The 15 Best Day Trips From Atlanta (For Nature Lovers)

As a lifelong resident of metro Atlanta, I’ve always felt that the natural beauty of the state of Georgia is vastly underrated. Even local residents tend to forget the amazing amount of green space we’re blessed with, which offers endless excellent opportunities for recreation and ecotourism adventures. But taking day trips from Atlanta is a great way to explore all the beauty the Peach State has to offer, from cool caves, majestic mountains, and dazzling lakes

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea”

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea” originally appeared on Green Global Travel. As we began to compile a list of National Parks by state for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of the 59 officially designated parks we’ve visited. Fortunately, we’re already planning a future family road trip to visit some of the many parks still on our bucket list. The NPS was originally created

NYC Christmas Windows: A Free Walking Tour

NYC Christmas Windows: A Free Walking Tour originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Anyone who reads Green Global Travel knows we’re passionate about ecotourism and wildlife conservation. But it’s less well known that we’re equally passionate about Christmas. So when an opportunity came along to visit Mary’s dad in New Jersey for Thanksgiving, we decided to make a quick visit to Manhattan to experience the NYC Christmas windows for ourselves. We were in the city for exactly 24 hours, ending with a lifelong dream of seeing the Macy&#

The Best of Christmas in Atlanta: 40+ Can’t-Miss Holiday Events

The Best of Christmas in Atlanta: 40+ Can’t-Miss Holiday Events originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Everyone knows that we’re passionate about ecotourism and nature conservation. But unless you’re a long-time reader, you might not know that our family is equally wild about spending Christmas in Atlanta, our hometown. From mid-November right up through Christmas Eve, we make a point of attending as many different Atlanta Christmas events

Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events 2017: A Guide to Our Top 20 Annual Favorites

Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events 2017: A Guide to Our Top 20 Annual Favorites originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Everyone knows that we’re passionate about ecotourism and nature conservation. But unless you’re a long-time reader, you might not know that our family is equally mad about Christmas. From mid-November right up through Christmas

Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta

Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Autumn in Atlanta has always been my favorite time of year. From the cool, crisp weather to the rich hues of the changing leaves, there’s something magical about these months before the craziness of the holidays holds sway over everyone. In recent years our family has been doing a lot more traveling at this time of year, which

Top 10 Things to Do in Asheville for Nature Lovers

Top 10 Things to Do in Asheville for Nature Lovers originally appeared on Green Global Travel. For a relatively small mountain town with a population of just over 87,000, there is a surprising wealth of things to do in Asheville. There’s a vibrant cultural community, particularly in the River Arts District. Thanks to an infusion of wealth brought in by the Biltmore Estate in the early 20th century, there’s historic art deco-influenced architecture. The city also boasts a critically-acclaimed restaurant scene, with more than its fair share of craft breweries and farm-to-table fare. Thanks to sound city planning, many of Asheville’s best hotels are

Minnesota Zoo Conservation: How Zoos Help Endangered Species

Minnesota Zoo Conservation: How Zoos Help Endangered Species originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When I asked Dr. Tara Harris what her typical day at the Minnesota Zoo was like, her eyes widened and she stifled a small chortle. “I don’t have typical days,� she said. “Every day is different.� You don’t normally expect that response from

The Donald Trump Environment Policy: Four Fronts to Fight On

The Donald Trump Environment Policy: Four Fronts to Fight On originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Mustafa Ali worked for the Environmental Protection Agency for 20+ years. He co-founded its Office of Environmental Justice, which helped ensure poor/minority communities had access to the benefits of federal environmental preservation. Ali resigned last week in response to archaic Donald Trump environment policies and egregious actions designed to weaken the EPA’s powers. On his way out, Ali wrote an impassioned letter imploring Trump appointee Scott Pruitt not to get rid of the OEJ. In an interview with GQ, he explained that he resigned because, “I didn’t

Downtown Asheville: The South’s Green, Progressive Mecca

Downtown Asheville: The South’s Green, Progressive Mecca originally appeared on Green Global Travel. photo courtesy ExploreAsheville.comDowntown AshevilleThe South’s Green, Progressive Mecca If you want to understand the essence of downtown Asheville that exists between the dichotomous extremes– with the outlandish opulence of the Biltmore Estate at one end of the spectrum, and grungy backpackers in a drum circle at the other– head to the Pack Square Cultural District, at the bustling heart of the mountain town. Walking down Biltmore Avenue from historic Pack Square, we pass indie record and bookstores, clothing boutiques ranging from hip to hippie-fied, an old-timey general store, an art house cinema, the lively

ALABAMA: Fishing Mobile Bay & the Mobile-Tensaw Delta

ALABAMA: Fishing Mobile Bay & the Mobile-Tensaw Delta originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The Mobile Skyline at Sunset on Mobile BayFishing Mobile Bay& the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Carnival in Mobile, Alabama is over. In this coastal city, where the first American Mardi Gras was allegedly observed in 1703, all the parades

TEXAS: Our Sea Turtle Rescue with Sea Turtle Inc

TEXAS: Our Sea Turtle Rescue with Sea Turtle Inc originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Our Sea Turtle Rescue withSea Turtle Inc “We just got a call from the captain of a local shrimp boat,” said Jeff George, the Executive Director of Sea Turtle Inc. “They’ve got a sea turtle that

ALABAMA: Mobile Carnival Museum/The 1st US Mardi Gras

ALABAMA: Mobile Carnival Museum/The 1st US Mardi Gras originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The Mobile Carnival Museum& America’s First Mardi Gras Held every year on the day before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 17 in 2015) in New Orleans is a cultural spectacle to behold, rivaled only by Carnival in Brazil and the Holi Festival of India. But, as impressive as the Crescent City’s celebration of the historically French Catholic holiday is, America’s first Mardi Gras festivities were held in what is