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"Do your part, change will start"

What is sustainable tourism?

Sustainable Tourism is the act of making travel more eco-friendly and encouraging local conservation efforts. As a Destination Marketing Organization, it is our responsibility to create minimal impact travel opportunities for our visitors. To help reduce the impact of tourism on the environment, we have compiled several resources for you to reference as you plan your trip to St. Charles, Illinois. 

Eco-Friendly Transportation

Eco-Friendly Activities

Travel Tips

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

An easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to adjust your means of transportation. You can do this locally by riding your bike, using public transportation, and walking more frequently.  


Bike Around Town

Public Transportation

Ogilvie Transportation Center to Geneva Metra Station
Union Pacific West - approx. 1hr 07mins

Did you know that you can bike the Prairie Path from Chicago to St. Charles? This 40 mile trail is the perfect way to incorporate activity into your trip! Many people will bike the Prairie Path one way, and then take one of the Metra train on the other way. 

Walking Trails

Otter Creek:
Corron Park, 2.9 mi
Great Western Trail: Western Section, 17 mi
Horlock Hill
Prairie Trail, 1 mi
Delnor Woods
Park Trail, 1 mi
Fox River Bluff Forest Preserve, 3.8 mi
Hoscheit Woods
Loop 2.4 mi

Local Eco-Friendly Alternatives & Activities

Whether it is supporting local eco-friendly establishments or taking part in a minimal impact activity, St. Charles has many options for you to enjoy!

Eco Tips


Use Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

You can purchase these low-impact, plastic free bars locally from Magnolia Soap and Bath Co.


Plant Veggies & Herbs

Head to Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center to browse through a wide variety of seed options.


Purchase Secondhand Clothes

Visit Double Take Consignment to find secondhand, high end fashion, or stop by Jeans and A Cute Top Shop's pre-loved sidewalk sales.


Shop at Antique & Consignment Stores

One of the best ways to find beautiful furniture and collectables is through antiquing. Visit some of our local stores such as SG Too Consignment, Circa Vintage Gallery, or Antique Market 1.


Make Intentional Meal Choices

Try to prioritize more plants into your diet. Locations like Crazy Fox Bar & Grille offer a vegan menu full of mouthwatering dishes that everyone will love.


Use Beeswax Food Covers

Instead of using plastic wrap, you can purchase reusable Beeswax Food Covers from The Pep Line for an ecofriendly alternative.


Cycle in St. Charles

Rent a bicycle from Sammy's Bikes to help get around town while reducing your carbon footprint.


Do Low Impact Activities

Rent a kayak or pedal boat from St. Charles Park District, and cruise along the Fox River.

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Sustainable Travel Tips

Travel Tips

It is important to prioritize the environment no matter where you are traveling. To help create eco-friendly travel habits, read our blog on Sustainable Travel Tips.

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