2020 Summer Travel in the Midwest

Travel Local with a Staycation or Road Trip

We know a few things. We know that people are tired of staying at home. We also know that this year they won’t travel far. However, many people will take time for some ‘vacation’ type activities. We expect local Staycations and Midwest Road Trips will be on the itinerary this year as people look for affordable options to get away. 



Audrey Hendley, president of American Express Travel, said “We are beginning to see consumers book trips for three months out and beyond.” On the other hand, Brett Snyder, founder of Cranky Concierge said “People likely won't set their plans until closer to travel, so they can get a better picture of what the health situation will be.” So, ultimately, no one really has any idea of when people will travel again.

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We have heard that most people will stay in their home city but still take some time away from work to support the local community. "Tourism recovery typically begins locally," said Elizabeth Monahan, spokesperson for TripAdvisor.com. "Travelers tend to first venture out closer to home, and visit their local eateries, stay local for a weekend getaway or travel domestically before a robust demand for international travel returns.”


Our Tour Teams are ready to assist our local residents enjoy their Staycation. In our blog article 6 Reasons to Staycation* we share the fact that we all get stuck in our weekly routines and probably don’t notice new things around us. We want to help our residents discover new places. The first rule of Staycation is to steer away from the normal weekly activities. We recently posted 10 Things To Do On Your Staycation* to help make the most of your time off.

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There have been many reports saying that a segment of the population will travel 200 miles or less this summer. A recent study from Longwoods International found that 82% of travelers polled had changed their travel plans for the next six months. In fact, that survey found that of those that had changed their travel plans for this year, nearly a quarter, or 22%, had switched to driving from flying.


Our network of local experts can share the best of the Midwest for travelers on Road Trips. We posted our Road Trip Essentials* giving travelers a playlist, classic snacks and games for all ages. America Tour Company local experts are in Omaha, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City to share the local stories of their community. Lower gas prices also make this the perfect season to bring back the classic Road Trip.

Our guests can use our Self-guided Tours to discover the city whenever they want for only $15. Plus, we always let our guests book guided tour when it fits their schedule. The Walking Tours led by our local experts are the best way to learn the history or experience new tastes in the city’s top districts. Our walking history tours are 1 hour outdoor tours led by a local expert and guests can even add a local brewery stop during the tour. The walking food tours are 3 hours of flavor experiences with a local foodie sharing the stories of top restaurants in top districts in the city. We also offer local Free Guides top some top foods, museums and sights to see.


Konrad Waliszewski, co-founder and CEO of the travel app TripScout thinks we will witness “a rise in travel to smaller, domestic destinations” which gives America Tour Company an opportunity to share what’s great in the Midwest.

Contact our Tour Team to book an experience to explore the Midwest or to ask questions about our local communities.


*These states have their own blog post on this topic.





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