The warm temperatures and sunshine are putting many in the mood for a road trip after weeks of being confined to their homes. Restrictions are generally being eased around the country. However, that doesn't mean it's a free-for-all out there just yet.

Several states still have quarantine-on-arrival policies in place. In fact, 21 out of 50 states currently require some version of self-quarantine. What makes things even more complicated is that some counties and municipalities within states have specific quarantine regulations in place. That makes it even more important to do your research if you'll be traveling out of state in the weeks to come. Here's the list of the 21 states that have quarantine policies in place right now:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The general rule is a 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers arriving from out of state. However, policies are pretty nuanced. For instance, some states are only requiring self-quarantine for those arriving from specific states that are COVID-19 hot zones. States like New Mexico are carrying quarantine requirements even further by making vacation rentals unavailable to visitors from out of state.

It's possible that the summer of 2020 may be the summer of the road trip for travelers who do make the decision to take vacations away from home. AAA is predicting that air travel numbers will be low this summer. However, AAA does anticipate that more people could simply opt for road trips instead. Low fuel prices and concerns over social distancing on airplanes create the perfect environment for a rise in highway vacations.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: