There is a certain symmetry to the news, announced on Monday, that the United States will reopen its borders to travellers from 33 countries – including Britain and most of continental Europe – in the month of Thanksgiving. The USA’s great harvest festival has long been a moment which reunites friends and family members. There will be many tearful comings-together to this year’s celebration (on November 25) – at the end of a 20-month window when the shutters have been down everywhere from Boston to Honolulu.
And yet, there will be more to this lifting of barriers than the peal of Covid-interrupted conversations over turkey and pumpkin pie. The reopening will also bring about the return of a destination whose absence from the flow of international journeys since March 2020 has left an enormous hole in the travel map. The USA, as the argument often runs, is a continent masquerading as a country – home to everything from swaggering cities to empty desert vistas, and tropical beaches to ice-capped mountain ranges. That each of these many elements will be available again for holidays is a reason to be happy.
You might shrug at this point – and counter that, while the drawing back of the American curtains is undoubtedly a positive step on the planet’s route back to normality, it has come too late for getaways in 2021. But you would be wrong. Though summer has gone, and autumn will not be far behind it by the time the drawbridge is lowered (meaning that trips to admire New England’s “Fall” foliage will have to wait until 2022), there should still be plenty to enjoy about the USA before we bid farewell to this strange and segregated year.
The following feature picks out 15 holidays for November and December – a timespan which accounts for only one sixth of the calendar, but can still be a context for American adventures if your reaction to the news has been one of joyful impatience. Skiing holidays will be possible, for one. So will road trips into some of the more rugged sections of the landscape. There will be enough warmth in the skies over Florida to make for seaside escapism (and if you prefer things hotter, the Caribbean and Hawaii can be of help). And once New York has finished with Thanksgiving, it will sparkle for Christmas.
Of course, there are still questions to answer. The precise date of reopening has not been revealed beyond “early November”. Entry will only be permitted for travellers fully jabbed against Covid – and the USA has not yet recognised the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been given to 24 million British citizens (though there are mutterings that there will be progress on this in the next few weeks). But the door is ajar, the eggnog is on the stove, and the lights will soon be bright on Broadway. America, it’s very good to have you back.
Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/15-great-us-escapes-satisfy-craving-americana/506