Recreational Areas and Activities
Get information on travel in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Find a variety of outdoor recreational areas, including national and state parks, historic sites, protected land areas, and more.
U.S. Travel During COVID-19
If you're traveling within the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, be aware of safety guidelines and travel restrictions for the area you want to visit.
Tips for Traveling Within the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a list of things to consider for vaccinated and unvaccinated people before traveling within the U.S. during the pandemic.
Check the state government and state health department websites of the place you want to visit. Some things to look for are:
A coronavirus cases-by-county map
The state’s masking guidelines
Any restrictions on out-of-state visitors. There may be limits on who can enter and/or a 14-day self-quarantine requirement.
In some states, additional rules are being made at the city or county level, so check the local government website too.
Many museums, aquariums, and zoos have restricted access or are closed during the pandemic. And many recreational areas including National Parks have COVID-19 restrictions and mask-wearing rules. Check with your destination for the latest information.
The United States is filled with nationally- and state-designated recreational areas. These places have special natural, cultural, or historic significance. They offer a variety of activities, and many are free.
Find information and services at Recreation.gov for trip planning, reservations, and more. Learn about parks, forests, monuments, and other public lands across the U.S. and its territories. You can also explore these other options:
Parks and Forests
- National Parks - There are more than 400 national parks protecting treasured landscapes and historic areas. Find a national park in your state or one you're planning to visit.
- State Parks - Each state has its own system of parks with camping, activities, and historic places.
- National Forests - Discover national forests and grasslands, home to 150,000 miles of trails, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 439 wilderness areas, and 122 wild and scenic rivers.
Monuments and Historic Sites
Protected Land Areas, Fishing Sanctuaries, and Wildlife Refuges
- Marine Sanctuaries - Enjoy the beauty and variety of marine life, and the cultural significance of shipwrecks, at 14 marine protected areas in the oceans and Great Lakes. Most permit recreational fishing, diving, surfing, swimming, and kayaking.
- National Wildlife Refuges - You can hunt, fish, and observe nature at these protected habitats. They’re home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. Find a wildlife refuge near you.
- State and Territorial Fish and Wildlife Offices - Use this list to find more protected areas by state.
- Wilderness Areas - Wilderness areas preserve and protect lands in their natural condition. Find a wilderness area and the visitor rules that apply.
State Tourism Offices and Road Trip Suggestions
- America's Byways - Ready for a road trip? Find maps and information about 150 distinct and diverse roads across America. Each has special archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic qualities.
- State Tourism Offices - State tourism offices can help you with all aspects of your visit. They have information about festivals and events, museums and landmarks, restaurants, lodging, and more.
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Last Updated: April 26, 2021