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California Among Best For Road Trip Travel

CALIFORNIA — Most travelers in the United States won’t be boarding planes or cruise ships this summer amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Americans will take 700 million road trips, accounting for 97 percent of all vacation-related travel, the American Automobile Association estimates.

Although congestion is anticipated to be lower than usual this summer, travelers are still urged to plan ahead.

“While the amount people drive is still low for this time of year, we know millions will be taking road trips in the months ahead,” INRIX transportation analyst Bob Pishue said in a statement. “The good news is, the

Some hotels, rentals bend California COVID-19 travel rules

Confused about whether it’s OK to stay in a hotel or vacation rental under California’s stricter stay-home rules? You aren’t alone.

Our unscientific survey of more than 50 hotels, motels and other lodgings showed widely mixed results, with the order garnering stronger allegiance in Northern California, weaker in Southern California.

The governor’s Dec. 3 order said lodgings in high-COVID areas of the state are open only to “essential workers” or people who must quarantine, not to vacationers. Still, many lodgings are leaving travelers to make their own decisions. And many travelers continue to scratch their heads or look for loopholes.

California Covid-19 stay-at-home orders set to take effect Sunday night

Roughly 33 million of California’s 39 million residents, about 85% of the nation’s most populous state, will be under the orders beginning Sunday evening.

Almost 6 million will be under the orders after six Bay Area governments decided not to wait for ICU capacity to fall below that threshold.

As of Sunday, ICU capacity in Southern California, the state’s most populous region, had fallen to 10.3%, according to the state’s Covid-19 website. In the San Joaquin Valley region, encompassing much of central California, that metric dipped to 6.6%.

The state reported more than 30,000 new cases on Sunday, a

Many California campgrounds, national park lodgings closed over new stay-home rules

Campgrounds and lodgings at Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and other national parks closed Monday to comply with new California stay-home rules. Also, California state parks in affected areas also closed campgrounds but remain open for day-use. The governor’s stay-at-home order announced Thursday went into effect late Sunday in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. The new, stricter rules go into effect when areas of the state fall below 15% ICU capacity.

Five counties in the Bay Area, which include the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley, also adopted the new order Sunday to address already overcrowded hospitals dealing

See animals at Griffith Park and Point Reyes in California

By Rachel Schnalzer
Design and illustrations by Jade Cuevas

Good morning, fellow adventurers. Earlier this week, L.A. County declared a new coronavirus surge, which means we must remain mindful as we plan our travel for the coming weeks and months. Mask wearing is important, and travelers should be vigilant about avoiding crowded destinations.

Fortunately, some of California’s most awe-inspiring places are isolated — and home to an impressive array of wildlife. Here are three open spaces where you can spot animals while remaining socially distanced from others.