Eco-Friendly Vacations in Virginia

Virginia is committed to sustainable tourism practices and welcomes travelers who care about their environmental footprint. From modest eco-lodges to LEED-certified hotels and resorts, Virginia’s diverse lodging options offer a variety of eco-friendly accommodations for travelers looking to plan a sustainable vacation

Responsible outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, paddling, and camping in Virginia’s abundant public lands. Low-impact eco-tours and tours with park rangers at Virginia state parks and national parks offer active ways to learn how to conserve and protect Virginia’s natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity.

Foodies can eat and drink responsibly at Virginia’s farm-to-table restaurants, organic farms, and sustainable wineries and breweries.

The statewide Virginia Green initiative encourages eco-friendly tourism practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry, with thousands of green-certified partners statewide. Plan your eco-friendly vacation below by exploring Virginia’s sustainable destinations, attractions, hotels, restaurants, tasting rooms, and events.

Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Vacations may be relaxing and stress-free for most travelers, but they tend to put stress on the environment, from additional refuse in the form of travel bottles and disposable items to the abundance of trash created from to-go foods and beverages consumed while on the road. However, just a few small changes can make a big environmental impact, preserving Virginia’s parks, roadways, and stunning outdoor treasures for future generations to come.

Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles while vacationing in Virginia, then use these eco-friendly travel ideas to ensure an environmentally responsible getaway.

  1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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