Best safe USA small towns for road trips in June of 2020

Spring of 2020 has been one of the strangest times to be alive in many decades, and this article is here to give some ideas to those who are ready to finally venture out of their homes and their areas again. As we discussed at the end of March, it was becoming clear that road trips would be the best vacation option for most Americans, especially since very few people want to board planes at the moment and gas is still amazingly cheap.

This collection of vacation destination suggestions below are all chosen as great road-trip destinations for the era we are currently living through. Most of them are smaller towns and cities where social distancing will be so easy that you won't have to be terrified every time you are in public. These towns are very worthwhile under any conditions, and even a bit nicer for those looking to get out and still stay safe.

Social distanced travel should be safe

There are debates ranging now whether people should leave their homes much less leave the area they live in, but it's becoming increasingly clear that when done carefully we can leave the hous safely. As we mention in that article linked above, going to smaller towns and focusing on smaller hotel and motels as well as Airbnbs should be safe. Small towns usually have big restaurants that already have tables far apart, and of course in summer many of them have outdoor dining, which is even safer.

Best safe USA places to go in June of 2020

St. Augustine, Florida

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • June avg precip: 5.8″/14.7cm

Famously known as the oldest city in the United States (founded in 1565), St. Augustine is also a charming beach town that is pleasantly spread out at its edges. There are a few large hotels in the gorgeous historic district at its center, but there are also plenty of smaller hotels and motels and Airbnbs spread through the area. With a local population of about 15,000, St. Augustine really does feel like a small town where it is fairly easy to keep your distance from others if you need to.

It's recommended to take one of the ubiquitous little tourist trolleys on your first day to aquaint yourself with the Fountain of Youth, the historic fort, and all of the other local attractions. After that you might just want to relax on one of the local beaches, which rarely get very crowded and parking is usually free.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$108 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$178 per night for two people

Asheville, North Carolina

  • June avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • June avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 3.4″/8.6cm

An eastern US charm, Asheville is a well known small city situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains and close to the Smoky Mountains. With lots of Airbnbs in every direction of Asheville, you'll find lots of great accommodation choices that allow you to easily practice social distancing. This can also be said of the restaurants, diners, and cafes in the area. With take out already a norm here, you'll find that getting a great meal to take back to your rental or out on a hike is pretty easy.

Speaking of hiking, you'll find a rather large amount of hiking trails here, as well as the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway which offers a stunning drive dotted with waterfalls, viewpoints, and old partially preserved buildings and mills that you can explore.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$139 per night for two people

Sanibel and Captiva, Florida

  • June avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • June avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • June avg precip: 10″/2.5cm

A look into old Florida, both Sanibel and Captiva offer visitors space, relaxation, fantastic views, bike paths, great eats, and several accommodation options. When searching through your accommodation options, you'll find Airbnbs, hotels, and motels. All of these do cost more money than staying in nearby Cape Coral and Fort Myers, but are well worth the cost. You'll also find lots of restaurant options, all with take out available, and some with outdoor seating. If you love the idea of taking a relaxing bicycle ride around Sanibel, you'll notice there are a few rental companies to choose from, along with bike paths that are both shaded almost all the way through and are a safe distance from the road.

The main reason why these two islands are great choices for social distancing is the price to visit all of the beaches here. First, you'll have to pay a toll to get to the islands, then each and every beach requires you to pay to park, by the hour. These costs do add up, but also keep the masses of off the island.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$175 per night for two people

Daytona, Florida

  • June avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • June avg precip: 5.8″/14.7cm

While it's true that Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale have more to see and do than Daytona Beach, they are also rather crowded places where it's difficult to keep to yourself if you prefer. Daytona Beach has over 23 miles of white, sandy beaches, including a famous section that you can drive (slowly) on if you pay the $20 fee that also includes parking. These beaches are justifiably popular, but they go on and on so finding your own little area is not too challenging.

Daytona is famously where Stock Car racing began and maintains its headquarters, and Daytona International Speedway normally has tours and attractions available on non-race days. Since the city is so popular during the spring months, it's got plenty of hotel and motel rooms as well as quite a few Airbnb options, and prices are especially reasonable in non-peak months such as June. There is even a fairly large airport nearby, although Daytona is also driving distance from large portions of the southeastern United States.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$142 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$161 per night for two people

Fredericksburg, Texas

  • June avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 67°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 3.8″/9.6cm

You'll be in good company if you've never heard of Fredericksburg, Texas, but nearly all Texans adore this small and historic town that is also the beating heart of the Texas wine industry. Founded in 1846 by German immigrants, Fredericksburg maintains one of the most charming small-town downtowns in the region. The resident population is only about 10,000, yet somehow the town is packed virtually every weekend with visitors from all four of the states huge cities because they range from 1 hour to 4 hours by car from the town.

The Texas Hill Country reaches the edges of San Antonio and Austin, but Fredericksburg is in the heart of it and it has a totally different feeling from busy Texas city life. The closest freeway is about 20 miles away, so you'll reach the town on one of the country highways. If you come in on Highway 290 from Austin, you'll pass several dozen wineries and tasting rooms, as well as a new beer brewery. There are a handful of hotels in Fredericksburg, and it's really the “BnBs” that are the most popular way of enjoying the area and keeping away from crowds at the same time. Speaking of that, you might check our 4-unit place called Beethoven Villas, which is in the heart of downtown on a quiet street surrounded by restaurants and tasting rooms.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$187 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$231 per night for two people

Marfa, Texas

  • June avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • June avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • June avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Probably the oddest place on this list, Marfa, Texas might also be the most remote, and that is part of its appeal. This tiny artist community of about 2,000 residents looks like many other semi-alive small Texas towns that are decades past their prime, but with a closer look you'll notice that it's actually filled with working artists and it's one of the coolest places you haven't visited yet. James Dean filmed Giant near here in 1956, and more recently There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men have filmed here as well.

There are only a few real hotels, including the famous Hotel Paisano where many of the stars have stayed, but there are quite a few rental houses and even some nearby campgrounds with cabins as well as a small fleet of Airstream trailers for rent by the night. The main downside is that Marfa is hundreds of miles from even El Paso and the only notable thing that is closer is Big Bend National Park. On the plus side, it's at almost 5,000 feet elevation so the evenings cool off even on the hottest summer days, which is something very rare and desirable in Texas in June.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$264 per night for two people

Huntsville, Alabama

  • June avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 67°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 4.3″/10.9cm

Those looking for a small city rather than a small town might consider Huntsville, Alabama, with a population of about 180,000. In many ways Huntsville is a typical southern town with a charming downtown and some lovely parks and nearby recreation areas. One of the things that makes Huntsville unique is that it is also home to Marshall Space Flight Center, which is NASA's largest complex and where most of its planning work goes on. Space Camp is also in Huntsville, alongside the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which is known as Earth's largest space museum. Having all of these smart and interesting people in a small southern city has given the place a wonderful ambience and plenty of interesting things to do.

Huntsville has a good mix of hotels and Airbnbs, and generally almost all of it is nicely spread out so keeping your distance is going to be fairly easy. As if the NASA attractions aren't enough, this area boasts another interesting attraction in the Unclaimed Baggage Center in nearby Scottsboro. It's not an auction, contrary to popular belief, but it is a very large store filled with all sorts of items that were left behind on airplanes and in luggage. It's a great place to get some electronics at appealing prices, although the clothes areas seem to be even more popular.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$111 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$127 per night for two people

Roanoke, Virginia

  • June avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • June avg low: 62°F/17°C
  • June avg precip: 3.8″/9.7cm

Found in the northern portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke grants visitors access to scenic drives, fantastic mountain viewpoints, more hiking trails than you can count, and lots of great outdoor activities from camping to exploring the remains of local settlements. Because you'll be practicing social distancing, you'll want to stay clear of downtown with its narrow streets, but will still find lots of dining options that offer take out elsewhere in town.

When looking for a place to stay, you'll find cabins, vacation homes, and Airbnbs to choose from. Because of this variety, you'll be able to pick and choose what accommodation makes you feel the most comfortable, and then from there, you can choose which hikes, restaurants, and adventures to go on.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$85 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people

Burlington, Vermont

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • June avg precip: 3.7″/9.4cm

A lake town, Burlington offers lots to do and see, along with lots of ways to stay a reasonable distance from others. Some of these ways include bike paths, private cruises, hiking trails, and sunset viewing on Lake Champlain. You'll also quickly notice that take out is popular here, as well as outdoor seating at many of the local restaurants and cafes.

So, even though this is a college town that can get pretty busy during the farmer's market season, there are plenty of ways to stay away from crowds and enjoy the area by yourself or solely with your group.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$152 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$198 per night for two people

Bar Harbor, Maine

  • June avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • June avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • June avg precip: 4.1″/10.4cm

If you ever wanted to visit Acadia National Park, then Bar Harbor is where you'll want to stay. A very small town that's actually located on an island just off of the coast of Maine, Bar Harbor offers social distancing in a quaint setting. Here you'll find very small hotels, Airbnbs, and vacation rentals to choose from. Because of the small amount of rooms here, you'll find that even though there is a fair amount of people who visit Acadia National Park, there are not a lot of people who stay within Bar Harbor.

You'll also find a few good eats that offer take out. If you still don't like the idea of getting food from a restaurant, you can purchase food at the grocery store and take it back to your rental to prepare and cook.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$130 per night for two people

Portland, Maine

  • June avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • June avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • June avg precip: 3.8″/9.7cm

Known for its fresh seafood, waterfront views, Victorian-era homes, mountain views, river views, and trails, Portland is a fun town that attracts a wide range of visitors. But even though it is so well known, you won't have to worry about being shoulder to shoulder with other travelers.

Because of all of the vacation rentals and Airbnbs available, alongside lots of outdoor dining spaces that offer fantastic views of the coastline, you shouldn't have to be concerned about people getting into your personal space. And if you are still nervous about outside seating, you can always order your seafood to go.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$153 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$169 per night for two people

Conway, New Hampshire

  • June avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 52°F/11°C
  • June avg precip: 4.4″/11.2cm

A small town in eastern New Hampshire, Conway offers visitors access to the famed Conway scenic railroad, waterfalls, and Echo Lake. Although this part of the US is most well known for its Autumn presentation, it's beautiful during June as well.

And you'll find lots of different types of accommodation options here, including house and cabin rentals, making social distancing easy your entire visit. If you enjoy the water, then you'll find boating here as well, which is easy to be socially distant with.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$136 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$162 per night for two people

Blue Ridge and Helen, Georgia

  • June avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • June avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • June avg precip: 5.6″/14.2cm

If you have the itch to travel to far distant lands, then you'll want to consider driving to Helen, Georgia. Modeled off of Bavaria, this tiny little town offers great food, historic looking buildings, and a little river to enjoy. You'll also find a lot of Airbnb cabins, in pretty much every single direction.

Close by is Blue Ridge, Georgia. Another small town, Blue Ridge offers access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, good food, u-pick farms, and wineries in addition to cabin rentals that are spaced far apart. If you choose to stay in one of these two towns, you'll be able to easily visit the other.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$139 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$317 per night for two people

Savannah, Georgia

  • June avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 6″/15.2cm

A southern city with lots of character, Savannah is a good social distancing choice for those who love architecture, southern comfort food, and large oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Though you will find large hotels here, you'll also find lots of smaller hotels and Airbnbs that offer more privacy and distance between visitors.

Food here is everywhere, from vegan options to southern classics. What you'll also find are lots of take out menus and lots of parks and green spaces to enjoy your food at. So, if a picnic sounds like a good idea to you, you'll find lots of places to set one up that won't seat you directly next to someone else.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$156 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$167 per night for two people

Forks, Washington

  • June avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • June avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • June avg precip: 3.9″/9.9cm

A small town surrounded by wildernesHi s that gained recognition with the Twilight series, Forks is one of the best places to visit for solitude and to be surrounded by nature. Though there are restaurants here, your best bet is to head to the small local grocery and grab items to prepare meals at home in your Airbnb.

When looking for activities to enjoy during your stay, you'll find that everything in this part of Washington State is nature based. This includes the great Olympic National Park and Hoh National Forest. Also, if you love to fish, then you'll find lots of opportunities to do so in the Calawah, Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers that surround the town.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$166 per night for two people

Spokane, Washington

  • June avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • June avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • June avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Though not would you would typically think of when dreaming about a Washington vacation, Spokane offers a different look at the state and replaces wet coastlines and fern forests with a drier landscape that still impresses and offers lots to do away from other people. When looking into places to stay, you'll want to look for Airbnbs on the outskirts of town, rather then hotels in the middle of town.

And because there are lots of great cafes and restaurants throughout the area, you'll have lots of different take out options to enjoy. Outdoor activities here include venturing around the Spokane River Centennial Trail, Spokane Falls, and the John A. Finch Arboretum.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$188 per night for two people

Bend, Oregon

  • June avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • June avg low: 42°F/6°C
  • June avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

Perfect for outdoorsy people, Bend is a hard place to leave, and one that people visit over and over again. Here you'll find water activities, hiking trails, old buildings, over 80 parks and large spaces to enjoy away from people, as well as cozy hotels and Airbnbs, and dining options that take you back in time. Because cabins dot the town, both on the water and off, it's easy to find an accommodation that's far from other visitors and locals.

On the other hand, it'll be hard to find a second wasted here as there truly is so much to do and see, even when keeping your distance from both other visitors and locals. One note you'll want to think about is when you hike. It's best to take a hike in the morning before the crowds show up.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$142 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$161 per night for two people

South Lake Tahoe, California

  • June avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • June avg low: 37°F/3°C
  • June avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Though there are hotels found throughout South Lake Tahoe, you'll find that these hotels are more of a motel design with easy to reach room doors that open directly out into the parking lot, which help to aid in social distancing. Dining options here are stationed on either side of the main road, with almost all of them offering outdoor seating and take out. When visiting South Lake, you'll quickly notice the abundance of hiking trails and nooks and crannies to explore.

Due to the large number of trials to explore, as well as places to drive to all around the lake, you shouldn't have any difficulty staying a reasonable distance away from other groups of people. In fact, it should be noted that though the sand beaches like El Dorado Beach are popular, there are lots of rocky (yet still somewhat easy to transverse) pathways to different parts of the lake that are more sparsely used.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$159 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$172 per night for two people

Eureka, California

  • June avg high: 62°F/17°C
  • June avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • June avg precip: 0.8″/2cm

If you love the charm of historical buildings and old fishing vessels, then you'll want to consider visiting this seaside port town located in Northern California. There are various styles of hotels to choose from as well as Airbnbs that allow for easier social distancing. Restaurant choices here offer both sit down seating and take out. When looking for things to do, you'll want to check out the Redwood Highway, the Lost Coast Trail, and Humboldt Bay.

If it is open, you'll want to set aside a few hours to visit the Humboldt Botanical Garden. Because of the large walkways and various gardens in between each walkway, you'll find it's very easy to stay a safe distance away from other visitors.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$116 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$185 per night for two people

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