Unique Ecotours in the USA
The United States offers a whirlwind of possibilities when it comes to traveling. Whether you’re interested in exploring laid-back coastal towns, vast mountain ranges, or incredible natural wonders, there are a number of tours in the USA that cater to your needs.
Ecotourism in the USA has been on the rise in recent years. These tours offer a unique experience that enables you to explore the natural beauty of the US while simultaneously contributing to the mission of environmental sustainability.
The following are some of the best eco-friendly tours in the USA.
Cruise Through Alaskan Glaciers
Are you interested in exploring the vast and unique natural wonders of Alaska? Discovery Voyage offers incredible eco-friendly tours that embark out of Anchorage and sail around Alaska’s beautiful coastline.
During this unique experience, you’ll sail around through fjords and around massive glaciers, surrounded by daunting mountainous landscapes. You’ll watch out for various critters native to the state, such as sea otters, porpoises, and whales. During your voyage, you’ll also get the chance to embark on fun adventures, whether you want to go hiking, kayaking, or on photo tours. Although Alaska is beautiful year round, the best time to go on a cruise is from May to September.
Discovery Voyage is committed to protecting the environment. They have been awarded the Adventure Green Alaska Gold Certificate from 2009 through 2014. Their carbon offset program allows passengers to contribute to renewable energy projects throughout the US, including in Alaska. They are also a proud supporter of the Prince William Sound Stewardship Foundation, which works on wildlife restoration projects. You will be able to experience the astounding beauty of Alaska while simultaneously doing your part to protect it.
Go Rafting Through USA’s Deepest River Gorge
ROW Adventures is a sustainable ecotour company that offers an incredible multi-day whitewater rafting experience through Oregon and Idaho. You’ll be greeted by world-class rafting as you sail down the Salmon River in Idaho and through Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in the USA. You’ll continue into Oregon, passing scenic waterfalls, rapids, and desert landscapes. There is no other rafting trip quite like this.
The ROW Adventures tour company is committed to sustainable practices. They aim to reduce their footprint through minimizing energy use and motorized travel, using recyclable and reusable materials, and implementing the ‘Leave No Trace’ strategy for all of their tours. They have sponsored local Wild & Scenic Rivers film festivals to inform on sustainability issues and supported many other conservation groups in their efforts.
ROW Adventures has received many accolades, including National Geographic’s ‘Tour of a Lifetime’ in 2012 and Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau ‘Near Nature, Near Perfect’ award in 2010.
Take a New Orleans Airboat Tour
One of the best examples of ecotourism in the USA is a small, locally owned company based in the wetlands of New Orleans called New Orleans Airboat Tours. The tour company has been continuously involved in a project to protect the alligators that inhabit the surrounding area. The company partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fishery to raise and release numerous alligators into the swamps, marking one of the most successful wildlife conservation stories.
The tour company has also been spent over $6,000 to plant cypress trees around the swamp. Cypress roots help to increase natural sediment deposits, which in turn help to slow down surging floods during storms.
New Orleans Airboat Tours offer exciting and up-close airboat tours of the wetlands just 35 minutes outside of the city. You’ll fly over the water on the airboat and get up-close and personal with some of the alligators they have worked so hard to protect. It is truly a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Find your ecotour in the USA!
There are so many more ecotours in the United States that offer fun and fulfilling adventures. These tours are a perfect way to explore the incredible wilderness, all while doing your duty as a responsible human to protect the earth.
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