Thanks to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver now has an extensive transportation system (aptly named the Olympic Line) to get tourists to and from popular destinations. But since it’s also been named the Best Walking City in Canada, you can forget about public transpo altogether.
While you’re there, take advantage of Vancouver’s natural beauty by taking a visit to the Pacific Ocean, checking out one of the city’s 200 parks, or hitting the slopes at the Whistler Blackcomb resort. It’s easy to go green in a city that’s known as an “urban forest”.
They say Iceland is greener than Greenland, but from an environmental perspective, Iceland is greener than just about everyone. 100% of its energy comes from the island’s own natural resources such as waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, which also happen to make for excellent travel destinations.
Take a whale-watching cruise, hike up a volcano, or relax at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Treat yourself- it’s eco-friendly!
The greenest city in Latin America makes for a perfect tropical getaway thanks to its efficient infrastructure, commitment to sustainable urban planning, and to-die-for temperatures year round. The Tourism Line will take you to all of the most popular attractions on green buses where you can gawk at gorgeous European-influenced architecture and plenty of green space.
For those who want an authentic Carnival experience without the massive crowds, the beaches surrounding Curitiba host mini celebrations that coincide with Rio de Janeiro’s. Be sure to check out the expansive Botanical Gardens and greenhouse that looks like it belongs in a fantasy novel.
With 23% of Singapore’s land devoted to rainforest and nature reserves, it’s no wonder they call it the “Garden City”. And it certainly beats the one in your backyard.
SMRT, Singapore’s transportation organization, has initiated a zero-emissions policy, meaning all trains now run purely on electricity. The complicated system serves as a role model for other large Asian cities.
Singapore might be a haven for luxury shoppers, but for those who want a more unique experience, check out the botanic gardens, one of the many Buddhist or Hindu temples, or Chinatown and Little India.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Thanks to Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa’s green rating system, tourists can make educated decisions about where to stay, eat, and shop while visiting the country’s largest city.
Hungry? Try the Shades of Green restaurant and tea garden, which cultivates and sells exclusively organic produce on its adjacent farmlands. Travelers can buy a wide range of teas and spend the day wandering the countryside. Or, experience one of the city’s outdoor flea markets like the African Craft Market for a variety of authentic locally produced goods alongside the beat of traditional African music.
Best of all: Johannesburg is home to lion parks where tourists can feed and play with the animals. Hakuna matata!
Where to Stay: Hotel Borg, Pósthússtræti 101, 551-1440, en.hotelborg.is
Where to Eat: Fjalakötturinn, Aðalstræti 16, 514-6000, http://www.fjalakotturinn.is/english/
Where to Stay: The Forest by Wangz, 145A Moulmein Rd, +65-6500-3188, www.forestbywangz.com
Where to Eat: Graze, 4 Rochester Park, +65-6775-9000, www.graze.com.sg
Where to Stay: Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, 85 Hornby St, 1-800-663-0666, www.wedgewoodhotel.com
Where to Eat: Chambar, 5623 Beatty St, Crosstown, 604-879-7119, www.chambar.com
Where to Stay: Mapungubwe Hotel, 50 Marshall St, +27-11-429-2600, www.mapungubwehotel.co.za
Where to Eat: La Rustica, 103 Houghton Drive, 011-728-2092, www.larustica.co.za
Where to Stay: Four Points, 4211 Ave. Sete de Setembro, +55-41-3340-4000, http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints
Where to Eat: Jardins Grill, 712 Rua Lamenha Lins, +55-41-3232-4717, www.jardinsgrill.com.br