Two of the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in the U.S. Are Reopening

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<p>After being cooped up in quarantine for months, we’re all <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/canceled-summer-activities-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>more than ready to get outside</a> and breathe some fresh air. Luckily, two iconic attractions are reopening just in time—and they both have plenty of room to roam. Yellowstone, America’s first national park, and the Grand Canyon, the second <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/national-parks-without-crowds/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>most-visited national park</a>, are welcoming sightseers this week. But not everything will look as it did pre-pandemic. So, before you lace up your hiking boots and set off on your next adventure, make sure to double check these changes as national parks reopen. And for more quick trips you can take amid coronavirus, check out the <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/safe-weekend-getaways/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>6 Easy Getaways You Can Safely Take This Weekend</a>.</p>
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<p>Many tourist attractions and national parks are reopening in phases. The Grand Canyon, for instance, started by <a href=”https://www.abc15.com/news/state/grand-canyons-south-rim-to-fully-reopen-on-june-5-north-rim-to-reopen-with-some-limits” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>partially opening</a> the South Rim. But travelers can only enter this popular section <a href=”https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/grand-canyon-national-park-public-health-update.htm” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m.</a> (Once you’re in the park, you may stay until sunset.) The West Rim opened Jun. 1, so fearless tourists can now stroll across the <a href=”https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/grand-canyon/2020/05/29/grand-canyon-skywalk-reopens-june-1-coronavirus-precautions-grand-canyon-west-rim/5286549002/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Grand Canyon Skywalk</a>, a glass bridge that teeters 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. On Jun. 5, both the North and South Rims will be completely reopened.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, Yellowstone’s east and south entrances in Wyoming opened on May 18. On Jun. 1, the <a href=”https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/20021.htm” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>three remaining access points in Montana</a> began operating as part of the state’s second phase of reopening. All of Yellowstone’s visitor centers are closed for the foreseeable future. And for places you won’t see for a long time, check out <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/last-places-reopen-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>These Will Be the Last Places to Reopen After the Coronavirus</a>.</p>
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<p>Although both parks are open during the daytime, it’s very difficult—if not impossible—to spend the night. At the Grand Canyon, the Mather Campground on the South Rim will reopen on Jun. 5, however the <a href=”https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/lodging.htm” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>lodges and other campgrounds are shuttered indefinitely</a>.</p>
<p>At Yellowstone, <a href=”https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>37 cabins managed by Xanterra Travel Collection</a> opened at Mammoth Hot Springs on Jun. 1, with more to come the rest of the month. However, campgrounds are set to reopen in phase two (sometime later in June) and the national park’s lodges are scheduled to be part of phase three, but no specific dates have been announced. And for more ways hotels could look different post-pandemic, check out the <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/hotel-room-changes-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>8 Things You May Never See in Hotel Rooms Again</a>.</p>
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<p>Have you dreamed of cruising along the Colorado River or driving down Yellowstone’s scenic roads? Well, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. At the Grand Canyon, the <a href=”https://www.flagstaffbusinessnews.com/hualapai-river-runners-to-relaunch-grand-canyon-whitewater-rafting-tours/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>first river rafting trips to resume</a> are those organized by the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, starting on Jun. 8. The remaining commercial whitewater rafting trips are postponed until Jun. 14.</p>
<p>Yellowstone, meanwhile, has <a href=”https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/05/29/montana-gates-yellowstone-park-opening-monday/5281796002/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>banned all large tour buses</a>, according to park superintendent <strong>Cam Sholly</strong>.</p>
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<p>Some states may be <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/reopened-states-lockdown/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>lifting lockdowns</a>, but safety measures are still in full force. When travelers arrive at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, they will <a href=”https://grandcanyonwest.com/staysafe/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>undergo a contactless temperature check</a> and be asked about any COVID-19 symptoms. They must also <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/myths-about-face-masks/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>wear face masks</a> and social distance by six feet. Restaurants and gift shops will have occupancy limits and signs to remind groups to spread out. In addition, there will be <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/hand-sanitizer-alcohol/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>hand sanitizer</a> stations near key touch points (like doors and cash registers).</p>
<p>Yellowstone is also taking safety precautions seriously. The national park has <a href=”https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/20018.htm” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>spent $136,000 on sanitizing equipment</a>, personal protective equipment, and signs promoting personal hygiene and social distancing. It has also expanded boardwalks around Old Faithful and other popular thermal areas to provide more space for people.</p>
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<p>To entice travelers, the Grand Canyon is offering some unbelievable deals. Healthcare workers, firefighters, first responders, and teachers can enter the <a href=”https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/grand-canyon-west-thanks-front-line-workers-with-free-admission-announces-59-admission-and-skywalk-through-july-301066101.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>West Rim area for free</a> until Jun. 8. Tourists, on the other hand, can buy discounted tickets through Jul. 31. (This includes a $59 deal for the Skywalk, which typically costs $82.) And to budget for future vacation plans, check out <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/flight-cost-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>This Is What It Will Cost to Fly After Coronavirus</a>.</p>

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