Most of the travelers overlook smaller and greener cities around the world enduring for busy and favorite spots like London, Paris or Rome. Camouflaged by many business destinations and by our busy lifestyles, these green and eco friendly travel destinations around the world offer both beauty and adventure while helping us reduce the carbon foot print as we travel. Here’s our pick of some of the best green and unspoiled destinations around the world that help you put your green lifestyle into practice.
Few places in the world are as planned as this small city located in the Basque region known for its lush green mountains and forests. This city has been rightly awarded the European Green Capital title for 2012 as it perfectly co-exists with the nature. The districts of Vitoria-Gasteiz are divided into three rings or circles where the inner circle comprises of the city center; the second encompasses abandoned land that is turned into parks and greenery; and the third ring that has mountains and forests. City officials also monitor the growth of plants and animals in the region to study their impact on the habitat. There is an airport just 8 km from the city center and a lot of bus and train connections. Victoria – Gasteiz is easily accessible from Spanish cities such as Pamplona, San Sebastian or Bilbao. You can plan your route with online travel planners that can help you enjoy and learn about the natural habitat of the region with guided city walks and tours.
Alaska, United States
Rightly called ‘The Great Land’, Alaska has some of the best snow-capped mountains in the world to its credit and is also home to the Arctic North. The place is also a perfect habitat for sea lions, humpback whales, blue whales, bald eagles and brown bears which are only a part of the range of wildlife that is otherwise endangered in other parts of the world. Alaska also has a number of state parks which make it a perfect place to visit for travelers from all over the world.
Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
From native landscapes to flourishing flora and fauna, the Volcanoes National Park offers some of the best sightseeing experiences to the travelers. The site is ecologically important as Hawaii’s Big Island is actually expanding as a result of over 70 million years of active volcanism. The 11-mile Crater Rim Drive of the Kilauea volcano leads to the tropical rain forest of Kaʻū Desert and has many scenic overlooks for the tourists. When visiting Volcanoes National Park stay in one of the Hawaiian Beach Rentals for a great vacation.
Blue Mountains, Australia
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the right spot if you are looking for calm outdoors. The place is home to creepy canyons and miles of valleys and rugged mountains. This 550 square miles site also has some of the world’s rarest species including koalas and Wollemi pines. Some of the activities that travelers can enjoy here are canoeing, mountain climbing, horseback riding and rock climbing.
The Amazon, Brazil
Dubbed as the ‘Lungs of the Planet’, Amazon is one of the best places to visit for sustainable travel. It alone produces about 20% of the earth’s oxygen and in that it is the best green place on earth. It also has the world’s largest river system and is home to thousands of plant, animal and aquatic species. You can rent a canoe and paddle the river if you have the guts! Venture out into this finest spectacle on earth with the right travel planner and you are sure to experience the best forest under the sun.
The Himalayas, India and Nepal
Home to some of the highest mountains and snow-covered peaks in the world, the Himalayas offer a rich culture and beautiful landscapes for the world travelers. From exploring the banana trees in these sub-tropical valleys to watching the grazing yaks in the alpine forests, the place offers anything and everything that nature lovers can imagine. Indulge in some mountaineering expedition or explore the wonderful landscapes at your pace while you trek and hike as you like. There are many trail lodges that offer accommodation to the trekkers and porters and cooks to carry your must-haves and cook delicious food while you trek to your heart’s content.