A Safe and Sound Summer
The COVID-19 pandemic has led many travelers to give extra consideration to safety when planning their summer vacation. While there's no way to completely eliminate risk from your next getaway, here's a look at some of the safest destinations across the nation based on COVID-19 infection and crime rates as well as some other important metrics.
New York, New York
According to SafeWise, which recently looked at violent crime and property crime data from 2019, the areas surrounding New York City are among the safest places in the country, with 39 of America's safest cities being located within 50 miles of the Big Apple. What's more, WalletHub found that New York City saw the second-fewest traffic fatalities per capita last year and is tied for first nationwide in terms of the most law enforcement employees per capita.
After NYC, Boston boasts the second-highest number of safe suburbs with 19 located within 50 miles, SafeWise determined. As a whole, Massachusetts features 17 cities on the list, which is second to only New Jersey. As the weather improves in time for summer, visitors to Boston and its surrounding cities and suburbs can look forward to a handful of unique experiences, including the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail connecting 16 nationally significant historic sites.
Elsewhere on the East Coast, the nation's capital has one of the country's lowest COVID-19 test positivity rates and is making solid progress in its return to normal. Beginning June 11, capacity restrictions will be lifted at Washington, D.C. bars and nightclubs as well as at large sports and entertainment venues, giving visitors even more options when it comes to summer travel.