With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Orange County, it’s easy to feel like we need to cancel all summer plans this year.  But, that’s not true!  We just need to be a bit more creative.

Most people will not feel comfortable flying or staying in hotels this summer.  And, that’s ok because there are still lots of fun day trips to enjoy — as long we all follow the physical distancing guidelines, wash our hands frequently and thoroughly, and wear a face mask when we are in public spaces.

For example, if you had planned a hiking trip through Yosemite or Yellowstone, you may want to postpone that until next summer.  Instead, pack up the car with lots of snacks and take a day trip up to Big Bear Lake where you can enjoy quiet hiking trails and beautiful vistas within the San Bernardino mountains.

If you prefer the desert, Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego Desert State Park are both easy day trips, and offer stunning scenery for photo enthusiasts.  A peaceful drive through Temecula’s beautiful vineyards is also a great getaway.

This year’s summer trip may not be as extravagant as you had planned, but there’s still lots of options for exploring new areas while staying safe.

ICNV Staff