Eco adventures for a greener world

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Ecotourism Blog!

Welcome to the Greenloons Blog, your go-to ecotourism / sustainable / responsible (or whatever term you feel comfortable with) travel resource. Here, you will find eco travel destination profiles, environmentally friendly travel tips, ecotourism certification information, eco trip reviews and much more! Read, share and let us know your thoughts about ecotourism!

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Ecotourism in America: Minnesota and Wisconsin eco-itinerary

Posted by on in U.S. Ecotourism Ideas
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

Our family ecotourism series through the United States now focuses on the wildlife viewing opportunities available in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Not just for cheese lovers and ice hockey enthusiasts, this area of the Great Lakes region has abundant flora and fauna as well as numerous ecotourism and adventure travel opportunities. Amtrak's Empire Builder route runs between Chicago and Seattle. With many stops in Minnesota and Wisconsin, you could rent a hybrid car and explore the rest of the area with the following eco-itinerary.

Suggested family ecotour itinerary:

  1. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), which is located in northeastern Minnesota, is a 100 mile preserve of lakes and woods at the U.S. border with Canada (Quetico Provincial Park). With an abundance of canoe routes, hiking trails and fishing spots, you are well-positioned to spot bald eagles, loons, moose, deer, otters, and maybe even the occasional black bear, fox, and lynx. The area accommodates day trippers and campers well as there are nearly 2, 200 designated campsites.
  2. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin spans more than 1.5 million acres and offers plenty of hiking trails that traverse a 41 mile segment of the Ice Age Trail as well as woodland areas, lakes and rivers. View black bears, ruffed grouse and loons in their natural habitat.
  3. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin is a 44,000 acre refuge that offers fishing days, wildlife festivals, and night hikes so that you can witness firsthand native wolves and bears as well as more than 220 bird species, including the endangered bald eagle and whooping crane.

Suggested green lodging:

  1. Northern Lights Resort Outfitting & Youth Quest near Voyageurs National Park was recently awarded the Sustainable Tourism Award by Explore Minnesota. With extensive energy and water conservation programs; gray water and recycling systems; boats, canoes and kayaks for rent; and lots of free activities, this resort has something for everyone.
  2. Artha Bed & Breakfast near Amherst, Wisconsin operates an environmentally sustainable retreat with amenities including organic breakfast ingredients harvested from its own garden and renewable energy systems. The B&B also offers yoga, meditation and herb workshops.


Check out our other eco-certified trips through North America!

Rate this blog entry:

Irene is the founder & president of Greenloons. She is a dual EU citizen who has lived in 5 countries and visited 32 more in Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe. Drawing upon her professional and personal experiences to address authentic ecotourism from community, ecological and financial points of view, Irene is a frequent conference speaker, Huffington Post blogger and radio talk show guest. 


  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, 25 February 2018

Read All About Ecotourism

View more blog entries