Editor’s Note — This story was current at the time of last publication on January 12 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans.
(CNN) — With cases of Covid-19 reaching new heights in the United States, some states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations as the new year begins.
If you wish to travel to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings. States without travel restrictions might still have mask mandates.
This list is alphabetical and includes links where you should get more information and updates before you head out:
Cheaha State Park is a popular outdoor spot in Alabama with plenty of space to safely enjoy a hike.
UPDATE: Visitors to Alaska should have a “qualifying Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure” and upload their negative result to a Travel Declaration Form. You’re then asked to observe strict social distancing for five days. A second test is suggested — but not required — between days 5 and 14. If you don’t arrive with a negative Covid-19 result, you must take a Covid-19 test at the airport for $250 and quarantine at your own expense until you get the results. Check here for details and updates.
The Grand Canyon is synonymous with Arizona.
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California is under a regional stay-at-home order with many tourism-related businesses closed, including bars and museums. Nonessential travel is banned except in a region north of Sonoma County.
Travelers to California are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and avoid nonessential travel, which includes tourism. San Francisco has a mandatory, 10-day quarantine for anyone arriving from outside the nine-county Bay Area region. Check here for updates and details.
It’s winter in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Know the state’s current status on travel.
Pitkin County, Colorado (which includes ski resort Aspen/Snowmass), requires overnight visitors to complete a health affidavit and provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or face a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Anyone traveling to Connecticut from anywhere other than New York, New Jersey or Rhode Island must self-quarantine for 10 days. You must also fill out a travel health form. Failure to do either could result in a $500 fine. You can be exempt from the quarantine with a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or after receiving a negative result for a test taken after arrival. Check here for updates and details.
Manatee encounters are popular in Florida.
Hawaii has a complicated and evolving set of travel requirements and you can expect variation within the islands. You should read them thoroughly before you plan a trip and check often for updates.
According to the state: “Travelers wishing to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative Covid-19 test results — from a trusted testing partner — prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. Travelers heading to Hawaii must upload their negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test result with them when boarding their flight.”
Illinois has no travel restrictions, but the city of Chicago does. It places visitors in red, orange and yellow categories depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular state.
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UPDATE: As of January 12, there are no statewide restrictions in Illinois, but visitors heading to Chicago have been placed in two categories — orange and yellow. Anyone from an orange state must quarantine for 10 days or have a negative Covid-19 test result no more than 72 hours old to avoid the quarantine. There are no specific requirements for yellow states (which is currently only Hawaii). Check here for the list of states and more information before you travel.
While mostly open, Kansas has some unusually specific quarantine requirements subject to change. Check here for updates and more details.
Courthouse Rock in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky is gorgeous on a foggy sunrise.
The Bluegrass State has been discouraging out-of-state leisure travel since December 14. If you decide to go anyway, the state asks you to self-quarantine for 14 days. Read Kentucky’s travel advisory here.
Beautiful fall colors of Acadia National Park in Maine are past their peak, but the state has natural beauty all year.
Travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival or sign a form stating they’ve received a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. You may also get tested upon arriving in Maine but must quarantine while awaiting results. Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont are exempt from these rules. Check here for updates.
Otherwise, visitors must quarantine for 10 days or have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Check here as well for updates.
Michigan’s Mackinac Island is one of its most charming spots.
As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Michigan, though some of the activities and venues vacationers might enjoy are not open or very limited in operations for now. Check here for updates.
Visitors to Minnesota are asked to quarantine for 14 days or follow CDC guidelines on how to shorten a quarantine. Also note that many indoor tourism venues are either closed or have tight restrictions. Find out more: Explore Minnesota | Minnesota Department of Health.
The Natchez Trace runs from Mississippi to Tennessee and is a good way to travel while socially distancing.
As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Montana. Travel restrictions might vary at Native American reservations. Check here for updates.
Nevada doesn’t have travel restrictions — so that means Vegas fans can visit. You’ll still need to keep precautions in mind.
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Visitors to New Hampshire are asked to self-quarantine for 10 days unless they are arriving from elsewhere in New England. People who get a negative Covid-19 test result on or after the seventh day of quarantining can break it early. Check here for updates.
UPDATE: Tourism is discouraged. Travelers not from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging with the following in mind:
— If travel is unavoidable, you should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) one to three days before the trip and again three to five days afterward.
— If you test negative, you should quarantine for seven days after travel.
People traveling from out-of-state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter. Exemptions from low-risk states are allowed, but as of January 12, no states were deemed low risk. Check here for updates.
Know New York’s new testing requirements before you take on the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Current guidelines allow travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory. Covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. You can check for important details on how to test out along with other updates.
As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina. Check here for updates and details on closings and mandates.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is in Cleveland.
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Travelers visiting Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or more are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This list updates each Wednesday. Check here for details.
People arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Nonessential travel, which includes tourism, is discouraged. Check here for updates and details.
Before you visit Pittsburgh, make sure you know Pennsylvania’s travel restrictions.
Travelers arriving in Pennsylvania are required to quarantine for 10 days or provide a negative Covid-19 test result that’s less than 72 hours old upon arrival. Check here for updates.
Those traveling to Rhode Island from a state that has a positive testing rate of 5% or more must quarantine for 14 days. Travelers can opt out of the quarantine if they can provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. This exception does not apply to international arrivals. You can check that list of states here.
As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in South Dakota. Some routes through Native American lands might be closed. Check here for updates.
Knoxville is a popular college town in Eastern Tennessee.
As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Texas. The state urges people to wear a mask, saying “an itty-bitty piece of cloth goes a long way towards keeping yourself and others healthy.” Check here for updates.
Winter has come Utah and places such as The Canyons.
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As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Utah, though there is a statewide mask mandate. Check here for updates.
Vermont has a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival for nonessential travel. You have the option of taking a Covid-19 PCR test on day seven of the quarantine and ending the quarantine early with a negative reading. Check here for updates.
UPDATE: As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Virginia. The state is urging people not to go to Washington, DC, and the Virginia suburbs for the inauguration. If you do travel to Virginia, the state suggests getting tested one to three days before travel and again three to five days after you return. Check here for updates.
UPDATE: Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended a pause of various activities, many of interest to tourists, through January 22. Travel for the inauguration and tourism is discouraged. If you do go, travel requirements apply to anyone coming to the District from a state with more than 10 cases per 100,000 people. Visitors are asked to get tested 72 hours or less before coming to DC. If you’re there for more than three days, you’re asked to get tested again. Check here for updates and important details.
Washington state recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for interstate and international travel. Tourists are being discouraged from visiting. Check here for details, including information on the Covid variant.
As of January 12, there were no statewide travel restrictions. However, the state is discouraging nonessential travel. Check here for updates.
The Grand Teton mountain range in Grand Teton National Park is stunning any time of year.
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