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How to Travel Responsibly in California

How to Travel Responsibly in California

Staying informed and respecting others will be as essential as ever with the reopening of the Golden State

Though California has lifted the vast majority of COVID-19–related restrictions since officially reopening on June 15, 2021, keep in mind that some businesses and attractions may still have protocols in place. Before traveling, familiarize yourself with local guidelines and regulations for all of the destinations on your itinerary and check out Visit California’s What You Need to Know hub.

In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to shelter-in-place restrictions throughout the world, preventing travel and separating many of us from loved ones. With the majority of those restrictions no longer in place, we’re asking that people embrace getting back to normal in a thoughtful, safe, and respectful manner.

Take a minute to read and follow the California Responsible Travel Code below, which is designed to ensure that the Golden State remains a beautiful and viable destination over the long haul.

California Responsible Travel Code

Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.

Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.

Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, and I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.

Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems. 

Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.

Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.

Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California. 

More Essential Resources

In addition to the local guidelines and regulations in your destination, the below resources may prove useful as you explore the Golden State.

National Park Service’s Recreate Responsibly Page

State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center

California Craft Brewer’s Association COVID-19 Resources

California Hotel & Lodging Association Coronavirus Information & Resources

California Restaurant Association Coronavirus Resources

California Wine Institute Coronavirus Update