(BPT) - As the pandemic slowly subsides in the U.S., people are looking to put the rubber to the road. Many like to travel out west to see the gorgeous stretches of mountains and quaint towns that provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of metro living.
While the quiet life and the breathtaking scenery may be calling your name, it’s important to be mindful stewards of the land, animals, culture and communities where you travel. You can make your trip to Wyoming and similar destinations a memorable and responsible one without sacrificing fun. Here’s how to get the most out of it:
Enjoy natural spaces responsibly
Be respectful of your surroundings by:
Be fire aware
If camping is on your itinerary, be cognizant of fire hazards. Some parts of Wyoming enact fire bans during the summer to protect land and prevent forest fires. When camping, choose a campsite with pre-existing fire rings and follow local and federal fire safety guidelines. Even when you’re in a camp with fire rings, your campfire can still burn out of control. You can reduce the risk of uncontrollable fires by:
Be part of a responsible community
Chivalrous travelers don’t just respect and protect their natural surroundings; they make efforts to support local communities. Wyoming has fewer than 600,000 people, with most living in small to mid-size towns. Many of these communities rely on tourism to thrive, so it's important to support locally owned restaurants, souvenir shops and local tourist stops beyond highly popular destinations, such as the national parks and monuments.
Responsible tourists also follow local health and safety guidelines. The pandemic saw people visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton in record numbers. While Wyoming’s COVID-19 restrictions have loosened, some businesses and federal lands may have guidelines in place.
Find a new route
If you’re interested in and discovering the hidden gems of Wyoming, here are a few places locals suggest checking out:
Explore everything Wyoming has to offer
Wyoming offers many opportunities for adventure. To help preserve this vast and gorgeous state, tourists and locals all play a part in being respectful and leaving things better than they found them.
Check out travelwyoming.com/wy-responsibly/ to learn more.
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