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Top 5 Ecotourism Destinations in the USA

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Feb 08, 2023 02:14 PM EST

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Top 5 Ecotourism Destinations in the USA

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Amidst all the hubbub over climate change and global warming, ecotourism has gained huge popularity across the world. It started as a movement to raise awareness about the environment and encourage people to become more eco-friendly. The tourism departments of every nation have taken a keen interest in this, and many of them are offering eco-friendly accommodation alongside environmental education. 

Many people know the United States as a nation of bustling cities and high-rising skyscrapers, but the green travel movement has been growing in popularity, with many air travel companies offering a reduction in private jet charter prices and opening the doors to a vast display of natural wonders. 

Where Are the Top Ecotourism Destinations in America?

Now that we all know the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, let's take a look at some of the most eco-friendly tourist spots in the United States.

Hawaii

As one of the oldest members of the International Ecotourism Society, Hawaii has been a constant in the list of sustainable tourist locations. Hawaiians are known for their strong connection with nature, and take the utmost care in protecting the islands' natural beauty for future generations.

Beach lovers and keen hikers will never get tired of visiting Hawaii, and there's plenty more adventurous activities to enjoy on the islands as well, including surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. There are many free hiking trails leading to magnificent views  atop volcanoes and mountains, or inside a national park just ready and waiting for you to explore.    

Colorado

For many years, Colorado has been known for its dedicated environment conservation. Tourists from all over the world hail Colorado as a top destination when it comes to the preservation of natural habitats and local indigenous culture. 

Top 5 Ecotourism Destinations in the USA
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When visiting Colorado, be sure to pack your hiking shoes so that you can explore the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountain National Park on foot. Or if you prefer pedal power to foot power, why not bike your way around the stunning locations? Those looking for something even more off the beaten track in Colorado could try whitewater river rafting which enables you to explore the reserved landscape that's only accessible by water. The Garden of the Gods public park in Colorado Springs is another must-see location in the Centennial State, where you can marvel at the amazing sandstone rock formations.

Oregon

The Pacific Northwest state of Oregon is famous for its eco-friendly agricultural fields and wineries that produce high-quality, sulfite-free wine from organically grown grapes, making it the perfect location for wine tourism. 

Ecologically minded beer drinkers will also find much to love in Oregon, including Portland's Hopworks Urban Brewery, a popular eco-pub. 

After sampling all that fine wine, beer,  and local cuisine, visitors can then venture out across  the many popular hiking trails to enjoy the natural beauty of the state.

California

If you've ever visited California, you'll already  know how deeply the "traveling green" culture is rooted in the Californian suburbs. The local organizations responsible for sustainable tourism are continuously striving to develop programs that are good for the environment, economically feasible, and culturally equitable. 

Top 5 Ecotourism Destinations in the USA
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If that's the sort of approach that appeals to you, be sure to visit Half Moon Bay to check out the local community's impressive dedication to protecting the environment, complete with eco-friendly accommodation. 

Another must-visit location in the state of California is the world-famous Yosemite National Park, which is home to over 1,200 square miles of breathtakingly beautiful mountainous valleys and vast swathes of unspoilt wilderness. Horse-riding and winter sports are a big tourist draw, depending on the season.

Alaska

Alaska has long been one of the frontrunners in promoting eco-friendliness and environmentalism. Alaska's vast, icy wilderness is home to hundreds of native species of flora and fauna. The official sustainable certification program, Adventure Green Alaska, is responsible for combining local businesses with a variety of sustainable measures.

Nicknamed 'The Last Frontier,' Alaska is home to over 100 national and state parks, which have been designed to preserve the local habitats. The state is famous for its snow-tipped mountains and icy glaciers that are home to grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and caribous. Alaskans also preserve their indigenous roots in the local museums and cultural centers, and offer vacation accommodation powered by alternative energy sources. 

Conclusion

It's no surprise that America is turning greener and ever more ecologically conscious by the day. An increasing number of companies, even tech giants such as Apple, have been instrumental in helping the government to preserve the environment and build a sustainable future.

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