2021 is almost here! If you're ready to move into the new year with a fresh start and a new adventure, it's the perfect time to start planning a vacation! (I think we ALL need a vacation at this point!) Here are some of our top picks for destinations to visit in 2021!
Many Caribbean islands are open to US travelers! Whatever you're looking for in an island vacation, you'll find it in the Caribbean, whether you're looking for an active adventure or a relaxing getaway. You may want to enjoy Negril's legendary seven-mile beach in Jamaica, explore one of the Caribbean's most romantic islands with a trip to Antigua, or go adventuring among volcanic beaches and reef-diving sites of Saint Lucia. The Caribbean is also a fantastic destination for all-inclusive values, and most resorts have reopened with updated safety protocols (like these ones at Sandals Resorts), making them a great place to relax and distance at the same time. Please note that requirements to visit each Caribbean island can vary, and most require a negative COVID test before travel.
Walt Disney World
A classic milestone vacation destination, Walt Disney World is open again with modified operations for their four theme parks. If you're ready to have some magic to look forward to, you can now book vacation packages through the end of 2021. With the majority of attractions open, and with more restaurants and resort hotels opening in 2021, Walt Disney World continues to offer up magical experiences with updated safety practices. Plus, resort hotel reservations and vacation packages have a very flexible cancellation policy through April of 2021, allowing you to cancel up until the day of check-in!
Bonus: Looking for a little taste of Disney, but aren't ready for a visit to the theme parks quite yet? Disney offers some beautiful and relaxing beach resorts, so you can enjoy a beach resort vacation with a little touch of pixie dust. You can soak it all in at Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida, or Disney's Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina.
Home to many favorite adventures including Jurassic Park, Marvel Superhero Island, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort is a great place for thrills and immersive fun. The resort re-opened on June 5, and has put a variety of health and safety measures in place so guests can enjoy their adventure as safely as possible – you can learn more about their updated policies here. Vacation packages are also available for all of 2021, and can be booked for a refundable deposit of $50 per person.
Home to the world’s most active volcanoes, the only royal palace in the U.S. and the welcoming aloha spirit—Hawaii is like no place on earth. Discover the glimmering ocean, emerald valleys and golden sands; get lost in the spiritual beauty of the hula and find out how the warmth of Hawaii’s people wonderfully complement the islands’ perfect temperatures. Now open to travelers, it's a great ay to visit a tropical destination with no passport required! Please note that Hawaii requires a negative COVID-19 test (max 72 hours prior to travel) and Travel Health form, or a 14 day quarantine upon arrival.
There’s just something magical about Mexico. Incredible beaches, intriguing history, stunning nature, and world-class resorts make Mexico an extraordinary destination. Explore unique history and culture, sample delicious cuisine, and enjoy the beautiful variety of beaches, watersports, and natural adventures on both coasts of the country. Th majority of Mexico's major resort areas have reopened and are welcoming guests. Plus, Mexico is one of the few international destinations that does not require a negative COVID test for US travelers.
Take the scenic route for your vacation and explore America's landscapes by rail! Rail vacations offer an inclusive, customizable, picturesque way to visit incredible landmarks and natural wonders across North America. With rail connecting some of the most beautiful and popular destinations across the United States and Canada, rail vacations offer an eco-friendly, flexible, and fun way to discover America.
Looking to distance while you're on vacation in 2021? Experience the most awe-inspiring scenery in America, from incredible canyons and arches, to astonishing redwood forests, to majestic mountains, to historical heritage sites. With wide-open spaces, and with alternatives to flying, national parks are a great vacation choice for post-quarantine travel. Experience everything from the grandeur of Grand Canyon National Park, to the natural diversity of Yellowstone National Park.