As Americans hit the road for the holiday, they may find things crowded, more expensive and with less staff to keep things running smoothly.
On the Outer Banks, homeowners in Avon are confronting a tax increase of almost 50 percent to protect their homes, the only road into town, and perhaps the community’s very existence.
From California to Cape Cod, these national seashores and lakeshores offer everything from bird-watching to boating to basking in the sun.
Like a barbershop newly opened from lockdown, vacation properties are experiencing a surge of bookings. But instead of a week or two on the beach, people are looking for a month or more.
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, areas that rely on tourists say not reopening would be devastating economically, but fear the consequences of opening too soon.