On the Road

We spent the night watching live lightning storms meant just for us. We unearthed a winery in Nebraska; and we putted our way through a round of enviro-themed mini-golf, all in the name of green. We’ve compiled 88 of our favorite spots across the continental United States (and 200 and counting online) to inspire eco-conscious road-tripping that supports local economies. With our list in hand, you can plot a day off or a month-long journey. However you go about searching for American majesty, remember—the country offers a vast terrain for eco-minded travelers.

By Kimberly Fusaro and Madhu Puri


Kitt Peak National Observatory
You so want to sit back with the roof open and participate in the Nightly Observing Program. See Saturn and the stars.
Off Hwy 86 near Tucson, AZ 520.318.8726; noao.edu/kpno

Hotel Valley Ho
1950s legend complete with a Trader Vic’s. Stylish clientele eat local foods, can take a fitness class or a guided hike, and use low-flow toilets.
6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ; 866.882.4484; hotelvalleyho.com

Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright HQ.
Enhance your own ideas about organic architecture and conservation of the natural environment. In
other words, get inspired.
Cactus Rd and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ; 480.860.2700, ext 494 franklloydwright.org


Tomales Bay Oyster Co
Bivalve farm sells namesake oysters, mussels, and clams. Waterside picnic area for prime shucking.
15479 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA 415.663.1242; tomalesbayoysters.com

Buell House
Save-the-planet politicos Mark and Susie Tompkins Buell’s peace sign–fronted barn is a legend in Bolinas. Tricky hike to Alamere Falls, but it’s worth it for the 50-foot cascade directly into the ocean.
Off Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA Directions at marintrails.com

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
Some 25,000 monarchs arrive from the Canadian Rockies and Alaska to new digs in Butterfly Town, USA. Locals work to preserve their habitat and that of the Australian eucalyptus. October through March.
Ridge Rd (between Lighthouse Ave and Short St), Pacific Grove, CA 831.648.5716; pgmuseum.org

Post Ranch Inn
Architecture fit for its surroundings. Morning yoga, afternoon nature walks, and evening astronomy sessions. They know what you like.
Off Hwy 1 (south of Carmel), Big Sur, CA 800.527.2200; postranchinn.com

Los Feliz Lodge
Live like an Angeleno who has compost, conscious lighting, vintage furnishings, and nontoxic laundry supplies.
1507 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 323.913.1443; losfelizlodge.com

Three Twins Ice Cream
Certified-organic farmers’ market fave. Biodegradable and compostable servingware.
610 1st St, Napa, CA; 707.257.8946 threetwinsicecream.com

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth)
The roots of Nader Khalili’s futuristic subdivision and school. Called anything from eco-domes to super adobes to moon cocoons. Tours by appointment.
10177 Baldy Ln, Hesperia, CA 760.244.0614; calearth.org

La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve
Swim past the lounging sea lions, snorkel into a protected underwater ecosystem with Garibaldi fish and
endangered giant black sea bass.
1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 619.260.1880; scubasandiego.com


Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Geothermal energy and fireplaces used for heating and cooling. Only 1 percent of land is developed.
3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO 800.933.4339; devilsthumbranch.com

Golfing at the Broadmoor
Certified by the Audubon Sanctuaries, the three sprawling championship courses show their true colors.
1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO; 800.634.7711; broadmoor.com

Odell Brewing Company
Six-pack holders are made of recycled paper, all bottles made from recycled glass, and trucks run on biodiesel. A microbrew capital in our book.
800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 888.887.2797; odells.com


Dressing Room
Homegrown restaurant cooks up prime local produce. Located next to Paul Newman’s Westport Country Playhouse. Bravo!
27 Powers Ct, Westport, CT 203.226.1114 dressingroomhomegrown.com

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Energy Star approved and pet friendly. Working fireplaces. Chemical-free cleaning and low-flow water usage. Super nice and relaxing, too.
2 Bridge St, Old Saybrook, CT 800.243.0212; saybrook.com


Pizza Fusion
Not your average pizza hain: organic ingredients, biode­gradable spudware utensils, pies delivered in hybrid rides.
1013 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 954.358.5353; pizzafusion.com

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
Nonprofit rescues and rehabs sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Take a tour and see for yourself.
1279 NE 79th St Causeway, Miami, FL 305.751.9840; pelicanharbor.org

Rag Trade Happy Clothing Co
Shop for locally designed high-end goods among thrift-store threads. Note the price tags made from recycled party flyers. Way cool.
4600 NE Second Ave, Ste 6, Miami, FL 305.573.1478; ragtradeco.com


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