August 22, 2013
Looking to Eco-fy your late summer and fall travel plans? Did your favorite destinations make it on Part One of our eco travel list? Here are a few more options across the United States that you might consider.
3. Portland, Oregon
“Portlandia” may poke fun at Portland’s eco-conscious populace, but the city’s environmentally oriented mindset is no joke. Throughout the years, Portland’s green policies and practices have earned it a number of accolades, including No. 1 “Green City,” No. 2 “Top Sustainable U.S. Metros” and No. 2 “Best Bike Cities in America.”
Verdant parks and gardens, majestic mountains, rivers and wilderness, and ample trails for biking and hiking can satisfy the most hardcore hiker out there. If you’re not into camping, half the city’s power comes from renewable resources, and Portland’s hospitality community offers a range of certified green accommodations, so you don’t have to worry about wasting water and energy.
Portland’s long history of farm-to-fork dining never fails to pull out one’s inner foodie with a variety of organic, locally grown produce. Portland Farmers Market offers not only fresh produce, but is also a go-to spot for prepared food items, cheeses, meats, flowers and more. And don’t forget to stop by the Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market!
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Florida Keys, Florida
Home to a truly unique ecosystem, both land and marine, the Florida Keys host a number of parks, conservation and preservation museums, research centers, and wildlife sanctuaries. The Keys also house the only two frost-free botanical gardens in the country, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort and The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.
To preserve all this and more, the Florida Green Lodging Program has established environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources by implementing water-saving measures, executing energy-saving techniques, helping reduce solid waste and taking steps to prevent pollution. Transportation is made greener with carpooling, the use of bio-diesel fuels, pedi-cabs and electric cars.
With commercial fishing the Keys’ second largest industry, you can get a number of sustainable choices such as spiny lobster, Key West pink shrimp and mahi-mahi. Florida’s favorable climate has also made possible year-round fresh, locally grown produce, and hydroponic gardens that use much less water and yield crops within weeks are growing in popularity. You can enjoy the bounty of Florida’s endless summer completely guilt-free!
Photo Credit: Florida Keys & Key West
Check back on Sunday to see which destinations rounded out our eco travel list.