Green Travel: Go See Some of America's Natural Wonders This Spring
When it comes to getting up close and personal with nature, big cities don't hold a candle to some of the attractions you can visit in the United States. So if you're looking to ditch the heavy traffic, crowded sidewalks and hustle and bustle of the big city on your next vacation, consider "going green" by visiting some of the country's iconic natural wonders.
An even better way to travel across the U.S. is with a sustainable footprint. That's why many Trailways companies are eRating certified. The eRating certification is given to drivers who learn how to improve fuel economy by cutting back on aggressive accelerations and idling. These techniques reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improves energy efficiency and fuel efficiency.
NorthEast Trailways of Maine was the first Trailways company to have all drivers certified. As quoted in a WCAX report, Scott Riccio from NorthEast Trailways of Maine said it's a crucial part of their pitch.
"So we let customers know especially when we are doing a pitch to a new customer. Some of the incentives we have out there and guidelines and policies we have so they realize that we are not just an everyday company," he said.
America's Natural Wonders
From the mountains to the prairies and from sea to shining sea, the United States has no shortage of awe-inspiring beauty. Here's a closer look at some of the attractions that should be on anyone's bucket list if eco-tourism is on tap for the next big vacation. Just think of this like a cross-country road trip for you and a group of friends to take.
Trailways has 64 charter locations in 35 different states (and Washington D.C.), with a variety of vehicle sizes available, depending on the size of your group.
Or you can always just grab a bus ticket and let your adventure begin.
Monument Valley, Utah: Located on the Arizona, Utah border, Monument Valley features some of the most beautiful sandstone buttes. Located within Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, visitors can observe the attraction on foot, from one of the lookouts overlooking the monuments or via a scenic 17-mile valley drive around the monuments. We recommend taking in the scenery from all of the above.
The Grand Canyon: While you're in the Arizona area, you'll definitely want to go check out the Grand Canyon. The canyon spans about 277 miles and averages roughly 10 miles across and a mile deep. If you venture down, you'll find the Colorado River still cutting through the iconic landmark. If just observing the canyon from one of the many lookouts around the rim isn't enough for you, you can take a guided hike through the canyon itself or even raft the Colorado River down below.
Redwoods/Muir Woods: Head west toward California after you're done at the Grand Canyon and cruise Pacific Coast Highway north until you get to the redwood trees, the tallest in the world that reside in the state's old growth forests. Muir Woods should be another must-do while you're in the area to take in these tall, magnificent trees.
Bryce Canyon: Once you're finished in NoCal, head back east toward Utah to check out Bryce Canyon. The park is best known for its hoodoos, or spike-like formations. The canyon is great for hiking and staking out a spot to watch the sunrise and sunset.
Arches National Park: Stay in Utah after your stop off at Bryce Canyon and visit Arches National Park. Fitting to the name, the park features more than 2,000 sandstone arches carved out by Mother Nature over the years. It's an incredible sight to see, and with thousands of arches to take in, with no two looking the same, there's enough scenery to keep you busy for hours and hours.
Mammoth Cave: Mammoth Cave is located in Kentucky, and it's one of the largest cave systems in the world. Visitors can explore the many different sections of the caves, from waterfall formations to the popular Gothic Avenue portion of it.
The Everglades: After you're through in Kentucky, head south for Florida to check out the Florida Everglades. The Everglades span 1.5 million acres of land and resemble a grassy river. Though invasive species threaten the ecosystem of the Everglades, it's still a place where visitors can observe the likes of exotic birds, alligators, snakes and more wildlife in their natural habitat. There are lots of vendors who offer airboat rides through the wetlands, permitting guests to get up close and personal with some of the aforementioned animals.
Getting Around to America's Natural Wonders
Seeing some of America's natural wonders isn't as easy as taking a plane to your destination and never leaving the local suburban area of the main city. No, many of America's natural wonders are off the beaten path, located in deserts, national parks and areas of their respective states that are located far away from hotels, airports and the modern amenities that Americans have come to know and take for granted. Noting this, it's not always feasible for visitors to jump on a plane and get there easily and affordably. Road tripping is an option, but do you really want to cram into a small car and navigate maps and GPS devices to get where you want to go (not to mention have to take turns driving with other passengers to the various destinations you're planning to visit)?
This brings us to a mode of transportation perfect for visiting America's natural wonders - chartering a bus. Chartered buses, such as those offered by Trailways, offer travelers an ideal mode of transportation to visit and get in touch with nature while avoiding many of the albatrosses that come with traveling. What's more is that Trailways buses offer passengers comfortable, reclining, luxury-type seating, Wi-Fi Internet access to pass the time between stops and the peace of mind that the driving and directions will be taken care of by the bus driver and no one else. Travelers can forget about cab fees, airport lines (and delays) and the thought of racking up miles (and putting wear and tear) on their personal vehicles when they choose to go the chartered bus route. This is especially relevant for larger groups of travelers.
For more information about eco-tourism and natural attractions across America, and to inquire about chartering a bus for your adventure, contact Trailways today.