The CDC says non-essential travel should be avoided as the US struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
But as travel restrictions lift, many travelers will likely first turn to road trips, The New York Times reported.
"That sense of freedom with personal controls will be ideal for people who want security," the CEO of California's tourism board the Times.
These road-trip destinations are less than 200 miles from major US cities like New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
As the US struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC says non-essential travel should be avoided.
But while stuck inside, many people are looking ahead to future trips. And an old-fashioned American road trip may be at the top of travelers' lists once leisure travel is encouraged, per The New York Times.
California's tourism office is planning a campaign to urge residents to hit the road and support local businesses, Tariro Mzezewa reported for the Times.
"Road trips are a huge opportunity for California to help jump start the economy," Caroline Beteta, the tourism board's president and CEO, told the Times. "That sense of freedom with personal controls will be ideal for people who want security."
Many excellent destinations are less than 200 miles from major US cities.
Here are 10 road trips that will have you feeling like you're in an entirely different world after just a few hours of driving.
Editors note: This article is not intended to encourage irresponsible travel during the pandemic. For more specific information regarding safety and travel, consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines.
New York City: Saratoga Springs, New York
Distance from New York City: ~188 miles
Saratoga Springs is known for two things: horse racing and mineral waters. The Saratoga Race Course has been in business since 1853, and brings in crowds every summer for racing season. There are also many spas in the area that specialize in mineral baths using water from local springs, giving Saratoga the title of "Spa City."
The famed race course is open from mid-July to early-September.
Los Angeles: La Jolla, California
Distance from Los Angeles: ~112 miles
La Jolla is a community within the city of San Diego, just north of all the downtown action. Due to its proximity to gorgeous beaches, La Jolla is ideal for a relaxing getaway by the sea.
The community has a reputation for its upscale dining and luxury shopping, but it's also home to the University of California, giving the city a young, vibrant feel.
Chicago: Saugatuck, Michigan
Distance from Chicago: ~142 miles
Situated between Lake Michigan and Kalamazoo Lake, Saugatuck is a tranquil escape from the big city. The charming lake town offers sailing and other outdoor activities for the adventurous, but it's also known for its quaint downtown.
Boston: Newport, Rhode Island
Distance from Boston: ~72 miles
As a coastal community just about two hours from Boston, Newport, Rhode Island, is a convenient road trip getaway. Newport and Boston may share a New England sensibility, but Newport's charming small-town feel sets it apart as a vacation destination.
While you're there, explore the opulent Newport Mansions, including the Breakers, a Vanderbilt mansion dating back to the 1890s. And don't forget — a road trip to Newport wouldn't be complete without seafood from one of the city's many local waterfront eateries.
San Francisco: Big Sur, California
Distance from San Francisco: ~141 miles
Outside of the bustling city of San Francisco, Northern California has much to offer when it comes to beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures.
From hiking in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to lounging on beaches known for their beautiful rock formations and colorful sand, Big Sur is an easy getaway if you're in need of some fresh air.
Denver: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Distance from Denver: ~156 miles
The state of Colorado is filled with natural beauty, including the city of Denver, although if you're looking to escape to a small town, look no further than Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat is arguably best known for its skiing, but it also offers plenty of summer activities, including the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo held every July.
Philadelphia: The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Distance from Philadelphia: ~102 miles
The Pocono Mountains region spans four counties, meaning that there's plenty to do.
Aside from mountains, the region has 150 lakes for outdoor activities any time of year. Throughout the area, you'll find quaint towns that are perfect for relaxing after a day of zip lining, hiking, or river rafting.
Phoenix: Sedona, Arizona
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Distance from Phoenix: ~116 miles
Cool off (slightly) from the Phoenix heat and enjoy the red rocks of Sedona. The city is known for its energy vortexes, which is a place where "energy is either entering into the earth or projecting out of the earth's plane," according to VisitSedona.com.
In fact, many people visit Sedona to seek spiritual development.
Washington, DC: Charlottesville, Virginia
Distance from Washington, DC: ~116 miles
Charlottesville is an idyllic college town, home to the University of Virginia. Enjoy the area's local charm by dining at student favorite restaurants and shopping at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall (don't let the name fool you, the shopping center is outdoors).
If you're looking for some history, drive just a few miles past downtown and you'll find Monticello. While it was once home to President Thomas Jefferson, the property is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Seattle: Vancouver, British Columbia
Distance from Seattle: ~143 miles
Why not travel to a different country when it's just a few hours away by car? Vancouver, British Columbia's most populous city, is great for active travelers.
From venturing out to Whistler Mountain to crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge just outside the city, Vancouver is a manageable outdoor getaway only a few hours from Seattle.
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