After several months of being cooped up at home, Ohioans are ready to hit the road. However, many of our favorite destinations may still be closed, and social distancing guidelines still need to be followed. Thankfully, there are plenty of Ohio trips that are great options for day trips, weekend getaways, and longer vacations.
Some things to consider before you start planning:
- Is your desired destination open and allowing visitors? You should always check online, call, and do your research to make sure a place is available before going.
- How crowded will a space be, and how long do you plan to be there? Being around new people introduces new risk, especially if you’ve been isolated for some time.
- Will it be inside or outside? Being outdoors decreases the risk of infection.
- Will people be wearing masks? While experts say that everyone should wear them, not all places require it. There may be people who don’t have them on.
Taking these things into consideration, here are some locations we’ve found that are perfect for social distancing.
Wayne National Forest
- Spans twelve counties, which means there is plenty of space to find some great locations to visit and/or stay.
- Has plenty of camping options from campground camping to RV camping and everything in between (all camping is being done through reservation only, so make sure you reserve a space before you go).
- Offers water activities like motorized and non-motorized boating from places like the Frontier Boat Launch and the Arabia Canoe Launch Site. Visitors can also swim at the beach at Lake Vesuvius.
- Horseback riding can be enjoyed via the Stone Church Horseback Riding System.
- Features 209 miles of mountain biking trails (trails are shared with other uses, so cyclists should be cognizant of others they may encounter).
- A great area in Southeastern Ohio that covers nine State Parks and State forests.
- Has a large amount of cabins and cottages and even refurbished storage containers turned into cozy living quarters.
- Offers romantic moonlit and torchlit canoe trips down the Hocking River.
- While some main trails are still closed, plenty remain open. Lake Logan State Park, Bock Hollow Nature Preserve and Zaleski State Forest are just a few of the locations whose trails are still open.
- Adventure seekers can zipline at Soaring Cliffs of Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.
- Close enough to take day trips to places like Historic Nelsonville, Historic Lancaster and the Muskingum River.
- Located in Ashtabula County, near more than 20 Northeast Ohio Wineries.
- Has lakeside cottages where guests can stay and relax on the beach.
- Visitors can dine and shop local at lakeside eateries and boutiques.
- Guests can golf at several courses at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
- Forty-five minutes east of Cleveland, where visitors can enjoy Lake Erie boating and fishing, as well as canopy tours.
These are just a few of the great, social-distance-safe locations that Ohio trips have to offer. There are many unique places to stay, like cozy cabins, tiny huts and treehouse getaways, as well as hotels for the more “suburban” travelers. Talk to a AAA travel agent today to start planning your perfect summer getaway!
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