Traveling at speeds up to 150 mph, the Acela Express is Amtrak’s first high-speed train service. It serves Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. Hourly service is offered during peak morning and afternoon rush hours between New York, Washington, DC, and other intermediate cities.
Greyhound serves more than 3,100 cities with 16,000 daily departures across North America. One Greyhound bus replaces an average of 20 cars and achieves 162 passenger miles per gallon of fuel. Greyhound partners with other bus lines as well as Amtrak train service to help passengers get to their destination.
Lux Bus America serves passengers traveling between Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Las Vegas. The company also offers The Las Vegas Liner, providing daily service to and from Las Vegas.
Megabus.com bills itself as a low-cost bus service. A round-trip ticket from Chicago to Detroit runs just $45.50 and takes less than 7 hours. The return trip is less than 5 hours. Purchase tickets to various cities in the Midwest and Northeast online.
VIA Rail Canada transports 4.1 million passengers a year across Canada, serving about 450 communities. The company has an Environmental Policy that states, in part, that the rail line will serve only fair trade coffee, use recycled paper products, and recycle cans, newspapers, and plastic bottles.
This group of adventure travel companies adheres to the organization’s five principles of responsible travel. Low-impact trips span the globe and include everything from hiking and horseback riding to river kayaking and llama-trekking.
Customize your own low-impact eco-tours and cultural vacations with naturalists, guides, historians, and community activists around the world who offer specialized, non-packaged tours. Search by region and by activity.
Besides using a solar water-heating system and natural bedding, this Costa Rican eco-resort allows only quiet electric cars on the grounds, which just happens to be 70 percent protected rainforest.
The Asheville Green Cottage offers locally grown organic fruit, Fair Trade coffees and teas, natural latex mattresses, organic cotton sheets and towels, and nontoxic cleaning products.
Set in Banff National Park amid snow-covered peaks, it's the first hotel in Canada to receive the EcoLogo certification, one of the oldest eco-labeling initiatives in North America.
This Green Seal-certified Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Oregon, uses energy- and water-saving equipment, provides in-room recycling containers, donates uneaten food to a local shelter and composts the rest.
Planning to flee south of the border? Check in and chill out at Playa Del Carmen's Hotel Basico. The property takes eco-chic to a sexy, sustainable new level with rooftop pools made of old oil tanks and cabanas crafted from old trucks.
The grounds of this Maine retreat are planted with native varieties that require less water and fewer pesticides. Rooms use CLF bulbs and some proceeds are donated to the Rainforest Action Network.
Besides using a passive solar energy system, native plants to landscape, and locally grown foods, this Sri Lankan hotel has also built an Eco-Park, an environmental education area for employees, guests, and school children.
Not only does this luxury outfit employ a number of measures to protect the surrounding Great Barrier Reef, but it also uses low-emission clean burning diesel generators to power its facilities.
Surrounded by pinon forest and mountain views, this Colorado B&B offers strawbale construction for super insulation, passive solar heating, solar- and wind-generated electricity, and line-fresh towels and sheets.
The Orchard Garden Hotel sports low-emission wallpaper and carpet, plus wood from sustainably harvested forests. Room lights and appliances only work when a keycard is in a wall slot—so they don’t stay on when guests step out.
The Proximity is aiming for LEED Gold certification. It consumes nearly 40 percent less energy and 30 percent less water and sports solar roof panels, low-flush toilets, recycled-content building materials, and plans to install a green roof.
This hotel in exotic Mumbai relies on drip irrigation to cut water use, provides room stationery made of jute (a rapidly renewable substitute for tree-made paper), and plans to become a “zero garbage” facility.
With Carnival Cruises, waste is either recycled, incinerated, or offloaded for disposal on land (not at sea). The Carnival Spirit sports a black water/gray water purification system. It and the Carnival Triumph monitor ocean water quality.
This Italian company received the “Green Star” award from RINA (Italian Shipping Register) in 2005 for all 11 cruise ships in its fleet. The award means all Costa ships comply with the highest environmental protection standards.
Explore Arctic wildlife and unique wilderness areas along the coast of northern Labrador aboard this 122-passenger vessel. Take in the spectacular views of fiords, narrow channels, and icebergs in this rarely visited region. Cruise North made Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Green List in 2006.
All of Holland America's ships feature low-flow toilets and showers; non-perchloroethylene dry cleaning services that use nontoxic detergents; extensive recycling; and an energy-conserving towel re-use option.
Push off in one of the company's many smaller cruise ships for ocean adventures around the world. Chefs on board specialize in using local foods whenever possible, including locally grown produce and sustainable catch fish. Lindblad is dedicated to conservation and sustainable travel.
Sail aboard the Tahita with a team of biologists, divers, and environmentalists, learning about the marine world in the Aegean and Ionian seas. You'll not only see unique, endangered species up close, but you'll also have the chance to help protect them and their fragile habitat.
Offers a number of eco-friendly wind-powered sailing trips—from exploring the Maldives in a traditional dhoni to viewing Orcas while sailing along Norway's scenic fjords. ResponsibleTravel.com specializes in working with travel companies that operate with concern for the earth and local cultures.
Sail the Nile and explore ancient cities, like Luxor and Aswan, aboard a traditional (carbon-free) Egyptian sailing yacht called a Dahabia. Relax in the sun on board or venture off to visit the tomb of King Tut or explore local shopping markets.
In addition to their carbon offset offering, 3Degrees is a leading national supplier of Green-e Certified RECs sourced from a variety of renewable energy technologies, including wind, biomass, geothermal, solar, low-impact hydro, landfill gas, and biogas. Use the footprint calculator to get started on your green energy path.
Tally emissions from driving, air travel, and home energy. Offset only what you choose. Or pick from one of Climate Friendly's custom packages (including driving, flying, etc.) that let you go carbon neutral just in that area for a year.
GreenLife lets you offset your carbon emissions from home energy use, air travel, and driving. Offset your entire yearly emissions or a portion via one of the company's pre-priced packages or use the online calculator for a more precise tally.
LivClean is a Canadian organization offering carbon offset products and solutions to both individuals and businesses around the world. Services include carbon footprint assessment, the procurement and sale of carbon offsets, sustainable business solutions, including sustainable positioning strategies, marketing, and communications, and more.
Stay closer to home with these backcountry volunteer trips in the US (some lasting up to two weeks). Projects are often strenuous and include rebuilding footpaths in national parks or helping with erosion control in a national forest.
Volunteer with more than 30 organizations in the network, including one dedicated to protecting Lake Baikel in Siberia and an eco-justice group working with indigenous people in Borneo.
Nicknamed the “mini Peace Corps,” short-term volunteer trips include helping a village in Costa Rica develop a sustainable eco-tourism industry, as well as cleaning up local rivers and teaching environmental education classes in Jamaica.
University students can volunteer around the world, working with researchers and organizations to protect endangered species and restore habitats. Accommodations vary by project but run the gamut from home stays to bunkhouses.
This travel company offers dozens of volunteer vacations (as well as sustainable vacations). Monitor effects of global warming in the Arctic or preserve the remaining Monkey Puzzle trees in Chile.
A national partnership established by the US Department of the Interior that encourages volunteers to work in US public parks, forests, grasslands, wildlife refuges, cultural and historical sites, local playgrounds, and other recreation areas. Everything from river cleanups to rehabilitating natural habitats.
An eco-tourist’s dream, this sustainable eco-village offers camping, as well as cabanas for those seeking something less rustic. Volunteer on the organic farm or enjoy an artistic retreat.
Offers volunteer opportunities around the world to individuals, families, and businesses looking for a different kind of meeting and convention experience for employees. Projects range from learning about bamboo (a sustainable resource) in Costa Rica to caring for endangered elephants in Thailand.
EV Rental Cars (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Ana, San Jose, CA; Phoenix, AZ)
Car rental agency with locations in Southern California, the Bay Area, and Phoenix exclusively offers hybrid vehicles.
Austin-based Clean Air Limo—serving Central Texas and the Hill Country—offers "style, service, and sustainability" to green Texans. The company's fleet is composed entirely of hybrids, including makes by Mercedes and Lexus. Available for airport transfers, sightseeing, special events, and more.
Their fleet includes hybrids, biodiesel- fueled vehicles, and compressed natural gas (CNG) powered options.
Want your next trip to the Colorado Rockies to be a bit greener (and sans the hassle of navigating snowy conditions yourself)? Book a ride with Green Limousine, a car service with a fleet of biodiesel-fueled sedans and SUVs.
Visit one of the Northeast's most popular summer playgrounds, Cape Cod, while curbing your carbon tiremark. Get picked up in a Prius, Altima, or Mercury Mariner at various points in New England such as Boston Logan Airport and Providence's Green Airport.
If you're not ready to give up the SUV habit when it comes time to hire a car, consider Green SUV, which offers a fleet of hybrid SUVs, including the Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade. Transportation provided for airport service, business meetings and corporate travel, as well as special events, in the LA area.
With a fleet of private hire hybrids, greentomatocars is the greenest ride in London (they'll also transport you to other points in the UK). And they offset emission with tree-planting and various eco-friendly projects.
Offering airport pickup and drop-off, special occasion, sightseeing, and out of town services with "all hybrids all the time," New York Hybrid is a great alternative for your transportation needs.
Are you a green-minded traveler flying into San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Boston, Providence, or Manchester, New Hampshire? Give PlanetTran a buzz and they'll pick up you and your bags in a Toyota Prius and deposit you at your destination the sustainable way.