Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

Seattle
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Recycling bins are only the beginning: Travel + Leisure readers picked the best cities for earth-friendly perks like solar-powered hotels, bike-powered beer bars, and fabulous recycled fashions. 

No. 6 Seattle

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With a nickname like Emerald City, Seattle has a solid claim on being green: it also made the top 20 for its parks (like Gas Works Park, on a former utility-company site), which cover about 10 percent of the whole city. One of the greenest places to stay is downtown’s Hyatt at Olive 8, the first LEED-certified hotel in Seattle thanks to its living roof, water-conserving plumbing and automatic electricity shutoffs.  For some of the best locally sourced dining, try the vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian tasting menus at Wallingford restaurant Tilth, helmed by a James Beard winner and former Iron Chef  (the local-chocolate-fueled Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake, by the way, counts as vegetarian, while the Theo Chocolate Sorbet is vegan). 

Seattle

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

No. 6 Seattle

With a nickname like Emerald City, Seattle has a solid claim on being green: it also made the top 20 for its parks (like Gas Works Park, on a former utility-company site), which cover about 10 percent of the whole city. One of the greenest places to stay is downtown’s Hyatt at Olive 8, the first LEED-certified hotel in Seattle thanks to its living roof, water-conserving plumbing and automatic electricity shutoffs.  For some of the best locally sourced dining, try the vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian tasting menus at Wallingford restaurant Tilth, helmed by a James Beard winner and former Iron Chef  (the local-chocolate-fueled Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake, by the way, counts as vegetarian, while the Theo Chocolate Sorbet is vegan). 

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