For those who love to travel, the international travel ban is heartbreaking. It’s been nearly a year at this point and as much as we all love sitting around munching on high-powered CBD edibles, there comes a time when the call of the open road is simply too much to ignore.
Fortunately, we live in one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Whether you agree with American politics or not, the landscape is undeniably gorgeous. We aren’t allowed anywhere else in the world right now, but at least there are plenty of beautiful places to see here.
If the lack of travel is getting you down and you can no longer stand the quarantine blues, pick yourself up and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Road-trips aren’t just for teenagers and undergrads. They can be an enriching experience for a person of any age.
So ditch those morose feelings of exclusion and dust off your suitcase, because there are 4 beautiful places that you should definitely see whether you’re stuck in the U.S or free to travel the world.
#1. SIerra Nevada Mountain Range
I’ve seen the Alps, and in my personal opinion, they aren’t an ounce more glorious than the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Sierra Nevada is an incredibly rugged and unforgiving range. Its beauty was sculpted as a melting glacier carved the once volcanic rock into the glorious monoliths we see today.
Whether you’re looking for a rugged backcountry adventure, or you want to stay in a posh hotel by a lake, the Sierra Nevada can accommodate you. If you’re a rock or mountain climber, you’ll be particularly thrilled with what this gorgeous landscape has to offer!
#2. Mojave Desert
As a child I was frequently struck with the adventure bug, but I never felt any real attraction to the desert. I spent my teen years camping in Angeles National Forest and other mountainous locations, but I never really felt a strong desire to go hangout in the desert. That is until I went..
The Mojave Desert is one of the most striking places on earth. You will never see a sunrise or sunset like you will in remote parts of the Mojave Desert. In the morning it appears as if the sky has been lit on fire. The golden, orange, pink sunsets are so unreal that you’re almost glad night falls to give you a break from the overwhelming beauty.
#3. Hawaiian Lava Flows
International travel is off-limits, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to a tropical vacation. Believe it or not, Hawaii is still open to tourism. And not only is it open, it’s one of the most gorgeous natural landscapes you can imagine. The beaches are gorgeous and so are the people, but one of the most striking things about Hawaii is its lava flows.
You can see them on almost any Hawaiian island, but if you’re going primarily to watch lava flow into the sea, you should plan on heading to the big island!
#4. Old Growth Forest
The old growth forest in northern California is one of the oldest in the world. It is home to an incredibly diverse array of life and has been for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the oldest trees in existence probably live in California old growth forest, but due to recent fires, we may never know which ones made it.
There really isn’t anything else as gorgeous as the old growth forest, so take advantage of this crazy time and go see it!