What does it mean to be green? Do you promote local produce and sustainable farming? Do you ban plastic bags and non-biodegradable to-go containers? Does it mean you have lush parkland and undeveloped spaces, and that the air tastes crisp and clean? Is it about extensive public transit, or having more bicycles than residents? It’s all these things and more at these top green travel destinations.
Romp through the gardens and parks in, literally, green Vancouver
, or hike through the limestone amphitheater of Bryce Canyon National Park
. Check out the beaches and islands around Auckland
before reliving Lord of the Rings in the lush New Zealand countryside. Take an UNESCO-award-winning eco-tour through tropical lands and indigenous communities of Namha near Bangkok
, and whale-watch off the coast of Sydney
. Dream green in the LEED-certified hotels of Portland
and San Francisco
, or laze about the eco-resorts of the US Virgin Islands
. Explore Barcelona
by metro, Copenhagen
by foot and Amsterdam
by bicycle. Feast on fresh produce at organic eateries in San Francisco, Barcelona and Sydney. Most importantly, spend your money right—supporting sustainable efforts in these destinations helps to keep them economically viable competition for their more wasteful counterparts. So give Mother Nature a little love and go green in these top eco-friendly destinations.
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Green Travel in Portland
You'll quickly pick up on why this city is frequently voted one of the country's greenest.
Green Travel in Austin
This Texas city is a leader in sustainable urban living.
Travel Green to Barcelona
Easy train travel and cheap bike rentals make it a cinch to get around this seaside city.
Green Travel in Auckland
Have a blast exploring outdoor NZ.
Travel Green in Bryce Canyon
Natural arches and towers fill this beautiful national park.
Green Travel in Vancouver
Spend your vacation outdoors in this city that is green in every meaning of the word.
Travel Green to Copenhagen
Make the most of the parks and waterways in this green metropolis.
Green Travel in Sydney
This city is a leader in sustainability and a fabulous vacation destination in one.
Green in San Francisco
Responsible travel is easy in the city by the bay.
Go Green in Bangkok
Ecotourism is catching on in this southeast Asian metropolis, too.