Now that most states have begun the process of opening their states for business, it will be curious to see how long it takes for the travel industry to pick itself up and hopefully return to successfully thriving in the coming years. As of the posting of this blog, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) were recommending that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Brazil, China, Iran, most European countries including the United Kingdom and Ireland. Even within the United States, the CDC’s recommendations are still quite restrictive in asking travelers to continue to participate in healthy practices to prevent the virus from spreading. The CDC’s site continually updates its information, as well as these links to every state, the District of Columbia and the 8 territories and freely associated states public health sites for the latest guidelines to help visitors in planning their upcoming travel.
With that being said, states are attempting to balance public health with the attempt to kick-starting their devastating economies. Even Beau Satchelle’s team in supporting elderly family members means we remain diligent in being careful when we venture out to run necessities and business errands. However, along with everyone else, we long for the day that we are able to plan our next trek of communing with earth’s natural gifts. As mentioned in the last blog on traveling within the U.S,, we wanted to offer suggestions of beautiful locales that can be accomplished within a few hours to a few days depending on your mode of transportation.
So as we all plan our future travels from this forced hibernation, consider these two enchanting U.S. destinations to add to your bucket list:
Watkins Glen State Park, New York
Considered the most popular of the Finger Lakes State Parks, located on the southern shore of the Seneca Lake, this park draws over 1 million campers and day visitors especially professional and amateur photographers. The Glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-feet cliffs, producing 19 stunning waterfalls. The 1.5 miles long walking gorge path wraps around the waterfalls and through the Cavern Cascade. According to the site the Gorge Trail is closed for the season. Although the status may change as the Governor has recently announced New York state’s phased reopening plan.
Watkins Glen Park is 244.2 driving miles from New York City. With regards to the 3 nearest airports, the list includes Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (17 miles). Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (26 miles), and Greater Binghamton Airport (65 miles).
Not to be outdone, on the western side of the United States, Maroon Bells (two peaks in the Elk Mountains) located in the White River National Forest near Aspen, Colorado boasts amazing picturesque landscapes for lovers of the outdoors. The Maroon Lake formed by ice glaciers anchors two giant snow-covered mountaintops, named Maroon Peak and Nort Maroon Peak which bears a particular maroon coloring from weathered hematite or mudstone.
There are three main hiking trails offered around the Maroon Bells including the 3.2 mile Maroon Creek Trail for spotting wildlife, the 1-mile round trip trek around the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and the 3.6 miles round trip of the Crater Lake Trail among several other hiking trails found here.
Aspen offers a wide range of lodging and accommodations that can be found on their Stay Aspen Snowmass official site from downtown luxurious accommodations to vacation homes which could also be found on the Maroon Bells Airbnb site for listings of private cabins, homes and condos. -AJ
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Hat Tip to the following photographers
Ted Lai – Glen Watkins Waterfall
Ted Lai – Glen Watkins Bridge and Waterfall
Ted Lai – Glen Watkins stream
Tim Dohman – artist painting
Shelby Smith – fall foliage Maroon
David Holifield – greenery at the fool of Maroon Bells
Dayne Topkin – Maroon Lake