Our Partnership with National Geographic

Vibrant communities—those with thriving economies and cultural institutions—are the ones that embrace their heritage. It is an expression of community pride to improve quality of life and invest in the future. To foster this stewardship, Lakes to Locks Passage works to build a network of nonprofit community organizations, museums, libraries, and cultural groups along the byway to bring a seamless travel experience based on shared heritage.

To further that effort, Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc. has partnered with the National Geographic Society  to capture the history and heritage of the Lakes to Locks Passage region through an interactive website. The Lakes to Locks Passage Geotourism Project seeks to celebrate the Lakes to Locks Passage region as a world-class destination, while contributing to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism. History buffs and adventurers, backpackers and foodies, birders and sightseers can discover unique destinations based on recommendations from those who know best—residents of the Lakes to Locks Passage region.

Anyone from the region can nominate sites for inclusion in an interactive website. Your favorite local restaurant, farm, winery, hiking or biking trail, swimming hole, museum or artist gallery are samples of what you can nominate.

The Lakes to Locks Passage MapGuide highlights the natural, historic, and cultural assets unique to the area. In this partnership, our region benefits from National Geographic’s considerable map-making expertise. But the project could not work without input from locals who know what makes this place truly unique.

Click to visit the National Geographic Geotourism Site

Click to view the interactive map

Learn More about Geotourism

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.