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

The Farmhouse at the Inn at Serenbe
Casual fine dining in this eco community. Opt for the porch and chef’s choice menu. Stay overnight in one of eighteen rooms if you need.
10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd, Palmetto, GA 770.463.2610; serenbe.com


Hotel Monaco
EarthCare program is in effect here, as per the standards of the Kimpton Hotels Group.
225 N Wabash, Chicago, IL 866.610.0081; monaco-chicago.com

One of the few certified-organic pizzerias. Not-so-deep-dish but delish. Euro-style, wood-fired oven, and eco-conscious from the flour to the truck that delivers it.
2056 W Division St, Chicago, IL 773.235.5511; crustchicago.com

The Farnsworth House
Architect Mies van der Rohe’s living legacy, where the indoors meet the outdoors in seamless harmony, exposed to raw elements behind a barrier of glass.
14520 River Rd, Plano, IL 630.552.0052; farnsworthhouse.org


Bourbon Orleans
Enjoy this centrally located hotel (just steps from the gypsy booths!) knowing that it practices earth-friendly housekeeping and energy conservation.
717 Orleans St, New Orleans, LA 504.523.2222; bourbonorleans.com

French Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour
A 38-stop tour of the historic French Quarter. Hit all 38, or pick and chooseyour favorites. Download map from


Cozy Moose Cabins on Moosehead Lake
Moose outnumber people around here. No joke. Scenery is best enjoyed from a canoe.
451 Moosehead Lake Rd, Greenville, ME 207.695.0242; mooseheadcabins.com

Grain Surfboards
Custom and handmade from local sustainable wood. Feeling crafty? Pick up a build-it-yourself kit.
60 Brixham Rd, York, ME; 207.457.5313; grainsurfboards.com

Public Market House
Shared space plays host to several small businesses in an effort to create a sense of community and keep the little guys alive.
28 Monument Sq, Portland, ME 207.228.2056; publicmarkethouse.com


Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this: mussels, clams, and oysters, all from local waters, plus artisanal New England cheeses.
1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

Jiminy Peak
Mountain resort that uses a wind turbine to help meet electrical demands. Warm-weather activities include mountain biking, a climbing wall, and jousting.
37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA; 413.738.5500; jiminypeak.com

Onyx House
Centrally located boutique hotel stocks organic sheets and snacks. Hybrid drivers get parking perks.
155 Portland St, Boston, MA 866.660.6699; onyxhotel.com

South End Buttery
Buy a cupcake or twelve without feeling guilty—a portion of proceeds from the three most popular types go to animal rescue.
314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 617.482.1015; southendbuttery.com

Gal-pal owners pick the finest planet-friendly fashions for their oh-so-chic boutique. “Not hippie, just hip,” they say.
164 Newbury St, Boston, MA 617.267.3684; shopenvi.com


Wickwood Inn
Country stay of The Silver Palate Cookbook’s coauthor, so the eats are seasonally driven. Complimentary nibbles never a letdown—a must.
510 Butler St, Saugatuck, MI 800.385.1174; wickwoodinn.com

Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Maybe the world’s largest living roof; a historical site gone green. 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 800.835.5237; thehenryford.org


Donna’s Delights
Yarn sellers offer some wool spun from their own herd. Nifty bamboo knitting needles. 
110 N 1st St, Montevideo, MN 320.226.6457; maxminn.com/bev/

Coyote Grange
Pick your own strawberries at his 54-acre organic farm.
3476 271st Ave, Appleton, MN 320.752.4462

Red Stag Supperclub
First LEED-certified restaurant in the state. Menu items from farm to table. The Friday fish fry is a nod to owners’ Wisconsin roots.
509 First Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 612.767.7766 redstagsupperclub.com

Putting Green Mini Golf Course
A hole-in-one eco education. Aim for the grain bin and mock gas pump for a lesson in ethanol.Solar-powered concession stand serves soda in biodegradable cups.
210 N Minnesota St, New Ulm, MN 507.354.7888; puttinggreen.org


Madison Buffalo Jump
Pack a picnic and hike to the top of these dramatic cliffs where people compelled bison to jump to their death nearly 2,000 years ago.
Buffalo Jump Road, off US Highway 90, 23 miles W of Bozeman; 406.994.4042 fwp.mt.gov/lands/site_281935.aspx

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