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Yes, it certainly seems like the country is coming out of its long COVID-19 hibernation, likely quickly enough for a lot of you to enjoy something like a normal summer or fall vacation. Here are some key developments you can expect along the way.

If you travel at all this summer, chances are most of you will be confined to the U.S., and many off those will be hitting big cities. Yes, you can find pricey private sightseeing tours almost anywhere, but some U.S. cities offer public transit trips on spectacular routes that are a lot less expensive, offering flexible schedules, and avoiding extended stops at cheap souvenir shops.

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Beginning May 24, Amtrak will resume daily service on its main long-haul routes. Renewing the daily trips returns Amtrak closer to its traditional pre-COVID pattern, as well as its traditional problems. Amtrak says demand has remained high, with resumption made possible by the COVID-19 stimulus package. Full resumption will roll out between May 24 and June 7:

Dexter Darden has played everyone from the fictional Frypan in “The Maze Runner” franchise to embodying the spirit of the late civil rights leader, John Lewis, in Spike Lee’s film, “Son of the South.” His latest project is on the Peacock’s reboot of “Saved by the Bell,” where he plays a loner who’s looking to start anew at Bayside High. A resident of Los Angeles, the 29-year-old actor stays in touch with fans via Instagram ( and Twitter (

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