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Sustainable Coeur d'Alene: Minimizing Your Impact

Curated by Debbie Bezalel
Curated by Debbie Bezalel
Embarking on a journey to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, offers not just a chance to explore its breathtaking landscapes but also an opportunity to travel sustainably. Localbird is commited to promoting eco-friendly tourism. We encourage our guests to embrace practices that ensure the beauty of our destinations remains intact for generations to come. Here are our top 5 sustainable travel tips for your visit to Coeur d’Alene:

Pack a Sustainable Travel Kit

Before your trip, assemble a sustainable travel kit that includes reusable items like a water bottle, utensils, and a tote bag. This simple step can significantly reduce your reliance on single-use plastics during your stay in Coeur d’Alene. Additionally, consider packing eco-friendly toiletries and sunscreens that are biodegradable.

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Use Eco-Friendly Modes of Transportation

Explore Coeur d’Alene’s stunning landscapes by foot, bike, or kayak. The city offers numerous trails and waterways that allow you to enjoy its natural beauty up close, without the need for motorized transportation. The North Idaho Centennial Trail and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes offer miles of scenic paths perfect for biking, while Lake Coeur d’Alene is ideal for kayaking adventures.

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Here you can check out our  Kayak rentals  and Bike rentals in Coeur d’Alene!

Take your trash with you

It is recommended to bring a small bag where you can discard any wrappers or trash that you may have as there are many recreational areas in idaho that don’t have garbage services. Be mindful about this and avoid littering!

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Support Local Businesses

One of the best ways to travel sustainably is by supporting local businesses. Whether it’s dining at local restaurants like Hudson’s Hamburgers or shopping at unique stores like the Midtown Market (AKA Junk), you’re contributing to the local economy and reducing the carbon footprint associated with importing goods. Plus, you’ll get to experience the authentic charm and flavors of Coeur d’Alene!

Midtown Home & Vintage Market, Coeur d’Alene

Embrace the Leave No Trace Principles

Before you set out to explore the natural wonders of Coeur d’Alene, familiarize yourself with the seven Leave No Trace principles. These guidelines help minimize your impact on the environment, ensuring that the trails, lakes, and parks you visit remain pristine. They are as follows:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.
Image from: Visit Coeur d’Alene

By following these sustainable travel tips, you’re not just visiting Coeur d’Alene; you’re actively participating in the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage. Let’s travel with care, respect, and a deep appreciation for the environment, ensuring that the enchanting landscapes of Coeur d’Alene can be enjoyed by many more travelers in the years to come.

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