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The Best Ecotourism Vacations, In U.S. National Parks and Around the World

The Daily Green looks at some of the best U.S. national parks, and the best ecotourism vacations anywhere in the world.

Ecotourism and adventure travel are among the fastest growing segments of the global tourism trade, which is sometimes described as the world's biggest industry. While it is undeniable that travel uses resources and can harm the environment, it is also true that it can provide many benefits, such as supporting local economies, providing economic alternatives to exploititative practices, and spreading cross-cultural awareness. It is true that people are much more likely to protect the planet if they see it first hand. The key is to go gently, and authentic ecotourism offers just that.

Some questions to ask tour providers: Do local people benefit directly from tourism dollars? Are transportation effects minimized? Are local materials used and local foods served? Is sensitive habitat protected? Are facilities energy and water efficient?

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