Car-Free Summer Fun

Thursday, June 06, 2013

There are plenty of vacation sites out there that we would freely admit would require you to use a car. However, there are also plenty of alternatives, places where you'll never need to deal with a vehicle at all. In fact, some of these vacation spots even go so far as to ban automobiles altogether.

Fox News recently compiled a list of four of these destinations. They included Virginia's Tangier Island, Michigan's Mackinac Island, Fire Island, New York and Monhegan Island, Maine.

You don't have to stick to islands for car-free summer fun, however. Many urban destinations provide plenty of car-free options because they've each got an excellent public transportation infrastructure.

Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles are all good examples. Some of these cities also offer bike ours as one of their primary attractions, making a car-free vacation even more feasible.

If you want to do some car-free camping you might check in with the Adventure Cycling Association, which provides a wealth of information for anyone considering such a vacation. You can take a guided tour or take advantage of their maps, which offer information on US Bike Routes and Adventure Trails spanning the entire country.

There's plenty of information about planning a bicycle adventure, too. You can find help for trips of any length, ranging from a few days to a few months.

With all of these resources, however, it's safe to say that the "price of gas" might not ever need to factor into your summer travel plans at all. Considering this summer's gas prices are expected to be the highest they've ever been this is very good news.