The Best Social Distancing Travel Ideas For The Summer

It’s been MONTHS of staying home and now it’s finally summer and all we want to do is travel, go to the beach, hang out with friends, and go to summer parties and BBQs. But unfortunately, Coronavirus had other plans for Summer 2020 and at least here in California, we are still social distancing. So what’s a stir crazy family to do?? We have compiled some social distancing friendly travel ideas here for your summer getaway.



We are big fans of these tiny cabin camping alternative sites like Getaway House. But you don’t have to rent a cabin to go camping! In fact, pitching a tent and roughing it has some amazing scientifically proven benefits! Check out these other places to find great campgrounds open near you:


CA State Parks

From park to park, the rules and regulations vary. Most operations have been modified to comply with all necessary COVID-19 measures to reduce exposure. However, some parks still remain temporarily closed until further notice so be sure to plan ahead and call to find out up-to-date information if you are planning a get away. This website provides lots of useful information regarding camping at state beaches in California.

CA state beach

KOA Camp Grounds

The KOA chain is actively monitoring new COVID-19 updates and implementing new safety precautions. Their campgrounds have experienced reductions and influxes of guests. They claim that most KOA campgrounds have remained open, but to call ahead and confirm with the specific location you have in mind. Currently, their Manchester Beach/Mendocino Coast location will remain closed until July 31.

KOA camp grounds

La Jolla Indian Campground

This traditional camping experience includes a long, narrow river that guests can inner-tube down! They are currently open but with modified procedures. You can only make reservations online. They are currently only allowing 25% capacity, 1 car and 4 persons max per site.

camp grounds

Check out below for our compiled collection of tents and camping gear if roughing it is what you had in mind this summer:


Not interested in camping? Here are hotels with cabin or cottage options for maximum social distancing:


Calamigos Ranch — Malibu

Rancho Valencia, San Diego

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara

Rock Creek Ranch, Montana

Blackberry Farm, Tennessee 

Nick’s Cove, Marshall CA

Serenbe Inn, Georgia

Hidden Pond, Maine

Colony of Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

Basin Harbor, Vermont

(Dirty Dancing movie vibes)


Renting an AirBnB can be an amazing option. Stay in a private home and cook for yourself, isolating from crowds and still enjoying some time away in a new destination. You definitely want to check the area you are planning to visit to make sure attractions are open, but you should be ok with hiking and nature trails, beaches, and open parks. Ask you AirBnB host for recommendations of restaurants nearby that offer takeout.

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Rent an RV

Many families are opting to rent an RV this summer and hit the road for an old fashion American road trip. This can be a great option as long as at least one family member is comfortable driving an RV and hooking up to RV campsites, which takes a little practice. Larger RVs need to be leveled and can be hard to maneuver, but offer many creature comforts and are basically traveling apartments. Load up with groceries and some games or books and you are ready to go. Book your campsites in advance as most campsites are operating at drastically reduced capacity. 

RV road trip


What are your covid safe travel plans for this summer? Share with us in the comments below!

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