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Five socially-distanced destinations for fall

Vacation may seem far-fetched in an era of COVID-19, but if you’re planning a fall getaway, we know just the spots where you can avoid crowds, soak in some much needed R and R and enjoy the great outdoors. The following destinations hold plenty of fresh air and beautiful views, and you can fly to each nonstop from Tampa International Airport.

Denver, Colorado

Whether you’re enjoying the mile-high city or hiking the Rockies, Colorado has some of the best mountain views and the purest air. With more than 200 miles of trails, take a weekend or a week-long trip to see red rocks, waterfalls and wild elk.

Get there nonstop on Frontier, Southwest or United.

Things to pack: Hiking boots, warm clothes, a good attitude

Salt Lake City, Utah

Home to spacious parks and scenic mountain drives, Salt Lake City also makes a great starting point for spectacular road trips farther afield – whether it’s to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks to the north, or Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks to the south. You can plan camping trips, go biking or just enjoy the one-of-a-kind views. Whatever you choose, you won’t run out of things to do in or near SLC.

Get there nonstop on Delta Air Lines.

Things to pack: Binoculars, camera, walking shoes


Key West, Florida

A quick hop from Tampa Bay lies an oasis of turquoise waters, colorful, palm tree-lined streets and the southernmost point of the U.S. Key West makes the perfect close-to-home trip for Tampa travelers, and has plenty of space for outdoor activities like boating, fishing or even shopping through quirky strip malls. Plus, you can get there in under an hour and a half from TPA.

Get there nonstop on Silver Airways.

Things to pack: Swim suit, flip flops, extra room to bring home some seashells

Seattle, Washington

Biking, hiking, sailing, kayaking, even whale watching – there’s not much you can’t do outdoors in Seattle. Known for its year-round greenery, the city is surrounded by mountains and is sandwiched between two bodies of water, making it the perfect getaway for those looking for open-air activities this fall. The metropolitan area also boasts beautiful sights like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Chihuly Garden.

Get there nonstop on Alaska Air.

Things to pack: Hiking boots, backpack, sneakers, an umbrella

Charlotte, North Carolina

Just a couple hours’ drive to some of the most beautiful mountains in the Southeast, Charlotte, North Carolina does not disappoint in the category of outdoor activities. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains boast beautiful views, waterfalls and plenty of spots for things like whitewater rafting, hiking, kayaking and tubing. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to visit North Carolina in the fall when the leaves are turning and the air is crisp?

Get there nonstop on American Airlines.

Things to pack: adventure gear, hiking boots, swim suit, comfy cabin clothes