The good old fashioned family road trip is making a comeback in the wake of the coronavirus. Travel experts have noticed that people vacationing this summer are more inclined to stay closer to home. With more travelers indicating they want to get out of their homes, researchers have shown that people are more likely to stay within three hours of their homes. Being perfectly placed between four midwestern metropolitan areas, Walworth County is the perfect road trip destination!
Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend getaway or a week long retreat, here are some of our pro tips when it comes to road trippin’ to Walworth County!
Plan Your Route Ahead of Time: Summer is construction season across the midwest, and with plenty of road closures and alternate routes in place, you won’t want to miss your exit and lose time that you could be using to have some fun. Additionally, planning your route ahead of time can help you maximize your time and help you better schedule your visit. Using apps like AroundMe can help you find restaurants, gas stations, and attractions nearby your destination at your fingertips!
Familiarize Yourself With Health Policies: Before your arrival, be sure to take a peek at local and state COVID-19 Policies in place to keep you and your families safe. Travelers with lodging reservations at local resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and rental properties are encouraged to check with their lodging providers for any specific operational changes or modified check-in experiences. You can view a list of Walworth County lodging providers and links to their updated policies here.
Practice Social Distancing: With so many outdoor activities in Walworth County it is so easy to plan a road trip that naturally lends itself to social distancing! From Lake Path hikes along Geneva Lake, to the Delavan Walldogs Mural Scavenger Hunt, to hitting the greens at the many golf venues you can easily plan a vacation that is truly away from it all. Attractions such as Lake Geneva Cruise Line, East Troy Railroad Museum, and Tristan Crist Magic Theatre are all limiting capacity to ensure minimal contact and a safer experience overall. For a full list of things to do, check out our website. You can add your socially distant experiences to your own personalized itinerary by using our Trip PlannerTool on our site.
Use Cards Not Cash: Pre-covid, we never gave a second thought to handling cash and the interactions with retailers, vendors, and waitstaff that go along with it. We recommend using alternative payment methods when visiting Walworth County to limit those physical interactions as best you can. With so many businesses embracing digital currencies and contactless payments, it is entirely possible to plan your road trip to be completely cash free! (Psst….don’t forget to sanitize your cards after every use!)
Pack Your PPE: PPE (or Personal Protective Equipment) are undoubtedly necessities for travel and everyday life this summer. Global Rescue has compiled some suggestions for a travel kit, including masks for the whole family plus a few extras: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, isopropyl alcohol wipes for phones, travel laundry detergent to wash fabric masks, and a thermometer just to name a few. Stash extras in the glove box, in your purse, or in your hiking pack!
Reserve Experiences in Advance: With limited capacities at most Walworth County attractions, book your tickets, show times, and dining reservations in advance. Old World Wisconsin, Black Point Estate, and Safari Lake Geneva are offering exclusive events and tours that require online advance reservations! Be sure to book your adventures at least two weeks before your arrival to ensure you get to see it all!
With these helpful hints, you’ll be ready to pack up your overnight bags, plug in the GPS, and hit the road bound for Walworth County! What will you do on your next road trip to the Lake Geneva area?
Plan your full trip by visiting VisitWalworthCounty.com, giving us a call at (262) 728-6000, or stopping in at the Travel Information Center. And be sure to follow our Facebook page for the most up to date information and upcoming events throughout the county. See you soon!