Shrink Your Environmental Footprint: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Travel in Greater Springfield

Famous for its quaint atmosphere and scenic wilderness, the greater Springfield area is the perfect destination for a quintessential New England vacation. While the towns here offer a variety of modern conveniences that range from fine dining to luxury spas, we take pride in protecting our environment so that future generations of locals and visitors can enjoy it the way we do right now. If you’re planning to visit us, you can help preserve the region’s untamed natural beauty by traveling as an eco-tourist. From using public transportation to taking advantage of unique hiking trails, our eco-friendly guide below can help you plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip with a low impact on the environment and on your wallet.

Things to See and Do

There’s a good reason why Massachusetts is now a known hot spot for the growing eco-tourism trend. We have some of the best outdoor activities in all of New England. Whether you’re coming to speed down the slopes on a snowboard or to break out your hiking shoes for a day in the woods, many of our most popular attractions are natural energy savers. Cross-county skiing, whitewater rafting, swimming, boating, golfing and camping are all within reach for active thrill seekers. If your idea of a dream vacation is to hang loose, don't worry. Our parks and swimmable beaches are a home run for environmentally conscious visitors who just want to unwind.

Exploring Regional Highlights

Hiking our scenic trails can give you an idea why we care so much about keeping our corner or the world unspoiled. For wildlife observation and breathtaking natural views, our state forests can’t be beat. In their dense foliage, you’ll find marked roads that lead to prime bird-watching areas, dramatic overlooks and cozy picnicking spots. When you’re craving a break from the wild outdoors, walk the old-world streets of nearby towns to discover irresistible shops, historic museums and delicious restaurants.

Taking Public Transportation

No matter where you’re coming from or where you’re headed, you’ll have access to a wide range of public transportation options all over the greater Springfield area. Budget-friendly Peter Pan bus lines connect the major towns, so taking a day trip or destination hopping is easy from most tourist mainstays. For unforgettable views and a comfortable ride back home, hop on an Amtrak train in Springfield. If leaving the car at home isn’t an option, skip the guilt trip with energy-saving tricks from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Want to know more about becoming an eco-tourist? Contact us directly or visit our homepage for practical information about responsible travel and ideas for eco-friendly things to see and do in the greater Springfield area all year long.

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