Post-COVID Travel Destinations

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There’s no doubt about it – being tethered close to home has travelers daydreaming of flying the friendly skies once again. For almost a year now, most have stayed home (or close to it), with the exception of a few socially-distanced road trips here and there. But with the vaccine rollouts already started, eager explorers have begun to plan their next vacation. And where they’re going should be no surprise.

For most of 2020, Americans largely avoided anyplace crowded, especially big cities. So naturally, those will be one of the first places visitors will flock to. And all those international vacations that were canceled? Expect trips to Europe to come roaring back post-COVID, too.

Here are some of the top global and domestic destinations where we expect tourism to explode in post-COVID.

Las Vegas

It’s Sin City! Known for its crowded casinos, busy streets, and sold-out shows, Las Vegas was largely shut down during the pandemic. But as its casinos and their world-famous Vegas buffets begin to reopen, expect the vibrant energy of Las Vegas to appeal to visitors from all over. And it’s not just gamblers who flock to the strip. The entertainment options in Vegas, always top-notch, will certainly fill back up as soon as they reopen, too. And if you don’t mind driving, both the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon are possible day trips.

Where to Stay

One of the most luxurious hotels on the Strip, The Bellagio Hotel is much more than just a hotel and casino. It’s also home to the brightly lit Bellagio water fountains, a favorite nightly show for pedestrians. And its Mediterranean pool, with azure waters, luxury cabanas, and poolside massages, is a true can’t-miss.

Miami Beach

There’s no place like the 305 for fun in the sun. It’s no wonder celebrities and tourists alike flock to the hot spot that is Miami Beach – the lively nightlife, Cuban cuisine, and boutique shopping all serve to take this beachside escape to the next level. You can spend your sunny days under the private cabanas on powder-soft beaches. And at night, stroll up palm tree-lined Ocean Drive and listen to the thumping salsa music spilling onto the sidewalks. Miami never stops!

Where to Stay

For the ultimate South Beach experience, nothing comes close to the Delano. One of the original boutique hotels in Miami, the Delano mixes high-end amenities, including its luxury in-house spa, with playful beach vibes for a total resort experience.

 

New York City

The Big Apple was one of the first places in the U.S. to shut down, so expect its reopening to be a major event. Broadways shows are expected to reopen starting in summer of 2021, and those will be a huge draw for the culture-seekers. Other attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building will also be a hit with visitors. And after last year’s virtual Thanksgiving Day Parade, expect the post-COVID crowds to show up to welcome it back!

Where to Stay

The Sanctuary Hotel will win you over with its authentic Manhattan lifestyle, Times Square location, and European flair. Its swanky lounges are the perfect escape from the outside hustle and bustle, and its rooftop oasis offers craft cocktails amid breathtaking city views. The Sanctuary’s concierges are also available to help plan all of your NYC excursions.

 

London

Popular with tourists all the world over, but especially with English-speakers, you can count on the number of visitors heading to London to skyrocket post-COVID. Experience the London Eye (the giant ferris wheel featured in all the British movies), row a wooden boat in Hyde Park, watch the changing of the guard, and then enjoy the standard fish and chips with a cool lager.

Where to Stay

If you want to live like a royal on your vacation, settle in at Claridge’s Hotel. This luxury five-star provides a sophisticated haven in Mayfair, just one mile from the heart of London. It’s the embodiment of timeless English style, from its black and white marbled lobby all the way to its famed afternoon tea.

 

Madrid

Expect the Spanish capital to be brimming with tourists craving tapas and vino as soon as we enter post-COVID travel. This ever-popular city offers everything a traveler would want: exquisite dining, stunning art, historic castles and soaring cathedrals to explore, and the exhilarating Madrid nightlife. And because Madrid is located in the center of the country, there are plenty of day trip possibilities: Aranjuez, Segovia, and Toledo are just a few of the closest, and easily accessible by train or bus. When it’s time for a treat, don’t miss the delicious churros con chocolate at the famous St. Ginés.

Where to Stay

The exclusive Hotel Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII is right across from Madrid’s Parque del Retiro, one of the largest parks in Madrid. This natural oasis, with colorful gardens, a tranquil lake, and lively street performers, is a welcome retreat from the city life. The elegant hotel combines the best of both worlds: it is located in a former XIX-century palace, yet is completely updated for maximum comfort.

 

Paris

Oui, Paris! The French capital is a “wish list” destination for travelers from all over who are lured by the wine, cheese, museums, and shopping in the City of Lights. But insta-worthy Eiffel Tower selfies and dinner cruises on the Seine aside, a Parisian vacation has much more to offer. Stroll through the streets, and pop into any of the many bakeries whenever the aromas beckon. Visit the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre for unrivaled views of Paris. Take a picnic to the Luxembourg Gardens. Wandering around Paris aimlessly is the best way to discover its allure.

Where to Stay

The charming Hotel Da Vinci and Spa, with its sumptuous, balconied rooms, is ideal for your Paris travels. Located a mere block from the Seine, it’s just a short walk to the most beloved Parisian attractions, including the Louvre, the Latin Quarter, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. When being a tourist wears you out, book a visit in its luxurious spa to recover.