What are your travel plans in 2021 and beyond?

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Harri88 wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:14 am
wabbott wrote: Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:36 pm
Harri88 wrote: Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:41 pm For 2021:
The wife and I are fully vaccinated, and trip 1 was to Destin to chill on the beach for a week. Did that in May. Trip 2 is a family reunion in TN in July for a long weekend. Looking forward to that. Havent seen my Sister and her family in a couple years.

Trip 3 we are headed to Moab(Arches and Canyon lands) in late August, then to Ouray Colorado via Imogene pass. Doing a little Jeeping :happy , then to Castle Rock to Visit Brother in-law before heading home.

For 2022: Hawaii to see our Son. He lives in Honolulu. After that we will have to see.
McGuire's in Destin is very, very good. Lots of food and relatively decent prices. And they don't do reservations.
Agree, McGuires is really good and recommended. Anytime we visit, it is one of our restaurant stops.
Just checked the hotels in Destin the other day, the prices seriously shocked me.
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flyingaway wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:39 am
Harri88 wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:14 am
wabbott wrote: Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:36 pm
Harri88 wrote: Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:41 pm For 2021:
The wife and I are fully vaccinated, and trip 1 was to Destin to chill on the beach for a week. Did that in May. Trip 2 is a family reunion in TN in July for a long weekend. Looking forward to that. Havent seen my Sister and her family in a couple years.

Trip 3 we are headed to Moab(Arches and Canyon lands) in late August, then to Ouray Colorado via Imogene pass. Doing a little Jeeping :happy , then to Castle Rock to Visit Brother in-law before heading home.

For 2022: Hawaii to see our Son. He lives in Honolulu. After that we will have to see.
McGuire's in Destin is very, very good. Lots of food and relatively decent prices. And they don't do reservations.
Agree, McGuires is really good and recommended. Anytime we visit, it is one of our restaurant stops.
Just checked the hotels in Destin the other day, the prices seriously shocked me.
Now is their peak season. The place we stayed the price goes up around mid-may for their summer rates, but yes I think they are higher than they were 2 years ago. Maybe making up for lack of business from last year. It was also fairly crowded the week we were there, more than I recall from 2019.
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I wagered $355 for chicago to Zurich roundtrip in September. It is not even opened to US citizens yet. I'm hoping for vaxports but I can always take the tests if I have to.
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flyingaway wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:38 am
tonysk wrote: Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:46 pm Just got back from a wonderful month studying Spanish and traveling in Guatemala. East Africa for two months in the fall, then return to Central America in January to ride out the winter.
I am seriously thinking about visiting Guatemala (Antigua and Late Atitlan). Was it easy to get a virus test there to fly back to the US?
Centro de Salud in Antigua offers free COVID antigen test for hassle-free return.
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We returned from 10 days in Belize a couple of weeks ago. It's open to double vac travelers from the US with almost no hassles. We stayed on the mainland for a few days then over on Ambergris Caye. The resorts were open, but most were almost empty. Many times we only saw one or two other couples at breakfast or dinner. It felt like the resort was exclusively for us. Often we "owned" the pool. The country does have a very strict mask requirement. They must be worn at all times you are in public, unless eating or drinking. This includes walking down the street by yourself. All the locals are taking it very seriously. The tourists....maybe 90%. Re-entry to the US still requires a covid test done within 72 hours. It costs $75 per person and is available at many clinics, the airports or can be arranged at your resort.

We are considering renting a house for month there next year.
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Random Musings wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:08 pm
JackoC wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:42 pm
flyingaway wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 10:28 pm We just came back from a 10 day vacation in Las Vegas and the national parks. Las Vegas is packed with tourists, casinos are full. Most people do not wear masks. The Zion National Park was out of parking spots and denied more visitors at around 10:30AM on May 28. The Capital Reef National Park and the Canyonlands National Park are OK, but still have more visitors than before. The Arches National Park had a waiting time of about 30 minutes at the fee collecting stations. Parking spaces were full early at popular sites. We did some hiking in the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, there were not many people there.
Going on 7k mile road trip starting later this week, will include Canyonlands while in UT. On our last long one (2019) went to Zion and it was packed. I think it was a weekend day, early May (May 28 was a Friday obviously), but from what I've heard that's standard there. Capitol Reef was far less crowded, by ourselves a lot of the time on trails immediately accessible from the main loop road, on a weekday though. Arches was crowded in 2015 when we went there. So I guess it's getting back to normal, or recent normal: the UT big 5 NP's (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches) saw high growth in visitors last 10 yrs or so, I read. I hope Canyonlands isn't bad. We're also going to Canyons of the Ancients (SW Colorado), Goblin Valley State Park (not that far from Moab) and on to Great Basin NP (eastern NV) in the same general region. Those three are not generally known for crowds, hope so.

Moab hotel rates (for next week) quite high, partly offset it with accumulated points. Couldn't get a room in Baker NV where Great Basin is, then again there's one regular motel in that town with 10 rooms, the next town (Ely) is over an hour away, which helps keep GB not crowded.
We did the big five and North Rim Grand Canyon two summers ago in late June. Temperatures were comfortable. Went to Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands, wasn't too busy except the Mesa Arch area. Neither was Goblin. At that time, Bryce was good, Capitol Reef was very quiet (we saw only one pair of hikers on two different trails), Arches was busy but still very enjoyable with no parking issues, and the North Rim always has about the same crowd and you can find privacy in many areas except around the lodge. For Zion, we visited the Kolub Canyons section which was relatively quiet, unlike the main Zion portion of the park where shuttles herd the masses around. I love Zion, but it's just too crowded, have to go off season. I am certainly glad we are avoiding those parks this year, I'm afraid, as someone once said, "Got a lot of catchin' up to do". Can't imagine what Yellowstone and Glacier will be like between July Fourth and Labor Day.
An update on Canyonlands and Arches, since we went to the former and passed by the latter today. A weekday, Arches 'park full' sign at 8:30 AM. :shock: Canyonlands 'Island in the Sky' section was well attended but we got a parking space at each trail head we went to, if barely in some cases. The 'easy' trails we did were crowded enough to detract a bit from the experience, to me, but the sights themselves are astonishing. The 'moderate' trails had few enough people to be fun hiking plus great sights. It's a matter of opinion of course how much crowds bug you. Also 'moderate' is according to what NPS says which is also subjective but it's a fact there were fewer people on those trails, especially later parts where you had to for example scramble up steep rock face. I suppose the 'difficult' trails per NPS would be no problem at all in terms of crowds.

Great Sand Dunes in CO was pretty crowded earlier in the week, though again a very small % of the people there climbed to the top of the first line of dunes, much smaller crowd on that hike. Overall it was terrific. On Sand Canyon Trail in Canyons of the Ancients Natl Monument we encountered literally nobody else until almost the end of our several mile (up and back) hike, seeing ancient native structures right up close: fantastic. I still expect no crowd at Great Basin tomorrow.
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JackoC wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:19 pm
An update on Canyonlands and Arches, since we went to the former and passed by the latter today. A weekday, Arches 'park full' sign at 8:30 AM. :shock: Canyonlands 'Island in the Sky' section was well attended but we got a parking space at each trail head we went to, if barely in some cases. The 'easy' trails we did were crowded enough to detract a bit from the experience, to me, but the sights themselves are astonishing. The 'moderate' trails had few enough people to be fun hiking plus great sights. It's a matter of opinion of course how much crowds bug you. Also 'moderate' is according to what NPS says which is also subjective but it's a fact there were fewer people on those trails, especially later parts where you had to for example scramble up steep rock face. I suppose the 'difficult' trails per NPS would be no problem at all in terms of crowds.

Great Sand Dunes in CO was pretty crowded earlier in the week, though again a very small % of the people there climbed to the top of the first line of dunes, much smaller crowd on that hike. Overall it was terrific. On Sand Canyon Trail in Canyons of the Ancients Natl Monument we encountered literally nobody else until almost the end of our several mile (up and back) hike, seeing ancient native structures right up close: fantastic. I still expect no crowd at Great Basin tomorrow.
There will be some people at Great Basin, but I'll also bet on no "crowd". 8:30 a.m. park full sign at Arches is crazy, Moab must be a zoo.

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Sticking with Amtrak Northeast Corridor and NY Empire Service destinations in 2021.

Not ready to make plans for 2022 yet.
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luminous wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:47 am
wabbott wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 9:14 pm
luminous wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 8:06 pm
wabbott wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 10:29 am We had made our Yosemite/Sequoia lodge reservations a year ago, which is why I was reluctant to delay our trip. The Yosemite lodge reservations included the park reservations. Be sure to print out a copy to show at the gate. It was notable the delay getting into Yosemite - about a 3 hour line. They check your ID and reservations, record you license plate, etc.
Yikes, 3 hours! We are traveling to Yosemite soon and unfortunately are staying outside of the park. Can I ask what time of day you experienced a 3 hour line, so we can try to go earlier than that?
This was on Monday, 5/24/21 at about Noon. We had left Sequoia at 6 AM, stopped in Fresno to do laundry, eat breakfast, go to Wally World, etc, and I began to notice some red traffic on Google Maps at the South Entrance on Wawona Road. We got to the Awahnee at about 4 PM. Two of the three booths were open - I'm sure the NPS is short-handed just like the restaurants. I don't know if there were delays at the El Portal entrance.

I suggest you monitor Google Maps or Waze at different times of the day to get a feel for when the most congestion may be. I had neglected to do that, so I suspect a very early start in the day will be worthwhile.
This is great information and advice. Thank you!
How did your Yosemite NP visit go? Have you ever been before this visit? I want to know all about it, and add your impressions to our next visit.
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