As we’ve been tracking the effect of the coronavirus on travel and natural areas in our family adventure reads posts, we have seen the life we’re used to come to a grinding halt. Now, cautiously, some areas are reopening at reduced capacity and/or with only part of their properties open. For example, just yesterday, Yellowstone National Park reopened at two of its entrances, while keeping visitor centers, hotels, and lodging closed — and without any ranger programs.

We don’t know when hotels, restaurants, and parks will fully reopen, but in the meantime, here are the latest articles on what’s going on and how to possibly plan a summer vacation this year.


Nearly 1 in 3 Americans are planning to take a road trip this summer, as low gas prices outweigh coronavirus fears

The future of travel

Atlantic beach towns brace for summer vacationers – but know it won’t be the same

Experts offer safe summer vacation ideas: ‘Find the place that everyone isn’t going to’

Safe havens in the summer of coronavirus

Do kids have to wear face masks on a plane?


What you need to know when hiking with kids

Hiking the Grand Canyon Is the Trip of a Lifetime

Hiking trails to try in era of social distancing

Road trips

Everything You Need For A COVID-Era Summer Road Trip

After the coronavirus: Your next road trip might look like this

The Ultimate Colorado Road Trip Itinerary: Where to Stop, What to Do, and More (Video)

National parks

National parks will be bizarre this summer

National Parks Reopen: What You Can Visit Now

‘Not a mask in sight’: thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens

Yellowstone National Park with kids