Although many of us have begun to travel again, the way we do it certainly looks and feels different as we adjust to the new normal. But sometimes, we forget that we don’t need to travel too far from our own homes to experience something new. Embrace the staycation trend—and maybe gain a new perspective on your city or state—with these tips.

If You Live Near the Mountains…


If you live in a mountainous area, we’re guessing you’re already a little outdoorsy; we won’t tell you to get out and go for a hike. Off-roading, however, can be a new way to see parts of the mountains or trails you’d never be able to get to just hoofing it—it can even make it easier to get to unexplored trailheads. Renting a Jeep or even an open-air ATV can be a fun way to see the area around your home from a new perspective. And as the snow begins to fly, snowshoeing is a great way to embrace the cold and see your local trails in a new way (kids love it, too).

If You Live Near Water…


Whether it’s the ocean, a lake, or a river, if you’re lucky enough to live near water, activities abound. It’s still plenty warm enough in most places to get out on the water and get some sun. Packing up drinks and snacks and renting a pontoon boat can be a relaxing way to spend a day. Floating a river in innertubes or lounging in them just off the lakeshore allows you to easily cool off in the water when the sun gets too hot. Or if fitness is your focus, get in more of a workout by renting a kayak or paddleboard. (Check out our list of some of our favorite places to kayak around the U.S. here.)

If You Live Near the Desert…


Desert dwellers can rejoice that the blazing days are nearly behind us for the year. While others are beginning to pull out jackets and coats, take advantage of cooler weather and explore your area with a four-wheeler rental—it’s exhilarating to zip around and let the quad do the work over the rough desert terrain, or climb to the top of dunes with ease. Taking a long night drive to see the stars is a great reason to get out there, too. (We recommended a few of our favorite places to stargaze recently here.)

If You Live in a Metro Area…


You may have lived in your city for years, but it’s impossible to explore every nook and cranny. Take advantage of our more homebound days and appreciate your city a little more by visiting a new museum or restaurant you’ve never been to. Round out the day with luxe accommodations at a hotel nearby—make it a couple’s night or treat yourself to a solo getaway. (It might not hurt to book a spa treatment, either.) And while the weather’s still mild, take advantage of it: Find a park within the city you’ve never been to before and pack a picnic to enjoy some fresh scenery. These baskets even take the work out of it for you.

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