to take time off before starting college in order to save money, while others take a year to volunteer for a meaningful cause or to take a break from academics for awhile.

Regardless of motives, Gap Year Programs have become increasingly popular, and about 40,000 students did some kind of Gap Year in 2019, according to the Gap Year Association. That’s out of more than two million first-time college students starting as freshmen in the U.S. each year.

However, given the current health concerns throughout the world, there are many question marks surrounding the

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