During the pandemic, we’ve had to come to terms with a lifestyle change. Social distance is critical to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, but it has been difficult for many of the most outgoing among us. To deal with the difficult nature of living an active lifestyle while being safe, many have turned to off-the-grid activities, camping, or hiking with friends – while keeping a distance between yourselves.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

One of the largest national parks and wonders of the world is also one of the best places to seek a socially-distant adventure. As far as campsites go, you’ll want to make reservations long in advance – check out the National Park Service website for that information. But if you’re lucky enough to live nearby or have some housing available to you, there are dozens of places and activities for day-trips.

Zion National Park, Utah

Hiker and adventure seekers of all kinds know the beautiful majesty of Zion National Park. More than 140 thousand acres of parkland holds countless wonders, from hiking to spelunking and more. Campgrounds are available to the more adventurous among you, but there are also many lodges and cozy little bed and breakfasts in the area for a more romantic vacation.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks is a more traditional vacation spot, being a long stretch of beach in North Carolina. But as far as social distancing goes, you can’t find a better spot for a vacation. There are hundreds of rental homes, Air B&B’s, hotels, and more, all providing environments that are comfortable and safe. On the beach itself, the waters of the Atlantic are just turning warmer this far south, the fresh saltwater breeze keeps everyone well-ventilated, and the endless beach provides plenty of space to stretch out, even at it’s most busy.

Lake Grapevine, Texas

Grapevine is known for the massive hotel-entertainment complexes like Great Wolf Lodge and Gaylord Texan Resort, but the surrounding areas have so much more to offer than you’d first expect. The lake itself has a number of boating and fishing spots, the hiking trails surrounding are long and picturesque, and the Public Art Trail provides a downtown experience that’s quaint and comforting – just remember to mask up as necessary.


Jon Shramko