Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

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. 19 Atlanta

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Atlanta may have secured its spot in the top 20 thanks to its efforts to reclaim green space. A prime example is the Atlanta Beltline, along a former railroad corridor, which will feature 33 miles of trails once it’s completed. Today’s best strolls or bike rides are along the Eastside Trail, which is the site of the annual Lantern Parade and, year round, offers easy access to the restaurant-lined Ponce City Market. Atlanta also scored in the top 10 for its cocktail lounges: The Georgian Terrace Hotel’s Proof and Provision combines celebrity history (the cast of Gone with the Wind stayed on the hotel for the movie’s premiere) with thoughtfully-sourced artisan cocktails, like the Aviation—made with gin, crème de violet and lemon juice. The city also ranked at No. 5 for its happening singles scene.

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

No. 19 Atlanta

Atlanta may have secured its spot in the top 20 thanks to its efforts to reclaim green space. A prime example is the Atlanta Beltline, along a former railroad corridor, which will feature 33 miles of trails once it’s completed. Today’s best strolls or bike rides are along the Eastside Trail, which is the site of the annual Lantern Parade and, year round, offers easy access to the restaurant-lined Ponce City Market. Atlanta also scored in the top 10 for its cocktail lounges: The Georgian Terrace Hotel’s Proof and Provision combines celebrity history (the cast of Gone with the Wind stayed on the hotel for the movie’s premiere) with thoughtfully-sourced artisan cocktails, like the Aviation—made with gin, crème de violet and lemon juice. The city also ranked at No. 5 for its happening singles scene.

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