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Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Alert: Cases are Rising

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. As cold weather moves in, people spend more time indoors. As the holidays approach, take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against COVID-19. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

Biden Lifts Controversial Travel Ban on Muslim Majority Countries

President Joe Biden this week reversed a controversial travel ban on certain countries with majority Muslim populations in one of his first efforts to overturn actions taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

“The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — first from primarily Muslim countries, and later, from largely African countries,” Biden wrote in his presidential action reversing the ban on Wednesday. “Those actions are a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all faiths and no faith at all.”

The executive order, criticized as a Muslim ban, was first enacted in 2017 and jeopardized the visas of people in several countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order was immediately challenged in court and went through several iterations with a more narrow version eventually upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote.

In January 2020, Trump again considered widening the ban to include more countries like Myanmar, Sudan, and Tanzania.

CDC Mandates COVID Tests for Anyone Flying to the U.S.

If you’re flying into the U.S. on January 26 or later, you’re going to need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new rule applies to U.S. citizens as well as foreign travelers. Air passengers will be required to obtain a viral test within three days of the departure date of their flight. Written documentation (paper or electronic copy) must be showed to the airline in order to board the plane.

According to the CDC, travelers can show “documentation of recovery” from COVID-19 in lieu of a test, however, the CDC did not specify how long ago a person must have recovered from the virus.

The order was signed on January 12, but will not take effect until January 26 in order to give airlines and passengers sufficient notice to comply.

This mandatory step adds an extra layer of protection to the CDC’s current recommendation that people get tested again 3-5 days after returning home, as well as quarantine for 7 days after travel.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk, ”CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD said in a press release, “but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.”

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Tourist attractions in the USA

Best Destinations in USA

From the presence of big cities to beachfront, the United States comprises different destinations which makes it for a traveler to decide on which to visit. Before a place could be tagged as a top site attraction for people to see, some other things have to be considered. Such as accommodation, attractions, and feeding options. The United States might have various places you want to see, but here are some of the places you won’t want to miss. So start preparing yourself because this coming Christmas is going to be amazing. Here is a list of places we have prepared for you;

  • Grand Canyon National Park

It is located in the southwestern United States, it is a place you must visit. Grand Canyon has been home to many visitors for so many decades. If you wish to experience the greatness of the United States, ensure you plan your trip to this place. It has the Colorado River across the Canyon, making it a place for white-water rifting. You can decide to extend your visit by hiking to the most visited spot which is the south rim of the Grand Canyon. No matter the spot you chose to spend your time here, you are sure to enjoy the sight of high rocks.

  • New York Statue of Liberty

I’m sure we all have come across the Statue of Liberty in movies or videos. The statue was designed by a French sculptor, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. It was given as a gift to the United State by France and was erected in the year 1886. It stands at a total height of 93 meters (305ft) including the pedestal. Do you know that you can access the Statue right from the inside? Yes, you can, take the whole 354 steps to the crown of the statue where you can have a better view of the City of New York.

  • Los Angeles Hollywood

Hollywood is packed with different landmarks and cultural icon center of attractions. It is the center for most of the rich movie festivals. Of so many things you can do there, you can decide to go see the name of stars on the walk of fame, take a look at the footprints of your favorite stars at the Chinese Theatre, and who knows, you might run into any of your stars there in Hollywood. Apart from the entertainment part of this place, you can visit stores to get yourself some nice dresses or sit down to dine with your loved ones.

  • Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is also known as Sin City is a city that houses many side attractions like casinos, hotels, bars, night clubs and so many more like that. The strip is known to house some of the largest hotels, resorts, and casinos in the world. The presence of hotels even makes it easy to tour around the whole strip. Go around the casino to gamble, make some money, and then retire to treat yourself to a nice meal in the hotel.

  • San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

It was once tagged the bridge that couldn’t be built. But today, it stands among the seven wonders of the modern world. It took four years for it to be built, and was opened in the year 1937. The whole bridge is held on by twin towers that are of 746 feet; they were once taller than any skyscraper in San Francisco.

  • Yellowstone National Park

The first national park in America is a site for any lover of nature. Lovers of animals will also be pleased to visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where they learn more about wildlife. Sitting on a dormant volcano, Yellowstone has hot springs and geysers than any other place on earth. Wildlife ranging from herds of buffalo, wolves, and grizzly bears. You can spend hours driving through the park and seeing the wonders that nature has to offer.

  • Washington D.C

The country’s capital has a lot more to offer than you can think of. Some of the popular monuments include the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument where you get to tour around. Other place to visit are the National Arboretum or Rock Creek Park, Smithsonian museums, and District of Columbia’s green spaces. All those walking around can then be rewarded with a meal at any of the restaurants around.

  • Miami Orlando

So many of us have seen Miami only in the movies, the best depiction is the large beaches with ladies in bikinis and all. This is what you get to enjoy when you visit the city of Miami. Housing is not a problem, as you can get places close to the beach for better viewing. Local restaurants are also there to serve you with their different varieties of dishes.

  • San Diego Zoo

Lovers of animals should gather in here. The zoo is located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. It has more than 3,500 animals of about 650 species and subspecies. The zoo was a pioneer in the idea of an open-air exhibition of animals. This was help recreate the natural habitats of the animals. The zoo provides a tour bus around the place and skyfari that give you access to the aerial view of the zoo.

  • Honolulu, Hawaii

The dream place for most travelers. Honolulu provides the combination of the beach and urban environment, with fine weather all year round. Some of the beaches to visit are the Kailua’s Lanikai Beach and Waikiki Beach. Extend your visit to the Honolulu naval sight that has the Battleship Missouri Memorial and World War II Valor.

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Top Sites in France

Popular Destinations

France has been tagged as the most-visited country in the world. Not only that, its cities, culture, and landmarks are known all across the world. When we mention France, the place that comes to mind first is the Eiffel Tower. This Tower features not only pictures but also in movies and documentaries. Another known thing about France is its cuisine, which comprises of cheese, wine, and bread. People of France are known for their love for vintage and exquisite wine. France is also known to be the center for food, cinema, art, and fashion, making it the largest country in the European Union. Here is a list of 9 cities you can visit in France.

  • Paris

Paris is a city and the capital of France, and one of the biggest cities in Europe. Paris is basically known as a city of romance, with lots of historical backgrounds. They have a wide range of cultures ranging from clothing to food, art, and designs. It houses most of the popular fashion brands of today; Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, and so many more. Other places to visit include; Notre dame cathedral, Louvre museum, Disneyland Paris, etc.

  • Nice

Nice was once a regional capital for Rome and still serves its purpose as the path to French Riviera. The beauty of Nice comes from the old architectural designs of the mansions and boulevards. This is why artists find this place alluring for gallery shows. Other things to do in Nice; visit the Musée Marc Chagall, spend time at the Nice carnival, visit the beach bar, take a hike on the coast, and so many more.

  • Dordogne

This place a lot more to offer tourists, from a nice view, rivers, forests, and some of the magical villages like La Roque Gageac, Beynac, etc. You can spend time at the Jardins Suspendus, Bergerac which is known for its vineyard of tomato, grape, hazelnuts, and strawberries. This makes them known for their expertise in wine tasting. You will feel welcome.

  • Mont Saint-Michel

No matter the holiday you are in for, you will be sure to enjoy every bit of this place. This place is packed with many activities to do, from canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, and nature journey. Other times can be spent in water parks, zoos. Here are other places to visit; tour around the Mont Saint-Michel abbey, shop at the les galleries du mont Saint-Michel, spend time at the champrepus zoo, etc.

  • Cannes

This place is the best place to visit especially around may when the annual Cannes film festival has lots of movie stars around. With its closeness to the sea, there are hotels close to the beaches where you can sit to relax. Museums, a market filled with fresh farm produce, park for hiking, and so on.

  • Bordeaux

Like the name says, you will be welcome to visit this city that is tagged as the home of wine. No one needs to tell you of the small wineries located all around. To make this known, a 21st-century architectural site (La Cité du Vin) was designed to let know the importance of wine to the city. Other places to visit are; Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux Wine, Bordeaux Cathedral, etc.

  • Loire Valley

This valley was once a place for kings, queens, nobles, and dukes. Castles and palaces have been established here by them. With halls and banquet halls around, surrounded with vineyards. With the vineyards, the valley is known for its wines; white, rose, sparkling, and red. Apart from the wine, other places of interest include, Blois. Orleans, and many more.

  • Strasbourg

This place has been known to be a point of the war between France and Germany. This helped in forming a city that was built by the Germans with 17th Century hi-tech designs made by the Vauban. Therefore creating a combination of culture from the two, showing in their love for wine and exquisite cuisine. You can also visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, La Petite France, Barrage Vauban, etc.

  • Lyon

After Paris, we have Lyon. Although not many tourist sites are here, we have cultural places that can be dated back to the old Roman times. Alongside its richness in ancient culture, many visitors come here to have a taste of the famous dish of France’s most popular chef, Paul Bocuse who hails from Lyon. Other places to visit; Musee des Beaux-arts, colline de la Croix-Rousse, Abbaye Saint-Martin d’Ainay, etc.