5 Great Tips for Sustainable Travel to Michigan

Michigan, fondly known as the Great Lakes State, offers an array of beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, and unique experiences. However, as we explore and enjoy these wonders, it’s crucial to consider our impact on the environment. Here are five great tips for sustainable travel to Michigan that can make your next trip both fun and environmentally friendly.

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5 Great Ideas for Sustainable Travel to Michigan

1. Choose Eco-Friendly Transportation

The first step towards sustainable travel starts with your mode of transportation. If possible, choose a direct flight to reduce carbon emissions or take a gorgeous Amtrak train trip through the state. Once in Michigan, consider public transportation, biking, or walking to get around. Michigan boasts excellent public transport systems, particularly in larger cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids. Plus, many cities (large and small!) offer bike rentals, which not only reduces your carbon footprint but also provides a fun, healthy, and immersive way to explore.

2. Support Local Businesses

Supporting local businesses is a fantastic way to contribute to Michigan’s economy and promote sustainability. Choose restaurants that source locally grown produce, shop at local markets, and buy souvenirs from local artisans. In addition to reducing carbon emissions associated with transporting goods long distances, you’ll experience authentic Michigan culture.

3. Practice “Leave No Trace” Principles

Whether you’re hiking in the Porcupine Mountains or camping along Lake Michigan’s shores, always adhere to the “Leave No Trace” principles. These include disposing of waste properly, respecting wildlife, and leaving natural and cultural features as you found them. These practices help preserve Michigan’s natural beauty for future generations.

4. Stay Near Where You Want to Explore

To reduce your travel times and emissions, prioritize finding a locally owned, vacation rental that is near the area you are looking to explore. Whether that is the beaches of West Michigan, the wilderness of the YUP, a quaint town in East Michigan, or a lake front cottage in North Michigan, there are plenty of options all over the Wolverine state.

5. Participate in Voluntourism

Volunteering during your trip can be a fulfilling way to give back to the communities you visit. There are numerous opportunities in Michigan, from helping maintain trails in state parks to participating in beach clean-ups along the Great Lakes. Not only will you leave a positive impact, but you’ll also gain a deeper connection with the place and its people.

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Sustainable travel is all about making conscious decisions that reduce our environmental impact and contribute positively to local communities. By following these tips, you can ensure your trip to Michigan is not only memorable but also kind to our planet.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals offers the ultimate getaway to Michigan’s beautiful outdoors. We have a selection of properties all across the state, including the open-air heaven that is the Upper Peninsula. Check out our UP Things to Do page for a closer look into everything that this region has to offer.

Start planning your vacation today by booking one of our rentals. We look forward to welcoming you to the Freshwater family!