Best Sustainable Vacation Destination in Every State

Anchorage, Alaska, has a mountainous state park for camping and bird-watching.

A coastline with several high-rises in front of a blue mountainous background.

Anchorage has more than 120 miles of paved bike and multiuse trails.

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Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, has a special focus on sustainable tourism efforts.

Its tourism organization, Visit Anchorage, says it has a sustainable-travel policy and is certified through the Adventure Green Alaska program, which “recognizes and promotes model Alaska tourism businesses who practice economic, environmental, social, and cultural sustainability.”

In Chugach State Park, you can hike, camp, and bird-watch at several dedicated nature reserves. And there are more than 120 miles of paved bike and multiuse trails around the city for exploring, such as the Moose Loop, a 30-mile moose-shaped trail.

Travelers can stop by Grow North Farm, an urban farm and marketplace that says it provides land for more than 20 neighborhood farmers and independent businesses, all of refugee or immigrant backgrounds.

There are plenty of farm-to-table or ocean-to-table dining options, with same-day-caught salmon and other seafood, as well as fresh greens.

Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop is a good option for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. The artisanal bakery’s website says it uses local ingredients where it makes sense, “based on what we would feed ourselves and our families.” 

For dining with a twist, Bear Tooth Theatrepub is another great option. The movie theater serves food such as pizzas and burritos made with local ingredients whenever possible, according to its website. It also serves local beer from Broken Tooth Brewing on draft.

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