Sus­tain­able tourism

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FOR the con­sci­en­tious trav­eller, there’s much to ex­pe­ri­ence and cel­e­brate across the U.s. tra­di­tional com­mu­ni­ties are now em­brac­ing the shift to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, with eco-tourism op­tions in every state, from wildlife

con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives to low-im­pact re­sorts.


Fol­low Ari­zona’s Fresh Foodie Trail from the town of Mesa to the coun­try­side be­yond, and ex­pe­ri­ence farm­ers’ mar­kets, or­ganic din­ing and pick-yourown pro­duce. There’s a top craft brew­ery scene here, too, and look out for Mesa’s Food Truck Fri­days.


Two mil­lion free-roam­ing mus­tangs once gal­loped the plains of the Amer­i­can west, but today less than 50,000 horses re­main. Ne­vada's lux­ury Mus­tang Mon­u­ment eco-ranch is home to 650 of th­ese beau­ti­ful beasts, and a sanc­tu­ary for guests.


The beau­ti­ful beaches of Martin County host nest­ing sea tur­tles from Fe­bru­ary un­til Septem­ber. Sign up for a late-night Turtle Walk, led by the Hobe Sound Nat­u­ral Wildlife & Na­ture Cen­tre, to see log­ger head tur­tles lay their eggs. There are great dive and snorkelling spots, too.


The Amer­i­can Prairie Re­serve, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, aims to cre­ate the con­ti­nen­tal United States’ largest na­ture re­serve in north­east­ern Mon­tana, with three mil­lion acres of grass­lands roamed by rein­tro­duced na­tive an­i­mals, in­clud­ing the bi­son. The Re­serve’s Kestrel Camp has five lux­ury sa­fari-style suites and of­fers tours with bi­ol­o­gists.


Cal­i­for­nia’s Sonoma County has more than 425 winer­ies and is renowned for its farm-to-fork din­ing scene. The Sin­gle Thread res­tau­rant and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing inn is not to be missed, with Asian-in­spired haute cui­sine, and tast­ing menus fea­tur­ing de­lights from the ad­ja­cent farm.

Ex­plore Washington D.C. with a CAP­I­TAL BIKESHARE CY­CLE in­stead of on four wheels. Out­side of the city, there are plenty of bike trails and Bikeshare sta­tions in nearby Fair­fax County, Ar­ling­ton and his­toric Alexan­dria, so you can cy­cle along the...

PIC­TURED Main im­age: Mus­tangs gather in Ne­vada; Above: Bikeshare in Washington D.C.

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