Car-Free Vacation Destinations

Car-Free Vacation Destinations

When planning your next vacation, why not choose to go car-free? Turn off the GPS and explore your destination on foot, bicycle, horseback, trolley or even canoe. These islands all have a no-car policy so that you can truly connect up close and personally with the environment.

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

The rentals on Bald Head Island are a great home base for canoeing, crabbing and fishing, boating and golfing. There is the Turtle Conservancy to visit, an old lighthouse to explore and nature walks to take. No cars allowed, so once you arrive on the island rent bikes or a golf cart or simply stroll around soaking in the view.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Originally a vacation oasis for the rich, Mackinac Island now hosts over 1,000,000 visitors a year who yearn to spend time in a bygone era. This island is little more than eight miles around, making it very doable on foot, although many guests prefer to travel by horse-drawn carriage. Mackinac has everything you want from a vacation spot: nice hotels, spas, forts, museums, shopping, golf and nature. The only thing missing is cars.

Halibut Cove, Alaska

Located inside Kachemak Bay State Park, Halibut Cove is a tiny town (population 76) on the edge of some of the most incredible scenery in the United States. There are no roads at all in this town, but there is plenty to see, from glaciers to sea otters. The state park has hiking and camping and the local lodges offer guided expeditions or just a comfortable place from which to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Life is a journey, but sometimes it’s also a destination. Choosing to visit a car-free island means deciding that something other than traveling in isolation is important. Slowing down and really taking time to connect with your environment is both enriching and relaxing. You may discover that you are reluctant to climb back into your car at the end of your trip.

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Earl Barnes