Green Travel Ideas
What is Green Travel?
Green travel is a method for people to travel while reducing their impact on the environment. Green travel involves a wide range of options - all centered around the idea of preserving the planet - so the places we visit will still be around the future.
Green Travel Tips
- Keep your showers short, and shut off the water while you're brushing your teeth.
- When you leave the room, turn off the air conditioning, heat, television, lights or any other electric devices.
- Reuse your sheets and towels instead of having them changed every day. Many hotels will not replace your towels if you leave them hanging up neatly; if you're not sure, write a note for the housekeeping staff or notify the front desk.
- Bring your own toiletries and drinking cup rather than using the prepackaged ones provided. If you do use the hotel's toiletries, take them with you and use them at home or during the rest of your trip.
- Know your hotel's recycling program and sort your trash accordingly. If your hotel doesn't recycle, consider taking your empty bottles or other items home with you to recycle them there.
- Give your hotel feedback. Express your appreciation for any eco-friendly programs it currently offers — or if it doesn't, encourage the management to go green in the future.
Transportation — particularly air travel — is where most travelers have the biggest environmental impact. According to USA Today, a flight from New York to Denver produces as much carbon dioxide per passenger as an SUV produces in a month. To minimize your environmental footprint, try the following steps:
- Offset the carbon emissions produced by your flight.
- When renting a car, choose the smallest vehicle that can comfortably accommodate you. Decline any "free" upgrades (which will cost you more in gas). Rent a hybrid car.
- Taking a long road trip? If your personal vehicle is large and not very fuel-efficient, consider renting an economy car instead. You'll save gas and avoid putting miles on your own vehicle. Whenever possible, use public transportation instead of a taxis or rental cars. Better yet, walk or bike.
Green to do’s in Gatlinburg
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected land areas east of the Rocky Mountains. With over 500,000 acres of forest, the Smoky Mountains contain an enormous variety of plants and animals. In terms of biological diversity, a walk from mountain base to peak is often compared to the 2,000 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. There is plenty to do in Great Smoky National Park from Biking to Hiking, Fishing & Camping and Much more. Visit the National Parks website for more information on the activities available in the park
- Green tips for shopping: Bring a large canvas tote bag to hold all of those great souvenirs, park and walk and pay close attention to which businesses have gone "green" in Gatlinburg
- Visit to attractions that have made a pledge to Go Green: Arrowmont, Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum.
- Come see the members of the Arts and Crafts Community who have also signed pledges to Go Green: Jim Gray Gallery and Highland Craft Gallery