I have recently been asked about eco-friendly travel. Millennials in particular are not only interested in active vacations, they are also very interested in eco-friendly vacations. Because of this, many places are beginning to take steps to attract those who are interested in eco-friendly travel and living. As a travel agent, I am delighted to say that one does not have to go far to find eco-friendly vacation spots. Some might be right in your own back yard. Here are a few you might want to consider checking out right in the United States.We
Eco Friendly Alaska
Alaska has so much to offer eco-travelers. With so much beautiful nature to enjoy, it is really easy to see why it tops our list of recommendations for eco-travel. From a glimpse of the famous Aurora Borealis to Dawes Glacier at Endicott Arm Fjord, and plenty of wildlife in the national parks of Alaska, whether you are an eco-traveler or not, Alaska is a must see destination. Whether you fly in to one of the cities or cruise along the coast put this on my “must see” list.
Eco Friendly Hawaii
Hawaii is my particular favorite place to visit. Once you see the breathtaking vistas available on all the islands, you will understand why I included it for eco-travel. Whether you take tour of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or a hike to Diamond Head in Oahu, a walk through Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park on the northwest of Kauai Island or go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu my eco tourist clients will fall in love with Hawaii. You will get to see tropical forests and barren lands and be at sea level or atop the highest volcano. Additionally, at the right time of they year you can whale watch with abandon. You can sit on the beach and watch the turtles swimming among the surfers. Truly a great place to vacation around and in nature.
Eco Friendly Colorado
Most eco tourists are in love with nature and love to camp and hike and spend time in nature. What better place to all of the above than The Rocky Mountain National Park. The Ute Trail is the most popular trail. The Never Summer Mountains, Longs Peak, Milner Pass, and Mesa Verde are some of the most visited destinations. The Garden of the Gods State Park has some amazing rock formations that you are not going to want to miss. There is so much to offer in Colorado for those who love the outdoors and it is truly in our back yard.
Eco Friendly Arizona
This is home to the Grand Canyon, so how could this not be on an eco-friendly travel destination place in the U.S.? In addition to the greatest tourist attraction of all, there are also six national forests, four different deserts, and three canyons in Arizona. There is also the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
Eco Friendly Montana
Home to Yellowstone National Park, of course Montana is on the list of eco-friendly tourist destinations in the U.S. The park boasts of more than 1500 species of trees and plants, as well as hordes of wildlife like bobcats, cougars, black bears, bison, badgers, lynx, coyotes, elks, and much more. There are also other national parks like the Glacier National Park which you can visit. With all that Montana has to see and do, it is definitely a state we should not just drive through, but rather stop and enjoy this pristine state.
Eco Friendly California
Aside from the longest coastline in all of the United States, California has several other attractions which make it a great eco-friendly travel destination. With parks like Yosemite National Park and Emerald Bay, you can see many different animals and great scenery which provides a photographer’s and painter’s paradise. Emerald Bay is a national landmark.
Eco-friendly travel is not just about the amazing destinations. What is important to remember that when we visit these pristine areas, that we leave it the way we found it. Traveling with a mind to preserving what we see around us, makes it eco-travel. Remember when visiting these amazing nature parks in the United States to be sure to follow all posted rules. You will want to prevent things like forest fires, take your trash away with you, preserve the coral when snorkeling. In short, leave things as you found them.
There are lots of places to travel to enjoy nature and be sure to contact your travel agent for more information.