If you’re a U.S. dweller, you’d do well to stick around on your honeymoon. Traveling all over the world may sound like fun, but it does increase your carbon footprint, which isn’t a cool addition to a green wedding.
Now, if you have no idea where to go or how to get started with planning a green U.S. based honeymoon, you can start by looking at some of the more eco-friendly destinations our country has to offer. Most green-friendly travel lists focus on issues such as a city’s air quality, amount of green spaces and extras like organic restaurants.
Always keep in mind that various sites and studies use very different information to calculate how green a city is, plus some take residential issues into account. It’s smart to do some of your own research and to bypass most residential facts – because frankly, it’s unlikely you’ll be recycling your entire honeymoon or purchasing a home there.
First, create a list of all the typical vacation activities you enjoy – or would like to enjoy on your honeymoon. For example, hiking, shopping, sunshine (or rain), a beach, eco-spas, organic food availability and so on. Once you’ve got a basic list of activities, compare it to green city lists you find. This will help you narrow down where to go.
Visit the city’s official tourist / visitor site to see what sort of perks the city offers. Type into Google, “[insert city name] visitors center” to find one.
Links and lists to help you choose a green American city for your honeymoon:
- Best Green Cities in America – this is mainly a starting point only as cities are just ranked.
- Top 10 green U.S. cities.
- Cities with the cleanest air – why go on a smoggy vacation?
- America’s 50 Greenest Cities – this list is older, but still one of the best because it covers various perspective in its ranking criteria.
- Travel & Leisure has the MOST awesome list of 10 green itineraries. You will love this list.
- America’s best and worst green cities.
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