Trip ideas for summer 2020

Travel ideas for your 2020 summer trip

Denver skyline from City Park. Photo: Nicholas Courtney/Shutterstock

You can’t take travel out of the traveler. Many of us have spent the last three months in some version of lockdown, feeling the urge to travel and explore. Now it’s summer — your summer — and you’re ready to make the most of it. But how do you do so responsibly? Plan to pack that mask and spend more time outdoors. Focus your trip on supporting the smaller, family-run businesses who truly need you.

And trust Southwest® to get you there. The airline has made a promise to support your comfort and well-being through practices such as cleaning between flights, enhanced overnight cleans, requiring customer-facing employees and passengers wear face coverings or masks (some exemptions apply), and keeping middle seats open through at least September 30. (Of course, you can still sit together. Southwest won’t be blocking seats or directing seating.) Not only that, but they’ve just rolled out some incredible low fares to unforgettable destinations around the country and are offering more points for booking flights and hotels.

Scope out the trip ideas below and check back in the coming weeks as we add more. Travel may look a bit different these days, but we should take time to get away and explore — and Southwest can help you summer how you wanna.

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Denver skyline

Rocky Mountain National Park

Larimer Square

A few hours by air from almost anywhere in the States, The Mile High City is a great choice for your summer 2020 trip. Life is lived outdoors here, and you’ll see why as soon as you step off the plane. The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains beckons in the distance, but make sure to devote ample time to exploring Denver’s outdoor art, eclectic food, and patio scenes as well.
You don’t have to take our word for it. “It’s time to trade isolation for a little vacation fun in Denver! Many of The Mile High City’s attractions have reopened, top restaurants are serving up healthy farm-to-table cuisine on expanded patios, and there’s plenty of room to reconnect with nature in the city’s surrounding wide-open spaces,” says Justin Bresler of VISIT DENVER.
If you’re looking for a quick trip to relax and reset, here’s an example of how a perfect day in Denver might look. Just remember that circumstances can change quickly these days, so it’s a good idea to double check operating hours and protocols for individual businesses before heading out.

Start with a morning refresh: Grab a to-go cold brew from Little Owl Coffee, and then head down the 16th St Mall to the flagpole outside Denver Union Station. There you’ll meet the folks at Denver Local Tours for a 90-minute private walking tour of LoDo, Denver’s oldest neighborhood. Don’t forget to wear your mask.

Get out of town: The craggy peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park are 90 minutes away. Plan ahead and reserve a timed entry permit — the park is currently operating at 60% capacity — for an afternoon hike in the Beaver Meadows area or a scenic drive along Trail Ridge Road.

Fill up with fresh take-out eats: Though many restaurants throughout Denver have opened their dining rooms, take-out means a fresh-air picnic wherever you want to wander. It also means a chance to support local: Ethiopian cuisine has been a fixture of Denver’s dining scene for 20+ years, most restaurants family-owned and operated. Scout out Konjo Ethiopian or The Ethiopian Restaurant for an earthy, spicy, crowd-pleasing meal.

Toast sunset with a patio cocktail: It’s impossible to choose, but wine slushies at Acova or a fresh pint at the wide-open Lowry Beer Garden certainly make the list. When in doubt, head to Larimer Square for a smorgasbord of open-air patios to choose from. Just because it’s happy hour doesn’t mean you have to go indoors — especially in Denver.

For more trip ideas and to stay abreast of the latest restrictions and closures, seek out the experts at VISIT DENVER.

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Photo credits: Brian Lewis, bjul/Shutterstock

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