Imagine a city with all the modern conveniences including luxury accommodations, beautiful scenery, fine dining and more and then imagine it without any traffic. No cars, no horns, no smog. Some think this way of life no longer exists however, places like this still exist and there are more than you think. From New York to California, take a look at 3 amazing islands which have no cars and start planning your island vacation!
Monhegan Island, Maine – A lovely island located just 12 miles off the coast of Maine in the Gulf of Maine. Home to only around 60 residents, Monhegan Island is small enough to walk to the places you want to see. A rocky island barely a mile in size, this island has no cars or even a paved road and remains much as it was long ago when the first Native Americans came here. For over 100 years the island has welcomed artists and poets or those who simply wish to escape the bustle of everyday life. Filled with interesting history and plenty of natural beauty, visitors can enjoy learning or simply relaxing on the island. In and around the village, visitors can enjoy the historical museum, the lighthouse and the fish houses while elsewhere, miles of hiking trails offer visitors a chance to surround themselves in nature’s bounty.
Tangier Island, Virginia – Home to just over 700 people, Tangier Island is a lovely island in Chesapeake Bay off the coast of Virginia. Once a summer retreat for the native Pokomoke Indians of the area, Tangier Island finally welcomed its first European settlers in the 1600’s. Gaining notoriety for its unique Restoration-era dialect, the island remains distinct from other areas thanks in part to its remoteness. Today Tangier Island welcomes visitors who want to experience a bit of the past not only in terms of language but way of life in general. Popular for eco tours and history, the island is a great place to enjoy nature, nature’s bounty by hiking, biking or kayaking your way throughout the region.
Mackinac Island, Michigan – Recently rated one of the best islands in the world, Mackinac Island is filled with attractions, fine food, great accommodations and the peace of a summer day. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding in nature or prefer exploring historic sites of significance, Mackinac has it. About 3.9 square miles, the island is located in Lake Huron just between the upper and Lower Peninsula’s of Michigan. Accessible only by boat in summer and ice in winter, the island has long been inhabited by humans beginning with the Native American’s long ago. In the 17th century the island became strategic for military and also for fur trading purposes and because of this, hosted more than one battle during the War of 1812. For the last 150 or so years, the island has been popular for tourists looking to relax and enjoy Michigan’s beauty. Today a bustling small town filled with food, festivals and fun in addition to surrounding natural features such as Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf, Skull Cave and the Devil’s Kitchen offer beautiful natural features with long histories as well.
Here the sound of the leaves in the forest and feel the breeze on your face in these unique and peaceful destinations for travel.
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