Editor’s Note — This story was updated in its entirety on March 18 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans. Top photo: Ranch to Market Road 505 in West Texas / Lisa Roe
(CNN) — Total cases of Covid-19 have reached past the 29.6 million mark in the United States. Though some states continue to enforce travel restrictions and quarantines, in general more states have been moving toward looser restrictions or none at all in recent weeks. The situation remain in flux, though.
Even if some US states have no restrictions on allowing leisure travel, all their official websites have important Covid-19 safety information. For instance, some states still have mandates on face masks in public settings.
This list is alphabetical and includes links to state websites that have important details you should read before you cross state lines:
As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should be aware of the state’s mask mandate, as it applies to travelers, too. It’s effective through April 9 (though it’s been extended numerous times). You can check here for updates.
Alaska’s Turnagain Arm near Anchorage makes for a scenic drive.
The Cholla Cactus Garden is a quick, flat quarter-mile loop at Joshua Tree National Park.
Courtesy Glauco Puig-Santana/NPS
Sanibel Island is just off the Gulf Coast in southwest Florida.
Hawaii has a complicated and evolving set of travel requirements, and you can expect variation even within the islands. You should read them thoroughly before you plan a trip and check often for updates.
Travelers 5 and older who want to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative Covid-19 test results — from a trusted testing partner — taken within 72 hours of the final leg of departure. You must upload your negative test result to the Safe Travels system before you leave or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of a negative test result before boarding your flight. For more information, check here for updates.
If you want to take in the Chicago skyline in person, learn about the city’s Covid-19 protocols first.
UPDATE: As of March 18, there were no statewide restrictions in Illinois, but visitors heading to Chicago have been placed in two categories — orange and yellow. People from an orange state must quarantine for 10 days unless they have a negative Covid-19 test result no more than 72 hours old or have been vaccinated and meet inoculation guidelines. There are no specific requirements if you’re coming from a yellow state.
While mostly open, Kansas has some rather specific quarantine requirements subject to frequent change. Check here for updates and more details.
Louisville is known for its parks, which are excellent places to go for outdoor rest and recreation. This is Cherokee Park pictured above.
Out-of-state leisure travel is discouraged, but Kentucky has no official travel restrictions. If you decide to go anyway, the state asks you to self-quarantine for 14 days. Read Kentucky’s travel advisory here.
UPDATE: Travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival or fill out a travel protocol 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 Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are exempt. Starting May 1, all states will be exempt unless determined otherwise by the Maine CDC. Check here for updates.
Before visiting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, get familiar with Maryland’s Covid-19 safety measures.
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Otherwise, visitors must quarantine for 10 days, have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or test upon arrival and quarantine until a negative result is returned. You could be fined $500 a day if you don’t comply. Check here for updates.
The Stone Arch Bridge crosses the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.
Dan Anderson/Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
The Mission Valley holds some of Montana’s most spectacular scenery.
As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Nebraska. International travelers have Covid-19 testing and quarantining requirements, which can be found here.
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is open with limited capacity for social distancing. And you must wear a mask.
UPDATE: Domestic visitors to New Hampshire no longer need to quarantine or take a Covid-19 test to travel to New Hampshire, but it is still recommended to get tested three to five days after arrival. However, people who have had traveled internationally within 10 days of arriving in New Hampshire or have been on a cruise ship do need to follow testing and quarantine protocols unless they meet certain exceptions. Check here for important details.
Tourism is discouraged. Travelers from anywhere other than 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.
— If testing is not available or results are delayed, you should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
— You’re requested to fill out a voluntary online survey. Please click here for details and updates.
Before you visit places such as Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, you’ll have to follow quarantine restrictions.
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 currently, only Hawaii is deemed low risk. Check here for updates.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a beloved symbol of the Outer Banks.
As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina. Check here for updates and details.
UPDATE: On March 10, Ohio eliminated its domestic travel restrictions. The state encourages travelers to follow CDC guidance. Check here for details.
Crater Lake in Oregon is beatiful all year, but there’s something really special when snow cover is set against the deep blue of the lake.
National Park Service
To visit this US commonwealth, you need a negative result from a Covid-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before arrival. If you come without a test result, you must self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the trip, whichever is shorter. You must also fill out an online travel declaration form. Please check here for details and updates.
Providence is a foodie town. And Knead Doughnuts is still offering its delicious treats during the pandemic.
Courtesy Knead Doughnuts
Those traveling to Rhode Island from a state that has a positive testing rate of 5% or more must quarantine for 10 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.
Those waiting on test results must self-quarantine until a negative test result arrives. You must also fill out a certificate of compliance and a travel screening form. You still must follow quarantine guidance if you’ve gotten a Covid-19 vaccine. If you’ve tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 days and finished your isolation period, you are not required to quarantine or retest unless you display symptoms. You can check here for updates.
As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in South Dakota. Some routes through Native American lands might be closed. Check here for updates.
This is a sculpture of Rosa Parks at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel In Memphis. The museum has reopened.
As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Utah, though there is a statewide mask mandate. Check here for updates.
Vermont has had one of the strictest travel policies and one of the lowest Covid-19 rates in the country. There’s a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival for nonessential travel. If you’re fully vaccinated, meaning it’s been at least two weeks since your final dose, you do not need to quarantine.
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.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is open with Covid-19 safety protocols in place.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in 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.
Visitors are asked to get a test within 72 hours of traveling, and if the test is positive, don’t travel. A PCR test is preferred over antigen test. If you’re visiting DC for more than three days, you are asked to limit activities until you get a second test three to five days after your arrival. If that result is negative, you can expand what you do. There are notable exceptions that don’t require testing:
— If you have been fully vaccinated within 90 days and do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
— If you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 90 days and don’t have symptoms now.
— If you’re from Maryland or Virginia.
On clear days, Mount Rainier in Washington can be seen from many miles away.
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 March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions. However, the state is discouraging nonessential travel. Check here for updates.